The different ways to add CBD tincture in tea, its benefits, dosing, and a CBD-infused golden milk recipe. Learn how to make a cup of CBD tea that maximizes its health benefits. This simple recipe infuses the drink with lemon and cinnamon. There are many ways to enjoy CBD including CBD infused teas. Here’s how to add Holmes Organics CBD to your tea to enjoy its wellness benefits.
The Benefits of Putting CBD Tincture in Tea
Tea is one of the most popular drinks across the globe. Black, green, red, white, herbal, spice and more, various brews can energize, soothe, relax or increase focus. CBD tincture in tea makes this nourishing drink even more enjoyable. This blog explores why cannabidiol makes a perfect match for tea.
Can You Put CBD Tincture in a Drink?
Yes, you can add CBD tincture to most beverages. It is a popular way to consume cannabidiol. Like any other CBD format, there are pros and cons to the drink method.
Pros of CBD Drinks
Are you the type of person who starts every morning with a green smoothie? What about a cup of coffee? If so, you can add CBD tincture oil into your drinks for a plant-power lift. Adding CBD to drinks is a simple way to incorporate cannabidiol into your day-to-day life.
Masks the Taste
Quality hemp oils have an inoffensive flavor; most people do not mind the mild earthiness. However, some people may dislike it, so mixing CBD tincture in beverages masks the taste of the extract.
An Alcohol Alternative
CBD mocktails are a healthy substitute for non-drinkers or those seeking an alternative to alcohol. You can add CBD to alcoholic beverages, as well.
Cons of CBD Drinks
The downside of adding tincture to drinks is it is less bioavailable than other methods. Bioavailability is the rate and degree with which the body absorbs cannabinoids.
Tinctures are most effective when taken sublingually, holding the formula under your tongue for 30 to 90 seconds. The capillaries under the tongue allow cannabidiol to travel faster into the bloodstream.
The bioavailability of tinctures is around 20 to potentially 35 percent. When cannabinoids pass through the digestive system via a beverage, bioavailability decreases to around 5 to 20 percent, so you lose out on some cannabinoids this way.
However, incorporating CBD into milky or creamy drinks provides additional fats to help your body absorb useful cannabinoids. More on this later.
What is CBD Tea?
The drink refers to any type of tea that is infused with cannabidiol. It could be iced, hot, chai, mint, ginger or any other flavor. There are multiple ways to make CBD tea with a variety of different cannabinoid products from isolate to flower.
Can You Put CBD Tincture in Tea?
Yes, CBD tincture is one of the easiest ways to incorporate cannabidiol into tea. (Read more about the different CBD-tea infusions later on in this post.) For one, you don’t have to worry about the heat from a steaming cup burning off any desirable cannabinoids. It takes temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit before heat begins to damage CBD. The average cup of tea is around 170 to 180-degrees, so it is well under the threshold.
Second, tinctures are particularly well-suited for drinks since they come blended with a carrier oil (unless you’re using an alcohol-based product). The carrier is necessary because cannabinoids are fat-soluble. Since may teas are water-based, the carrier oil in the tincture provides the necessary fat the body needs to make use of CBD.
How Do You Put CBD in Tea?
Brewing up a cup of CBD tea provides ample opportunity for experimentation. Here are some ways to go about it.
Direct From the Dropper
As mentioned, it’s safe to add an oil-based tincture directly into tea. Many teas are herbal, which blend well with the natural flavor of hemp. You can either stir in the tincture oil or let it sit on top, treating the oil similar to bitters. Letting the oil sit on top allows the hemp aromas to come to the forefront.
Honey is arguably the best tea sweetener. Adding CBD tincture into honey offers a quick way to make an infusion.
To do so, you need honey in a glass jar and a CBD tincture.
Fill a saucepan with water. Make sure the water level is lower than the height of the honey jar so no water spills inside. Heat the water to a boil. Once boiling, take the pan off the burner and place it on a heat-resistant surface.
