Drink Your Cannabis: The Best Products for Coffee, Tea, Soda & More…

Now that edibles are becoming a primary way to consume cannabis, the market of available products has been spiraling out of control. It’s not just about brownies anymore, no the offerings today encompass way more than a little chocolate and flower mixed with your marijuana. These days, it’s all about gummies, chocolates, sucking candy…and drinks. Yup, in this day and age, it is now possible to drink your cannabis.

There are a million edible cannabis products on the market. You can drink your cannabis, eat it, or smoke it. Some products have CBD only, some have delta-9 THC, and some are with delta-8 THC. If you’re not yet familiar with delta-8 THC, its an alternate version of THC that produces a more clear-headed high, and doesn’t cause the same anxiety as delta-9. This makes it preferable for many people, maybe even you. Give it a shot with our great delta-8 THC deals to find out for yourself.

Cannabis edibles in history

Though it might seem like a new invention, eating cannabis to gain effects from it, is not a recently started activity. Some of the oldest available records date back to as early as 1,500 BC in China, where cannabis tea was consumed. In these texts, writing was done in the past tense, leading researchers to question if the practice was going on even longer. Around about 1,000 BC, cannabis is mentioned in many texts coming out of Hindu culture, where the cannabis drink ‘bhang’ became – and remains – popular.

In terms of the edibles we know and love today, the modern practice of consuming cannabis by extracting compounds from it and putting them in food, gained popularity in 1954 when Alice B. Toklas, the life partner of American author Gertrude Stein, published a cookbook that contained a recipe for brownies that she made a lot (though it wasn’t technically a recipe she created herself). The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook is still available for purchase today, and still has a recipe for ‘Haschisch Fudge’, though the recipe explicitly calls for ground cannabis, not hash, and the final product, while often referred to as a brownie, isn’t exactly that.

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What really popularized the brownies wasn’t the cookbook itself, but a movie put out in 1968 by Peter Sellers, called I Love You Alice B. Toklas. The movie features an uptight lawyer who likes the pot brownies, and helped launch the ‘pot brownie’ as a principal part of the 60’s counter-culture movement.

Why edibles in the first place?

What is it about edibles that make them such a popular choice? After all, they take a long time to kick in, it’s hard to know beforehand exactly what effect an individual will get each time, and the effect isn’t quite the same as smoking or vaping. Of course the latter is one of the main benefits – it might not feel exactly the same, but it doesn’t come with the risks of smoking and vaping either. However, there’s more to it than that.

For one thing, edibles are technically way stronger than cannabis consumed in other ways. When smoking or vaping cannabis, the THCA – C22H30O4 (which is the only abundant form of THC in a cannabis flower), decarboxylates to create delta-9 THC in this chemical structure: C₂₁H₃₀O₂. In the decarboxylation process, a carboxyl group is dropped from the compound (COOH) to create the new molecule. The next question is, how do different ingestion methods effect this compound.

When this new THC is smoked or vaped, it goes straight to the lungs where the active compounds are nearly immediately transferred to the bloodstream, and then to the brain. This explains why the high is almost instantaneous when cannabis is smoked. In the brain, THC binds with CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, producing the feeling of getting high.

However when eaten, the THC goes through the digestive tract, and is then absorbed by the stomach. The active compounds are metabolized in the liver, and in that process the delta-9 THC (C₂₁H₃₀O₂) is converted to 11-hydroxy-THC (C21H30O3). This slightly altered compound is stronger than its predecessor, and lasts significantly longer, generally between 4-6+ hours, rather than the one-two from smoking. This longer process also explains why the effects take longer to feel, since the THC must go through the stomach and liver, in order to get processed into its new form. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours to really feel effects with edibles.

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One of the main negative issues with edibles is that its easy to overdose on THC, an occurrence that won’t lead to real injury, but can sure make a person feel pretty bad. The necessity of waiting hours can confuse a person as to whether they actually took enough, and sometimes leads to over-consumption. This is far less likely (though not impossible) with smoking and vaping, since the effects occur so much more quickly after ingestion. For this reason, edibles in dispensaries are clearly marked with THC content, with instructions to start with a small amount, and increase the dosage very slowly as needed.

