CBD and Tea: What You Need to Know Before You Pour

Useful guide on using CBD and tea

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Nothing tastes better on a summer’s day than a tall glass of icy-cold iced tea; and nothing is more relaxing after a long, hard day than a soothing cup of chamomile tea. If tea is your favorite beverage and you want to try CBD, can you get the benefits of CBD if you add it to your go-to drink? 

Yes, CBD-infused tea is growing in popularity; however, as with all things CBD, it’s best to get educated before you buy that tea and pour yourself a cuppa. 

Legalities of CBD-infused Beverages and Edibles

In 2018, the US Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law by President Donald Trump, removed hemp with less than 0.3% THC concentration from the controlled substances list. The Farm Bill also said that hemp-based products can be legally moved across state lines. However, that change falls slightly short of legalizing CBD-infused beverages and edibles. They fall under the control of the Food and Drug Administration, and regulations are still being formulated by the FDA. That agency has not caught up with the groundswell of consumer demand. Yes, you can readily purchase CBD products just about everywhere, but you’ll notice they come with bold disclaimers that they are not making any health claims. CBD may be good for your health, your sleep, and your moods … but producers can’t promise it.

Before you purchase CBD-infused tea, two questions should be considered: Is it legal where I live? and Where can I buy it?

State regulations determine the availability in your local stores. Although CBD oil is legal and sold in several stores where I live in Oklahoma City, I haven’t been able to locate any that sell CBD-infused tea. Several offer water instead. However, CBD water will not give you the benefits of CBD, as CBD does not diffuse in water and will stick to the bottle instead. If the CBD is in the water, it most likely won’t get into you. If CBD products are sold openly in your state, look for CBD-infused tea in local health food stores, pharmacies, and medical marijuana dispensaries. Remember, CBD is not euphoria-producing. It will not get you high.

If you’d like to try CBD-infused tea and you can’t find it in stores near you, your best bet may be to go online. The World Tea News (Legal Issues of CBD Tea) suggests researching the product on Amazon. The Amazon listing implies legality. The prudent consumer may wish to use it as a springboard for locating either local or online retailers. 

When you go online to purchase tea, a myriad of choices await you. Do you want tea bags or loose tea? Perhaps you would prefer tea that’s already brewed. Recipes for making your own cbd-infused tea are available online, and some marketers have patented cbd tea-brewing systems. If you have a preferred method of making tea, you can probably locate a similar method for enjoying CBD-infused tea.

How CBD Tea Is Processed

We all learned in school that oil and water do not mix. CBD is an oil. Tea is made with water. So how can manufacturers infuse tea with CBD in the first place? When oil and water come in contact with each other, the two elements separate. It’s basic chemistry. Water molecules are much denser than oil. The two products are called “immiscible,” meaning literally they are incapable of being mixed. IN order to put the two together, the molecular structure of either the oil or the water has to be changed.

That may be the reason CBD oil mixes more easily with honey than with water. However, it has been infused into teas successfully. Here’s how: CBD isolates can be reduced into a powder made from the hemp plant. After harvesting the hemp plant, the manufacturer has to dry, process, extract, refine, and purify the extracted CBD before it’s ready for use. That powder is then infused back into an oil.

When I asked Jesse Richardson at The Brother’s Apothecary how they produce tea, I discovered they use neither oils nor isolates. They mix the basic product with a small amount of coconut oil to make it more digestible to the human body, and use that in the tea.

Buyer Be Aware

“Our biggest advice to buyers is this: look for test results, and look for high doses,” Richardson said.

He reminds everyone that checking for third-party test results from an independent laboratory is vital. If a company selling CBD products of any kind can’t or won’t show you the lab testingdone on their CBD , it is best to steer clear. You, the consumer, need to know that the CBD product you buy does indeed have the CBD in it that you are paying for. You also need to know that it does not have extra toxic ingredients that you do not want to pay for – or ingest.

Others emphasize the need for a sterile handling process, unbleached teabags, and a carbon-dioxide free extraction method.

On a practical note, come with a credit card if you want to buy CBD-anything online. 

Flavor Combinations

Many CBD oil-and-tea manufacturers combine it with other herbs, spices, and botanicals. This both softens the slightly bitter taste of the oil and also enhances the benefits.

Chamomile, well-known for its calming effects, is probably the most frequent herbal combination in tea. Other common combinations include lavender, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and peppermint, but you can even find “banana bread tea” and “apple pie tea.”

Richardson suggests buyers “look for CBD products that are sugar-free and combine hemp with complementary ingredients (turmeric, ginger, herbs and botanicals.)” 

If you’re hoping to relieve anxiety, try chamomile or hibiscus. For nausea, use peppermint, ginger, and lemongrass. If headaches are your problem, again, peppermint and chamomile might help, as well as Valerian. Chamomile and peppermint are also the teas of choice for the common complaint of insomnia.

If you decide to add CBD tea to your daily routine, we at GOd’s Greenery would like to hear your story. Let us know what you tried, what you were hoping it would help, and how it worked out. You can comment below or reach our Editor in Chief Natalie Gillespie at [email protected]

As always, before making any changes to your health routine, it is best to consult first with your medical professional.

Darlene Franklin
Darlene Franklin
Darlene Franklin
Darlene Franklin lives near her family in Oklahoma. She has published more than 100 books and thousands of articles.

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