We are here today to talk solely about the fine art of brewing the most epic pot of weed tea, so let’s jump right in.
Weed tea effects
As simple as it may sound, the only goal of making weed tea is to get cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) into your system.
If you make it right, weed tea tastes just like any other tea, however since it’s made with cannabis, it will give you the energy you need to get through rough mornings and take you to sleep after exhausting days.
Weed tea has double the effect when combined with some delicious and tasty weed cookies or weed brownies.
The effects of marijuana-infused tea generally manifest slowly.
People report that they usually start experiencing effects 30 to 60 minutes after drinking it.
However, this depends also on your metabolism, the potency of cannabis used to make the tea, your THC tolerance levels, and other factors.
How much THC is in weed tea?
If you want to measure the dosage of THC in a single cup, the math is pretty simple:
If you are using a strain with about 15% THC, one cup made using one gram of that cannabis strain will have about 150mg of THC.
As with any tea, the strength of the infusion will depend on how long you allow it to steep—longer equals stronger tea.
Adding honey, milk, lemon or other spices will not alter the chemical composition of cannabinoids, which means that it won’t affect your high.
How to make weed tea
Preparation time: 40 minutes
- 1 tea bag of choice (for flavour)
- Half a gram of ground cannabis
- Small pot
- Table spoon
- Regular cup
- Put 3 cups of water into the pot and bring it to a boil
- Put two tablespoons of butter and half a gram of cannabis into the boiling water
- Boil for 40 minutes while stirring from time to time
- Strain the tea through cheesecloth
- Insert a tea bag of choice (along with any other flavouring) and let cool down for 5-6 minutes
Weed tea FAQ
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding weed tea.
Can weed tea be refrigerated?
Yes, weed tea can be kept in a fridge for several days, or even up to a week if you don’t put any sugar or milk in it.
Does weed tea lose potency?
Weed tea doesn’t lose potency over time, although it shouldn’t be kept outside the fridge for too long.
What does weed tea taste like?
It tastes a lot like soaked and squeezed weed, but also it’s a little buttery. Weed tea has a very unique taste to it which can be improved by adding honey or certain spices in it.
How long does weed tea stay in your system?
THC from weed tea can be detected in the body from several days to several weeks. Check out this calculator for precise info.
When does weed tea kick in?
It takes about 30 to 60 minutes for weed tea to kick in.
Is weed tea stronger than smoking?
Drinking weed tea will give you a long and balanced high, however, it is not as strong as when smoking.
Can you add honey to weed tea?
Yes, this will make it taste less like weed and much more sweet than just drinking it straight, but I wouldn’t recommend putting any sugar in.
Grass Chief December 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm
The problems of hand shaking, anxiety, depression and sleep can be solved with a couple sips of cannabis tea. A very educative post and like the ideas and views shared here.
Alex Trpkovich December 28, 2017 at 10:13 am
Melysa February 28, 2018 at 8:52 am
interested in what complications should arise? On second thought... I suppose the shenanigans could go over board when one is stoned out of their mind and left to their own devices.
Alex August 30, 2018 at 2:36 pm
Sophia Chukwumah December 1, 2018 at 11:49 am
I did not decarboxylate my cannibis but heated it to make cannibis honey! Will it still work?
Alex December 3, 2018 at 10:48 am
I don't know, but do let us know!
Jon June 11, 2019 at 5:06 am
You'll ruin the nutritional value of any honey that is heated above 95 to 100 degrees. Weed needs fat to metabolize in your body. That's why weed heated to 240 degrees (for 20-30 minutes) in butter, duck fat, coconut or olive oil is decarbed, the THC-A loses the acid molecule, and the THC imbued fat gets you stoned.
Andrea February 16, 2020 at 9:10 pm
I doubt it, weed needs to b heated between 180 and 250 for 40 Min so that the thc can b released before you put in your fat( oil,butter,etc) to trap the thc
bibnida December 6, 2021 at 9:07 am
I respect the facts on this but I have made weed honey crudely, just throwing it into honey and heating the mix. No fat. I've even made tea by steeping a bit of bud in boiling hot water for 10 mins--and not boiling it or adding fat. It worked, tho some potency may be compromised. All the same I'll be using butter (and some chai mix) in my next weed black tea for sure.