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In the A.M.

If you want to drink your cannabis, there are a myriad of companies and products in nearly every drink category imaginable. There are so many, that it’s hard to know where to begin. So, we’ll start with breakfast. What better way to start the day than with cannabis coffee? One option is Sträva Craft Coffee, a premium CBD infused, locally sourced Colombian coffee, or Canyon Cultivation Coffee, locally roasted Guatemalan coffee with 10 mg of THC per serving.

Of course, some people prefer tea to coffee, and there are plenty of options here as well. Like Kikoko’s Positivi-Tea, coming from an all-female run brand in California with cannabis teas made for sex, sleep, mood, and pain relief. The Venice Cookie Company also makes a great cannabis tea with its Subtle Tea, (as well as a line of Cannabis Quencher drinks for other times of day). For those that want to wake up without coffee or tea, there’s Nu-X’s Awake CBD Shot containing caffeine to get you up and moving, and Joy Organics’ CBD Energy Drink mix which contains no THC.

Daytime

Let’s be honest, a lot of us have become hardcore soda drinkers in life, and as such, there are tons of soda-style ways to drink your cannabis. You can try Mad Lilly’s line of cannabis spritzers that come in Raspberry Hibiscus, Passion Fruit Mango, and Ginger Pear. There’s also Canna Cola, which offers low-sugar sparkling soda in Citron, Black Cherry, Mango-Peach, Wild Berry, Fruit Punch, and their Classic flavor. Another great option is Keef’s Classic Sodas, which come in the following flavors: Original Cola, Orange Kush, Purple Passion, Root Beer, and Blue Razz. Recreational drinks have 10 mg of THC, while medical drinks have 50-100 mg.

Some people like their soda to be a little lighter, like sparkling water. For this group we’ve got MiraFlora and its Sparkling CBD beverage in Peach-Ginger, and Tuscan Blood Orange. Or there’s Recess CBD Sparkling Water that comes as either drinks or drink mixes, with flavors like Coconut Lime, Pomegranate Hibiscus, and Blackberry Chai. CBD American Shaman also puts out Sparkling Water with 10 mg of hemp extract per serving, coming in Watermelon-Strawberry-Lime and Coconut Grapefruit.

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Even American brewing company Pabst Blue Ribbon is in on it, producing its Cannabis-Infused Seltzer, with 5mg of THC per can in the non-alcoholic beverage. There’s even delta-8 THC Sparking Water by D8 Seltzer, which comes in Lime, with Mango and Berry flavors on the way.

Maybe soda isn’t your thing though. Maybe you like lemonade, or other juices. Well, there are even more options. Like Matt’s High Soda’s Uncle Arnies Iced Tea Lemonade with 100 mg of THC. Or Zasp, which puts out a line of cannabis infused drinks like Strawberry Lemonade, Tangerine, Tropical Punch, and Black Cherry, containing 30, 80, 120, or 240 mg of THC. If you’re not sure what kind of drink you want to make, there’s CannaPunch with its Original Colorado High, a CBD heavy multi-purpose additive that can be applied to any drink.

In the P.M.

In the evening, if you want your cannabis mixed into your alcoholic beverage, there are options for that too. Like Doran Brand’s Tomato Jane, perfect for making a buzz-inducing bloody Mary, or for those who just want a different kind of non-alcoholic beverage.

For people who want the feel of a classy wine, but with the buzz of cannabis, there’s House of Saka’s Infused Luxury drinks in both Pink and White, created out of grapes from the Napa Valley. Or Artet’s Cannabis Aperitif, non-alcoholic blends of botanicals and cannabis, in Flagship and Rosemary Jane flavors. If you prefer your non-alcoholic experience to be more beer-like, there’s Lagunita’s Hi-Fi Hops, coming in Unplugged with an 18:1 CBD:THC ratio, or Tuner with a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio. Of course, if you’re a shots person, then S*Shots Cannabis Infused Shots is probably more up your alley, combining THC and fruit juices to create flavors like Watermelon Punch and Lemon Crush, each with 100 mg of THC!

