Ways to Drink Your Cannabis
1. Juice It
Health-boosting juices can be made even greener by adding raw cannabis leaves, which experts believe may improve immune system function and have anti-inflammatory properties. The key here is to use the freshest buds possible, sourced straight from a grower – nothing dry or cured. And because you’re using raw product, you don’t need to worry about actually getting high. According to Samantha Miller, president and chief scientist at cannabis-testing lab Pure Analytics, “it takes a minimum of everyday use to feel the benefits”.
2. Just Add Wine
The Denver-based Cannabis Tours company has launched a Wine and Weed jaunt in California’s Bay Area. Those who partake in the tour visit bud grow facilities and dispensaries, and sample traditional wines. Then visitors are given the chance to partake in the form of cannabis-infused wines, like those from CannaVines, a biodynamic vintage blend made by steeping raw cannabis in fermenting grape juice. Another California winery, Rebel Coast, has released a non-alcoholic version infused with THC, promising a buzz without the hangover.
3. Heady Beer Takes On A New Meaning
With concerns across the alcohol industry that legal weed could adversely affect sales, it’s no surprise beer companies are also getting in on the act.
A slew of CBD- and THC-infused beers from breweries of all sizes all over the country are in the works or on the shelves. California-based Lagunitas Brewing Co. partnered with Sonoma-based AbsoluteXtracts for its SuperCritical IPA, which is brewed with terpenes, or fragrant oils, from cannabis plants. The duo’s also doing hops-based cannabis cartridges for vape pens) Constellation Brands, which owns Corona and Modelo, has invested $4 billion into Canadian medical marijuana company Canopy Growth Corporation and has also revealed plans to release a cannabis beer. Some, like Colorado-based Ceria Beverages, are brewing up non-alcoholic versions that get you buzzed without getting you drunk.
4. Shaken or Stirred
Denver-based self-styled “budtender” Andrew Mieure runs Top Shelf Budtending, which focuses on the classy side of cannabis consumption. Mieure and his team host private events and even weddings during which he and his team infuse, sprinkle, and pipette drinks with various tinctures and strains to create mocktails, tailoring the dosage to each individual.
“Guests that have consumed alcoholic cocktails oftentimes have their favorites. These smell and taste profiles can oftentimes be very closely replicated with vegetable juice, fruits and herbs,” explains Mieure, adding that they never add more than 5mg of THC per drink.
Bars are also seeing green. In L.A., vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre was one of the first to craft cocktails with terpenes and CBD (which doesn’t get you stoned), while Prank Bar serves a range of libations featuring citrus terpenes, with or without booze.
5. Tea Time
Bringing a whole new meaning to “high tea”, Kikoko is a line of cannabis-infused herbal teas tailored to specific concerns. One of a growing number of products aimed at the female market, Kikoko’s blends include varying levels of THC and CBD in order to improve mood, decrease pain, or even increase sexual desire.
Made from weed grown in California, and sold at dispensaries across the state, these organic teas are among a raft of new products challenging the stoner stereotype.
Reasons to Start Drinking Cannabis Tea
You already know eating and inhaling cannabis provides a number of health benefits, but did you know you could be drinking it too?
Cannabis tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. It is loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants.
People drink it for alleviating everything from morning sickness to stress.
Now, modern research has given us a much better idea of how it can improve our health.
Here are 7 incredible cannabis tea health benefits, plus a recipe you can try out.
#1) Cannabis Tea Reduces Chronic Pain
Do you suffer from chronic pain?
Evidence suggests drinking cannabis could help.
Cannabinoids, compounds in cannabis like THC and CBD, have pain-fighting properties.
When you ingest a cannabis drink, the active ingredients in the plant are absorbed through the digestive track and liver.
Typically, it takes about 30-90 minutes for the tea to take effect.
Why is this important?
The pain relief is ongoing.
Similar to edibles, you’ll normally feel the effects for around 4-8 hours, but it could take as long as two hours before you notice onset of effects.
Because of the slow acting, but long-lasting effects, cannabis-infused tea can be particularly helpful for chronic conditions like cancer, AIDS, MS, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Instead of dosing several times throughout the day, one cup of tea provides extended pain relief.
