How to Make Cannabis Tea | Ingredients & Recipe – South Africa
Cannabis tea is a great way to consume cannabis. If you don’t enjoy the act of smoking, or the sugar-loaded edibles, making cannabis tea may just be the answer to your dilemma.
You’ll still have all the cannabinoids from cannabis, and you can get creative with your cannabis consumption. All you need is about 20 minutes and a gram of weed.
If you already have cannabis-infused oil, honey or a cannabis tincture, you’re set to go. Add this to your tea, and you’re done!
However, if you’re starting from scratch, don’t worry because after reading this, you’ll have a simple step-by-step guide that will guarantee you tasty tea that gets you nicely stoned. So, sit back, relax and read-on.
Will Cannabis Tea Make Me High?
If you prepare the cannabis properly before making the tea, you will feel the THC’s effects in the tea. Weed tea also offers drinkers a range of medicinal benefits, but before you can enjoy these benefits, we recommend decarboxylating your cannabis.
Getting high from orally consuming cannabis is possible due to decarboxylation. When decarboxylating cannabis, the non-psychoactive compound, THC-A, is converted into THC. Heat applied to cannabis converts THC-A to THC.
Smoking cannabis does this conversion for us, but when consuming cannabis orally, we have to do this process manually. Cooking with butter or coconut oil will decarboxylate cannabis.
When decarboxylating cannabis in an oven, the perfect time and temperature depend on:
- How moist your cannabis is
- How much cannabis you are decarboxylating
- The type of oven you are using
Feel free to check out our other post solely dedicated to decarboxylation, explaining the whole process in more detail.
Merely putting your cannabis in the tea will only leave you disappointed unless you like tea that tastes like soggy cannabis and don’t want to get high. We know that’s not what you’re here for, so we recommend decarboxylating your cannabis before making your tea.
How Long Before I Feel the Effects?
Consuming cannabis in tea is similar to eating edibles. The weed has to be processed in your stomach, then metabolised by your liver. This process takes time, so it will take longer to feel the effects of cannabis in tea than if you smoke it.
Expect to wait about 45 minutes to an hour before experiencing any effects. We recommend using a lower dose of cannabis in your first cup of tea. Start small and increase the dose if needed because putting too much cannabis in your tea will get you really high.
How to Make Dagga Tea
Now, let’s dive into how to make weed tea! Below you will find everything you need to know, including the ingredients that are required and step-by-step instructions. Let the fun begin.
Dagga Tea Ingredients
The following ingredients are required before you’re ready to make your marijuana tea:
- 1 gram of ground, decarboxylated cannabis (we find cannabis with a citrus-like scent is the best for drinking in tea)
- 4 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or unsalted butter
- 1 tea bag (can be any tea bag you like)
- Other ingredients that add flavour to tea (honey, sugar, milk, cinnamon etc.)
- 1 cheesecloth or a fine metal strainer
Making cannabis tea at this dosage will make approximately three cups worth of tea. Remember to start with one cup of tea and wait to see how strong the effects are.
Six Steps to Making Cannabis Tea
Step 1: Preparing the pot with coconut oil or butter
- Pour the 4 cups of water into a medium-sized pot and bring to boil. Once the water is boiling, add the tablespoon of coconut oil or butter.
- Allow the oil or butter to dissolve in the boiling water properly. Under the heat, THC has to bind with a fatty substance.
- When you add the ground, decarboxylated cannabis, the THC separates from the plant matter and binds with the coconut oil or butter.
Step 2: Adding the ground, decarboxylated cannabis to the pot
- Add the 1 gram of pre-prepared cannabis to the pot.
- Make sure to turn down the heat to a simmer.
Step 3: Let the pot’s mixture simmer
- Allow the mixture to simmer for about 30 minutes.
- If you have time, let it simmer at a low temperature as long as possible (two to four hours).
- A longer simmer time will extract more THC, making the mixture stronger and preserving the flavour of the cannabis strain you’re using in the tea.
- Be careful; if the pot is too hot and you don’t give it enough time to simmer, the terpenes in the cannabis will burn off, leaving you with flavourless cannabis oil or butter.
Step 4: Strain the mixture
- Get a bowl or teapot big enough to capture the mixture that you’re going to strain from the pot.
- Secure the cheesecloth around the rim of the pot with a rubber band or string.
- Slowly (and carefully) pour the mixture from the pot into the bowl or teapot.
- If you use a metal strainer, make sure it’s a fine strainer, otherwise, you’ll be picking soggy bits of bud from your teeth.
Step 5: Adding the tea bag into the teapot or bowl
- Place a teabag in the teapot or bowl and add extra items that will give the tea added flavour. Adding things like lemon, mint, honey, or cinnamon will moderate the cannabis flavour of the tea.
- Steep the tea for roughly 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 6: Reap the rewards
- Remove the teabag, stir the tea to get an even mixture of the cannabis-infused butter or coconut oil.
- Pour yourself a cup and enjoy!
Final Thoughts on How to Make Cannabis Tea
There you have it, a simple, easy-to-follow guide that will ensure you make dagga tea that tastes good and gets you high. It’s a win-win scenario, what’s not to like?
The ingredients you can add to the cannabis-infused butter or coconut oil to enhance the tea’s taste are endless, so get creative!
The most fundamental aspect of making cannabis is decarboxylating your ground cannabis. Once you have that dialled, you’re on the home stretch. It’s time to make yourself some tea.