I Tried CBD in My Tea, and Here’s What I Felt
Curious about CBD? Here are some first-time tips.
I’ve been burned by a lot of wellness fads in the past. Indeed, it’s been my job for over a decade to embrace what companies say will be the new “revolution” in health and personal care and make myself a guinea pig. I’ve tried any number of products, diets, even retreats to determine if they have hope (probiotics) or belong at the bottom of the bin (rocker bottom shoes).
So naturally, with the rapid proliferation of CBD shops across the U.S., my nature brought me to the point at which I had to try this much-hyped and ballyhooed product—and write about it so you’ll know if it’s right for you or not.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several dozen active compounds found in cannabis. CBD’s popular first cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the compound that’s associated with marijuana’s “high” or psychoactive effects. CBD has zero psychoactive effects.
Research shows that CBD has some positive benefits on health, however. For example, studies show CBD may help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It’s also been shown to help treat or prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. CBD has shown promise as a treatment for common side effects of cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting. It even holds promise as a treatment for anxiety, and it might help with short-term sleep problems, too.
So CBD Isn’t Marijuana?
No, it’s not. Some people confuse hemp with marijuana because they’re both types of cannabis. Indeed, both hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. But marijuana typically has between three and 15 percent THC, and hemp has less than one percent. CBD products, by law, cannot have more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
In December 2018, the U.S. Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. It is no longer illegal to possess hemp-derived products in all 50 states. That’s why you’ve likely seen so many stores popping up in your town, or even found your local spa or health food store selling CBD products. Indeed, a recent report found that the popularity and accelerated growth in the market has CBD on track to be a $2-billion dollar industry by 2024.
I Tried CBD in My Tea
There’s a stigma, for better or worse, associated with marijuana that may be deterring people from trying CBD. I will be the first one to tell you that, as a rule, I’m no fan of the sensation of being “high” or stoned. I do, however, like and am always curious about, alternative treatments to health issues I face, whether it’s essential oils for headaches, acupuncture for low-back pain, or probiotics for regular tummy troubles. Because research shows CBD may help ease symptoms of anxiety, I decided it was a good option for me to try.
I started by using half a dropper of a 500-milligram tincture in a cup of green tea in the morning and a cup of herbal tea before bed. I did this every day for one week. Each half dropper delivers about 8 milligrams of CBD; a full dropper would be 16. Typical recommended doses for people trying CBD for the first time are between 20 and 40mg per day. However, research shows much higher doses are well tolerated.
My first experience with CBD was at night, after a long day of work. I was exhausted but decided to go ahead and give it a try. Many brands recommend you take CBD oil sublingually, or under the tongue, for a faster-acting effect. I chose tea in order to mask the bitter oil flavor of the tincture.
I don’t know if I can fully credit the CBD—I was very tired already—but I found myself quite relaxed within 15 minutes of finishing my cup of tea. I was asleep shortly after, and I had very deep sleep that night. My sleep tracker recorded 100 percent sleep quality, with very little movement. That’s unusual for me, but again, it was a long, taxing day. My body could have been responding to the exhaustion, not the CBD. But I was certainly curious.
The next morning, I repeated the amount and felt nothing, not even a hint of relaxation. That’s OK. I’m typically more relaxed and refreshed in the morning as is, so it could be that I didn’t have any “symptoms” to alleviate.
Over the course of the next four days, I only noticed mild effects when I would take the CBD with my tea before bed. During the day, I felt nothing. I decided to up my dosage to a full stopper for the three remaining days. That’s when I began to notice some differences.
My first day with two full droppers (32mg), I felt incredibly relaxed, almost too relaxed. I struggled a bit to find motivation for work. Thankfully, it was a Saturday, so I could afford the luxury of laziness. I didn’t experience any “head” symptoms, like dopiness or feeling spaced out, as some people with higher doses report. But I did certainly feel a bit disconnected from my sense of drive. That night, when I used another whole dropper in my tea, I fell to sleep rapidly and slept harder than I had slept in some time.
The next day, the effects of my first higher-dose day weren’t as strong. I was able to accomplish my work and felt productive, but a certain “edge” was taken off my mind. When I work, I typically feel crunched or pinched by deadlines, even when I’m on not late. The higher CBD didn’t fully erase the “urgency” I feel with my work, but it helped me feel calmer, less frantic.
For that, my week with CBD counts as a win, and I will likely keep taking it, especially during periods of high stress or anxiety. I may also venture to try other options, like gummies. Other brands have different formulations that may make the effects of CBD more or less powerful, too. Though my total dose, even on the “high” dose days, was well within the recommended limits for a first-time user, I would be curious to see the impact of a higher dose. I’ll just be sure to do it on days when I don’t have deadlines.
My initial impression is a positive one. I fully believe people can have positive results after taking CBD for a variety of issues. In my experiment, I was only trying to treat anxiety, and I found it to be moderately helpful. It did not eliminate the anxiety or associated stress, but it felt as if it took the sharp edge off the running worries and constant stream of thoughts that I frequently experience. I felt calmer, though not at all “high.”
It’s important to note that CBD use and products are still in their infancy, and newer, better products will probably be available in the next few years that will make these initial products look silly. Indeed, some studies suggest CBD is really, truly only beneficial in large doses (over 300 milligrams), so it’s possible the impacts people like myself do experience are minimal compared to what’s possible. As studies increase and products improve, the CBD landscape may change dramatically.
