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Hemp Tea & CBD: What You Need To Know

We already know that the hemp plant is incredibly versatile. The seeds are highly nutritious, just like the oil that can be pressed from them. The fiber can be used to build things from car parts to entire houses. And last but not least, there are the wonderful cannabinoids like CBD that are widely used for overall wellness.

Hemp seeds and oil are a superfood and deserve a place in the spotlight, that’s certain. Though today, let’s have a look at the humble hemp tea. 

What is Hemp Tea

Classic tea is a drink brewed from tea leaves originating from Asia. Both green and black tea come from the same plant, but black tea is oxidized while green tea isn’t, which influences the effects and flavor of the drink. 

Hemp tea is more like a herbal infusion and doesn’t contain any components from the tea plant. Just like mint or chamomile tea, dry, shredded or milled parts of the plant are steeped in hot water to extract flavors, color and beneficial components for a delicious hot cup of goodness. 

Hemp tea has a greenish color and herbal aroma, caused by the terpenes naturally occurring in the plant. It is important to point out that there are different types of hemp teas. Some are produced from the seedless flowers of the plant, which are higher in cannabinoids and terpenes. Others are produced from the leaves which have a similar but milder taste and fewer cannabinoids. 

There are also mixes of the two and some that have other herbs or dried fruits mixed in to yield a special aroma and effect. Make sure to always read the ingredient list to know what you buy!

You definitely don´t have to worry about hemp tea getting you high. Even the one made from flowers with the highest concentration of cannabinoids only contains up to 0.2% THC, which isn’t enough to induce any effects, especially since even less of it will end up in your hot beverage.

Green plant in hand

Is there CBD in Hemp Tea?

As mentioned before, the level of cannabinoids, and therefore CBD, depends on the type of hemp tea you purchase. While all of them are rich in antioxidants and beneficial terpenes, only the one made from the flowers contains significant levels of CBD (typically around 3% if made from industrial hemp). 

CBD itself is not soluble in water, which is why you need to add a little extra oil or fat to your brew if you want to get the most (cannabinoids) out of it. 

How to prepare Hemp Tea?

The preparation is basically the same as for any other tea. Add around 1 teaspoon of hemp per cup (or simply one teabag if purchased ready to go) and pour hot water over it. If you want to extract the most cannabinoids, you should also add a dash of full-fat milk, coconut milk, oil or butter. Let it steep for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on how flavorful you like your brew. 

Feel free to also add some sugar or a squeeze of lemon, whatever is your cup of tea!

Conclusion

Similar to other herbal infusions, hemp tea can simply help you to take some time for yourself, and enjoy a relaxing wellness ritual. The added bonuses you get are beneficial terpenes, antioxidants, and cannabinoids. So what´s not to love? Try it after a long stressful day, a workout or a yoga session, or while chilling with your friends.

About Anna Falk

Anna Falk is Head of Product at Harmony. Anna obtained her PhD degree in Organic Chemistry with highest honours and has a combined 9 years of experience in R&D, project, and product management across the fields of natural product synthesis, catalysis, and cosmetics. She has produced award-winning, internationally published research at the Universities of Berkeley, Edinburgh, and Cologne.

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12 thoughts on “Hemp Tea & CBD: What You Need To Know

  1. Queen Frostine says:

    Just bought some hemp BUDS off eBay! Can’t wait to try some real hemp tea. Here’s my method of preparation:

    Crush buds
    Add melted butter or whole fat milk to buds in a large tea glass
    Boil bowl of water for 7 minutes in microwave
    Pour water on buds in tea glass
    Cover with a lid
    Steep for 25 minutes
    Stir,
    Strain,
    ENJOY!

    (While it might be preferable to actually boil the plant matter, I can’t risk smelling up the house that way so I’m just steeping the buds in extremely hot/boiling water. The butter or milk is to extract the cannabinoids, as cannabis requires a fatty material to release the active goodies).

  2. Chelsey says:

    So excited to try

    1. Magda says:

      Hey Chelsey, hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  3. Great information, hemp has great beneficial properties…

    1. Magda says:

      Hi Romit, thank you for the comment! Hemp is certainly a multifaceted plant 🙂

  4. Paul says:

    I have a tea and have seeds in it should i remove them? Can the seeds be planted and grown, will i get weed strains from it or more tea plants?

    Thanks

    1. Alana says:

      Hey Paul, you can leave the seed in there if you like! As they’re dried you probably won’t get anything to grow out of it but if you did get your hands on some live ones you may get a nice hemp plant!

  5. Junius says:

    Love what I am reading and can’t what to try your product.

    1. Susie says:

      Hey Junius, thanks for your message 🙂 Let us know how you like them when they get there!

  6. Sylvester Washington says:

    Has anyone ever made Hemp tea in an automatic drip coffee maker. If so, what was your process?

  7. phs says:

    do you have to decarb the hemp in the oven?

    1. Ziqi says:

      Hi, hemp tea is as good as it is naturally, while decarboxylation is recommended if you want to get the most out of the CBD components inside 😊 In this case, don’t forget to add milk in your tea, because CBD does not dissolve in water.

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