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Recipe: How to make cannabis-infused tea

March 11, 2014
(Adrienne Allen/Leafly)

Monica Lo and Jessica Aragona contributed to this recipe. Updated 2/12/2018.


Cannabis tea can be made in a variety of ways from many different ingredients depending on your personal preferences. A few methods include:

  1. An infusion of dry flowers and water (less psychoactive because THC is not water-soluble).
  2. A mixture of cannabis infused with fat (e.g., coconut oil, butter, and/or dairy) combined with tea leaves and water to make a latte-esque beverage.
  3. A mixture of tea and an alcohol-based extraction, such as a tincture.

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Unfortunately, making infused tea that provides the wide variety of medicinal and psychoactive effects cannabis offers isn’t as simple as you might think. THC extraction can be a little finicky thanks to decarboxylation and solubility factors, but fear not: once you understand a few simple concepts, it’s all green fields from there!

During the process of decarboxylation, the non-intoxicating compound THCA is converted to the compound THC, activating different medicinal and psychoactive properties (read more about THCA’s unique medicinal properties here). The heat applied to cannabis when smoking or vaporizing provokes decarboxylation without any extra effort on our part. When making edibles, the process naturally occurs when the cannabis is cooked with butter or oils, or when hash and kief are added to a favorite recipe and then heated on the stove.

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What is decarboxylation, and why does your cannabis need it?

If you choose to decarboxylate your cannabis using a heating method before adding it to the tea, remember that the optimal time and temperature for decarboxylation may vary depending on the following factors:

  • The amount of moisture in your product
  • How much product you use
  • The type of oven you have access to (e.g., gas or electric)

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

We’ve got two cozy recipes to share. This cannabis-infused golden milk with a medicated coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich–the most luxurious way to end the night. The cannabis tea with rose and chamomile recipe can be adapted a million and one ways; simply use your tea leaf or flower of choice along with your ground cannabis and steep your worries away.

Cannabis golden milk with medicated coconut oil

(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Dosage: This depends on the potency of your cannabis coconut oil. You can always add more or less depending on your tolerance.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon medicated coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1” piece fresh turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 ½” piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • Ground cinnamon, for serving

Directions:

  1. Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil.
  2. Reduce heat and add the medicated coconut oil.
  3. Simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes.
  4. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Cannabis tea with rose and chamomile

(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Steep time: 5-10 minutes
Dosage: This depends on the potency of your cannabis. You can always add more or less depending on your tolerance.

Ingredients:

  • Cannabis infused honey, optional
  • 2 teaspoons ground cannabis trim, stems, or buds
  • Coconut milk, optional
  • 2 teaspoons dried chamomile
  • 2 teaspoons dried rose buds

Directions:

  1. You can choose to decarboxylate your dried herb beforehand or not. (Again, this depends on whether you’re looking for the benefits of THCA or THC.)
  2. Add all dried flowers in a tea infuser and steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Enjoy with additional cannabis-infused honey and/or coconut milk for added effects.

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  • Jenn

    How long would this tea stay fresh? For example could I make enough to last a few days? I’m a cancer patient so I only want the pain relief and anti-nausea effects. Thanks.

    • Stay strong Jenn. Your attitude inspires.

      • Jenn

        Thank you so much for your kind words! I’ve got a baby that makes staying strong a bit easier and the giggles, squeals of joy and smiles always help too.

        • Thud

          In your hard times you give OTHERS strength. You’re a momma lion. Your child will surely be a strong person too. You’re succeeding. Thank you for your strength.

        • Dan Dan

          Did you try the tea yet? I am brewing now.

          • Jenn

            I didn’t make it but a friend of mine made some and let me try a little just to see if I would be ok with the smell/taste. She also gave me a Magic Butter machine which I’ve decided to make my own butter and then use it in baking. I just find it better that way and I can keep everything in the basement freezer away from curious little toddler hands and forgetful husband hands. Last thing I want is for my little one to ingest or inhale anything cannibis related. Still fighting and trying my best to stay strong so another huge thanks for all of the kind messages from people.

        • Soda Bear

          Stay litt and strong

    • Bridget Kenyon Wood

      Love and light Jenn. I don’t know how long it lasts but I do wish you well.

      • Jenn

        Thank you so much 🙂

    • Brian Smith

      I was wondering the same, have you tried the recipe yet?

      • Jenn

        No, not yet. I’ve been sticking with the oil, but I’ll probably give this a try sometime in the next couple of months. When I do I’ll let you know how it turns out. Or if you give it a try please let me know about the results.

