You may have been enjoying the flavor of traditional sweet iced tea summer after summer, but this season, why not spice things up a bit? And by "spice up," we mean infuse a little marijuana into your drink to create a unique summer treat that can quench your thirst while providing you with a host of health and wellness benefits that cannabis and its cannabinoids have been associated with.
All you need is a little creativity and know-how to create the perfect drink to sip on, not only in the summer but all throughout the year. Regular tea is great, but THC tea is better.
There's absolutely nothing complicated about making a pitcher of cannabis-infused sweet tea. All you need to do is decide whether to use cannabis oil or the actual dried flower to add to the beverage.
Using cannabis oil:
First, you’ll need to make the sweet tea. Boil a quart or so of black tea (some prefer green tea); while the tea is hot, add sugar or simple syrup to taste, then allow the tea to cool. In order to create sweet cannabis tea with marijuana oil, simply add the oil to the mix at the end. Once your sweet tea is made, just add a few drops of cannabis oil and stir to create a delicious, mind-and-body impacting drink.
All you need is a few tea bags of your favorite flavor, a pitcher of water, a handful of ice cubes, your sweetener of choice (ie. sugar, honey, etc) and, of course, cannabis oil. Many like to use cannabis coconut oil for extra flavor.
It's important to start with a small dose of cannabis oil when making cannabis-infused sweet tea and work your way up in order to find the sweet spot as far as dosing is concerned. Cannabis oil, in particular, tends to have a much faster effect on the mind and body compared to other cannabis formats, so be sure to start small and adjust accordingly.
Using dried cannabis flower:
Instead of adding cannabis oil, you can steep your sweet cannabis tea with the dried marijuana flower as an alternative. The biggest difference with this recipe is that the flower is actually steeped right along with the tea bags.
The dried flower can easily be added with the tea leaves and mixed together in a metal tea ball, allowing both to be steeped at the same time to create a true sweet cannabis tea.
Again, you can use your tea flavor of choice, add a few ice cubes and sweetener to freshen and sweeten up your drink, then enjoy!
Cannabis is not just a single-variant plant. There are different cannabis strains that produce different effects, and the one you choose will depend on the exact experience that you're going for.
Two distinct types of cannabis plants are indica and sativa, each of which has its own array of effects on the mind and body that provide a wide range of wellness and medical benefits. Generally speaking, indica strains provide a deeply relaxing effect on the body, while sativa strains provide more of an energizing effect.
Hybrid strains are those that combine both indica and sativa in varying ratios. Within this subcategory of hybrid strains are indica-dominant and sativa-dominant strains, which means some hybrids may have more of a relaxing effect while others may provide more of an energizing experience.
You can actually find different indica and sativa strains that are well suited for sweet teas because of their flavors - these strains actually taste like tea. Here are a few you may want to sample for your next batch of sweet cannabis tea:
Indica-dominant strains that taste like sweet tea:
Sativa-dominant strains that taste like sweet tea:
Hybrid-dominant strains that taste like sweet tea:
Of course, you'll also want to determine whether or not you want to achieve a mind-altering effect when drinking cannabis tea. In that case, determine whether you'd prefer a THC-dominant versus a CBD-dominant strain.
THC and CBD are the two most abundant cannabinoids in the marijuana plant, each of which has very similar properties and provides similar health benefits, but are very distinct in how they affect the mind.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive cannabinoid that produces euphoric effects in the mind and is what recreational users choose in order to get "high." CBD (cannabidiol), on the other hand, does not have any mind-altering effects and is often chosen by those who wish to take advantage of its medicinal effects without getting stoned. Many, however, enjoy the psychoactive effects of THC and the body-high of CBD equally, so they'll choose a strain with equal ratios.
Some popular CBD-dominant cannabis strains include:
Popular THC-dominant strains include:
Depending on the exact flavor you're looking for, you'll have a variety of options to choose from at your local dispensary.
Marijuana comes with a plethora of medical and health benefits. From alleviating anxiety to reducing pain and inflammation to minimizing the impact and severity of seizures, alzheimer's and dementia, cannabis offers a number of perks for multiple ailments.
While there are plenty of different cannabis products available for easy consumption, cannabis edibles and beverages provide a simple way to use and take advantage of cannabis. And by adding it to your favorite sweet tea, you can enjoy a tasty and convenient way to consume cannabis while quenching your thirst and cooling you down at the same time!