To finish the night

Last, but not least, as a great way to unwind at the end of the night, there’s Kefla Organics’ fair trade Hot Cocoa with 25 mg of organic CBD. Serenity Mountains is another great choice for CBD hot chocolate mix, with each bag containing 40 mg of CBD in the following flavors: Classic Blend, Spicy Aztec, and Madagascar Vanilla.

Conclusion

There are so many ways to drink your cannabis these days that its impossible to mention them all. This list should give a good start, though. For interested buyers, just remember to make sure you’re taking the correct dosage, and if you’re unsure of what that is for you, consult a professional first for further help, or simply start at low levels, and increase slowly as necessary.

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What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Hemp Or Cannabis Tea?

People have been drinking tea for
thousands of years, not only for relaxation, but also to treat numerous
different medical conditions.

Some of the most popular teas that
people drink therapeutically are green tea, mint tea, and cannabis or hemp tea.
With modern science uncovering a slew of health benefits associated with cannabis
and hemp products, it makes sense that using it in tea could prove beneficial
just like many other herbs.

Furthermore, since coronavirus is making the rounds and we’re still at the tail-end of an active flu season, it might be a good idea to start finding ways besides smoking to get your daily dose of cannabinoids. Organic hemp or cannabis tea can be made from all different types of plant cuttings including the seeds and roots, and it can be brewed using both young and mature plants.

So, let’s a closer look at how hemp and cannabis tea is made, and the many ways that it can benefit you.

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Young vs
Mature Hemp Tea

First things first; when it comes to brewing tea, it all begins with the plant. In the case of hemp tea, the starting point is deciding whether to use young hemp plants or mature ones. As expected, younger hemp plants have less CBD content than fully grown ones. They are typically used well rounded profile of terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and chlorophyll.

Despite
lower cannabinoid levels, there are numerous benefits that are said to be
specific to the consumption of young hemp tea. These include: increased red
blood cell count, body detox, balanced hormones, prevents kidney stones, boost
immunity, improved gastrointestinal function, strengthened the bones, and
preventing bad breath.

Mature
hemp tea, which of course uses older plants, will have much higher levels of CBD
and other cannabinoids. Because it’s made from hemp, it won’t have enough THC
(tetrahydrocannabinol) to get you high, but you’ll be able to feel more of the
benefits associated with CBD, CBG, and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Mature
hemp tea is said to have its own list of benefits, unique to those of young
hemp tea. The benefits of mature hemp tea include: alleviating symptoms of nausea,
relieving chronic pain, improves heart health, alleviates respiratory
problems,
reduced inflammation, and prevents symptoms of certain chronic
diseases like Alzheimer’s and epilepsy

It’s
important to note that all this symptom relief is not well documented, and
there are no official studies on the medical benefits of hemp tea consumption.
This is all based on anecdotal evidence and traditional uses.

CBD (Hemp) vs THC (Cannabis) Tea

Again, let’s take a quick moment to get back to the basics. Cannabis and hemp are just different species of the same plant, but there is a notable legal distinction between the two.

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While cannabis has all of the major cannabinoids and is generally THC-dominant, hemp is classified as having less than 0.3 percent THC. Hemp is usually high in CBD, but it can also have other abundant compounds like CBG (cannabigerol).

If you’re brewing cannabis tea with higher levels of THC, you’ll likely experience all the fun, psychoactive effects that come along with it. If you want to relax or benefit medicinally without any high, then hemp tea is the better option.

Another way to get cannabinoid infused tea is by making your favorite regular tea (mine is green for example), and adding a couple drops of CBD or THC oil. Keep in mind that both of these compounds are not fat soluble, so they will need to be mixed with a fat like coconut oil, milk, or whipping cream.