Unscrew the honey jar lid and lightly place it on top. This way it traps heat but still allows steam to get through. Put the jar into the hot water and allow time for the honey to thin out. Once the honey is more liquid, mix in the CBD and stir it thoroughly.
If you are not sure how much CBD to add, a good starting place is 120 milligrams of CBD per ounce of honey. That equals 20 grams of CBD per teaspoon.
Let the CBD-infused honey sit in the water for about 20 minutes and continue to stir occasionally to ensure the cannabinoids are evenly distributed. Once complete, take the jar out of the water, tighten the lid, and let the honey thicken. Use the CBD infusion the same way you would regular honey. It stores the same way as well.
CBD Flower Tea
You can also make CBD tea with hemp flower. First, you must decarboxylate the flower by baking it at 325 degrees for 35 minutes. The heat converts CBDa to CBD so it’s safe to consume.
Once finished, grind the hemp flower into fine pieces. Place the grounds in a strainer or mesh bag. Simply steep the hemp flower and tea in hot water for three to five minutes. (You can make CBD honey with hemp flower, too!)
How Many Drops of CBD Oil in Tea?
Depending on how many cups of tea you plan on drinking will determine how much CBD you add to your cup. Assuming you will have two, 20 milligrams of CBD is a good place to start. A full 1-milliliter dropper of our regular strength tincture equals 33 milligrams of CBD. While a rough estimate, filling up the dropper halfway between the 0.5 and 0.75-milliliter line should be about 20 milligrams.
If you plan on having 4 cups, add .25 milliliters per cup.
What Does CBD Tea Do for Your Body?
Like CBD itself, tea has many purposes. Some people drink CBD tea for relaxation , others for CBD tea for relief, others for energy, and some for sleep. According to World Tea News, cannabinoids enhance the effects of tea. For example, mint, chamomile and lavender all have relaxing properties and many people use CBD for sleep. CBD is often used as an anti-anxiety, so it elevates the effects of the soothing herbs. Green tea, rooibos, turmeric and ginger tea all have wellness properties, just like cannabidiol.
CBD tea benefits also include counteracting negative effects from a brew. For instance, some people prefer to start their mornings with CBD coffee because they say it balances out any jitters from too much caffeine. The same applies to tea.
Some people experience nausea from black tea if they drink it on an empty stomach. CBD works as an anti-nausea, so adding it to your morning cup of English breakfast could prevent sour gut.
Recipe: CBD Golden Milk Tea
3 cups of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of powdered ginger
¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
1 to 3 full droppers of CBD tincture
To make this easy yet delicious tea add all the ingredients except the CBD tincture into a saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil to allow the spices to infuse into the coconut milk. Once boiling, bring the temperature back down to a simmer for 10 minutes. Occasionally stir.
After about ten minutes, add the CBD oil into the mixtures and whisk in thoroughly to ensure the tincture is evenly dispersed. Finally, sprinkle some cinnamon on top. You can drink the milk tea right away or store it in the refrigerator for later use.
CBD Tea Recipe
Freelance writer and cocktail book author Colleen Graham is a seasoned mixologist who loves sharing her knowledge of spirits and passion for preparing drinks.
Southern-cuisine expert and cookbook author Diana Rattray has created more than 5,000 recipes and articles in her 20 years as a food writer.
The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||17%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 18g|
|Vitamin C 8mg||40%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)
Touted for its health benefits, CBD tea is growing in availability and popularity. It tends to have a pleasant taste that resembles regular tea. But, like any tea, it can use a boost of flavor. Infused with lemon and cinnamon, this cup is refreshing, relaxing, and flavorful. It’s a simple way to brew a better-tasting and more effective cup of CBD tea from a prepared blend.
CBD tea is known for potentially relieving anxiety and pain among other ailments. Also called hemp tea, it may offer medicinal benefits to some people, though the extent of that is going to depend on the tea and the individual. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active compounds found in cannabis plants. It is not tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which produces the psychoactive high associated with marijuana—a different plant than hemp, which is used for the majority of CBD teas.
