Cannabis Tea
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How To Make A Cannabis Tea

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Making cannabis tea is a very easy process. Users find this is a relaxing alternative to smoking. The high is mellowed but the medical effect lasts much longer. We explain the details behind cannabis tea, and give a quick and easy recipe to make it.

Cannabis tea is rapidly becoming popular (again). Many regular cannabis users drink tea as an alternative to both edibles and concentrates.

Making cannabis tea can be as simple or as complex as you want. It is not exactly like making regular tea, but the end result is worth it.

In general, the effects of drinking cannabis via tea are milder than inhaling it. That does not mean it does not have a powerful effect. You can obtain the same effects as smoking a joint if you drink enough of the tea. Effects last longer, however (up to 8 hours).

The effect of the drink is to calm people down and relieve pain. Queen Victoria of England reportedly drank canna tea to relieve menstrual cramps.


There are many reasons that people start using canna tea. The lungs are not the best way for a drug to enter the bloodstream. Impurities in the substance or delivery mechanism end up there. There are also people who cannot smoke. This is either due to other conditions or age.

Inhaled cannabis is the fastest way to obtain relief. However, it is not always the optimal way to obtain cannabinoids.


Canna tea is made by adding ground cannabis buds to regular tea. These can come from a variety of cannabis plants that you can grow using feminized cannabis seeds. Like edibles, drinking cannabinoids in tea makes the drug go to work very differently. Users report more of a body than cerebral “high.” This also depends on tea potency. Users also report similar effect times to edibles.

Many of those who suffer from arthritis and chronic pain use canna tea. They often find it helps them manage symptoms all day without becoming incapacitated.

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The process for making effective (medical) marijuana tea requires preparation. THC can be extracted by boiling cannabis bud. However, adding alcohol, butter, oil or milk in the water is required, as THC is not water soluble, but can bind to fats and oil. These substances help dissolve the THC into your tea. Our recipe for cannabis tea will tell you exactly how to do so.

Recipe time:

45 minutes


  • ½ gram cannabis buds
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • 1 tea bag (any variety)
  • 1½ cups water
  • Optional: sugar or honey to taste


1. Grind the cannabis. Separate out stems. Mix the buds with the butter. Make sure the cannabis is completely covered in fat. Empty the tea bag into the bud mix. Mix it with the butter and cannabis. You can place the mixture back into the bag and reseal it. A better option is using a tea ball. Zamnesia’s Tea Infuser is also great kitchen aid for this purpose.

2. Bring the water to a simmering boil in a saucepan. Lower the tea ball or infuser into the water. Let the saucepan simmer for 30 minutes. If the water looks as if it is getting low, add more water during the cook time.

3. Let sit until cool enough to drink. If plant matter got out of the teabag/infuser, be sure to strain the tea before consumption.


In India, there is a drink similar (but not quite the same) in nature called Bhang. It is served to guests at parties. When served, it is also mixed with other spices like cinnamon and sugar. When using milk instead of using butter, replace one-third of the water with milk, it is also possible to make very tasty Chai with cannabis.  Also, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add this to the ground cannabis in a blender. Then place it in a saucepan to heat with additional water. Make sure that the milk never boils. You will need to cook this for about 30 minutes. Make sure to also adding water to make sure the pot does not boil dry. Add cinnamon and sugar to taste when done.

Adam Parsons
Adam Parsons
Professional cannabis journalist, copywriter, and author Adam Parsons is a long-time staff member of Zamnesia. Tasked with covering a wide range of topics from CBD to psychedelics and everything in between, Adam creates blog posts, guides, and explores an ever-growing range of products.
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