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What To Know Before Adding CBD To Your Tea

Like cannabidiol’s relationship with THC, CBD could smooth out the jittery edge from caffeinated tea while still providing a steady, anxiety-free energy boost.

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, bested only by water. Served hot or on ice, tea’s popularity leads many to ask if they can infuse the beverage with CBD supplements and if it has any impact on the efficacy on the popular cannabinoid. 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 that 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 that patients that took their CBD with a breakfast burrito high in fat content saw a greater effect than those that took CBD on an empty stomach.

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