If you live in the United States, you likely love your morning cup of coffee or tea. Each day, it’s estimated that around 159 million Americans are getting their day started with some tea. Are you one of them? Perhaps you’re looking for a way to incorporate CBD into your daily wellness routine, but you aren’t sure how you want to do it.
Black or green tea is a popular choice for many people who still enjoy a little caffeine but prefer a more mellow experience than coffee provides. Herbal teas are an excellent choice for those looking to avoid caffeine without sacrificing the delicious aroma and flavor of steeped herbs. The options are pretty much limitless when it comes to the varieties of tea, so you can find a flavor that you love or choose based on your needs and mood in the moment.
Let’s learn a little bit about tea in general and then jump right into how to make CBD tea.
Why Tea Makes A Great Daily Drink
People have been drinking tea for basically forever. Numerous studies suggest that tea may have some valuable health benefits. There are plenty of different types of tea that we will discuss in a moment, but first, let’s look at a little bit of the science of tea.
Most teas are made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Each one is different based on the way the leaves are processed. Just like HempFusion’s DNA-verified industrial hemp plants, tea plants contain a host of different chemicals like flavonoids and terpenes. When the leaves are picked, oxidation begins, and the plant’s polyphenols start to convert into new compounds. With each type of tea, the oxidation process is carefully controlled to create a specific set of compounds, flavors, and aromas.
Different Options For The Tea Connoisseur
While this list is anything but exhaustive when it comes to the different strains and varieties of tea, we’re going to briefly touch on the benefits of the five most popular types of tea – white, green, black, herbal tea, and oolong.
White tea typically has a delicate flavor profile and is packed with antioxidants. People choose this type of tea when they want to limit their caffeine intake as it is usually lower or completely devoid of caffeine, depending on the type. White tea may also be beneficial for supporting good tooth health, thanks to the fluoride, tannins, and catechins found in it.
You might have heard that several cups of green tea a day can help keep your body healthy. Green tea is exceptionally high in antioxidants, especially in the popular matcha green tea variety. It also has a high flavonoid content.
Black tea comes from the same plant that green tea does. It’s just prepared differently. Unlike many other tea types, black tea is much more caffeinated than the different kinds of tea. It’s a great alternative pick-me-up in the mornings. You can even take a black tea bath or make compresses out of tea.
Herbal teas are popular among those who are entirely avoiding caffeine, as it is caffeine -free. It’s similar to white tea but contains various herbs, spices, dried fruits, and whatever else the drinker wants in their tea. Herbal teas are touted for encouraging calmness. And many people associate tea with feeling more grounded and comforted, perhaps thanks to the ritual of drinking a warm, steeped tea with ingredients straight from the Earth.
Oolong tea utilizes the same plant as green and black tea but again uses a different process. This traditional Chinese tea is partially oxidated and is known for containing l-theanine and polyphenols.
How To Make CBD Tea
So you’re ready to make some CBD tea. That’s exciting! It’s actually quite simple to turn whatever tea you’re drinking into CBD tea.
As with most teas, you first want to boil some water. You’ll also need some type of container to drink it out of.
The tea-making really gets started when you steep the tea. If you’re using tea bags, you can just drop them in. If you’re using loose leaf tea, you’ll need an infuser of sorts to put the plant matter into. Then put the infuser into the hot water.
The length of time that your tea stays in hot water is paramount. If you’ve never had oversteeped (too long in the water) green tea, consider yourself lucky. Too little or too long can leave you with hardly flavored water or tea water that is so intense or bitter that it might not be appetizing anymore, although it won’t really hurt you.
Most recommendations out there suggest 5-10 minutes of steeping, depending on what you’re drinking and hoping to achieve with your specific tea strain.
Mixing in the CBD
As you might already know, oil and water don’t mix very well. You can add the HempFusion CBD Oil Tincture directly into your mug and stir it around. If you drink it straight away, you’ll likely ingest it while it’s mixed up. The nutritional fatty acids might help it incorporate into the tea better than straight CBD oil. You can also add the CBD Oil Tincture into another fat, like MCT oil or grass-fed butter. These fats may help enhance the bioavailability of CBD.
Making CBD tea is simple and easy! You’ll receive the many benefits of CBD alongside the other wonderful properties found in the different types of tea. You can experiment with different types of CBD teas and even make your own CBD coffee if that’s more your jam. We’d love to hear about your favorite CBD tea recipes!