Fitness & Nutrition

Sip and Savor: A Look at the Benefits of CBD Tea

By Josh Hall

Whenever you’re talking about someone born in 28th century B.C., there has to be a bit of suspended belief. It can be hard to do, but if the story is compelling enough, most of us are able to put logic aside for the sake of good entertainment. Now raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Shennong, second of the ancient legendary Chinese emperors and the Chinese Father of Agriculture. Legend has it that Shennong is also to thank for the creation of hot tea. Here’s where the story gets a little dicey but hang with us.

After issuing a decree that mandated the boiling of water prior to consumption, Shennong stopped to take a rest under a tree, where he boiled some water to drink. Some dried leaves from the tree above him floated down and miraculously landed into the boiling water, which enhanced the flavor and delighted Shennong. If you’re a tea drinker and don’t believe in destiny, maybe you should; because those falling leaves set off the first-ever tea leaf infusion and laid the foundation for how cultures across the globe drink beverages.

Whether you buy into the legend or not, it’s impossible to deny tea’s popularity. In America alone, we consumed more than 84 billion servings of tea in 2018.  Hot, black, green, white, dark, oolong, pu’er, yellow, chamomile, with honey or cream, iced, sweet, unsweet, and now, with cannabidiol (CBD).

While CBD tea is more popular than ever, it’s still a bit of mystery to many people—including traditional tea enthusiasts. That’s why we’ve put together this piece that touches on some of the high points of CBD tea and why you might consider adding it to your diet.

What is CBD tea?

CBD tea is exactly what you would imagine: It is tea, usually hot, infused with CBD. But there’s a vital thing to remember with CBD tea and how it can have an impact on the benefits you receive and the speed in which you feel them. As we know from high school chemistry, water and oil don’t mix. That means if you have a CBD tea bag that uses oil-based CBD, it won’t extract as well as a water-soluble CBD solution. Why is that important? Because it’s all about the body’s ability to absorb CBD into the bloodstream, or what’s known as bioavailability.

When it comes to bioavailability, there’s a simple formula to follow. The higher the bioavailability, the faster and more efficiently the CBD reaches the bloodstream. Water-soluble CBD has the capability of separating into molecules and ions that dissolve just like sugar, alcohol, or salt. These solutions become water-soluble due to a nanoemulsion that creates tiny CBD molecules—also known as Nano CBD. For CBD oils that are not water-soluble, you may need an additional fat like milk for it to bind to in order to dissolve and remain smooth in consistency.

It also bears repeating that CBD does not contain the same psychoactive attributes that THC does, which means you can sip without becoming fearful of getting high. As a result, CBD tea is completely safe to consume.

Benefits of CBD tea

Even before you add any CBD to your tea, the beverage has therapeutic and medicinal benefits that can help keep you healthy. In fact, studies have linked tea to a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. While it’s not a magic bullet, says one Harvard professor, it does offer these benefits when incorporated into an overall healthy diet. CBD has the ability to supercharge those advantages because of its own inherent benefits.

Many people use CBD tea to treat headaches, combat anxiety, and even help them get more restful sleep. In addition, you may be able to alleviate inflammation, nausea, and even prevent seizures. While these claims are still subject to continued research to pinpoint the ways in which CBD can help the body, there’s no doubting how refreshing and fulfilling a good cup of tea can be for the soul. 

Where to get CBD tea

With the recent surge in CBD’s popularity, and the ingenuity of manufacturers to find new and unique ways to infuse it into food and drink, you can find CBD tea all over the internet and at specialty brick-and-mortar shops. Be wary of retailers who don’t uphold a professional appearance either on their website or in person, and those that lack positive reviews.

Be sure to closely look at the packaging to ensure it includes information about the amount of CBD packaged as well as any third-party laboratory testing.

Making your own CBD

You absolutely can make your own CBD tea. One of the most beneficial aspects of CBD is the availability and diverse ways you can use the product. While tea bags already infused with CBD are readily available, some consumers opt to make their own. The benefit of doing this is that you can have complete control over not only the flavor but the amount of CBD included.

The process to make your own CBD tea is simple and straight forward. Here’s the recipe: Take your CBD oil and mix it with the hot tea of your choice, then add milk, coconut oil, or butter to help the oil dissolve. That’s it. Depending on how strong you like your tea will determine how long you let it steep after mixing, but that’s entirely up to you.

Parting words on CBD tea

Tea has come a long way from leaves floating down into Shennong’s pot of boiling water. Today’s teas have more flavor and are easier to buy than ever before, plus you can now get the added benefit of infused CBD. Whether you’re looking for a beverage that can help restore the energy you’ve lost, calm you down during times of high stress or anxiety, or even sleepy tea to help you get more shuteye, CBD tea offers many options to choose from. You can always try a few different teas and see which is your favorite. We think Shennong would approve.

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