Curious about CBD and its side effects? Here are some tips and insight from someone who tried it in their tea for a week. There are many ways to enjoy CBD including CBD infused teas. Here’s how to add Holmes Organics CBD to your tea to enjoy its wellness benefits. Learn how to make a cup of CBD tea that maximizes its health benefits. This simple recipe infuses the drink with lemon and cinnamon.
I Tried CBD in My Tea, and Here’s What I Felt
Kimberly Holland is a highly regarded food editor and content creator, sharing her knowledge on turkey basting, pizza making, and random food facts for dozens of nationally known brands. She has also been a market editor for over 10 years, highlighting exciting and new kitchen and home products.
I’ve been burned by a lot of wellness fads in the past. Indeed, it’s been my job for over a decade to embrace what companies say will be the new “revolution” in health and personal care and make myself a guinea pig. I’ve tried many products, diets, or even retreats to determine if they have hope (probiotics) or belong at the bottom of the bin (rocker bottom shoes).
So naturally, with the rapid proliferation of CBD shops across the U.S., my nature brought me to the point where I had to try this much-hyped and ballyhooed product—and write about it, so you’ll know if it’s right for you or not. Are you someone thinking about trying hemp tea or CBD oil for the first time? I encourage you to let my experience be your guide. But before we get into my story, let’s go over some basics.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several dozen active compounds found in cannabis. CBD’s popular first cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the compound that’s associated with marijuana’s “high” or psychoactive effects. CBD has zero psychoactive effects.
However, research shows that CBD has some positive health benefits. For example, studies show:
So CBD Isn’t Marijuana?
No, it’s not. Some people confuse hemp with marijuana because they’re both types of cannabis. Indeed, both hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. But marijuana typically has between three and 15 percent THC, and hemp has less than one percent. CBD products, by law, cannot have more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
In December 2018, the U.S. Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. It is no longer illegal to possess hemp-derived products in all 50 states. That’s why you’ve likely seen so many stores popping up in your town, or even found your local spa or health food store selling CBD products.
My CBD Tea Experience
There’s a stigma, for better or worse, associated with marijuana that may be deterring people from trying CBD. I will be the first one to tell you that, as a rule, I’m no fan of the sensation of being “high” or stoned. I do, however, like and am always curious about, alternative treatments to health issues I face, whether it’s essential oil diffusers for headaches, acupuncture for low-back pain, or probiotics for regular tummy troubles. Because research shows CBD may help ease symptoms of anxiety, I decided it was a good option for me to try.
I started by using half a dropper of a 500-milligram tincture in a cup of green tea in the morning and a cup of herbal tea before bed. I did this every day for one week. Each half dropper delivers about 8 milligrams of CBD; a full dropper would be 16. Typical recommended doses for people trying CBD for the first time are between 20 and 40mg per day. However, research shows much higher doses are well tolerated.
The First Dose
My first experience with CBD was at night, after a long day of work. I was exhausted but decided to go ahead and give it a try. Many brands recommend you take CBD oil sublingually, or under the tongue, for a faster-acting effect. I chose tea in order to mask the bitter oil flavor of the tincture.
I don’t know if I can fully credit the CBD—I was very tired already—but I found myself quite relaxed within 15 minutes of finishing my cup of tea. I was asleep shortly after, and I had a very deep sleep that night. My sleep tracker recorded 100 percent sleep quality, with very little movement. That’s unusual for me, but again, it was a long, taxing day. My body could have been responding to the exhaustion, not the CBD. But I was certainly curious.
Over The Next Week
The next morning, I repeated the amount and felt nothing, not even a hint of relaxation. That’s OK. I’m typically more relaxed and refreshed in the morning as is, so it could be that I didn’t have any “symptoms” to alleviate.
Over the course of the next four days, I only noticed mild effects when I would take the CBD with my tea before bed. During the day, I felt nothing. I decided to up my dosage to a full stopper for the three remaining days. That’s when I began to notice some differences.
Upping The Dosage
On my first day with two full droppers (32mg), I felt incredibly relaxed, almost too relaxed. I struggled a bit to find motivation for work. Thankfully, it was a Saturday, so I could afford the luxury of laziness. I didn’t experience any “head” symptoms, like dopiness or feeling spaced out, as some people with higher doses report. But I did certainly feel a bit disconnected from my sense of drive. That night, when I used another whole dropper in my tea, I fell to sleep rapidly and slept harder than I had slept in some time.
The next day, the effects of my first higher-dose day weren’t as strong. I was able to accomplish my work and felt productive, but a certain “edge” was taken off my mind. When I work, I typically feel crunched or pinched by deadlines, even when I’m not late. The higher CBD didn’t fully erase the “urgency” I feel with my work, but it helped me feel calmer, less frantic.
For what it’s worth, my week with CBD counts as a win, and I will likely keep taking it, especially during periods of high stress or anxiety. I may also venture to try other options, like gummies. Other brands have different formulations that may make the effects of CBD more or less powerful, too. Though my total dose, even on the “high” dose days, was well within the recommended limits for a first-time user, I would be curious to see the impact of a higher dose. I’ll just be sure to do it on days when I don’t have deadlines.