BONUS TIP: For maximum cannabinoid absorption, consider drinking special tea with along with a fat source. This will help your body to better metabolize the cannabinoids.
#2) Relieves Anxiety and Depression
Next to stress, anxiety and depression are among the most common ailments people experience.
Globally, it is estimated that 350 million people suffer from depression. And one out of every thirteen people worldwide is affected by anxiety.
In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States.
But with if cannabis could help?
Specifically infusing this medicinal herb into tea form has a number of healing qualities that could offer relief.
Studies show that cannabis contains powerful neuroprotective properties and plays a major role in regulating emotional behavior.
These effects can be explained in part by the numerous components of cannabis.
Cannabis contains antioxidants that help repair cells and protect DNA from damage. It also happens to be a potent anti-inflammatory, which can help with brain swelling.
That’s not all…
Brain inflammation is a leading cause of depression and anxiety.
By reducing inflammation, cannabis helps the brain to heal itself and overcome damage from stress.
Cannabis is not a cure-all for depression or anxiety. We need more research to make any definitive claims.
However, we do know that cannabis can have a positive impact.
And what better way to medicate than with a relaxing cup of tea?
Not only is the process itself soothing but the beverage is loaded with healing properties for your mental health.
#3) Improves Lung Health
Did you know cannabis actually enhances rather than inhibits lung functioning?
Unlike tobacco, cannabis acts as a bronchodilator rather than a bronchoconstrictor.
In other words, cannabis actually decreases resistance in the respiratory tract and increases airflow.
And it gets better…
Cannabis could even help treat lung cancer.
Researchers from Harvard University found that THC reduces tumor growth in lung cancer by 50 percent. In fact, THC also significantly reduced the ability of cancer to spread.
Cannabis tea offers an alternative to people who wish to experience the benefits of cannabis without smoking it.
If you have a respiratory ailment, this can be especially beneficial.
#4) Supports Heart Health
You probably know that regular exercise and a healthy diet prevent many forms of heart disease.
But did you know it might be time to add cannabis to the mix?
According to a study published in the journal Pharmacological Research, cannabinoids lower blood pressure and improve circulation in human tissue.
Essentially, the compounds in cannabis open the arteries by causing them to relax and widen.
Why is this significant?
High blood pressure and blocked arteries are known to cause heart attacks and heart disease.
Cannabis could help change this.
Now, we’re not saying you should start lighting up to decrease your blood pressure. Smoking cannabis has been known to raise a person’s heart rate initially.
However, drinking it in tea form could help.
The effects are gentle and mild as long as you don’t over-consume.
How much should you be drinking?
We recommend starting off with a single serving, about one glass. Monitor your body’s response and wait at least 2 hours before consuming more.
Gradually increase your dosage if necessary.
BONUS TIP: Want to make your own infused beverage? Scroll down for an easy cannabis tea recipe.
#5) Cannabis Tea Eases Symptoms of Nausea
Have you ever felt sick to your stomach?
Nausea is an uncomfortable feeling we’re all familiar with.
While not pleasant, nausea is one of our body’s defense mechanisms. It’s how we fight against toxic substances.
Luckily, our body is normally able to fight invaders off quickly and queasy feelings don’t last long.
But what happens when nausea is chronic?
Unfortunately, nausea is a symptom associated with several serious illnesses.
Many people, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, experience nausea on a regular basis.
Which may leave you wondering – could cannabis help?
The active substance in cannabis, THC, has shown to relieve nausea and stimulate appetite.
In fact, nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy is one of the best-supported therapeutic uses of cannabis according to the British Medical Association in their review of 13 studies.
Now, imagine the therapeutic potential of drinking cannabis tea.
You could reap cannabis’ anti-nausea benefits AND it would be easy on the stomach. With the right infusion, ideally a strain high in THC, cannabis tea could also increase appetite.
This could be life-changing for chemotherapy patients who are susceptible to deadly weight loss.
What happens if you drink alcohol before using weed?
Drinking before using weed can intensify weed’s effects. This is because alcohol increases the absorption of weed’s main psychoactive ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
This generally results in a stronger high. While this might be nice for some folks, it can cause others to green out. This refers to a range of unpleasant physical symptoms that can result from a strong high.
Symptoms of a green out include: