Discover how to make a delicious Cannabis Herbal Tea (Tisane) using your favorite cannabis flowers, herbs, and spices along with 8 other cannabis tea infusion options for a truly relaxing, medicated experience.
- Before Making Cannabis Tea
- Decarboxylate Your Cannabis First
- Consider Adding a Fat Source To Your Tea
- How Much Cannabis Should I Add?
- 9 Different Ways to Make Cannabis Tea
- #1 – Cannabis Herbal Tea (Tisane)
- #2 – Cannabis Stem Tea
- #3 – Tea Made With Cannabutter
- #4 – Cannabis Coconut Oil Tea
- #5 – THC or CBD Oil Tea
- #6 – Cannabis Alcohol Tincture
- #7 – Cannabis Sugar
- #8 – Cannabis Concentrates
- #9 – Leftover Cannabis Pulp
- Printable Cannabis Herbal Tea (Tisane) Recipe & Instructions
Before Making Cannabis Tea
First, it’s important to know that just like with cannabis coffee, there is no one right way to make a cup of cannabis tea.
There are many different routes to take to arrive at the same destination: a delicious infused herbal, medicinal cannabis tea.
Inside my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community, members have shared over 20 different ways they enjoy their cannabis tea.
Here I will share many of my favorite methods for making the best cup of cannabis tea according to your taste preferences and what you have available.
Of course, there are a few important things to keep in mind when making a cannabis tea based on science and what we already know about cannabis edibles.
In order to get the best results for your cannabis tea, we suggest to:
- Decarboxylate your cannabis flower or cannabis stems first
- Consider adding a fat source to the preparation
Please join my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community if you have any questions about cooking with cannabis, how to make this recipe specifically, or anything else you can think of that is cannabis related!
Decarboxylate Your Cannabis First
Whether you’re making stem tea or a cannabis tisane (herbal tea) as outlined below, you’re going to want to be sure you decarboxylate your flower first.
The simple process of cannabis decarboxylation must occur before preparing the dried flower buds or stems of the cannabis plant in order to reap the benefits of activated CBD or THC.
If you were to prepare your tea by simply pouring warm water over a dried or raw cannabis bud, it is unlikely that you will feel any strong intoxicating effects of THC.
This is because raw cannabis does not naturally contain high amounts of CBD or THC, instead it contains what is known as cannabinoid acids.
Cannabinoid acids, known as CBDA and THCA, have potential health benefits – but they are not intoxicating in nature (meaning you won’t get high).
This can be a good or bad thing, depending on what you want the effect of your cannabis tea to be.
If you want to enjoy the intoxicating effects of CBD or THC in your tea, be sure to decarboxylate first.
The decarb process is simple and involves baking the buds, leaves, or stems in the oven at 240° F for 40 minutes for THCA to THC conversion, and 240° F for 80 minutes for CBDA to CBD conversion.
Consider Adding a Fat Source To Your Tea
You might be thinking – what? Add fat to my tea? Why?
Making cannabis tea sounds as simple as pouring hot water over the cannabis leaves or buds to let them steep, but that is not the most effective way to get a full-spectrum of compounds from the plant into your body.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are lipophilic, meaning they attract to fat molecules. They are not water soluble, which means they will not dissolve in water alone.
According to scientific studies, when paired with a fat source, the absorption of cannabinoids is enhanced: THC and CBD by 2.5-fold and 3-fold, respectively, compared to fat-free formulations (1).
This means that adding a fat source to your cannabis tea will make it up to 2.5-3 times more potent than choosing to skip a fat source.
For those who are looking for the intoxicating, medicinal benefits of THC, adding some source of fat is imperative.
There are many different ways to add a fat source to your tea without negatively affecting the taste and flavor, many of which we included in our 9 Different Ways to Make Cannabis Tea Below.
Additional ways to introduce fat to tea include:
- Add a splash of full-fat milk
- Add a splash of cream
- Add a splash of coconut milk
How Much Cannabis Should I Add?
I can’t give specific dosage measurements on how to make your cannabis tea because there are so many variables that will impact your product’s final dose.
This includes what method you choose for infusion, whether you start with CBD flower or THC flower, whether you went through the decarboxylation process, and how much and the potency of the material you started with.
My advice, as always, is to start low and go slow. Start with a ¼-½ teaspoon if your infusion of choice and work your way up from there.
If you’re still unsure of how to find your perfect dose and learn what works best for your body, be sure to check out the education offered in my Cannabis Compass Online Course.
9 Different Ways to Make Cannabis Tea
Below, we will review the nine different cannabis tea infusion options we’ve tried and love.
