How to make tea with marijuana buds

Published Aug 14, 2019 01:32 p.m. ET
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Edibles can be a fun and exciting way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the adverse effects of smoking. They taste great, can be made in a personalized strength and the very best part is, that you can use the very same ingredients that you know and love every day, with a minor addition of decarboxylated buds.

The benefits of this all-natural and entirely customizable cannabis-infused beverage range from mental to physical.

Weed tea recipe

Decarboxylation is necessary to activate both THC and CBD compounds, which is why the first step to making weed tea begins with baking the herb.

Makes: 2 cups
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1-2 grams of cannabis buds
  • 2 tea bags (pick your favorite flavor)
  • 1 ½ cups of water


  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Weed grinder
  • Kettle (or small pot)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic (or twine)
  • Mugs
  • Teaspoon


1. Preheat the oven to 235° F.

2. While you wait, use a grinder to bust apart the buds into an even blend. Bear in mind smaller pieces makes the infusion of the weed tea much easier, however, do not make the buds too fine where they can escape the tea bag mesh.

3. Place one layer of parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread the ground up buds across it.

4. Bake the buds for 50 minutes to activate the cannabinoids.

5. Remove the grind from the oven and allow to cool while you prepare the tea bags.

6. Take a pair of scissors and make a small incision along one edge of the mesh screen of each bag. Just large enough to fit the pieces inside.

7. Pack the decarboxylated cannabis buds into the tea bags and use an elastic or piece of twine to tie them shut.


8. Use a kettle or small pot to bring the water to a rolling boil.

9. Place the buds filled tea bags into the mugs then pour the steaming hot water over the top.

10. Stir the bags gently as they steep in the boiling water for 1 minute.

11. Squeeze the juices out of the tea bags as you remove them from the mugs.

12. Garnish or flavor using sugar, sweetener, cannamilk or cream, and serve while piping hot.

Weed tea effects

The strength from this marijuana tea blend is perfect for beginner consumers, as the short time allowed for the infusion, keeps the transfer of THC relatively low. Consuming this weed tea will help you to relax, soothe pain, relieve stress and can help to treat a variety of common issues like nausea, depression and anxiety. However, it likely won’t be as intensely psychoactive as smoking, especially for experienced edibles consumers with a higher than average tolerance level.

How to make potent marijuana tea

For those who prefer a more enhanced version of this recipe, the answer is simple but will take a bit more time. Instead of pouring the boiling water over the tea bags, they can be steeped in boiling water for up to 1 hour to extract the cannabinoids from within a bit more effectively.

How long does weed stay in your system with edibles?

Edibles are typically described as more intense and long-lasting than other methods of ingesting cannabis. As you drink the tea, it will slowly make its way down to your stomach, where the THC absorbs into the bloodstream. This process can take up to 2 hours, hence the reason it takes so long to feel anything after consuming edibles. The felt effects can last up to 12 hours, so it’s a good idea to avoid these delicious treats unless you have a good time window dedicated to for this. Now, it can take much longer than that to leave your body completely, but the euphoric sensations will wear off within 6-12 hours.

Best cannabis strains to make weed tea

If you are here as a beginner for a crash course on how to make tea with marijuana buds, then you might not know that the strains used in the creation of edibles have a significant impact on the taste, smell and flavor of them. Below you will find ten creamy and delicious marijuana strains that are perfect for making tea with buds.

  • Red Diesel
  • Extreme Cream
  • Space Queen
  • Orange Cream
  • Vanilla Kush
  • Irish Cream
  • Dairy Queen
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Caramelicious
  • Peaches and Cream
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