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Aug 2, 2017 12:30 PM

5 Advantages of Drinking Cannabis Tea

When it comes to consuming marijuana, most people prefer smoking joints, but not everyone. Today, when more and more therapeutic properties of the herb are discovered, people may want to use weed but at the same time avoid the negative health consequences associated with smoking. This is where cannabis tea comes in handy.

Not only is cannabis tea not damaging to your lungs; it also has other advantages compared to joints. If you do not like the smell of marijuana, the tea will help you avoid it. The hot cannabis drink will provide only a subtle scent that will satisfy your sensation but will not stay in your room. It is especially convenient for occasions when you do not want other people to know what exactly you are consuming.

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Of course, it is up to everyone which way of consumption to choose. Edibles and cannabis-infused beverages make a great alternative to the more traditional smoking but share their popularity with dabbing and vaping. The best thing is that whatever you choose, the beneficial properties of this wonderful herb will still be there.

So, if you want to try this herbal remedy in the form of tea, you will also receive numerous advantages for your health. Here, we are going to take a closer look at these benefits.

Cannabis tea can be a powerful analgesic

The painkilling properties of cannabis have been known for centuries. And now, scientists have proved that this effect is not a placebo effect but a real thing: cannabinoids bind to pain receptors and help soothe pain by dampening pain signals within the central nervous system.

This way, the herb can help treat both chronic and acute pain associated with such conditions as arthritis, migraines, sickle cell disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, and others.

You should not expect cannabis to work the same way as traditional painkillers. Though the herb can be quite sedative (depending on the strain and the dose you take), it does not lead to physical addiction as do morphine, codeine, or oxycodone. It does not cause withdrawal symptoms either.

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Some medical experts consider cannabis treatment to be much safer and more effective than traditional painkillers. Moreover, it is almost physiologically impossible to fatally overdose on weed. That makes cannabis a practically ideal treatment for many conditions.

For immediate results against acute pain, a joint remains the most effective. But if you are looking for a treatment that is more considerate of your health and has long, holistic effects, cannabis-infused tea is a perfect choice.

Cannabis tea can help treat autoimmune disorders

Whatever way of consuming cannabis you choose, the active cannabinoids will find their way to interact with your body's endocannabinoid system. This system is essential for your life since it maintains homeostasis. If for some reason the endocannabinoid system fails to work properly, it can start attacking your own body's cells and cause autoimmune disorders. These disorders, in their turn, may lead to inflammation or diseased tissue.

When cannabinoids bind to endocannabinoid receptors, they can help modulate their work by tempering both the endocannabinoid system and the immune response. Moreover, cannabis can also effectively reduce inflammation. It means that the herb will fight for your health from two sides: reduce the reason of the condition and eliminate the negative consequences of the disease.

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Cannabis tea can prevent Alzheimer's disease

The notion of treating Alzheimer's disease with cannabis brought controversy to the medical community. While some doctors are still afraid of using the herb because of its sad fame as a “dangerous addictive drug,” others advocate for its use due to its neuroprotective effect.

THC, the same cannabinoid that is responsible for the “high effect,” can slow the production of beta-amyloid proteins, which are considered the precursors of the progression of Alzheimer’s. A preclinical study found that to reach the desired effect, it is enough for a patient to take a very small amount of THC—so small that its psychoactive effect will not reveal itself.

Another study conducted on mice showed that THC could also improve learning and memory. Low doses of the compound were given to rodents of different ages. The researchers found that old mice who received THC showed the same results (remembering mazes) as the young mice that did not get any drugs. The scientists plan to make similar tests on humans later this year. However, these results make specialists believe that cannabis can help develop a better strategy for combating cognitive decline associated with age.

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Cannabis tea helps with problems with digestive system

Cannabinoids interact with your endocannabinoid system, which has receptors all over your body. Smoking weed makes the active elements go straight to your central nervous system. However, consuming edibles and drinking cannabis-infused beverages can guarantee that the receptors in the digestive tract will be able to absorb enough cannabinoids to treat most gastrointestinal problems: acid reflux disease, constipation, diarrhea, or cramping.

According to numerous studies, cannabinoids can block spinal, peripheral, and gastrointestinal mechanisms that cause pain. Animal research shows that weed not only can be effective in treating problems in the digestive system but also has much fewer (if any) adverse side effects, which is usually a big problem with traditional medicine (atropine, metronidazole, prednisone, and others).

That is why, if you get any problems with stomach, try cannabis tea―it may just happen that it will help you more than any pill.

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Cannabis tea can help with mood swings, anxiety, and depression

Reasons for mood swings and depression can be different, but mostly they are associated with deficiency or unstable production of serotonin or neuronal inflammation. Luckily, weed can trigger the receptors that can fix these problems.

Unlike joints, cannabis tea can make the effect last much longer and influence not only the central nervous system but the whole body as well. It may also soothe your anxiety, calm your mind, and relax your muscles.

Cannabis-infused beverages usually produce a total-body high, so you can be sure that the effect you get will be more mellow and invigorating.

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How to make your own cannabis tea

So, as you can see, there are many reasons to drink cannabis tea instead of smoking pot. You can get all the benefits of the herb without any side effects. Plus, the process of drinking a hot beverage itself can be quite relaxing. It can tune you for positive thoughts, which can solve half of the problem.

If you have never tried to make cannabis tea yourself, here you can find a simple recipe.

You will need a mixing bowl, a knife, a spoon, a stove pot, and an empty tea bag, though a metal tea ball is also good.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 gram cannabis
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter

Instructions

  1. Remove all the seeds and thick stems from your cannabis flowers.
  2. Chop the flowers up to the size of regular tea leaves in a tea bag. It should not be a powder, but full-size buds are also not good.
  3. Mix soft butter with chopped cannabis in a bowl. You need to cover all the pieces of buds with fat. It will allow THC to be absorbed in your digestive system.
  4. Put the buttered cannabis flowers into an empty tea bag or metal tea ball. Make sure the flowers are secured within the bag. You do not want them to float in your cup when the water is added.
  5. Pour water into a pot and bring it to a slow simmer over medium-high heat. Do not let the water boil. Put the tea bag or metal tea ball into the water and leave it there for about half an hour.
  6. If too much water evaporates, you can carefully add more liquid, better warm than cold.
  7. After 30 minutes, turn off the stove. The tea is ready to be used. Pour yourself a cup of tea and add some milk or honey if you want.

You should remember that cannabis-infused beverages do not start working as quickly as joints do. It will take you about 30-50 minutes to start feeling the effects. However, the high will be on for much longer, up to eight hours. So, if you want to have a nice cup of hot cannabis tea, plan your day carefully and avoid driving or performing any risk-associated activities after consuming it.

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