If you’re hoping to maximize the effectiveness of the cannabidiol compounds in a CBD tea bag, you’ll want to add fat. The CBD molecules cling to fats, which helps your body process them. Adding cream, milk, or a similar “fat” to your cup of tea maximizes the benefits you get from drinking it.
“The tea had excellent flavor and was very easy to make. I used hemp-based CBD tea bags, and it was a delicious tea with the lemon peel, honey, and cinnamon flavors. I especially enjoyed the richness from the cream. I will make this again.” —Diana Rattray
Can You Put CBD Oil In Tea?
As you continue to explore additional ways to enjoy CBD, you may add more infused foods and beverages to the mix. CBD tea can be purchased in infused blends, or you can add it to your favorite teas. Here’s what you need to know including how many drops of CBD oil are in infused teas.
What Is CBD Tea?
Both industrial hemp (aka. CBD) and marijuana contain cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is the molecular compound responsible for the primary medicinal benefits of marijuana. Industrial hemp is farmed to contain .3% or less of the intoxicating compound THC, so it won’t get you high. However, both industrial hemp and marijuana can be used to make tea.
CBD tea falls into 4 main categories:
- Tea that you make at home and add CBD oil to.
- CBD tea bags that are infused with CBD oil.
- Solo hemp or marijuana flowers and leaves.
- Herbal blends with hemp or marijuana flowers or leaves.
Does CBD Tea Get You High?
Nope! As long as you purchase a CBD product that contains .3% of THC or less, there’s no worry of getting high. However, if you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal and you are purchasing your tea from a dispensary, be sure to inquire about the THC content.
Remember, even if you live in a state where marijuana is legal, it can’t be shipped via the mail. So, if you purchase an infused tea online it’s definitely CBD.
How Much CBD Should I Put In My Tea?
This is entirely up to you as it’s all about personalizing your milligrams per serving. However, there are a couple of things to be mindful of. The challenges below can be avoided by purchasing a pre-infused tea blend.
- First, you may not enjoy the flavor or consistency of adding CBD oil to your tea. Start with half a dropper and go from there.
- Second, oil and water don’t mix well. Whisking the oil in will help but the oil will continue to separate. Adding even a bit of milk to your tea will help it mix. We have an easy tea latte recipe at the bottom of this blog post.
- Third, because the oil may end up sticking to the sides of your cup or mug you may not get the full milligrams per serving. The milligrams per serving will be diluted further if you eat with your tea.
How Many Drops Of CBD Oil In Tea?
This is up to you. There are approximately 20 drops in one dropper (mL) of Holmes Organics CBD oil.
- Our 450 mg bottle dispenses 15 milligrams of CBD per dropper.
- Our 950 mg bottle dispenses 30 milligrams of CBD per dropper.
- You can add more or less by counting the drops per your desired milligrams per serving.
How Long Does It Take For CBD Tea To Kick In?
The fastest delivery method for CBD is to take it sublingually under your tongue, which will take effect in 10 to 30 minutes. This is because there are blood vessels under your tongue, so it goes directly to your bloodstream.
Drinking or eating your CBD will take longer to kick in, typically between 30 and 60 minutes. Sometimes longer. For the fastest results drink your infused tea on an empty stomach; at least 30 minutes before eating or 2 hours after eating. Also, drink your tea in a fairly short amount of time so that the full serving kicks in at once.
Does CBD Tea Really Work?
Please Note—CBD companies cannot provide medical advice and we cannot guarantee that CBD will effectively soothe your mind or body. The data we provide is for informational purposes. Consult with your physician for guidance on all dietary supplements.
CBD tea benefits vary from one person to the next, so it’s something you will have to experience for yourself. If CBD oil works for you, tea should work too. Just be mindful that the milligrams per serving may be diluted in both food and beverages.
If you are new to CBD, consider starting with an oil, softgel, or gummy until you perfect the ideal milligrams per serving. This is typically between 10 and 30 milligrams. Once you find your ideal serving size, start experimenting with infused foods and beverages.
Does CBD Tea Help With Sleep?