    • Trevor Tiger

      the kief crystals will settle by the time the tea cools/hits room temperture so its best to make smaller batches and drink it while it still fresh/hot

    • Women Veterans Apparel

      I am an esthetician : I use the Cannabis butter ; Take a small teaspoon of cannabutter { or make your own }
      Use what ever type tea you desire….use Almond Milk /Cashew Milk / Evaporated Milk/ Condensed Sweet Milk { about three teaspoons to taste each time} Let tea bag and butter steep in hot water already boiled { 31/2 cup of water then use your 1/2 your type of milk and sweetner ….} It should soothe you [ indica ] help with nausea . if it isn’t affect you try one more teaspoon into the already hot tea …{ you will see it float and feel the buttery feeling and taste but it is great for the effect of sickness, nausea. You’re Welcome { FB } Haris

    • Andrea McGowan

      I’ve kept my basic tea in the fridge for a few days without a problem. My guess as long as the milk doesn’t sour you’re okay and, it will get a bit stronger sitting around for a few days. Just remember to re-heat it slowly. I pour some into my cup and let it get to room temp before re-heating using the stove top only.
      If you can get your hands on some “Dutch Treat”, it’s a great little jobber…I don’t get super high, but it knocks off the edges of my arthritic pain, anxiety, the whole gamut. If they don’t sell it here, maybe they could recommend a suitable substitute.
      Keep up the good fight!

  • benlin1977

    Is this recipe correct? I calculated the amount of THC per serving for average cannibus with 10% THC and came up with 150mg per serving!!! I thought recommended dosage was 5-10mg???

    • disqus_r5fLH1dxtD

      This dosage does seem rather high. I usually go for 15-25mg. Depends on tolerance, but 150mg is a *lot*.

    • The problem with this, and other, tea recipes is that you can’t know the extraction rate. So while starting with 6g or 6000mg of Cannabis at 10% THC would yield a MAX of 600mg, the extraction rate into a water based solution is going to be very poor. Hence all the mild and butter in this recipe, but the efficiency is still unknown. Could be 10% or 30%, probably not better than that, but I’m just taking an educated guess. I’ve been searching for some actual data on aqueous extraction rates but can’t find anything useful.

  • Trevor Tiger

    i usually use alot of stems and some crushed weed/a bit of kief when i make weed tea, and ive found the best way to make stronger tea is to use a covered pot on the stove and to fill the pot about half way deep with the stems/buds but crushing up the buds and sprinkeling them in over the stems then tossing in a few grams of kief and then fill the pot with water about as deep as the weed mix is high so the stems/weed mixture is only just submerged some of the stems might stick out of the water thats fine because the bubbles will move them around a little bit and you only want the water line right above the mixture so that it can bubble right along the surface of the mix but not enough to have the mix really floating just a real tight cluster of stems/weed then cover the pot bring it to a slow boil and when its finally boiling turn the heat back just enough so it stays bubbling but doesnt boil over or burn the water, and then boil it for 45 minutes to an hour but make sure the lid is on and not cracked because you dont want any of the steam to escape because youll lose some poentcy as you boil off the weed the pots like a big vaporizer a friend and i made the mistake of using a kettle to do this in the past and we ended up doing steam hits while it boiled lol. so after everythings good and boiled to the point that the stems just feel like mushy vegetables then you pour the tea through a coffee filter and let it sit for a few minutes to cool (i usually throw a few tea bags in with it while it settles to try and cut the flavor because the end result usually looks and tastes like swamp water but gets you a great body high. like they said its not the best psychedelic but ive found overkill and using excess flower gets the strongest result. and i generally only make weed tea when im feeling sick or just want to warm up a bit and feel light and floaty. also the strain you use really effects flavor as well, skunky weeds dont make very tasty tea but blue dream or some of the more fruity smelling/tasting strains make for a more aromatic and tasty tea. i also found that earl grey and chamomile teas balance the weed teas flavor best and adding honey makes the biggest difference in taste. it will hardcore settle if you dont drink it while its fresh so i only realistically make two 16 ounce glasses at a time because its really gritty when its settled

  • Tammy

    It sure does look to me like this recipe uses ALOT of weed, just to make a couple glasses of tea. Good lord, you could make load up (6) 1-gm joints and toke on them for 6-12 times, knowing your dosage, vs two or three glasses/cups of tea with an unknown effect factor…

    • PÆR Sovern

      ~ 1.5 grams per serving?
      Unless u r xperienced blunt smoker… Use Way way less

      • Jon Listug

        Says the guy who thinks 100mg is a lot

        • Yeah man, no nuts at all unless you’re a genuine stoner.

        • Gomes599

          yeah bro we get it, you’re the real stoner in here, if you think that the recipe doesnt fits just simply raise the amount of weed. dont have to let everybody on here know how cool of a stoner you are, actually you’re the reason that stoners get a bad reputation.

