Today we’re going to be delving into the benefits of hemp tea, what it is and how to use it but before we do that, let’s have a quick look at a (very) brief history of the hemp plant.
A Brief History of the Hemp Plant
Types of Hemp Tea
What is CBD?
CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of 113 naturally occurring compounds which works in harmony with our ECS (endocannabinoid system). This system is an important neurotransmitter widely distributed in the brain and in the body. It is responsible for regulating sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids when necessary, but the endocannabinoid system can be thrown out of balance without the appropriate nutrition. Low levels of cannabinoids are associated with a variety of health conditions, including migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and seizure disorders. As we all have different levels of cannabinoids in our system at different times, the cannabinoids found in CBD help us maintain that natural balance.
Does Hemp Tea Contain CBD?
Hemp tea can be made from hemp flowers, seeds, leaves and stems. A regular hemp tea contains full-spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes which create a so-called ‘entourage effect’ and can have broader benefits to health than a pure CBD tea. Hemp flowers are commonly known to possess the highest CBD content, so if you’re looking for a hemp tea with high levels of CBD then it is important to identify if the tea is made from the flowers of the hemp plant rather than the leaves, stalk and seeds.
A regular hemp tea (one that does not specifically claim to be a “CBD Tea”) contains traces of CBD as well as other cannabinoids to create a broader range of benefits. It can often be more potent in CBDA which is a chemical precursor to CBD. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the same way as CBD does, but rather than binding directly to receptors in your nervous system, it works with enzymes linked to them. For CBD to be absorbed more efficiently, it requires other hemp compounds such as CBDa, flavonoids and terpenes which makes hemp tea an all-in-one solution. It is advisable to add fats, such as cows or coconut milk, to help solubilise the cannabinoids in the water for an increased rate of absorption into the bloodstream.
What Does Hemp Tea Do?
Hemp tea is a deliciously soothing way of consuming hemp and all its active compounds. Hemp tea is caffeine free, while being rich in cannabinoids, flavonoids and antioxidants.
Hemp is known to detoxify the body, stimulate the immune system, ease an unsettled stomach, help with insomnia, relieve chronic pain, and more. The benefits of consuming hemp tea are numerous! Here are a few more reported benefits of consuming hemp tea:
Used to symptoms of alzheimer’s disease
Alleviated respiratory problems
Reduces pancreatic inflammation
Promotes hormonal balance
Promotes efficient wound healing
Does Hemp Tea Help You Sleep?
Hemp tea is often recommended for improved sleep. This may be due to the way cannabis sativa modulates the action of melatonin (Sleep hormone).
Latest research shows that CBD in hemp helps effectively fight against REM sleep disorders. It interacts with receptors in the brain that regulate the body’s daily sleep/wake cycles, similar to the way herbs such as Lavender, Lemon Balm and Camomile Benefits work at improving sleep.
Does Hemp Tea Contain THC?
Unlike marijuana, which is a psychoactive cannabis plant and contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp tea contains CBD and other cannabinoids which aren’t psychoactive and, as such, don’t have any side effects. Usually hemp tea will contain a very small amount of THC, as the nature of the product being pure and unprocessed means that any naturally occurring THC cannot be extracted from the tea, although it will certainly be well beneath the legal limit of 0.2% and so will not have any appreciable effect.
How to Brew Hemp Tea
To make the perfect cup of hemp tea, pour boiling water into a cup and let it cool for around 60 seconds, then take your tea bags or loose leaf tea and infuse with hot water for 10-15 minutes. The longer you let the tea bag or loose tea infuse with the water, the more beneficial compounds will be released. If you’re looking for a bit of sweetness to compliment the earthy flavours, then try a drop of honey in your hemp tea.