The first time you try using cannabis in beverages or food, you may probably experience some difficulties and the outcome may not be as good as you had expected. The best way of using this plant and its by-products is learning the basics of how cannabis compounds work and their effects on ingestion.
Fresh cannabis leaves contain a high amount of CBDA, or cannabidiolic acid, and THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, which then convert to CBD and THC, respectively. When raw cannabis plants are used in milkshakes, smoothies or other drinks, our body ingests CBDA and THC—compounds without the hallucinogenic effects of THC, or the soothing properties of CBD.
THC and CBD easily dissolve in fat but not in water. This is another way of experiencing the best effects of the plant without resorting to vaping or smoking.
Making Your Own CannaTea
Cannatea or cannabis tea is an infusion made from cannabis flowers that offers the benefits of the plant and an enjoyable alternative to combine with other ingredients. Unlike making oils and tincture, infusing cannabis is quick and easy, even for cooking beginners and those who are unfamiliar with the plant.
You are probably wondering about the effects of heating, grinding, and mixing cannabis when preparing an infusion. There’s nothing to worry about since the effectiveness of cannabis is not easily altered by excessive heating, unless the temperature and preparation themselves cause denaturation of the other ingredients that are mixed with cannabis.
How to Brew Marijuana Tea
In order to brew cannatea, Rina S. Gritton, in her book “The Cannabis Cookbook Bible,” suggests wrapping cannabis in a piece of gauze and then putting it in hot water for five minutes, then adding any kind of sweetener—preferably organic sweetener—such as honey, and enhancing the flavour using mint or some aromatic plant. It is essential that a bit of butter or milk is added to the mix to activate the infusion.
Other cannabis cuisine connoisseurs opt for a cannabis beverage made by infusing several parts of the cannabis plant (flowers and leaves) in either hot milk or hot water with butter.
In countries where cannabis is legal, ready-made versions of this product can be found in grow shops as tea bags. Marijuana infusions are beneficial during plant therapies using cannabis as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and palliative agent against many symptoms of certain illnesses.
When consuming cannabis this way, it is highly advisable to administer doses with caution. Intoxication occurs easily because the exact effects of the final product are hard to predict, and because there is a delay between ingestion and the beginning of the effects. Therefore, one should drink responsibly and be prudent when calculating the amount of cannabis to infuse.