    • Adrian Wilson

      It doesnt say to use 6 grams of flower. it says use 6 grams of trim OR 2 grams of flowers.

      • Yeah, real scientific, especially for someone that is nausea prone from the buzz.

  • El lobo

    I made this tea by decarbing some cannabis in an oven for 20 min., then adding it to boiling water that contained a few scoops of coconut oil. I boiled it for 2 hours. It does work well if you want to enjoy drinking tea and getting a high. I put the jug of tea into the refrigerator and as it chilled, the coconut oil separated from the tea forming a block, then the block of coconut oil floated to the surface. My question is, is the THC in the block of coconut oil or in the liquid tea? I guess I will experiment to find out.

    • 84bc

      THC is not water soluble, so the THC will stay in the coconut oil that solidified on the top.

      • El lobo

        Do you have to decarb it?

    • Philip Deal

      Hi there. Did you use liquid MCT oil? I would like to try to make this.

  • John yoyo

    to make enough for your tea pot to steep the herb long enough at the highest temperature of your kettle then wait untill your tea is just about to get to cool down temp take the towel off the steeping pot and mix room temp milk to your tea and boom pain reileife and couch lock to rest and heal always practice relativity .

  • dwerenat

    A variant I tried involved using green butter for the ‘fat of choice’ part of the recipe. Saves time and the effect is the same. Just keep some cannibutter handy and you’re all set.

    • dwerenat

      I meant to say *using green butter for the ‘fat of choice’ part of the recipe instead of adding kief or flower* My bad.

  • Raul Tsi

    you can brew tea from dried flowers (and smaller stems, more on this in a bit) in an emulsion of water and olive oil. The type of oil is optional but I like olive oil for cooking so that is my choice. The key is a very small amount. At a physical and chemical level the oil only needs to be present in small amounts to work. I use 6 drops (yes, drops) of oil to 3 cups (24 oz) water aka 700 ml in a small or med sauce pan with a lid. I use about 2 joints worth of finely ground flowers or double that much of stems. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer covered stir every 5 minutes. 15 minutes minimum for dried flowers 30 minutes for stems. You can add water if you think the level is getting too low. Strain through coffee filter or cheesecloth. Yields about 12-16 oz of concentrated tea. I used to split it 3 ways into half liter bottles and add water. Or you can split it 3 ways into coffee cups and drink it hot. Keeps about a week in the fridge.

    For your first time, I’d recommend just drinking a small portion, not more than an ounce or 2 (3-6 ml) and see how it affects you. I’ve found that I start to feel it almost immediately but I’m acclimated to the method. The on come is gentle and relaxing. About 10 minutes later I’m pleasantly buzzed and it will last for hours often 6, 7, 8 hours. And I was doing that with street commercial grade weed. I’ll admit that it isn’t the most efficient method, it takes a lot of flowers. It is a great way to use those stems that you otherwise would discard. After you brew them you can compost it.

    There is a slight odor but nothing that most people can recognize as cannabis. I’ve had my mother and sister walk in on me while I was brewing and neither one of them even noticed anything.

    You will need to experiment and find your personal recipe i.e. how much flowers, how long to brew, how much to drink. Since it isn’t an efficient method it is probably suited for people who can grow their own rather than people dependent on dispensary (read that $$$) weed. I long to go back to brewing again I just can’t afford it.

  • Robert Mulvaney

    1/2 g 3 cups water coconut oil…is bout right if ya want top make a small batch

  • Laura P. Schulman

    Am I hallucinating, or did the author specify 6 grams of bud to make 4 servings???

    If the bud is 15% THC, which is pretty normal these days (and depending on the cultivar it could be twice that!), then 6 gm=6000 mg x 0.15=900 mg THC in the 6 gm. Now divide that among 4 servings and you get….225 mg THC per serving!!!!

    Is my math wrong, or is this just nuts?

    • Jon Listug

      Neither. Some of us require more than 2mg to get high. I personally require 750mg. Mind your own business.

      • John Veitch

        What has happened to the days when heads were polite to one another? Regards

  • If you are using medical grade cannabis- that is enough to get everyone in your neighborhood blasted. It’s irresponsible and bad to get one person destroyed on six grams of cannabis no matter what the source.

    • PÆR Sovern

      Right? Who writes these?!? 6 g is 4 servings…???

      • Jon Listug

        Someone who actually uses cannabis on a regular basis probably; not your typical “Warren bobrow”

    • Ian Juvyns

      I’d totally come to this party, though.

    • Jon Listug

      I require 750mg to get high. 6g would be 1 serving for me. You know you’re not the only stoner on the planet, right?

