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The Benefits of Putting CBD Tincture in Tea

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Tea is one of the most popular drinks across the globe. Black, green, red, white, herbal, spice and more, various brews can energize, soothe, relax or increase focus. CBD tincture in tea makes this nourishing drink even more enjoyable. This blog explores why cannabidiol makes a perfect match for tea.

Can You Put CBD Tincture in a Drink?

Yes, you can add CBD tincture to most beverages. It  is a popular way to consume cannabidiol. Like any other CBD format, there are pros and cons to the drink method.

Pros of CBD Drinks

Simplicity
Are you the type of person who starts every morning with a green smoothie? What about a cup of coffee? If so, you can add CBD tincture oil into your drinks for a plant-power lift. Adding CBD to drinks is a simple way to incorporate cannabidiol into your day-to-day life.

Masks the Taste
Quality hemp oils have an inoffensive flavor; most people do not mind the mild earthiness. However, some people may dislike it, so mixing CBD tincture in beverages masks the taste of the extract. 

An Alcohol Alternative
CBD mocktails are a healthy substitute for non-drinkers or those seeking an alternative to alcohol. You can add CBD to alcoholic beverages, as well.  

Cons of CBD Drinks

Bioavailability
The downside of adding tincture to drinks is it is less bioavailable than other methods. Bioavailability is the rate and degree with which the body absorbs cannabinoids. 

Tinctures are most effective when taken sublingually, holding the formula under your tongue for 30 to 90 seconds. The capillaries under the tongue allow cannabidiol to travel faster into the bloodstream. 

The bioavailability of tinctures is around 20 to potentially 35 percent. When cannabinoids pass through the digestive system via a beverage, bioavailability decreases to around 5 to 20 percent, so you lose out on some cannabinoids this way.

However, incorporating CBD into milky or creamy drinks provides additional fats to help your body absorb useful cannabinoids. More on this later. 

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What is CBD Tea?

The drink refers to any type of tea that is infused with cannabidiol. It could be iced, hot, chai, mint, ginger or any other flavor. There are multiple ways to make CBD tea with a variety of different cannabinoid products from isolate to flower. 

Can You Put CBD Tincture in Tea?

Yes, CBD tincture is one of the easiest ways to incorporate cannabidiol into tea. (Read more about the different CBD-tea infusions later on in this post.) For one, you don’t have to worry about the heat from a steaming cup burning off any desirable cannabinoids. It takes temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit before heat begins to damage CBD. The average cup of tea is around 170 to 180-degrees, so it is well under the threshold. 

Second, tinctures are particularly well-suited for drinks since they come blended with a carrier oil (unless you’re using an alcohol-based product). The carrier is necessary because cannabinoids are fat-soluble. Since may teas are water-based, the carrier oil in the tincture provides the necessary fat the body needs to make use of CBD.

How Do You Put CBD in Tea?

Brewing up a cup of CBD tea provides ample opportunity for experimentation. Here are some ways to go about it. 

Direct From the Dropper
As mentioned, it’s safe to add an oil-based tincture directly into tea. Many teas are herbal, which blend well with the natural flavor of hemp. You can either stir in the tincture oil or let it sit on top, treating the oil similar to bitters. Letting the oil sit on top allows the hemp aromas to come to the forefront. 

Infused Honey
Honey is arguably the best tea sweetener. Adding CBD tincture into honey offers a quick way to make an infusion. 

To do so, you need honey in a glass jar and a CBD tincture. 

Fill a saucepan with water. Make sure the water level is lower than the height of the honey jar so no water spills inside. Heat the water to a boil. Once boiling, take the pan off the burner and place it on a heat-resistant surface. 

Unscrew the honey jar lid and lightly place it on top. This way it traps heat but still allows steam to get through. Put the jar into the hot water and allow time for the honey to thin out. Once the honey is more liquid, mix in the CBD and stir it thoroughly. 

If you are not sure how much CBD to add, a good starting place is 120 milligrams of CBD per ounce of honey. That equals 20 grams of CBD per teaspoon. 

Let the CBD-infused honey sit in the water for about 20 minutes and continue to stir occasionally to ensure the cannabinoids are evenly distributed. Once complete, take the jar out of the water, tighten the lid, and let the honey thicken. Use the CBD infusion the same way you would regular honey. It stores the same way as well. 

CBD Flower Tea
You can also make CBD tea with hemp flower. First, you must decarboxylate the flower by baking it at 325 degrees for 35 minutes. The heat converts CBDa to CBD so it’s safe to consume. 

Once finished, grind the hemp flower into fine pieces. Place the grounds in a strainer or mesh bag. Simply steep the hemp flower and tea in hot water for three to five minutes.  (You can make CBD honey with hemp flower, too!)

How Many Drops of CBD Oil in Tea?

Depending on how many cups of tea you plan on drinking will determine how much CBD you add to your cup. Assuming you will have two, 20 milligrams of CBD is a good place to start. A full 1-milliliter dropper of our regular strength tincture equals 33 milligrams of CBD. While a rough estimate, filling up the dropper halfway between the 0.5 and 0.75-milliliter line should be about 20 milligrams. 

If you plan on having 4 cups, add .25 milliliters per cup.

What Does CBD Tea Do for Your Body?

Like CBD itself, tea has many purposes. Some people drink CBD tea for anxiety, others for CBD tea for pain, others for energy, and some for sleep. According to World Tea News, cannabinoids enhance the effects of tea. For example, mint, chamomile and lavender all have relaxing properties and many people use CBD for sleep. CBD is often used as an anti-anxiety, so it elevates the effects of the soothing herbs. Green tea, rooibos, turmeric and ginger tea all have anti-inflammatory properties, just like cannabidiol. 

CBD tea benefits also include counteracting negative effects from a brew. For instance, some people prefer to start their mornings with CBD coffee because they say it balances out any jitters from too much caffeine. The same applies to tea. 

Some people experience nausea from black tea if they drink it on an empty stomach. CBD works as an anti-nausea, so adding it to your morning cup of English breakfast could prevent sour gut.

Recipe: CBD Golden Milk Tea

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Ingredients 

3 cups of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric

¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of powdered ginger
¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
1 to 3 full droppers of CBD tincture

Instructions

To make this easy yet delicious tea add all the ingredients except the CBD tincture into a saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil to allow the spices to infuse into the coconut milk. Once boiling, bring the temperature back down to a simmer for 10 minutes. Occasionally stir. 

After about ten minutes, add the CBD oil into the mixtures and whisk in thoroughly to ensure the tincture is evenly dispersed. Finally, sprinkle some cinnamon on top. You can drink the milk tea right away or store it in the refrigerator for later use.

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