Guess what? Cannabis buds are not the only thing you can consume! Out of curiosity, people have found a way to brew stem tea from the cannabis leftover plant after precious buds are removed from the plant.
Clearly, it’s not your usual cup of tea!
Are you wondering what weed tea is and how to make it? Explore this fantabulous guide to put your curiosity at ease and learn everything you need to know about cannabis tea.
Let’s begin, eh!
What is Stem Tea?
The cannabis plant consists of many parts- buds, branches, leaves, and whatnot! Basically, it’s the process of recycling cannabis stems and branches, but not exactly! You think the leftover crackly tidbits are useless after removing buds from your homegrown cannabis strain plants.
But let me assure you, that’s not the case!
If a seed can bloom into a fully grown plant, think what a whole plant can offer. The byproducts of weed plants are equally effective as the buds themselves.
Remember, DO NOT try to SMOKE those stems!
When you picked all nugs from a marijuana plant, you can collect leftover stems and use them to make weed tea. Making this kind of tea only takes a few minutes. On top of that, it’s easy and handy to make it without any fuss.
Normal stem tea brewing is easy and effective. If you wonder is it really worth making and consuming cannabis tea, know that many people have been regularly drinking cannabis tea to get potential medical benefits.
From anxiety to depression and bodily pains to loss of appetite, it can help you get rid of a wholesome list of troubling symptoms.
The Art of Making a Perfect Cup of Weed Stem Tea
Making delicious cannabis stem tea doesn’t require any particular skill or experience. You can expertly prepare it by yourself even if you are making it for the first time.
After all, it’s best to use these crackly leftover stems that you would otherwise throw into a bin.
First things first, when you want to make cannabis stem tea, you need to get certain things ready before you start. Here’s what you will need:
- Saucepan or Kettle
- Paper towel
- Coffee filter or strainer
- Reusable tea bag
- Leftover weed stems (1oz per cup of water)
- Pot for boiling water
- Two glasses of water
- A tea bag of your favorite flavor (optional)
- Sugar (as per your needs)
- Stevia (natural sweetener)
- Coconut milk or whole milk (1/2 tablespoon)
- Alcohol or rum (2 tablespoons)
- Coconut oil or butter (1/2 tablespoon)
As CBD and THC are not soluble in water, you need a binding agent that can dissolve cannabinoids into it.
5 Easy Steps to Make Weed Stem Tea
Keeping certain things in mind could make your cannabis stem tea preparation so much easier. Now that you have all the necessary stuff, as mentioned in the previous section, get ready to make cannabis stem tea with 5 easy steps.
Step #1: Decarboxylate your stems
The stem tea decarboxylation debate has been going on for some time, but I recommend you to do it for potency and quick onset.
Break your cannabis stems, put them on the pan, and cook for 40 minutes in an oven at 240 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, let the stems cool down to use in the further process. Other parts of usual stem tea steep in a short time, but you need to give the decarboxylation process at least half an hour.
Step #2: Boiling water and binding agent
Pour two glasses of water into your saucepan, add butter, coconut oil, or any other binding agent, and boil the whole mixture for a couple of minutes. You don’t need to extend the boiling process for more than 5 minutes.
NOTE: If you plan to use alcohol or rum, do not pour it while performing step #2, as it will evaporate while boiling.
Step #3: Infusing weed stems
Pour cannabis stems (as ratio mentioned earlier) into the boiled water mixture, stirring frequently. Make sure to do it for approximately 10 minutes. This way, stem molecules will bind perfectly into the mix.
Besides, you can add alcohol at this step (if you use this binding agent). On top of that, you can also pour some trichomes to make it potent.
Step #4: Filtering
After stirring the mixture for about 10 minutes, your weed tea is almost ready. Take your coffee filter and pour the stem tea mix through it into a kettle. It will simply strain the weed stems out, and you will get a pure liquid form.
Step #5: Spice it up and enjoy
You can enjoy the pure earthy zest of your cannabis stem tea if you drink it without any tangy ingredients. But, if you don’t like the taste of pure weed tea, add lemon, coconut milk, flavored tea bag, honey, sugar, syrup, or any additional flavorful ingredient to make it more appetizing.
So, you see, it’s not rocket science!
Health Benefits of Weed Tea
While many users appreciate smoking weed, there’s a whole bunch of people who prefer consuming cannabis edibles. Marijuana tea is an effective edible that many users consume for several reasons.
If you use high-THC strains, you can feel high and happy. On the medical front, users have been using CBD-rich strains to get numerous medical benefits.
In general, consuming weed tea will render relaxation and sedation. On the other hand, it can also offer relief from many troublesome medical symptoms, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic pain
Depending upon your tolerance to THC and CBD, you will feel different effects. Overall, weed tea offers immediate medical benefits the same way other cannabis consumption methods provide.
Final Verdict on Cannabis-infused Tea:
Here’s a step-by-step guide to brewing your perfect pot cup of happiness! All you need to do is follow these simple steps, and your cannabis tea is ready to drink or serve.
The amount of stems mentioned earlier should prepare 2 to 3 cups of weed stem tea. The more tea you want, the more water and stems you need to put in your saucepan.
Just like any other recipe, the secret to enjoying a perfect stem tea lies in the choice of ingredients. On top of that, you can try different ingredients to enjoy distinct flavors as per your requirements.
Above all, choosing your favorite weed strain could make things even more enticing. I recommend you pick the best marijuana strains whose potency is in line with your comfortable ‘high spot.’
FAQs on Stem Tea:
What are the health benefits of stem tea?
You will generally feel relaxed and slightly sedative after drinking cannabis tea. Besides, it can also help you tackle many medical conditions like insomnia, loss of appetite, depression, arthritis, chronic pain, nausea, and anxiety.
Can stem tea make me high?
Stem tea could make you high if you make it with a THC-heavy strain as THC renders psychedelic effects. If you use a pure CBD strain, it won’t get you high. Furthermore, how high you get depends on the strain potency, THC percentage, cups of tea consumed, and your tolerance to THC.
What are the side effects of having stem tea?
You will not feel any severe side effects after drinking marijuana tea. However, some common side effects include drowsiness, diarrhea, sleepiness, and irritability. Do not consume pot tea if you use other prescription drugs or alcohol, as it can cause liver failure or other problems.
Do you have to decarb stems to make stem tea?
Not necessarily! But, you can decarboxylate the marijuana stems to get the best out of it and make potent stem tea.