Thursday, February 22, 2024

What To Know Before Adding CBD To Your Tea

Winter weather is here and a nice cuppa tea is perfect on a cold day – and maybe if you added a little extra?

Globally, tea has been consumed for centuries, and for good reason. Numerous studies have shown that a variety of teas may boost your immune system, fight off inflammation, and even ward off cancer and heart disease.Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, bested only by water.  

During busy times of year, tea both lifts you up and calm you.  With tea’s popularity and potential health benefits, it may be the perfect partner with CBD. Here is what to know before adding CBD to your tea. The answer depends on a variety of factors, including how the CBD is prepared, the type of tea, along with what’s added to the cup.

Black, oolong and green teas contain caffeine, which gives most people a bit of an energy boost, unlike CBD, which many people take for its calming effect. Tea infused with CBD may seem counterintuitive, but like cannabidiol’s relationship with THC, it could smooth out the jittery edge from caffeine while still providing a steady, anxiety-free energy boost.

Some CBD preparations are more soluble in tea than others. Cannabinoids, including CBD, are fat-soluble, and tea is typically brewed in water. Adding some cream or milk to tea will add a bit of fat, helping the compound dissolve. Of course, taking CBD separately, such as sublingually or in pill form, before drinking tea avoids any mixing issues or risk of leaving any CBD in the mug.

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Powdered CBD supplements may be difficult to mix well in iced teas and is probably more wasteful than effective. A better approach would be to prepare or purchase a CBD infused simple syrup which sweetens the drink, blends well and delivers the compound effectively.

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Herbal teas do not contain caffeine, but some herbs such as chamomile and lavender, provide effects similar to CBD, such as facilitating sleep and inducing a sense of calmness. Combining such herbs with cannabidiol is not only tasty and soothing, but they also lack the pesky side effects of popular sleep-aids, such as blacked-out tweeting.

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Whatever way you take your tea, eating certain foods potentiates and makes an increased amount of CBD available for absorption. Studies have found patients who took their CBD with a breakfast burrito high in fat content saw a greater effect than those who took CBD on an empty stomach.

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