Improved rest is one of many reasons people turn to CBD. It may help to calm your racing mind and wind down at the end of your day. If you are considering CBD tea for sleep, be selective about the teas you choose. Ensure your tea is caffeine-free and made with calming herbs or flowers.
- Valerian root
- Sleep tea blends
However, you can add CBD to any tea that you enjoy. Again, just make sure it’s caffeine-free at bedtime.
Will CBD Tea Make Me Tired?
Many turn to CBD to soothe their mind and body. While CBD alone may not make you tired, drinking it with the calming herbs above may help. If improved sleep is your objective, consider a melatonin and CBD sleep gummy.
Is CBD Tea Good For Losing Weight?
Maybe. If you are considering CBD tea for weight loss, it may be a positive side effect of CBD’s wellness benefits. However, weight loss is not a primary wellness benefit of CBD.
- If CBD helps to soothe your sore muscles, you may be motivated to work out more frequently.
- If CBD helps to calm your stress or anxiety, the reduced cortisol will balance your body and may boost your metabolism.
- If CBD helps you ease into a better night of sleep, it may help you balance your body from the inside out—which may lead to weight loss.
One study suggests that CBD may help with food cravings. On the flip side of weight loss, if you have a medical marijuana card or recreational marijuana is legal in your state, consider marijuana for nausea. While THC is the compound that gets you high, it is also the compound most responsible for minimizing nausea. CBD may help too, but even “low-dose” marijuana is likely to do a better job.
Can You Use CBD Tea To Detox?
If you want, you can add CBD to detox tea blends. CBD is an antioxidant, and all antioxidants can help you cleanse your body of toxins and free radicals. However, detoxing is not a common wellness benefit of CBD.
There are a variety of ways to detox including teas, herbal detox kits, and Epsom salt baths. Feel free to infuse your Epsom salt with CBD.
Always consult a physician or nutrition expert before starting a detox or cleanse. Always follow the direction of prepackaged detox and cleanses as they are only designed for short-term use.
What Are The Side Effects Of CBD Tea?
Since CBD isn’t the only ingredient in your tea, it is not the only ingredient that may cause a side effect. Yes, teas are naturally derived from herbs, flowers, and spices, but we can be allergic to just about anything we consume or apply topically.
So, pay attention to any changes in your body when you start taking CBD or drinking CBD tea.
There are zero reports of overdosing on CBD. While extremely rare, and most often when taken in high doses, exceeding 20,000 mg per serving, negative CBD tea effects may include:
- Dry mouth
- Low-blood pressure
- Reduced appetite
- Negative interaction with prescription medications
How To Make A CBD Tea Latte?
Since oil and water don’t mix well, adding a bit of healthy fat via your preferred vegan or dairy milk will ensure your CBD oil mixes into your tea. Adding a splash of milk will help, but why not just make a latte! No need to head to the café or invest in an at-home latte maker.
If you have a latte maker at home, simply make your latte as usual and add the CBD in before you steam your milk.
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/3 cup milk of your choice
- Optional sweetener—honey, agave, maple syrup, sugar, etc.
- Optional topper—cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, etc.
- Boil your water in a small pot and steep your tea in a mug as directed, between 2 to 5 minutes depending on the tea blend.
- Add the milk and optional sweetener to a small pot and heat to 150 degrees.
- Turn off the heat and add the CBD oil.
- Use a hand frother or whisk to mix the CBD oil in.
- Pour the frothed CBD milk on top of the tea.
- Top as you prefer and enjoy!
In the Mood For Hot Chocolate Instead Of Tea?
Craving something sweet? If you’re in the mood for hot chocolate instead, here’s a quick and easy recipe.
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Optional—1 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional topper—cinnamon, whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies
- Heat your milk to 150 degrees.
- Turn off the heat and add the CBD oil, cocoa powder, and vanilla.
- Use a hand frother or whisk to mix the ingredients.
- Pour into a mug and add your preferred toppings.
Check back to the Holmes Organics Blog soon for more wellness tips and CBD recipes!