The Beginner's Guide to Hemp Tea

Hemp Tea Drinker

What is Hemp Tea?

Hemp is a type of Cannabis plant that is naturally low in THC (the compound responsible for the ‘high’ associated with cannabis).

Hemp tea is a refreshing type of herbal tea that is brewed from the hemp plant. It has a light, earthy flavour and contains no caffeine. Hemp tea drinkers generally report feeling relaxed and calm after drinking it.

Is Hemp Tea Good for You? Health Benefits of Drinking Hemp Tea

Hemp tea is rich in antioxidants, naturally caffeine free and contains no major allergens - making it an ideal all-day (and night!) herbal drink and great for keeping you healthily hydrated.

It is very important that your hemp tea is made from organically grown hemp plants. This is because hemp is a bio-accumulator - meaning it naturally absorbs chemicals from the environment it grows in, so any toxins in the soil (for example pesticides) will end up in the plant.

What are the Different Types of Hemp Teas?

Hemp tea can in theory be made from several different parts of the plant, including the stem, leaves and buds (flowers).

However, the buds and leaves of the hemp plant cannot be legally sold in the UK (they are classed as controlled substances) and so Hemp Tea in the UK is made only from the dried and milled stems of the plant.

Beware of any hemp teas which are labelled otherwise as these cannot have been manufactured in accordance with UK food safety regulations.

Hemp tea is available both as loose tea and in bags. We prefer loose leaf as it’s better for the environment (less waste, and many tea bags are actually made from plastics) and easy to adjust the strength to your taste.

Does Hemp Tea Contain CBD?

Cannabinoids including CBD are largely found in the flowers and leaves of the plant, so there are only trace levels of cannabinoids like CBD found naturally in hemp stem tea.

Even if the tea were to contain hemp seeds this would not increase the CBD levels as hemp seeds contain no CBD (nor does hemp seed oil).

You can add CBD oil drops to hemp tea - but be sure to add some form of plant or regular milk as CBD is not water soluble and needs fats to help it enter the body.

Beware of hemp teas claiming to contain CBD or offer the same benefits - not only will the natural levels of CBD in hemp tea be very, very low unless it is made from hemp flower, but unless you are adding a fat (like milk) to your tea then any CBD present will not be available to be absorbed by your body.

Does Hemp Tea Get You High?

In a word, no. Not only do hemp plants not contain enough THC to create a high, but legally made Hemp Tea comes from the stems of the plant which contain no THC and only trace amounts of CBD.

Essential Tips For Brewing The Best Tasting Hemp Teas Everyday

Steep 2-3g of hemp stems per 200ml of freshly boiled water for around 5 minutes, or longer if you prefer a stronger taste.