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What is CBD tea?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural substance found in cannabis. It belongs to a group of compounds called cannabinoids, which are the main active ingredients of the plant. Most people are familiar with THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the cannabis high.

CBD is different from THC because it’s non-psychotropic, which means it doesn’t cause any intoxicating effects. Although CBD is found in all types of cannabis, it’s usually sourced from hemp, a variety with high CBD and low (0.2% or less) THC levels.

According to survey data, 4-6 million Britons have already tried CBD products. One such product is CBD tea. This tea is exactly what it sounds like — a tea bag you can steep in hot water to make cannabidiol-infused tea. Most CBD teas blend cannabidiol together with regular or herbal teas for added flavour and health benefits. That means you can find CBD tea varieties that include green tea, black tea, chamomile, peppermint, or a blend of multiple herbs.

How does CBD tea work?

CBD tea may be a novel product, but once the CBD is absorbed by your body it works the exact same way as an oil tincture. The CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system and other receptors in the body, helping support overall health and wellness.

That means CBD tea can provide all of the same benefits as CBD oil.

CBD and water

There’s one issue with CBD tea: cannabidiol and all other cannabinoids are fat-soluble compounds that don’t dissolve in water. If you were to put pure CBD in water, it wouldn’t mix.

As a result, it’s harder to get the CBD into your body when you drink it as tea.
Companies are starting to remedy this problem by using nanotechnology to break CBD down into smaller particles which can disperse in water and have an easier time being absorbed by your body.

Still, if you’re looking for a serious dose of CBD, it’s better to stick to time-tested options such as CBD oil or capsules. Meanwhile, CBD tea works better as a small boost of wellness.

What types of CBD tea are there?

Roughly speaking, we can categorise CBD tea into two types: hemp tea and water-soluble tea. Some companies also offer sparkling CBD tea, but that’s more of a sweetened beverage than a proper tea.

Hemp tea

Hemp tea is the closest equivalent to the regular (black and green) and herbal tea millions of people drink every day. It’s made by steeping hemp leaves or other parts of the plant in hot water.
Hemp tea has an earthy, bitter flavour that’s somewhat reminiscent of an unflavored full-spectrum CBD oil.

It also tends to be cheaper than water-soluble CBD tea because it doesn’t require a special manufacturing process.

Water-soluble CBD tea

Water-soluble or more accurately “water-dispersible” CBD tea contains CBD powder that’s been processed with nanotechnology to make it easier to mix in water.

It can contain either pure CBD (isolate) or whole-plant hemp extract (full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD). Most water-soluble CBD teas also contain regular or herbal tea to give the tea added flavour and benefits.

It’s too early to say whether this technology improves the absorption of CBD when you drink it as tea but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

How much CBD tea should I drink?

The right amount of CBD to take depends on many factors. These include your weight, genetics, the reason you’re taking CBD, and others.

One good starting point is the dosage recommendations suggested by your specific product. If you don’t notice any effects, you can raise the dose or try a more potent CBD tea.

Another helpful tip, especially for new CBD users, is to start with the smallest dose and raise it slowly over time until you start noticing the desired effects.

The only existing dosage recommendations for CBD come from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), which recommends that adults take no more than 70 mg per day.

Do you want the entourage effect?

The entourage effect refers to the synergy between all of the beneficial, active compounds in cannabis. Thanks to this effect, whole-plant cannabis preparations are believed to provide greater benefits than pure CBD on its own.

Simply put, if you want to get the most benefits out of CBD tea, you should opt for hemp tea or any tea made with full or broad-spectrum hemp extract instead of isolate.

CBD tea vs CBD oil

The main problem with CBD tea is that cannabidiol doesn’t dissolve in water.
On top of that, when you ingest CBD, it has to go on a long journey through your digestive tract and the liver before being absorbed, which further reduces CBD’s effectiveness and increases the time until it starts to work.

In contrast, CBD oil gets around these problems by dissolving CBD in fat (oil) and bypassing the digestive tract by diffusing straight into the blood vessels under your tongue.

The bottom line is that it’s harder for your body to use CBD when you take it in the form of tea, so you may need to use larger doses.

That’s why it’s best used as a way to spice up your tea routine or as a fun alternative to CBD oil.

Is CBD tea legal in the UK?

CBD tea is completely legal in the UK as long as it meets some requirements. First, it cannot contain more than 0.01% of THC. Second, it has to come from EU-approved varieties of hemp.