Medical Benefits of Drinking Tea

In general, tea is believed to offer many physical benefits and it’s been used therapeutically for millennia. Tea is full of polyphenols, which are the main health-promoting molecules in the herbs. Lab studies on animals and thousands of years of anecdotal evidence in humans indicates that these compounds – known scientifically as catechins and epicatechins – have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Harvard-led research found that people who drink tea (and coffee) regularly are at lower risk for diabetes and heart disease, but they haven’t determined whether this is completely a result of tea-drinking or if people who drink tea just naturally lead healthier lifestyles.

Green tea has numerous health benefits

“Tea consumption, especially green tea, may not be the
magic bullet, but it can be incorporated in an overall healthy diet with whole
grains, fish, fruits and vegetables, and less red and processed meat,”
says Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

As far as hemp and cannabis tea goes, there is no research yet
in this field. However, if other teas and coffee drinks are beneficial, one can
assume the same about hemp and cannabis tea, especially considering all the documented
ailments that are being treated with these plants such as mental health
disorders, chronic pain, epilepsy, digestive disorders, bacterial infections,
and more.

Tea for Respiratory Conditions

Now comes the million-dollar question,
can hemp and cannabis tea be a suitable, alternative-treatment option for someone
suffering from a respiratory disease? For a person dealing with asthma, ARDS, COPD,
or even COV-19, can hemp or cannabis tea offer some relief?

The official answer is, we don’t know
because there is no concrete evidence. Unofficially, it probably won’t heal you
completely or kill any viruses, but it can certainly provide a great deal of
symptom relief. Once again, green tea has been studied and it does, in fact, have
a positive impact on respiratory disease. Here’s what a 2016 study had
to say on the topic:

“Herbal medicine-derived natural products can be considered as an
alternative therapeutic potential for respiratory diseases since several
compounds showed anti-inflammatory effects inhibition different inflammatory
mediators involved in respiratory diseases such as asthma, ARDS, and COPD.”

Research from 2018 echoed these results. “The incidence of COPD decreased from 14.1% to 5.9% with increased frequency of green tea intake from never to ≥2 times/d (P < 0.001). In the fully adjusted multiple linear regression model, the frequency of green tea intake showed a linear dose-response relation with FEV1/FVC (P-trend = 0.031). In the multiple logistic regression model, the OR for COPD among people who consumed green tea ≥2 times/d was 0.62 (95% CI: 0.40, 0.97), compared with those who never drank green tea, after adjusting for all covariates.”

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If green tea can do it, it’s not a
stretch to assume that other types of tea, like hemp and cannabis, can do it as
well. Plus, just drinking hot liquid in and of itself is beneficial. Hot
liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration, and soothe the membranes
that line your nose and throat and become inflamed if you’re coughing or
sneezing a lot.

Make your own hemp tea

If you’re interested in making
your own hemp or cannabis tea, here’s a quick, basic recipe to get you started.

Homemade Hemp or Cannabis Tea:

  1. Use 1 teaspoon of dry hemp or cannabis leaves per 1 cup of water
  2. Put the plant matter into an empty, pleated tea bag and close it
  3. Pour boiling water over the bag of plant matter
  4. Let it steep in the hot water for 5 minutes

If you want to add some flavor it,
you can try adding some additional ingredients like honey, cinnamon, anise, and
vanilla. Remember, you need to add a fat in there for the cannabinoids to fully
mix into the beverage. Coconut oil, milk, butter, or cream are all good
choices.

You can
also make tea with fresh roots of the hemp or cannabis plant. This requires quite
a bit more preparation as you will need to clean, dry, and powder the root
before it can be used.

Final Thoughts

To summarize, there really is no official
evidence pointing to the benefits of drinking hemp or cannabis tea when you’re
sick. However, informal research says it works, hot beverages are good for you,
and there absolutely no harm that can come from drinking it, so you might as
well give it a shot during the rest of this unpredictable sick season.

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