There is increasing evidence of and support for the medicinal value of cannabis because it contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) which can bind with receptors in our brains. As far back as 2009, Science Daily reported that the medicinal effects of THC are the result of its ability to mimic the substances in the human body that fight pain. A way to experience the medicinal value of cannabis without inhaling is to drink it in the form of marijuana tea, also known as weed drinks.
In fact, marijuana tea has health benefits unique to this form of cannabis consumption. Not only is it a way to avoid the possible risks associated with smoking, drinking marijuana tea can be especially helpful for patients who suffer from conditions affecting their mouth or throat, or who are experiencing respiratory.
marijuana-infused teas were recognized for their anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties and were used as an aid during childbirth as well as to ease nausea and treat headaches.
As we will see, the health benefits of marijuana tea are many. It can provide relief for pain, aid in digestive health, relieve inflammation, prevent cognitive decline, plus regulate mood, blood pressure, and sleep problems.
Effects of marijuana tea
It takes from 30 to 90 minutes for marijuana tea to take full effect. People with faster metabolisms or lower body masses may feel the effects in less than thirty minutes, while it can take up to 2 hours for people with slower metabolisms or denser body masses to feel the impact.
If using this consumption method for the first time, it’s a good idea to be in a familiar environment when you do – even for experienced cannabis users. It will take a few hours to see how your body reacts to consuming marijuana in the form of tea so make sure you are in a place where you feel safe. The lasting effects of weed drinks can be felt for 4 to 8 hours.
These long-lasting results make drinking marijuana tea particularly beneficial for chronic conditions. We’ll talk dosages in the how-to section at the end of this article.
Drinking marijuana tea for pain relief
Scientific research has observed that the active compounds in cannabis (THC and CBD) bind to pain receptors in the body’s central nervous system, making cannabis in all its forms a powerful analgesic for treating acute and chronic pain. Using cannabis to manage pain is safe and effective, without the known negative side effects of conventional analgesics.
Consuming marijuana tea is a particularly effective method of using cannabis to relieve pain because it produces more sustained effects compared to smoking or vaping, consumption methods for which the effects are short-lived. Cannabis tea is not only beneficial for treating muscle pain, but also disruptive and highly uncomfortable conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, and cancer pain.
Drinking marijuana tea for digestive health
Endocannabinoid receptors are not just in our brains. They are spread throughout our bodies, including the digestive tract. Drinking marijuana tea means the active compounds of cannabis (THC and CBD) are able to provide quick relief for several digestive problems, including upset stomach, intestinal cramps, acid reflux, even constipation and its opposite, diarrhea.
Cannabis tea can do this because it relieves inflammation in the gut, which also prevents nausea and vomiting. In addition to preventing nausea, marijuana tea is an appetite stimulant. For this reason, it is often used by people undergoing chemotherapy because it stimulates their interest in food and allows them keep it down by counteracting nausea. Drinking marijuana tea serves the same purpose for those recovering from injury or surgery and for those who are living with an extended or chronic illness such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Drinking marijuana tea for its anti-inflammatory properties
Marijuana also demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties. Health conditions like IBS, multiple sclerosis (MS), and arthritis, are the result of the immune system mistakenly targeting the body’s own cells as invaders. This overactive immune response leads to inflammation. The active compounds in cannabis bond with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors and work to counteract the immune system’s mistaken response. The result is reduced inflammation as well as reduced pain.
Drinking marijuana tea may help prevent cognitive decline
Research suggests that cannabis may be effective in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions of cognitive decline. Results are still preliminary but, in recent studies, THC has been shown to block a type of protein that scientists believe plays an important part in the development of Alzheimer’s in older patients. Early results show that cannabis helps mice perform memory tasks better. Previous studies have established that THC and other cannabinoids are directly linked to improved memory and focus. The present hypothesis is that cannabis can provide new treatment options for the prevention of cognitive decline.
Drinking marijuana tea can help regulate mood disorders
THC has mood-boosting benefits because it triggers the release of neurotransmitters. That means consuming cannabis tea leads to reduced levels of stress hormones, which relieves anxiety. Some of the underlying causes of mood disorders like depression and anxiety are related to physical factors such as neuronal inflammation or serotonin deficiency. The ability of cannabis to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters involved in reducing stress makes marijuana tea one of the best treatment options for those prone to anxiety when compared to smoking cannabis. In general, people who suffer from anxiety consider cannabis tea more relaxing than smoking because of the tea’s lower THC. What’s more, the relaxing effects of consuming tea last longer.
Drinking marijuana tea can help control high blood pressure
Drinking cannabis tea eases hypertension of blood vessels and arteries. The result is a lowered risk of heart attack and stroke.
Drinking marijuana tea can ease sleep disorders
Marijuana tea can act as a sedative, leading to restful, uninterrupted, and refreshing sleep. The sedative effects vary according to the type of marijuana used to make the infusion. Obviously, this sleep-inducing action is beneficial to those suffering from insomnia or disrupted sleep.
These are just some of the health benefits of weed drinks. Cannabis is also used to treat Parkinson’s disease because it increases dopamine levels and counteracts the loss of dopamine caused by the disease. Cannabis is also useful in the control of seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet which are otherwise difficult to control.
How to make marijuana tea
The basic way to make cannabis tea is to simmer together few buds, or a handful of stems and leaves, with some added butter or oil on low heat for about 30 minutes. Buds make a stronger tea while stems and leaves make a weaker infusion. You can find detailed, step-by-step recipes online. WikiHow is a good place to start. If you find the taste of marijuana too strong, add a bag of your favorite tea to the pot for the last 3-5 minutes.
Marijuana teas from MariJane Depot
If you’d rather not concoct your own brews, you can always enjoy our MariJane Depot selection of weed drinks. Our marijuana tea sommeliers are continuously on the lookout for new products and are committed to ensuring that you can buy quality weed drinks online. Our cannabis teas usually come in packages of 5 bags, each offering 80 milligrams of THC and 6 milligrams of CBD, blended with your choice of organic green tea, Earl Grey tea, or orange pekoe tea. This takes the guesswork out of brewing medical marijuana tea.
THC per cup
The amount of THC in a cup of cannabis tea varies according to the strain, or strains, used. One gram of a strain of cannabis that has an approximate THC content of 10% will result in tea containing roughly 100 milligrams of THC.
As with any cannabis consumption method, finding the right dose for you will take a few tries. We recommend starting small and working your way up if need be. If you’re a first-time marijuana user – in any form – start with ½ a cup (125 ml) per day for a while. This will give you time to understand the sensations and effects drinking cannabis tea gives you.
The standard starting dose for regular cannabis users is one cup (250 ml) every 24-hours. If that dose does not produce the desired medicinal effect, you can increase your dosage to two cups (500 ml) every 24-hours at 12-hour intervals. That means one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening before bedtime.