Using cannabis as a tea

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Cannabis administration in the form of a tea is easy and reliable. The effects of cannabis tea are generally mild, because the concentration of active compounds in tea is relatively low. Although it takes up to a few hours before the first effects become apparent, the duration of action is longer than after inhalation. Cannabis administration in the form of tea is therefore specifically suited for chronic complaints with a relatively constant intensity. For complaints with a more irregular intensity, such as muscle spasms or certain types of pain, inhaled cannabis is recommended.

What you need

  • Cannabis (marijuana) – 1 gram
  • Water – 1 liter (one quart)
  • Pan with a lid
  • Tea-strainer or sieve
  • Coffee creamer (powder or liquid), milk or chocolate milk powder (e.g. Nesquick, Ovaltine)

Weed tea preparation

Bring 1 liter of water to a rolling boil. Add 1 gram of cannabis, either directly into the water, or contained within the tea-strainer. If you want to prepare another volume of tea, do not change the ratio of cannabis to water (e.g.: 0.25 gram in 0.25 Liter of water). Let the tea simmer for 15 minutes. Then remove the cannabis by taking out the tea-strainer, or by straining the tea through a sieve. Put the tea into a storage container, and add a spoonful of coffee creamer. This will help to keep the active ingredients of cannabis (THC, among others) in solution, so that the potency of the tea remains constant during storage.

Cannabis tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can be consumed cold, or may be reheated before consumption. Weed tea has a somewhat peculiar taste, which can be improved by adding some sugar, honey, mint,or other flavors.

Marijuana tea dosing

A common starting dose for cannabis tea is 1 cup (about 200 ml or half pint) each day. If the medicinal effect is insufficient, this can be increased to 2 cups daily (1x morning, 1x evening). If you have never used cannabis before, it may be recommended to use an even smaller amount for the first few days: only half a cup. If you do not experience unpleasant side-effects, you can slowly increase the dose.

Duration of effects

The effects of cannabis tea usually become noticeable after 30-90 minutes. The effect is strongest after 2-3 hours, and the total duration of effects is typically 4-8 hours. The effects of cannabis tea are different compared to inhalation. Weed tea may be preferred when you have not tried cannabis before, or when you do not like inhalation. Because of the slow-acting, but long-lasting effects of tea, this mode of administration is specifically well-suited for chronic complaints such as spasms (MS), rheumatoid pain or nausea. For complaints that need a higher dose of cannabis, or when a fast-acting relief is desired, inhalation of cannabis is usually preferred.


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