Marijuana Tea Benefits, Effects, Recipe & Dosages

Freedom Chevalier | March 15, 2016 | 23 Comments


Many patients who use medical marijuana on a regular or semi-regular basis are familiar with the more traditional ways of ingesting it—smoking, vaping, and eating. But did you know that marijuana-infused tea is considered a gentler, healthier alternative to smoking?


Marijuana-infused teas are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking for a convenient alternative to traditional consumption methods and wanting to avoid the associated risks of smoking, which can be especially helpful if you’re battling respiratory diseases or afflictions of the mouth or throat.


But these drinkables are by no means new innovations. Throughout history, several prominent cultures have harnessed cannabis’ healing power through teas. In many Jamaican and East Indian households a common home remedy for morning sickness and pregnancy-related stress is is often a cup of cannabis-infused tea. Intrigued? Keep reading!


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Therapeutic Benefits of Marijuana Tea


Another reason for marijuana-infused teas’ increasing popularity is that they contain more therapeutic benefits than traditional smoking. And, unlike smoking’s quick reaction time, cannabis-infused teas have a longer build due to the digestive tract’s absorption of the liquid’s active ingredients.


Tea made from brewing the leaves of the plant, not the bud, produces milder effects and doesn’t generate the traditional “heavy” or “stoned” sensations associated with other ingestion methods. Because of this, many say they feel “renewed” by the overall mild euphoria that often accompanies drinking cannabis tea, providing a great choice for those wishing to avoid becoming overly intoxicated.


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As with all these cannabis ingestion methods, finding the correct dose for you will take a little trial-and-error, so it’s wiser to start small. If you’ve never tried marijuana before, in any form, begin with a very small dose to familiarize yourself with its associated sensations and side-effects. We recommend trying ½ a cup (125 ml) per day.


Otherwise, if you’re a regular or semi-regular user, a standard starting dose is one cup (250 ml) every 24-hours. If you find that the medicinal effect isn’t quite enough for your situation, you can increase to two cups (500 ml) every 24-hours, taken at 12-hour intervals (once in the morning, once before bed).


THC Per Cup


The amount of THC per tea cup will vary depending on the strain(s) you use to create your home-brew. For example, if you’re using a single gram of cannabis (1,000 mg dry weight) that has an approximate 10% THC content, your tea would contain roughly 100 mg of THCAs with all teas, strength depends on how long you allow it to steep; longer equals stronger tea.


Effects of Marijuana Tea


Cannabis-infused teas typically take somewhere between 30-90 minutes for the full impact to be felt. Some people with a higher metabolism or lower body mass may feel the effects more rapidly, while those with a slower metabolism or denser body mass may not feel the impact until almost 2 hours later.


So the first time you try this tea, plan to be in a familiar, safe environment for a few hours until you know how your body reacts. Drinkers typically experience effects lasting 4-8 hours. And it’s because of these long-lasting results that many find it particularly beneficial treating chronic conditions like MS, nausea, and rheumatoid pain.


How to Make Marijuana Tea


Want to make your own marijuana tea? The easiest way to brew a cup is to simmer the marijuana buds, leaves or stems for 30 minutes with an added fat (like butter or coconut oil), depending on the medicinal strength you want.


Marijuana-infused teas made from cannabis buds produce the strongest effect; teas made from leaves are milder; and stem-made teas have the weakest effect of all three.


Here are three different marijuana tea recipes utilizing each of these plant parts that you can easily make at home! 


1. Marijuana Bud Tea


For each cup of tea you’ll need:

  • 1/2 gram marijuana buds (for leaves or stems check out the second recipe below!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon softened butter (unsalted)
  • 1.5 cups water (400 ml)
  • Optional: Tea bag (any flavor, mint works very well)
  • Optional: Milk, sugar or honey to taste.
  • Utensils: tea strainer, stainless steel pot, spoon



    1. Grind the buds. Remove any stems and put them aside to make a separate cup of stem-infused tea.
    2. Place the ground buds into a bowl and add the butter, mixing carefully; the back of a spoon works very well for this. Try to get every piece coated with a little butter.
    3. Carefully add the water to a stovetop pot on medium heat, slowly bringing it to a simmer, then gently spoon in the marijuana butter mixture (be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl). Keep the water simmering and “brew” your tea for 30 minutes, stirring often.
    4. Remove your pot from the stove and allow to rest for a moment, or until the bubbles to stop breaking the surface; once cooler slowly pour it through a strainer and voila—tea!


If you find the taste too strong, you can always add a tea bag of your choosing to the pot during the last 3-5 minutes of brewing.


2. Marijuana Leaf/Steam Tea

To make a mild-tasting tea with even lesser “intoxicating” effects, simmer 1-2 grams of stems, leaves, or a combination of both in 1.5 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink! That’s it! It’s a perfect drink before bedtime.


3. Ready-Made Teas

If you’re not feeling up to the challenge of making your own cup of marijuana tea, you can always enjoy these pre-packaged ready-made teas anytime, hot or cold!


  1. Sarah’s Medicated Teasbased in Colorado Springs, CO, are available for purchase online. They’re currently branching out into Northern California and will soon be available at Dank Valley Farm, Indigo, Humble Root, and From the Earth.
  2. The Venice Cookie Co. offers four different flavors of their “Subtle Tea”: PM, a non-caffeinated chamomile, spearmint and valerian combo, Chai, Green, and Black (Ceylon). Each bag contains 40mg of THC.
  3. Have a discerning palate? House of Jane offers “Jane’s Brew Gourmet Cannabis-Infused Teas,” available in both C-Cups (for Keurig style machines) and traditional bags available in three doses: 20mg, 80mg or 200mg THC.
  4. Pot-o-Coffee also has a 10mg K-Cup option of their “Hemp-Derived CBD-Infused Tea.”


