Cannabis has been recognized as a herbal medicine for centuries with many different cultures consuming cannabis in beverages such as tea and coffee as well as other edible forms.
Cannabis tea and coffee are not as common as they once were historically. Due to the limited consumption of these types of beverages in the modern world, research on these types of cannabis infusions is limited.
Furthermore, the research available on how the composition of this type of tea/coffee can affect the endocannabinoid system is based broadly on the effects of marijuana edibles. More research should be conducted with regard to infused tea and coffee.
There are several different ways to make cannabis tea and coffee, learn more and choose your favourite method below.
Cannabis Tea and Coffee Using Infused Coconut Oil
One teaspoon of cannabis coconut oil is all that is required for each infused beverage. Make your tea or coffee as normal and then add the infused coconut oil. Stir until it has dissolved completely.
Our recipe for cannabis-infused coconut oil can be found here.
Depending on your own personal tolerance, as well as your “flower to oil ratio” in the coconut oil, one teaspoon (or less) should be enough to feel the effects of the cannabinoids within.
Making Cannabis Tea and Coffee with Infused Milk
Our recipe for infused cannabis milk is simple, requires no special equipment, and can be completed by any level of cannabis edibles creator. Once a large batch of this milk is made, it is easily taken from the fridge and added to drinks such as cannabis-infused smoothies too.
Adding infused milk to tea or coffee is one of the easiest ways to infuse our favourite beverages.
How to Make Cannabis Tea and Coffee with Stems, Kief, or Trim
Stem tea is also very easy to make at home. Adding kief, trim, or sugar leaves to this recipe is also encouraged.
Decarboxylate any flower material (including stems)
Simmer for 45 minutes on a low heat in milk (or coconut oil)
Strain the milk using a cheesecloth
Add to tea or coffee
What Types of Cannabis Extract Can Be Added Directly to Tea or Coffee?
Cannabis extracts and concentrates can also be added to tea and coffee to infuse them.
Tincture: Tincture can be added directly to tea or coffee, just like infused coconut oil. Depending on your own personal tolerance, the amount of tincture will vary from person to person. A tincture will not be affected in terms of potency by heating it within a tea or coffee.
Shatter/Rosin/Distillate/And Other Cannabis Concentrates: A very small amount of shatter, rosin, distillate, or other similar cannabis concentrates, will go a long way in a single cup of infused tea or coffee. Adding these types of cannabis extracts to tea or coffee requires simmering milk and the cannabis concentrate together on a low heat for 30 minutes. This quick milk infusion is an easy way to consume high THC cannabis concentrates in a daily beverage.
This infused tea and coffee will vary highly from batch-to-batch in terms of potency because of several different factors. Preparation method, decarboxylation, THC content, and boiling time, are just a few variables to take into consideration.
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