Mike K March 20, 2022 at 1:19 am
If it wasn't heated to the proper temperature and time, it will not be decarbedm
Mark S December 24, 2018 at 5:56 pm
Alex try decarbing herb then grounding finely with matcha or green coffee extract powder and let it rip. Way better method than just using canna butter in tea. Butter in tea is nasth
Alex December 25, 2018 at 9:42 am
Hey there! I tried this method a couple times and I never managed to strain it properly, and I'd always have an ashy tea. Idk, I just put the butter in, chug the tea in 2-3 sips if you don't like the taste that much. You can add honey and lime to improve the taste...
mabs June 6, 2020 at 8:04 pm
I make mine with coconut oil simmer for 45 min let cool then add syrup and drink. Dont much like the taste but it works. Takes approximately 2 hours to kick in which is great because it gives me round about the exact time make sure I'm in bed lol. The effects last for a good 5-6 hours if not longer depending on strength.
Jon June 11, 2019 at 5:11 am
Mark, tea with butter is perhaps an acquired taste, but please recall that "bullet coffee" was inspired when the owner drank hot buttered Yak tea in Tibet: Asprey developed his Bulletproof Coffee recipe after traveling to Tibet and tasting yak-butter tea drinks. Just saying, that's all - good luck!
Megan January 8, 2019 at 9:35 pm
I would just decarb shake, crush, and steep in a tea bag. No oilyness, only the gentle herby taste of the shake Don't know what kind of teabags your using, but there is no reason to put a dollop of butter in a teabag, since every bit of the fat would seep thru the bag anyway. Just nix the bag
Prometheus December 3, 2022 at 10:41 am
That's all I do and let it steep for 15 minutes before drinking.
ElisaJane Scrooby January 18, 2019 at 8:54 am
I'm a first time tea maker. I have a skin condition which i found the hemp oil i drank helped for it. I do not have the funds to keep buying the oil. Will this tea help me?
Alex January 18, 2019 at 9:12 am
Not necessarily, I suggest finding some type of ointment or something like that for best effects.
Nina Banta March 10, 2019 at 1:20 am
Can u just boil your marijuana in a pan of water and drink the tea from it
Alex March 11, 2019 at 9:34 am
you can try, but in theory, it shouldn't work because THC isn't water-soluble
Michael Moon April 1, 2020 at 11:10 pm
Works great for me
Alyssa Dudley March 11, 2019 at 8:20 pm
I actually just wanted to know, about how long does it take for the butter to completely dissolve in the tea, roughly?
Alex March 12, 2019 at 9:33 am
that depends on how hot your water is
Rio de Wet March 15, 2019 at 8:10 pm
I used seeds and stems, added boiled water and microwaved it for just a few minutes. Drained it into another bowl through a tshirt and drank about 300ml. After about 40min it hit me, realllly trippy. I know you said that the THC isn't water-soluble but I sure felt the high. And it lasted till morning. Bloodshot eyes. 😂 Never using this much again as I was high during my lectures.
Rose Hernandez March 15, 2019 at 11:12 pm
Question, if you boiled your medical Marijuana (MMJ) with herbal tea, from what I've read, you won't have THC effects but will you be able to get the other medical properties from it? If you mixed your MMJ with coconut oil and simmered for 30 minutes or so, would that trigger the physoactive effects? Is baking at 240 degress + different from simmering at 212 degrees in water if mixed with coconut oil? Last question, does HIGH CBD flower (with a trace of THC) have to be decarbed to get the full CBD effect? Thanks so much!
Mccarley85 October 25, 2019 at 8:58 pm
Thc binds to fat hence the butter. Yey coconut oil works same as olive any simple fat. The thc is decarbed at 212 degrees for 40 mins like the original post said. Thc then binds to the butter/ oil and when drank is used to carry it into your system. Yes boiling straight weed for an hour ish and drinkinkin it after squezzeing through cheese cloth will get you high. Love the theories...
Stick_Figure September 10, 2019 at 10:40 pm
Highdy ho everybody! Got a pro tip for yall. Buttery tea is funky. So skip the tea part all together. Just put the buttery cannabis into the boiling water. Tastes much better this way! Sort of a like a soup. And for those of you interested in decarboxylation get a dry herb vaporizer. Although the avb is better used in slow infused olive oil. Leafs are better for tea. And you don't even really need to strain it! Save the ground nugs for the vape. Vape on friends!
skander September 15, 2019 at 8:19 pm
If I use stems to brew my tea will it leave a smell in the kitchen while brewing it?
leonel October 1, 2019 at 4:30 pm
can I substitute MCT oil for butter ? or just regular coconut oil for that matter? are there any advantages to either or are they just a "bonding agent" for the THC?
