Used as a medicine for thousands of years, you probably already know that green tea is chock full of goodness, such as antioxidants and amino acids. What may surprise you, however, is brewing up a pot of marijuana green tea can kick the health benefits into overdrive.
Whether you smoke it, partake in edibles or prefer it in oil form, studies have shown that consuming cannabis provides a number of health benefits, ranging from cancer treatment to mental conditions, like anxiety. But did you know you could be drinking cannabis too?
These days there are so many ways to get high, which might make you might wonder why you would want to try marijuana green tea. Is it healthier? Does green tea enhance your high? Here’s the lowdown on why these two herbs are a match made in marijuana heaven.
Why Try Marijuana Green Tea
Marijuana green teas are quickly becoming the preferred choice for those looking for a convenient alternative to consume cannabis, especially those who want to avoid the associated risks of smoking weed, such as those with respiratory diseases.
Combining green tea and cannabis also has certain advantages over other forms of cannabis consumption, such as smoking or oils. Not only does cannabis tea allow you to make the most of your marijuana shake, but because THC is not water soluble, you can choose to make your tea in several different ways that will control the psychoactive properties.
The Benefits of Cannabis Tea
Many of us reach for that trusty chamomile tea when we get an upset stomach, but the next time you have tummy troubles, you may want to give marijuana green tea a try. Studies show that consuming cannabis is good for relieving inflammation in the gut, and preventing nausea and vomiting. All good news for those suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or any other form of chronic stomach issue.
Consuming cannabis tea can also be a good way to manage anxiety and depression. Per NIH, cannabinoids can help combat the common triggers of these conditions, such as neuronal inflammation or a lack of serotonin. And because drinking marijuana green tea tends to result in more of a body high, it may be more relaxing for those with anxiety disorders. This effect may be due to theanine, an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves, which is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect.
Does Green Tea Enhance Your High?
Not only does marijuana green tea possess a number of health benefits, but this tea-cannabis marriage may also extend your high compared to when you smoke herb. Since the active ingredients of cannabis tea are absorbed through the digestive tract, the THC effects are delayed and tend to be longer-lasting.
The effects of marijuana-infused tea generally come on slowly, with many people reporting that they start experiencing effects about an hour after they begin drinking the tea. However, this depends largely on the potency of the herb, metabolism and tolerance levels.
While it may take a little longer to feel a high from cannabis tea, the effects seem to last longer than smoking marijuana. Typically, medical marijuana patients who drink marijuana-infused tea may experience prolonged effects that last anywhere from four to eight hours, which can be particularly helpful for chronic conditions like cancer, AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis.
How to Make Marijuana Green Tea
If you want to try your hand at making your own marijuana green tea, the easiest way to brew a cup is to use a mixture of cannabis infused with fat, also known as cannabutter, and combine it with tea leaves and water.
When making your own cannabis tea, keep in mind that marijuana-infused teas made from cannabis buds produce the strongest effect, teas made from leaves are milder, while stem-made teas have the weakest effect of all three.
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