With cannabis revolutionizing modern medicine, many are looking for healthier options in therapeutics. Cannabis edibles have taken the world by storm as consumers opt out of inhalation and choose instead to ingest natural herbs for their various health properties. Hand in hand with this trend is one of the most beneficial combinations Mother Nature has to offer: tea and cannabis, two leafy green plants that share common historical threads in their march to acceptance.
Studies have shown daily tea consumption to offer health benefits never before imagined, and fusing these with the healing elements of cannabis makes for quite the dynamic duo. With a virtually infinite combination of tea and cannabis strains available, finding the blend best suited for your needs takes a little fun research and experimentation.
Preparing a “cannatea” is fairly simple, though choosing the proper plants is key. Below are seven of the most common teas and herbal teas on the market, each containing its own unique healing properties that combine well with medical cannabis. With knowledge comes power, and these simple home remedies will make you wish you’d known about them sooner. Welcome to the world of tea and cannabis fusion—where the healing possibilities are positively limitless!
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
Honey and tea go hand in hand as super healers working with one another to ease the everyday woes of the human condition. Using tea and lemon together makes for a potent metabolism booster, and adding ginger to the mix puts a special zest into your immune system. This terrific trio has anti-bacterial properties. The addition of a cannabis tincture can ease depression, relieve pain, uplift spirits and curb appetite. It’s important to use strains suited to your situation, be it day or night. But honey, lemon, ginger, tea, and cannabis makes for a simple yet potent homemade medicine.
Echinacea has been used in healing for hundreds of years, but sales have recently surged as more people learn of its amazing healing powers. These purple petals can cure the common cold, relieve pain, serve as an anti-inflammatory, improve skin, fight infection, and prevent cancer. Adding a cannabis-tincture kick to this top-notch immune booster could be the perfect way to start or end your day. Creating your own blend of herbs is a powerful health tool and combining healing effects of varying plants can lead to a mix perfectly suited to you and your lifestyle.
Chamomile tea is one of the most ancient all-natural remedies known, with more than one million cups consumed daily. This potent flower has been credited with many healing benefits throughout history, such as relief of muscle spasms, insomnia, ulcers, and rheumatic pain, to name just a few. A powerful antioxidant, chamomile may prevent the growth of cancer cells and ease the symptoms of diabetes.
As with cannabis, the magic of the plant lies in the flower, which contains the healing properties. Dried chamomile is readily available in two varieties: German and Roman. A trip to your local health food store will reveal a cost-effective herbal remedy that is truly one of a kind. Chamomile tea mixed with a nice indica-dominant hybrid tincture might just become your new nighttime potion.
White tea is the most multifaceted of all leaf teas. Its mild flavor profile mixes well with nearly any tea counterpart and contains catechin, an antioxidant thought to help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. According to the American Cancer Society, consuming white tea can help cancer survivors stay in remission. That, combined with anti-aging and weight-loss properties, makes this a kitchen cabinet staple. Replacing your morning coffee with a cup of white tea infused with dried fruits makes for a light and refreshing start to your day.
Studies show that increased consumption brings more therapeutic value, so the more the merrier in terms of health. Not so with cannabis: For example, with respect to depression and other psychiatric conditions, research indicates less is more when it comes to therapeutic benefit, and taking more leads to depressive effects. Go easy—be well—save money. That’s a winning formula.
Studies have shown that consuming one cup of green tea daily can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent. Like white tea, another provider of catechin, this powerful antioxidant is credited with cancer prevention. Improving blood flow and lowering cholesterol, this super plant has been a part of daily life in civilizations all over the world. Green tea is known to activate specific parts of the brain, offering memory support and active Alzheimer’s prevention.
Replacing a soda with two cups of green tea daily can save you nearly 50,000 calories a year, making it a very viable contender as a go-to beverage. Green tea makes for a suitable coffee substitute, with about half the caffeine. There are endless varieties suitable for a morning pick-me-up or after-dinner drink, leaving options open for the cannabis consumer choosing a complementary strain.
Green and black teas both come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but they are processed very differently. Black tea leaves are fermented before the final heating process, creating a darker color and significantly higher caffeine content. This process does not diminish its healing properties, and this leaf is stacked with potential. Consistently drinking black tea improves heart health and provides antioxidants that prevent cancer, increased amounts of energy, healthier digestion, and an overall improvement in your happiness level.
Oolong tea is also part of the Camellia sinensis family, but it is oxidized and slightly fermented, making it a happy medium between green and black tea. With a more mild flavor profile, this cup has been a staple in China and Taiwan for thousands of years. Known for its slimming properties and its caffeine content, many have chosen to incorporate this powerful healer into their weight-loss regimen. There are many other life-changing benefits to be had with regular oolong consumption, including lower cholesterol, a more focused state of mind, easier digestion, healthier skin and hair, a fortified immune system, and the prevention of tooth decay. Many of these same benefits can be attributed to cannabis, making for an ideal coupling.
In fact, one of the easiest ways to fuse a delicious tea with cannabis flower power is to add your preferred amount of cannabis-infused alcohol tincture. Making your own personal herbal tincture is simpler than ever, thanks to a company dedicated to change. MagicalButter.com is a leader in the cannabis industry, known for a machine that has been changing lives for years. The botanical extractor is the first of its kind to take all the guesswork out of making cannabis-infused butters, tinctures, and cooking oils. Check their website for dozens of awesome cannabis recipes and how-to videos.
Tea and cannabis combined can provide a powerful tool to help improve your overall quality of life. Are you ready to enjoy the blend of benefits?
Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com. His company makes the botanical extractor he invented for infusing cannabis into foods and lotions. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed.