How-To Make Home-Grown Cannabis-Infused Herbal Tea
The Covid-19 viral pandemic has created a resurgence of interest in holistic medicine. This is not surprising as the global health emergency has more people staying home. And also focusing on natural methods to enhance wellness and strengthen immunity.
Patients who are registered with state medical cannabis programs have many options when it comes to intake methods. Some patients prefer smokable marijuana, including vapes. Others prefer a tincture or drops placed under the tongue for rapid absorption. In states where they are legalized, edibles are also a popular option.
Have you ever tried making your tea from scratch? If you are a tea lover, you may be surprised to learn that it can be healthier to create your own at home. Many types of retail brands of tea can be full of sodium and other preservatives—even the ones labeled ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ on the box.
Did you know that you can also plant your tea garden? Whether on a windowsill, balcony, or backyard, it is relatively easy to grow herbal teas. Certain types of blooms and plants are tasty and provide herbal health benefits. And one of them is cannabis.
How to Grow Herbal Teas at Home
Once you have started growing and making your herbal tea, you may never want to buy retail brands again. Not only are homemade herbal teas healthier, but you can tailor the medicinal properties to address your unique symptoms.
The supplies to start your tea garden are affordable. You will need to buy:
- 4-6 small potting containers. Some types of herbal teas are competitive growers, which is why you will want to keep them in a separate pot.
- Potting soil. Choose a brand like Miracle Grow® for vegetable or fruit plants. Potting soil for growing edible foods is organic and free of artificial chemicals.
- A watering can. Herbs do not need much water; a small watering can with a spout will do.
- A dehydrator (if you plan to produce and then store your herbal teas).
Sun, water, and soil. Herbal teas are amazingly easy to grow (even for first-time gardeners). To get started with less waiting, you may want to purchase plants from your local garden center. But many types of herbs and flowers for tea proliferate from seed as well. So, you can start them early, before summer, and plant them outdoors. Or install a grow light and keep your tea garden flourishing throughout the year.
Before you choose the herbal teas you want to grow, think about your most common health symptoms. Make a list of problems like digestive upset, headaches, stress, anxiety, or other issues you would like to treat with your cannabis-infused herbal teas. That will help you select the right plants for your tea garden.
What Type of Plants Can Be Used to Make Herbal Tea?
Different types of herbs and florals offer unique benefits that can help patients manage symptoms. When you make your cannabis-infused tea, you may want to explore adding other natural herbs, blooms, and dried roots.
Here are some easy-to-grow tea herbs and the medicinal properties they may provide:
- Mint (for digestion and nausea)
- Lemon Balm (anxiety and stress relief)
- Chamomile (anxiety relief and relaxation)
- Lemon Verbena (antispasmodic, sedative, fever reducing)
- Rose Hip (buds) for vitamin C
- Dandelion (root) antioxidant boost and fights free radicals
- Calendula (pot marigolds) for wound healing, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties
Not every flower is edible. While you may see some gourmet teas with exotic dried blooms, remember to look up each type. Some can be harmful after consumption. Also, double-check with your physician regarding conflicts between natural herbs and supplements and your prescription medications.
If you can’t grow your herbal tea flowers and leaves at home, you may be able to buy fresh cuttings from a local garden center. Just remember to tell them that you plan to consume the leaves and buds to make sure they are free of pesticides.
Do Dried Herbs Create a More Potent Medicinal Tea? Mix and Match for More Terpenes
Some herbs like mint are better used fresh. But for the majority of other suitable natural tea herbs, dried is the way to go. Not only does it allow you to store your herbs and floral teas safely, but it protects them from developing mold from moisture.
Whether you are using dried herbs or fresh, green blooms, a mortar and pestle is your best friend. You can make it part of your ritual to drink your own fresh brewed medicinal teas. You can grind up the herbs and then add them to your teapot with boiling water. Let the herbal tea steep for at least five (5) minutes before drinking to extract the natural vitamins and terpenes.
You heard that right. Plants that are suitable to make medicinal teas are high in flavonoids and terpenes, just like cannabis. And different combinations of terpenes and flavonoids can enhance the natural physiological relief and psychoactive effects of cannabis. It can amplify the effects, which can take thirty minutes to two hours to manifest and be noticeable.
Like other edibles, herbal teas can provide a psychoactive, sedative, or analgesic (pain-relieving) effect for up to eight hours after consumption.
Cannabis-Infused Herbal Tea Recipes You Can Try At Home
Once you start making your cannabis-infused herbal teas, you can experiment with different flavors and scents. Flavonoids in both cannabis and herbal tea leaves, blooms, and roots can also provide aromatherapeutic benefits.
Before you mix your cannabis into your tea, you will want to make sure that you have decarboxylated the cannabis. It is a simple heating process that you can do in your conventional or toaster oven. Make sure to allow your cannabis to rest and cool before grinding it up to make your infused tea.
If you are a registered patient with a medical card and legally permitted to grow at home, cannabis leaves are also good to use. However, leaves have a lower THC potency level than cannabis flower or bud. They can be added fresh (without decarboxylating) to access terpenes and cannabinoids.
If you want a mild psychoactive effect, decarb your leaves and allow them to dry before using them. Cannabis dried stems are also perfect for making a medicinal herbal tea (but lower in THC levels for milder effects).
Here are three cannabis-infused recipe ideas to get you started:
- Cannabis-Infused Chai Spicy Tea (WakeAndBake.co)
- Indian Bhaang Lassi (Vaya.in)
- CBD Tea (The Spruce Eats)
If fresh herbal tea leaves and roots are not available, you can take a shortcut. Buy high-quality herbal teas and steep them in a pot with your decarboxylated cannabis. It is an effective and economical way to enjoy the wellness benefits and a relaxing cup of tea.