The hemp flower supposedly calms the mind and body. But for some people, that first drag of hemp smoke can assault the senses. So for users hoping to relax from the very beginning, smoking hemp flowers obviously gets tossed out the window.
Fortunately, tons of other methods of use exist throughout the market. And while you can buy some of them — like gummies and tinctures — others, you can make at home. In this guide, we’re talking all about making your own hemp tea at home and what you can do to boost its effects.
What You’ll Need
Skip Ahead to Topic
The reason why more and more people turn to hemp flower tea is that it’s easy to make and cheap. Toss in the fact that you get the option to formulate the tea to suit your own taste, and it becomes an obvious preference for low tolerance users.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own hemp flower tea:
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Hemp flower
- Your choice of sweetener (honey works best)
There are a number of other ingredients you can add to modify your hemp flower tea to your liking. But if we’re talking about a basic, everyday tea, these essentials should suffice.
How to Make Hemp Flower Tea
The entire process should take no more than forty minutes, and only actually involves three steps. If you’re ready to brew your first cuppa hemp flower tea, here’s what you need to do:
- Preheat your oven – Before getting started, preheat your oven to 325°F. This necessary step prepares the heating process for the hemp flower you plan to use.
Remember that hemp gets activated through a process called decarboxylation. This happens when the buds get exposed to heat. Without this primary step, the hemp flower you put into your tea won’t give you the effects you’re hoping to achieve.
- Prepare and heat your hemp flower – Now that the oven is nice and hot, you can get started on preparing your hemp flower. Break apart just enough to satisfy your usual dose. You might want to add in a few grams of flower since drinking hemp tea might weaken your flower’s potency.
Remove any stems and seeds and spread the broken pieces across your parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Then toss it into your stove and wait 30 minutes before taking it out.
- Steep the flower and add honey – Over steeping the hemp flower in hot water could result in a bitter brew. But leave it in for too short, and you might find that your tea falls short of the desired effects.
To get the perfect strength and flavor, bring water to a boil and remove it from the heat. Leave it to cool for about two minutes before adding the activated hemp flower. Steep the tea for about 3-5 minutes, and add honey to taste.
How to Make Hemp Tea Stronger
It’s no secret that the process of digestion breaks down those precious cannabinoids causing a less potent experience. That’s also why some people smoke their hemp flower despite their aversion to smoke — because it provides the highest hemp chemistry bioavailability.
So if you find that your tea just isn’t as strong as you hoped, you can try these tested methods:
Add a Potentiator
By definition, a potentiator is a substance that elevates or magnifies the effects of another substance. Numerous potentiators exist that help to amplify hemp’s benefits, and some of them probably already sitting in your kitchen cupboards.
Grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lemongrass, and lavender all work to emphasize hemp’s chemistry and increase absorption in your body. Adding a few tablespoons of juice or a sprig of these selected herbs to your tea can help heighten your brew’s potency.
Don’t Let It Sit for Too Long
When you steep your hemp flower, you effectively extract its chemistry. These cannabinoids aren’t as stable as they would have been had you left them in the hemp nugs. So over the next few hours, your hemp tea will start to lose its potency.
Make sure to drink your brew before it completely cools. While a cooled cup of hemp tea might still provide some benefits, it probably won’t be enough to have you feeling as comfortable and calm as a fresh cup would.
Bump Up Your Dose
As a general rule, steeping hemp flower tea results in a weaker experience. That’s simply because the process involves numerous steps that process your flower before it makes its way into your system, as opposed to the traditional smoke.
On top of that, cannabinoids have to pass through your gut where they’re broken down and digested so you don’t get 100% of the cannabinoids in the brew. To combat this, you can try adding to your usual dose. If you use 0.3g of hemp flower for your typical toke, bump it up by up to two times to get the same effects out of tea.
Can Hemp Flower Tea Get You High?
The keyword here is hemp flower tea. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and all of its parts are federally legal given that they fall into the proper THC concentration. Based on the stipulations in the bill, for any part of the Cannabis sativa L. plant to be considered hemp, it should contain no more than 0.3% THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the main psychoactive compound found in hemp. It’s the reason why marijuana remains a controlled substance, and why hemp has finally been freed from that same list.
If you’re using hemp flower for your tea, then you can bet your bottom dollar it won’t get you high. Of course, that’s as long as you source your hemp flower from a reputable source.
There are vendors out there who sell hemp flower that doesn’t go through sufficient quality control or lab testing. Thus they end up selling products that exceed the legally allowed THC limit. In that case, you could be brewing marijuana tea instead, and that could definitely get you high.
And That’s the Tea
Easy, convenient, and crazy affordable, hemp flower tea proves to be the smartest way to get your dose of delectable cannabinoids without spending a fortune. Make sure to keep these trusty tips at the ready when you decide to brew a fresh cup, and enjoy the power of hemp just the way you like it.