If you are interested in trying CBD yourself, be sure to source high-quality CBD products. Unfortunately, CBD products have been dropping in quality in recent years, and they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That means you cannot know for sure, just by looking at a bottle, if you have a good product. Look for third-party lab tests—reputable companies will proudly promote them—and read a lot of reviews. Websites like Leafly and CannaInsider provide extensive reviews on effectiveness and potency.
Curious about CBD? Here are some first-time tips.
6 Surprising Health Benefits of CBD Tea
Getting to Know CBD’s Health Benefits
People have used both cannabis and herbal teas for hundreds of years to promote health, healing and overall relaxation. But what are the benefits of CBD tea?
CBD tea has become a popular, healthier way to enjoy cannabis (and CBD specifically) when compared to smoking, and comes with the added benefits of healthy herbs and botanicals.
The combination of tea and cannabis make sense: Combining the active ingredients in cannabis (such as the cannabinoid CBD) with therapeutic herbs and spices produces a unique holistic remedy that can support a healthy body, mind and spirit.
In the article below, we’re investigating the ways CBD and organic herbs and botanicals interact, and how that interaction influences health and wellness. (It’s important to note that much of the benefit of CBD is still being researched, and you should never replace a professional doctor’s opinion with a blog post!)
So what health benefits can you expect when trying CBD tea?
1. Supporting Gut Health
Tea in general does an excellent job dealing with one common ailment we all feel at times: upset stomach.
Specifically, herbal teas with peppermint extract, ginger, lemongrass, and licorice have been used as a natural remedy for bellyaches for centuries. Mint, for example, is widely used to reduce feelings of an upset stomach. The same is true for ginger, which is considered one of the most affordable and effective medicinals for treating a tummy ache.
In a similar way, many people have come to look to CBD as a tool.
The combination of CBD with stomach-soothing herbs like peppermint (Mellow Mint CBD Tea features both Peppermint and Spearmint) may provide relief from heavy, spicy, or hard to digest foods, and are useful to anyone with the occasional upset tummy. In other concoctions, like Digest Well’s Ginger + CBD capsule, it’s possible to combine an array of herbs historically used for digestion, all in combination with a low-dose off CBD. In both forms, the benefits of CBD tea (and more specifically, CBD combined with herbs) helps support your stomachs healthy digestion. That can mean feeling less woozy, less often.
(Side note, other herbs can directly work with our nervous system to help better regulate digestion, such as Linden leaf and Hawthorn berry (both featured in our Golden Dream CBD Tea).*
2. Managing Stress
The simple ritual of drinking tea in the morning or in the evening before bed is a calming practice for many people. When you add in high-quality herbs and CBD, something magical happens.
Chamomile, Tulsi (aka Holy Basil), Kava, and Hibiscus, for example, all have unique calming properties. From general relaxation to supporting a calm body, these herbs work as adaptogens — natural solutions to help the body adapt and maintain normal bodily functions. CBD works in tandem with our herb choices, working as an additional line of defense, further lowering regular or occasional stress and keeping the mind balanced.
3. Treating Occasional Aches & Pains
Looking at a screen too long? Head pounding from not enough sleep and too much caffeine? Here’s one of our favorite benefits of CBD tea: relief from non-medical, occasional aches and pains.
For people perpetually plagued by those occasional creeping pains, CBD offers a welcome relief. Using CBD tea may support healthy management of those creeping aches, given CBD’s role in pain control. Including CBD in your normal management routine may help stop those occasional aches and pains in their tracks.
In teas, herbs like peppermint, chamomile, and Valerian & Skullcap all also have unique properties to aid in this search.
4. Reducing Sleeplessness
Nothing is worse than tossing and turning all night, waiting to drift off. Stop suffering and start sipping.
CBD tea can help those suffering from sleeplessness by addressing stress and helping calm the body, as described above. This means you can actually relax and get a good night’s sleep. Look to calming infusions like Chamomile and Peppermint for herbal backup, or even mixtures that include ingredients like melatonin, valerian and skullcap,
5. Addressing What Hurts
Millions of people live with pain every day. More and more people are turning to CBD as an alternative to harsh, potentially-addicting pharmaceutical drugs.
In one instance, CBD had shown to inhibit the body’s absorption of anandamide, a compound associated with pain regulation. While more robust studies are needed, CBD is rapidly becoming a tool used in the fight against pains and aches, and may be an excellent addition to the daily effort.
6. Aiming at Inflammation
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to harmful stimuli, but some diseases cause the body to respond with excess inflammation. IBD, arthritis, Chron’s disease and multiple sclerosis are all types of autoimmune disorders associated with inflammation.
While inflammation can be a complex issue with many levels of causes, CBD is rapidly being looked at by researchers. In one paper by Future Medical Chemistry, researchers looked at “the potential use of cannabinoids as a new class of anti-inflammatory agents.” As the industry grows (and science plays catch up), we’re expecting more and more focus on CBD when it comes to inflammation.
Your Health & The Benefits of CBD Tea
Even if you don’t suffer health problems, CBD tea is a fantastic and effective way to boost your body and mind. While there are many ways to take CBD, ingesting CBD in tea is a natural, healthy way to experience it’s benefits (and won’t irritate your lungs if you are sensitive to respiratory issues!).
Plus, incorporating CBD into tea gives you the added bonus of drinking a relaxing mug of herbs and botanicals. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, tea support a healthy body while providing you valuable nutrients you might be craving.*
*The Apothecary LLC are not doctors and we do not provide medical advice. None of the information on this site, including information in any press release or blog post, constitutes legal or medical advice by us.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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People have used both cannabis and teas for hundreds of years to promote health, healing and overall relaxation. But what are the benefits of CBD tea?