- Cannabis Herbal Tea (Tisane)
- Cannabis Stem Tea
- Cannabis Butter
- Cannabis Coconut Oil
- THC or CBD Oil
- Cannabis Alcohol Tincture
- Cannabis Sugar
- Cannabis Concentrates: Distillate and Full-Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)
- Leftover Cannabis Pulp
#1 – Cannabis Herbal Tea (Tisane)
A tisane, also known as herbal tea, is my favorite way to enjoy cannabis tea.
For this type of tea, you can choose to decarboxylate your cannabis first to enjoy the activated benefits of CBD or THC, or skip this step to enjoy the health benefits of CBDA and THCA.
For this option, it is up to you what types of herbs you want to add to your cannabis herbal tea along with the cannabis itself.
From lavender to calendula, there are many different flowers herbs you can mix and match to deliver a unique tea tasting experience.
Additionally, you can add traditional black tea leaves to your tea mix for a true tea experience.
You can find my personal Cannabis Herbal Tea Recipe below.
#2 – Cannabis Stem Tea
While it may be tempting to simply throw away those stems, the truth is, there may actually be some good stuff left on them.
While you can’t smoke or inhale the stems, one of the most popular ways to get the most out of this byproduct is to make a cannabis stem tea.
You can choose to leave the stems whole or grind them up. Then be sure to go through the decarboxylation process.
After that, you can steep your cannabis stems in your tea with any other additive you desire.
Also, be sure to opt for a fat addition if you want to get the most out of your cannabinoids.
#3 – Tea Made With Cannabutter
If you’ve never put cannabutter in your tea before, you may be thinking that it doesn’t sound too good, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
Adding cannabutter to your teacup adds a richness to the flavor and texture and can be enjoyed alongside any other tea addition you like to use, like sugar or cream.
This simple infusion method also allows you to make any type of tea you already like to enjoy, whether it be a black tea, green tea, or herbal tea.
Freezing cannabutter in an ice cube tray can be perfect for dosing out a perfect size addition to your morning cup of tea.
Note: It’s important to keep in mind that mixing tea and cannabis butter is like mixing oil and vinegar; they don’t naturally stay together well.
#4 – Cannabis Coconut Oil Tea
Cannabis-infused coconut oil is the second most popular cannabis infusion method I see added to tea.
Many people prefer cannabis coconut oil because it is naturally plant-based and vegan, and doesn’t require the milk solids to be removed after the infusion process.
In addition to traditional unrefined coconut oil, infusing MCT oil is also a popular choice.
This infused MCT oil added to tea is delicious but has also been known to cause a bit of digestive distress in some individuals, so enjoy with caution!
Note: It’s important to keep in mind that mixing tea and cannabis oil is like mixing oil and vinegar; they don’t naturally stay together well.
#5 – THC or CBD Oil Tea
Adding CBD oil to your morning cup of tea is also likely the most accessible option for most folks, as CBD is legal in nearly every state.
I am also proud to offer my readers high-quality CBD products.
#6 – Cannabis Alcohol Tincture
A traditional cannabis tincture is an alcohol-based cannabis infusion and will likely blend into the tea the best of any method described here.
With this method, the warm temperature of the tea will evaporate off some, if not all, of the remaining alcohol in the tincture.
#7 – Cannabis Sugar
Adding a spoonful of cannabis sugar to your cup of tea may be the easiest way to make a cup of cannatea.
But, it takes a little bit of work to make cannabis sugar.
Once the tincture is made, you pour that over sugar to make cannabis sugar.
#8 – Cannabis Concentrates
There are many different types of cannabis concentrates on the market today that can be used to make cannabis-infused tea.
You can make your own FECO at home, or you can sometimes find it at a licensed dispensary. It may also be called RSO.
Depending on where you live, you may also have access to high-quality cannabis concentrates like distillate.
This is a highly concentrated cannabis product with minimal flavor, so cannabis consumers highly favor it.
You can find THC concentrate syringes at legal dispensaries or CBD concentrate syringes here in our shop.
#9 – Leftover Cannabis Pulp
This is another one where they say: don’t knock it until you try it!
Leftover cannabis pulp is the plant material left over from making cannabis butter, cannabis coconut oil, tincture, or cannabis olive oil.
Printable Cannabis Herbal Tea (Tisane) Recipe & Instructions
- 1 gram decarboxylated cannabis flowers
- 1 gram dried lavender flowers
- 1 gram dried chamomile flowers
- 1 gram dried calendula flowers
- 1 gram dried rose petals
- 1 gram dried black tea leaves, optional
- Bring a pot of water to just near-boiling.
- While warming the water, in a dedicated herb and spice grinder, grind together your herbs of choice.
- Transfer the ground herbs to a mesh tea bag or metal tea ball. This amount of herbs can full 2-3 tea bags/servings.
- Add a single tea bag or ball to your mug of choice. Cover with hot water.
- Allow the tea to steep for 2-5 minutes, until your desired taste is achieved.
- Add in your desired additives - coconut oil, cream, or sugar.