How to make marijuana infused tea

Published Jan 25, 2019 03:53 p.m. ET

 Herbal teas are a calming way to enjoy the benefits of marijuana and have been used for thousands of years. Both recreationally, and for medicinal benefit. Cannabis infused teas are incredibly easy to make. Chances are you already have everything you might need at home. Just be aware, this recipe extracts and activates the psychoactive components of the plant, and you will feel the same effects as you would if you smoked the bud. They may even be more intense and long-lasting. Keep this in mind as you decide how much to drink, especially if it’s your first time.

Marijuana infused tea recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time to prepare: 39 mins
Number of portions: 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 gram of bud (you can alter the amount you use according to personal preference)
  • One tea bag (any kind will work) instead you can opt for a metal reusable tea bag or coffee filter
  • One teaspoon of butter (softened)
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • any additions for the flavor you might prefer such as milk, honey, sugar or sweetener.

TOOLS

  • 1 spoon
  • 1 bowl
  • scissors
  • 1 pot

This recipe will give you two portions of tea. If you are making it just for yourself, then half the ingredients.

Step 1- Remove all stems from your bud and chop or grind it. You want finely ground bud for this, but you don't want to turn it into a powder, so even pulling it apart by hand will work. If it's too fine, it will be impossible to filter correctly, and you will end up with a gritty texture in your tea.

Step 2- Pour your finely chopped bud with one teaspoon of butter into a bowl. Mix well, ensuring the grinds are entirely coated in butter.

Step 3- If you are using a metal reusable tea strainer, then you can either pack the butter mixture inside alone or alongside your favorite tea grounds for extra flavor.
If you are using a disposable tea bag, then gently slice the top of it and either empty its contents and replace with the butter mixture, or pack the mixture on top of the grounds. Make sure you leave enough room to fold the sliced edge a few times to create a seal.
If you are using a coffee filter, then you can use a string to tie it off after packing the butter mixture into the center.
No matter what you choose to use, you must seal it best you can to avoid floating pieces and a gritty texture.

Step 4- Add 2 1/2 cups of water to a pot, and allow water to heat to a simmer. You don't want it to boil over, so don't add your tea bag until you have a consistent temperature. Simmer teabag for 30 minutes.

Step 5- Remove from heat and a low to cool for 4 minutes. Then remove the teabag and its ready to enjoy. Just pour and add sugar etc. to taste.

It is important to note that this tea can take up to an hour before you fully feel the effects. Be cautious of how much you are consuming until you know how it will affect you.  

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