It’s important to note that CBD use and products are still in their infancy, and newer, better products will probably be available in the next few years that will make these initial products look silly. Indeed, a study mentioned earlier suggests CBD is really, truly only beneficial in large doses (over 300 milligrams), so it’s possible the impacts people like myself do experience are minimal compared to what’s possible. As studies increase and products improve, the CBD landscape may change dramatically.
Is CBD Worth It?
My initial impression is a positive one. I fully believe people can have positive results after taking CBD for a variety of issues. In my experiment, I was only trying to treat anxiety, and I found it to be moderately helpful. It did not eliminate the anxiety or associated stress, but it felt as if it took the sharp edge off the running worries and constant stream of thoughts that I frequently experience. I felt calmer, though not at all “high.”
Where Should I Buy CBD?
If you are interested in trying CBD yourself, be sure to source high-quality CBD products. Unfortunately, CBD products have been dropping in quality in recent years, and they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That means you cannot know for sure, just by looking at a bottle, if you have a good product. Look for third-party lab tests—reputable companies will proudly promote them—and read a lot of reviews. Websites like Leafly and CannaInsider provide extensive reviews on effectiveness and potency.
Can You Put CBD Oil In Tea?
As you continue to explore additional ways to enjoy CBD, you may add more infused foods and beverages to the mix. CBD tea can be purchased in infused blends, or you can add it to your favorite teas. Here’s what you need to know including how many drops of CBD oil are in infused teas.
What Is CBD Tea?
Both industrial hemp (aka. CBD) and marijuana contain cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is the molecular compound responsible for the primary medicinal benefits of marijuana. Industrial hemp is farmed to contain .3% or less of the intoxicating compound THC, so it won’t get you high. However, both industrial hemp and marijuana can be used to make tea.
CBD tea falls into 4 main categories:
- Tea that you make at home and add CBD oil to.
- CBD tea bags that are infused with CBD oil.
- Solo hemp or marijuana flowers and leaves.
- Herbal blends with hemp or marijuana flowers or leaves.
Does CBD Tea Get You High?
Nope! As long as you purchase a CBD product that contains .3% of THC or less, there’s no worry of getting high. However, if you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal and you are purchasing your tea from a dispensary, be sure to inquire about the THC content.
Remember, even if you live in a state where marijuana is legal, it can’t be shipped via the mail. So, if you purchase an infused tea online it’s definitely CBD.
How Much CBD Should I Put In My Tea?
This is entirely up to you as it’s all about personalizing your milligrams per serving. However, there are a couple of things to be mindful of. The challenges below can be avoided by purchasing a pre-infused tea blend.
- First, you may not enjoy the flavor or consistency of adding CBD oil to your tea. Start with half a dropper and go from there.
- Second, oil and water don’t mix well. Whisking the oil in will help but the oil will continue to separate. Adding even a bit of milk to your tea will help it mix. We have an easy tea latte recipe at the bottom of this blog post.
- Third, because the oil may end up sticking to the sides of your cup or mug you may not get the full milligrams per serving. The milligrams per serving will be diluted further if you eat with your tea.
How Many Drops Of CBD Oil In Tea?
This is up to you. There are approximately 20 drops in one dropper (mL) of Holmes Organics CBD oil.
- Our 450 mg bottle dispenses 15 milligrams of CBD per dropper.
- Our 950 mg bottle dispenses 30 milligrams of CBD per dropper.
- You can add more or less by counting the drops per your desired milligrams per serving.
How Long Does It Take For CBD Tea To Kick In?
The fastest delivery method for CBD is to take it sublingually under your tongue, which will take effect in 10 to 30 minutes. This is because there are blood vessels under your tongue, so it goes directly to your bloodstream.
Drinking or eating your CBD will take longer to kick in, typically between 30 and 60 minutes. Sometimes longer. For the fastest results drink your infused tea on an empty stomach; at least 30 minutes before eating or 2 hours after eating. Also, drink your tea in a fairly short amount of time so that the full serving kicks in at once.
Does CBD Tea Really Work?
Please Note—CBD companies cannot provide medical advice and we cannot guarantee that CBD will effectively soothe your mind or body. The data we provide is for informational purposes. Consult with your physician for guidance on all dietary supplements.
CBD tea benefits vary from one person to the next, so it’s something you will have to experience for yourself. If CBD oil works for you, tea should work too. Just be mindful that the milligrams per serving may be diluted in both food and beverages.
If you are new to CBD, consider starting with an oil, softgel, or gummy until you perfect the ideal milligrams per serving. This is typically between 10 and 30 milligrams. Once you find your ideal serving size, start experimenting with infused foods and beverages.
Does CBD Tea Help With Sleep?
Improved rest is one of many reasons people turn to CBD. It may help to calm your racing mind and wind down at the end of your day. If you are considering CBD tea for sleep, be selective about the teas you choose. Ensure your tea is caffeine-free and made with calming herbs or flowers.
- Valerian root
- Sleep tea blends
However, you can add CBD to any tea that you enjoy. Again, just make sure it’s caffeine-free at bedtime.
Will CBD Tea Make Me Tired?
