Recipes: Basic Cannabis Tea and Ambrosia High-Chai Latte
The health benefits of tea are commonly appreciated, and cannabis is no exception.
This warm, soothing drink can produce extra calming effects, ideal for pain or stress relief. Pairing cannabis strains with different teas is a creative and enjoyable endeavour with endless possibilities.
Expectant mothers in some cultures traditionally drink cannabis tea to ease the nausea from morning sickness.
In India, a mixture of cannabis, fat, seeds and spices have been blended with milk to create a drink called bhang, which has been enjoyed for over 4000 years.
Many doctors recommend tea to their medical marijuana patients as a safer, gentler alternative to smoking; especially for those with mouth, throat or respiratory concerns.
Cannabis tea drinkers often report a milder, yet longer lasting experience, with the onset of effects happening anywhere from 30-90 minutes after drinking.
When making cannabis tea, there are 2 important factors to consider:
- Cannabis is fat-soluble. In order to enjoy the various effects and benefits, it needs to first be extracted by a fat, such as butter or coconut oil. *
- Cannabis needs to be heated to convert the non-psychoactive compound THCA into the psychoactive compound THC. This process is called decarboxylation.
Basic Cannabis Tea:
Here is the most basic process for making cannabis tea:
- Grind the buds and/or leaves finely (start with ½ gram cannabis per cup of tea, and increase dosage as necessary)
- Heat the plant material in butter or oil and/or high fat milk – cow, hemp or soy will work nicely. (½ tsp butter per cup of tea, and milk to taste )
- Add water and bring to a gentle boil (one cup of water per serving)
- Simmer gently for 15 – 20 minutes
- If desired, add your favourite flavour of herbal, green or black tea. For teas with more roots and seeds, add at the same time as cannabis. For black and herbal teas made of leaves or flowers, add closer to the end of simmer time.
- Sweeten to taste.
- * Alternatively, a spoonful of Cannabis Infused Honey, or a dropper full of Cannabis Tincture or Elixir can be added to any regular cup of tea.
- ** For a CBD rich tea, either use high CBD flowers, or instead of butter, melt a little CBD Bliss Butter into your milk before adding tea. No need to boil this one so long, as the cannabis is already decarboxylated.
Frothy Ambrosia High-Chai Latte:
Makes 2-3 servings
- 1 – 2 grams fresh ground Ambrosia (or any delicious Hybrid) flowers***
- 1.5 c milk of preference, higher fat content is better.
- Try organic whole cow’s milk, hemp milk or soy milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or butter
- 2 tsp cocoa butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups water
- 3 tbsp loose strong chai tea (our favourite blend is Masala Chai from Rishi Teas)
- optional: a few slices fresh ginger and turmeric root
- honey to taste
- dash of ground cinnamon and/or cardamom
- Combine cannabis, milk, fat, cocoa butter and vanilla extract in a blender and mix thoroughly.
- Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature about 1/2 hour
- Pour mixture into a saucepan, and bring to a gentle boil, stirring contantly.
- Simmer for a few minutes.
- Add water, chai tea, ginger and turmeric and return to gentle boil.
- Simmer on lowest heat for 15 – 20 minutes with the lid on. Reduce heat if mixture starts to boil.
- Remove from heat and strain.
- Return to blender and pulse until foamy
- Pour into a beautiful mug and add honey to taste.
- Dash cinnamon or cardamom to the foam
- Relax and Enjoy
*** Ideal dosage varies from person to person. Due to a longer lasting high, it is advisable to start with a very small amount, and the first time, reserve a few hours to take note of the effects.
**Of course, any strain can be substituted. For a CBD version of this chai latte, omit the Ambrosia flowers, and substitute the coconut oil for CBD Bliss Butter.