Erik A Shaw October 30, 2019 at 8:47 pm
So, I'm pretty sensitive to THC and when you say 150mg for 1 g of weed with a pretty standard THC content that sounds like way too much. Even half of that seems high for me. 10mg edibles tend to give me panic attacks. Is it possible to make something weaker than 10mg of TCH and add in some different tea leaves for taste? That's the kind of recipe I'm looking for.
MILO December 8, 2021 at 12:05 pm
Use CBD then, THC doesnt seem to be yours.
Highwayman December 1, 2019 at 1:48 am
Aware that cannabinoids are fat-soluble, and decarbing was essential when making extracts, I didn't expect what happened to me! I drink green tea almost exclusively, using loose green tea leaves in a tea ball to brew my cuppa. Once while trimming some of my own plants, I put a little bud with the tea in the tea ball. I did it for the flavor... and I didn’t want to waste the larf (small buds from lower branches). Even with my high tolerance, I get a mild, relaxing effect without the high, or the need to acquire a taste for butter tea.
Jane March 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm
Thanks ... I have been researching for hours trying to find some information on making the tea without fats and whether or not you get any effect at all. I have terrible tension headaches almost daily and need an organic natural method to relieve the pain. I am vegan and don't use fat so this seems to me the best way. I do not want to get high or baked as I have seen written in comments. I just want to relax and be pain free. I don't know much about the potency of cannabis but I will try 1/2 gram in a cup of tea and adjust from there. I am pretty sure that I will feel some effects because I have not used any mind altering chemicals in over 35 years. I am a little scared because I really don't want to get high but the pain is debilitating and I need some relief. I want to be able to function normally and I am sure this will require some experimenting. Thanks for your comment.
Kisha June 17, 2020 at 5:33 pm
Hi Jane, try some oregano oil cut with almond oil and rub it on.
Donald August 7, 2021 at 1:21 am
Go see a chiropractor.
Meghan February 20, 2020 at 1:27 am
Will the thc mixture curdle milk?
kris May 10, 2020 at 5:47 pm
If you've already decarbed your weed in the oven, does it still need to boil for a full 40 min? Or could this ruin the weed?
Ann August 9, 2020 at 12:38 am
I have boiled weed in water alone and it did get me very stoned. I'm guessing the fat already in my body made it work.
Barbara October 25, 2020 at 5:58 pm
Many decades ago, I threw an ounce of weed into a blender and put it in brownie mix. Then I baked the brownies, and having always heard that weed needs to be decarboxylated, I carelessly licked the bowl. An hour later I was so high I wan't even sure where I was. The high lasted for hours. Why did it do this if it had not been carboxylated?
Altodoubloon December 19, 2020 at 6:47 am
Use 85-80 Gram weed 1 litter milk 17 almonds
Implicit March 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Cold brew it. Dcarb screened buds 25-30 minutes at 250f. Put Fill mason jar 1/3rd filled with pot and 2/3rds with spring water. Shake and put into the fridge turning a couple of times a day. Give it a several days to get sludgy. Transfer desired teaspoon(s) to cold or hot drinks, salad dressing cooking butter or oil for baking etc...
Luca August 23, 2022 at 7:50 pm
So today I wanted to make some weed tea and i read a couple of articles and mixed their instructions together to what seemed best to me. Here’s a guide to a potent weed tea i tries today that made me very high: I heated up my oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and put my weed in the oven in a mason jar for about 70 minutes. i shook the jar every 20 minutes to evenly decarb the weed. after 70 minutes the weed had a brown-ish, green color and was very dry, so i knew it was well decarbed. make sure u don’t take off the lid of the mason jar until you let the weed cool back to room temperature. this will prevent a smelly kitchen and give your tea more flavour. i used maybe 1/2 gram of weed so really not a lot. i heated up 2 cups of water mixed with 2 tbsp of coconut oil. i crushed the weed and put it inside the water. you don’t need a tea bad since u can strain your tea at the end. i let the tea simmer for about 40 minutes. make sure it never comes to a full boil. stir the tea a bit every 5 minutes. after 40 minutes i strained the tea and added a little honey. i drank all of it and it was delicious. started to feel it a tiny bit after 30 minutes. after 60 minutes i was startimg to relaize that i was pretty high. after that i had a very strong but consistent high for hours and hours. the day passed pretty quickly and i am now writing this comment ten and a half hours after drinking the tea, and i am still high. you have to give this a try! Peace