Many turn to CBD to soothe their mind and body. While CBD alone may not make you tired, drinking it with the calming herbs above may help. If improved sleep is your objective, consider a melatonin and CBD sleep gummy.
Is CBD Tea Good For Losing Weight?
Maybe. If you are considering CBD tea for weight loss, it may be a positive side effect of CBD’s wellness benefits. However, weight loss is not a primary wellness benefit of CBD.
- If CBD helps to soothe your sore muscles, you may be motivated to work out more frequently.
- If CBD helps to calm your stress or anxiety, the reduced cortisol will balance your body and may boost your metabolism.
- If CBD helps you ease into a better night of sleep, it may help you balance your body from the inside out—which may lead to weight loss.
One study suggests that CBD may help with food cravings. On the flip side of weight loss, if you have a medical marijuana card or recreational marijuana is legal in your state, consider marijuana for nausea. While THC is the compound that gets you high, it is also the compound most responsible for minimizing nausea. CBD may help too, but even “low-dose” marijuana is likely to do a better job.
Can You Use CBD Tea To Detox?
If you want, you can add CBD to detox tea blends. CBD is an antioxidant, and all antioxidants can help you cleanse your body of toxins and free radicals. However, detoxing is not a common wellness benefit of CBD.
There are a variety of ways to detox including teas, herbal detox kits, and Epsom salt baths. Feel free to infuse your Epsom salt with CBD.
Always consult a physician or nutrition expert before starting a detox or cleanse. Always follow the direction of prepackaged detox and cleanses as they are only designed for short-term use.
What Are The Side Effects Of CBD Tea?
Since CBD isn’t the only ingredient in your tea, it is not the only ingredient that may cause a side effect. Yes, teas are naturally derived from herbs, flowers, and spices, but we can be allergic to just about anything we consume or apply topically.
So, pay attention to any changes in your body when you start taking CBD or drinking CBD tea.
There are zero reports of overdosing on CBD. While extremely rare, and most often when taken in high doses, exceeding 20,000 mg per serving, negative CBD tea effects may include:
- Dry mouth
- Low-blood pressure
- Reduced appetite
- Negative interaction with prescription medications
How To Make A CBD Tea Latte?
Since oil and water don’t mix well, adding a bit of healthy fat via your preferred vegan or dairy milk will ensure your CBD oil mixes into your tea. Adding a splash of milk will help, but why not just make a latte! No need to head to the café or invest in an at-home latte maker.
If you have a latte maker at home, simply make your latte as usual and add the CBD in before you steam your milk.
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/3 cup milk of your choice
- Optional sweetener—honey, agave, maple syrup, sugar, etc.
- Optional topper—cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, etc.
- Boil your water in a small pot and steep your tea in a mug as directed, between 2 to 5 minutes depending on the tea blend.
- Add the milk and optional sweetener to a small pot and heat to 150 degrees.
- Turn off the heat and add the CBD oil.
- Use a hand frother or whisk to mix the CBD oil in.
- Pour the frothed CBD milk on top of the tea.
- Top as you prefer and enjoy!
In the Mood For Hot Chocolate Instead Of Tea?
Craving something sweet? If you’re in the mood for hot chocolate instead, here’s a quick and easy recipe.
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Optional—1 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional topper—cinnamon, whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies
- Heat your milk to 150 degrees.
- Turn off the heat and add the CBD oil, cocoa powder, and vanilla.
- Use a hand frother or whisk to mix the ingredients.
- Pour into a mug and add your preferred toppings.
Check back to the Holmes Organics Blog soon for more wellness tips and CBD recipes!
CBD Tea Recipe
Freelance writer and cocktail book author Colleen Graham is a seasoned mixologist who loves sharing her knowledge of spirits and passion for preparing drinks.
Southern-cuisine expert and cookbook author Diana Rattray has created more than 5,000 recipes and articles in her 20 years as a food writer.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||17%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 18g|
|Vitamin C 8mg||40%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)
Touted for its health benefits, CBD tea is growing in availability and popularity. It tends to have a pleasant taste that resembles regular tea. But, like any tea, it can use a boost of flavor. Infused with lemon and cinnamon, this cup is refreshing, relaxing, and flavorful. It’s a simple way to brew a better-tasting and more effective cup of CBD tea from a prepared blend.
CBD tea is known for potentially relieving anxiety and pain among other ailments. Also called hemp tea, it may offer medicinal benefits to some people, though the extent of that is going to depend on the tea and the individual. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active compounds found in cannabis plants. It is not tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which produces the psychoactive high associated with marijuana—a different plant than hemp, which is used for the majority of CBD teas.
If you’re hoping to maximize the effectiveness of the cannabidiol compounds in a CBD tea bag, you’ll want to add fat. The CBD molecules cling to fats, which helps your body process them. Adding cream, milk, or a similar “fat” to your cup of tea maximizes the benefits you get from drinking it.
“The tea had excellent flavor and was very easy to make. I used hemp-based CBD tea bags, and it was a delicious tea with the lemon peel, honey, and cinnamon flavors. I especially enjoyed the richness from the cream. I will make this again.” —Diana Rattray