You can also find cannabis-infused tea by searching for the keyword “tea” on Nugg, which will search the inventories of nearby cannabis dispensaries and let you order delivery online if any are available!


Consumer Reactions


“[Marijuana tea is] the absolute best for medical use…[I] drink one cup of tea and have it relieve my symptoms for at least 6 hours. Not a really strong tea either…[its] effects took between 1-1.5 hours and it sneaks up on you…you may not notice anything ‘happen’ rather you may notice a few hours later, hey I’m not in pain.” Kelly of Cowichan Bay, BC


“I prefer teas to smoking because I don’t feel sluggish, just relaxed and alert.”Ember Rose of Denver, CO.


“Drinking marijuana tea can give you all the medicinal effects you’re after, and you don’t get the smoke in your lungs—or the smell on your breath. It’s great if you happen to have a sore throat or something like that. When I’m down, a steaming hot cup of this tea drops my pain level down to where I can actually function like a human being! I think it would be perfect, too, for people who are non-smokers but still need pain relief!!”Janet M. of Ann Arbor, MI,


  • Steve

    Thanks, there are some really great CBD teas at as well in case you want to check them out.

  • Caleb Mckay

    I’ve been making pot tea for years made from growers bunk. This bunk has raisin size buds perfect for making tea. I reach in the bag and grab a mitt full in a big cooking pot. I add a shot of virgin oil for that extra kick then steep it for 24 hours. It takes many different body stones to get the right strength that your seeking.
    Remember the strain of the pot from bunk can very to high test to sleep mode. A body stone can be quite entertaining.

  • Gypsy

    I freestyle with my tea, using about 3 Tbs ‘chipped-up’ buds with a couple leaves mixed-in. About 1.5 cups water, boiling add 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs coconut oil, then add buds. Reduce heat and simmer approx 15-20 mins. Leave to steep about 15 mins. Strain off about 1/4 cup liquid, pressing out some of the buttery oil. To this I add whatever I feel to flavor tea with… coffee, chocolate, both for a mocha flavor, cinnamon, rose water, etc. The variations are endless. And now that Christmas is here, top that with gingerbread marshmallows for a decadent hot cup of goodness! Those mellows just soak up the butter, yum! Oh, and the best part… I can re-brew these buds every day for less time, adding a bit more butter/coconut oil each day, for another 5 or 6 days! It becomes less strong to the last days, but it’s still a great and effective drink. I refrigerate the tea daily after it cools.

  • Isaac Moteme

    I had that marijuana are the best wen comes to heal stomach cramps or bugs. I allway have a tree in my garden for smoke, I boiled a bud, I even forgot abt the stomach arch.

  • Dave

    Can you make a stronger tea than normal from the leaves

  • andrew tackor

    Thanks for sharing about marijuana tea benefits, effects, recipe and dosages, this will really helpful for patients who wants to know about marijuana benefits for pain relief, improve appetite, treatment of cancer and reduced stress. For my pain I also used alternate healing from cbdoilempire[dot]com, offers the best selection of the top CBD Oil, hemp derived CBD products all in one place.

  • Andrew Perry

    It’s really interested and may be healthily for my daily morning with cup of tea.
    I feel awesome now for that. i will must share to my friend that. I will revert to here if any fell some quotation about this.


  • Michele

    I am an Apprentice Herbalist and here is how I make Cannabis tea (infusion). I decarboxylate all my stems and leaves at 220 F. for about 60 min. I steep this material in hot water for 10 min then enjoy. It is quite a powerful sedative, antiemetic, hypnotic. Would be good for chronic pain, insomnia or for acute conditions of stress. I took this for extreme morning sickness but would not recommend for pregnant women for a prolonged time.

  • Sherry

    Cannabis is truly amazing. This is a great article. Thank you. Cannabis has helped me with MS so much I started a cannabis friendly ms support group. Pleas feel free to join. Love n light

  • Sophia Roberts

    This information is really helpful for people. Keep sharing, please…

  • High Country Healing

    Love to read your blog! Many thanks for sharing the health benefits of marijuana tea. I’m sure people would find very useful info from this blog.

  • Romit Malhotra

    Nice and very interesting article. Marijuana is proving to be beneficial in health sector also, which is great

  • Jim Gibson

    Cannabis infused tea is very good for our bodies. It has antioxidants to get rid of free radicals! Great post!

  • sue porter

    Can I make cannabis tea from the leaves of a male plant? Do I have to have a recipe or can I put dried leaves in my teapot and brew like regular tea?

  • Blessing Zingano

    Marijuana tea tastes good and I feel like having it time and again but I experienced some kind of headaches and kinda drunk but for those who cry themselves to sleep its really worked for me …. you don’t struggle to sleep

  • Jennifer Smith

    Great cannabis recipe! I love cannabis tea!

  • Jennifer Smith

    Your bud tea recipe is superb! Excellent article!

  • Karen Page

    I just love drinking tea! It’s nice to know this information!

  • Mikael Gomes

    I’m yet to try it. So far I’m seeing positive reviews about it

  • Kevin Murphy

    The cannabis tea could be a great medicine or good for as a therapy because we all know that cannabis has many beneficial medicinal effect so there is no doubt that you can get benefit drinking it.

  • Athea Jo

    I haven’t tried cannabis tea, but upon reading this blog, I might get one later. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Monique Perry

    Thank you so much for sharing! This is an amazing tea recipe! I love tea but this is something worth a try! This is a tea with a twist.

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