      • Evangeliowned

        ever heard of tolerance breaks lol

      • Brbhouseonfire

        750mg is 0.75g my friend.

    • Jon Listug

      If your cannabis cocktails only have 25mg in them then what’s the point?

      • TWalker

        The point is medicine. 25mg is about a max dose for me although I could do dose more than once.. 10mg is a generally accepted starting dose in the medical marijuana industry.

    • Adrian Wilson

      2 grams of cannabis, 6 grams of sugar leaf. literacy man….

  • Richard

    Nice article. Our son has Crohn’s disease and I have rheumatoid arthritis. We would like the health benefits without getting high. Are there any tea recipes that give most (or all) of the medicinal benefits without the buzz? Thanks.

    • HeadBooter

      Shop for CBD strains at a dispensary; in Colorado…went there recently to GET cannabis…the labels are clear and the staff will know what to recommend.

      Also, try Green Road or one of the other CBD oils already in suspension. My wife uses the drops during the day, isn’t impaired, and feels pretty good.

      I can recommend a Magic Butter machine for butter and oil…works very well and is incredibly easy to use.

      When my sweetheart got cancer, the opioids were killing her. Butter on a muffin worked better than Lortab for a year of chemo. Now, she’s in remission but the suppression drugs give her RA symptoms. I believe your RA would be great with CBD 95% of the time THEN use tea or cannabutter for bad spells.

      • Richard

        Thanks for the reply. We both started the CBD oils a couple months ago, although we have not seen much improvement yet. I would like to start making some MJ teas (warm beverages seem to calm my son’s gut) and understand the process when using decarboxylated herb. But, can we obtain any medicinal benefits if we used cured but not decarboxylated flower? Thanks for any insights.

        • HeadBooter

          I don’t know about cured. No experience.

          The simple recipe we use ‘on the fly’ is 1 tsp of ground flower to 1 tsp of butter (not margarine!) or coconut oil mashed together into a ball. I use steel measuring cups and a spoon.

          Put the ball in a metal tea ball. Boil 1-2 cups of water. Back off the heat until it only bubbles once in a while. Drop in the tea ball for 25 minutes, stirring the ball around every 5 minutes.

          Strain through coffee filters in a glass container. Drop in a tea bag of your favorite flavor, steep 5-10 minutes or to preference.

          Stir and serve. Test ONE ounce on an EMPTY stomach and wait 15-30 minutes. If you’re not hammered and feel better, great. If you get a buzz, dilute to 1/2 ounce next time. If 1oz relaxes you but the joints still hurt (with my wife, it’s her knees), drink another ounce.

          Good luck!

  • Soda Bear

    I read the comments and not one comment is mean, pretentious. Just a collective of ppl who enjoy making other ppl and themselves
    happy. Stay litt brothers and sisters.

  • Wilhemena

    Anyone able to assist me in the quantity of leaf needed to make a tea for inhalation. It isn’t for me and the person who needs it is incapable of indication how they feel.

  • Susan Burrell

    A bit confused here as decarb is not necessary if you are going to steep your tea in boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes. It is the heat that activates the thca into thc, or am I wrong?

  • Hirum

    Haha, what a stoner moment:
    INGREDIENTS: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    DIRECTIONS: Whisk coconut milk…

  • Kenneth Newman

    The two ways I go about it are if you want with THC or without. For with I decarboxylate ground buds in a crock pot with coconut oil on high for about 15/20 min on then on low for between 4 and 5 hours, stirring occasionally. It smells and looks ready when it is, but you want to catch it before it goes too long. Then strain and chill to solid, use a half or full teaspoon, just drop in a cup of freshly made green tea and stir.

    For without THC I use AVB or vape poo, flower that has been decarboxylated as a by-product of vaporising dry flower. When I have accumulated a few tablespoons of the brown AVB I mill it in an electric coffee grinder and then infuse into coconut oil using the crock pot for 4 hours, strain and chill. Again, 1/2 tsp is the starting dose. Unlike with most edibles IME this hits in 30 min, rather than the usual 60 – 120 min.

  • Matthew

    This article is misleading as fuck.

  • Michael L. Wallace Jr.

    Need a Cannabis Tea Recipe – For quick Tea Infuser floating in heated Coffee Pot of Coffee Maker?

  • Julio Tejada

    750 MILIGRAMS = .0.75 gm ,which is not even 1gm 3/4 of a gram.

  • Shaggy Sparx

    I know this is an old one but it very good recipes! i just wanted to comment to vent lol.

    I cant understand how so many people find an article, skim it for a second to find a discrepency they don’t agree with and even manage to get said discrepancy wrong. I’m high all the time but at least i can read and pay attention while im reading…now if i can just find my car keys we’ll be golden 😛