CBD In Tea – All Hype or Worth It?
Health fads are popping up all over the place. As times are changing new and improved health supplements are made available. While some are great and innovative others can be sketchy and a scam. So what about CBD?
This post will get into what CBD is, how it works in our bodies, incorporating CBD in tea, the benefits, best teas for CBD and determining if it is right for you!
What CBD Is & Does
CBD, AKA cannabidiol, is a component extracted directly from the hemp plant. Hemp is a cousin of the marijuana plant which contains THC, the psychoactive ingredient that gives you the “high” feeling when smoked or eaten.
Hemp, being a different plant, contains very little THC (<0.3%) and therefore has none of the psychoactive effects. Therefore, CBD will NOT give you a “high” like that of its cousin containing THC.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD (1).” CBD is legal across all 50 states in the United States. CBD can be purchased and used in all 50 states.
Cannabinoids in general react with the body by interacting with the brain and body via the endocannibinoid system (ECS). THC and other cannabinoids react differently than CBD.
The ECS is responsible for maintaining the bodies homeostasis via a network of cell receptors and neurotransmitters. Whenever something is introduced to the body to disrupt that balance, the ECS releases natural cannabinoids. These can affect sleep, mood, temperature control, pain and pleasure, appetite, memory and fertility.
CBD does not specifically interact with the ECS, but rather CBD stimulates the ECS to produce natural cannabinoids! On top of that an enzyme known as FAAH, which breaks down the natural cannabinoids, is slowed due to CBD thus allowing them to stay in our system longer (2).
Ultimately, CBD is a complex cannabinoid, but many studies back up the claims that it does in fact work on the ECS!
Infusing Tea With CBD
There are many ways to use CBD. Some people take gummys, others take tinctures or body salves. Here we are going to focus on CBD in tea!
You may see many brands and types of CBD tea, but not all CBD tea is made the same. Tea infused with an oil of CBD is often less effective and less bioavailable (fancy word for the ability for your body to absorb and utilize a compound) than other forms. This makes sense considering oil and water do not mix and in order for CBD to be most bioavailable it needs to be soluble (dissolve) in water.
There are types of soluble CBD on the market that can be purchased. These can then be added to any tea at any dose for a quick fix and fun DIY project. If you are not the DIY type, there are pre-made options that are healthy.
Buddha Teas has done an amazing job at being able to incorporate a powdered, water-soluble form of CBD into a few of their teas! They offer CBD in their peppermint, chamomile, turmeric ginger, tulsi ashwaganda, matcha and mushroom defense blend. Each tea bag contains 5mg of CBD to give a subtle nice calming affect. Click here to learn more or try some for yourself!
(To learn more about the Buddha Teas brand, click here for the Fresh Steeps review!)
Benefits Of CBD Tea
You may be asking, “Well…why do I want to even use CBD? Will it help me?” Let’s take a look at the studied benefits and how CBD could be nice for you!
- Pain Relief: The ECS is responsible for responding to pain in our bodies. CBD triggers our ECS to function properly and aid our nagging pains (4). Best results for people with rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, but also helps with muscle soreness from personal experience.
- Reduction of Anxiety & Stress: One of the more popular reasons people have used CBD, many studies support this claim. One showed students who took CBD prior to an exam experienced less anxiety during it (5). Another study showed CBD helped children with insomnia and anxiety from PTSD get back into better sleep cycles (6).
- Alleviation of Cancer Treatment Symptoms: There have been studies done on the combo of chemo medication with CBD & THC alleviating much of the nausea & body aches (7). There is even research on CBD slowing the spread of cancer (8)! More research is needed for claims with that however.
- Protect Brain Functions: Research is limited at this time, but CBD has shown promising effects on relieving symptoms from epilepsy & Parkinson’s (9,10). It may also slow the progression of Alzheimer’s (11)!
- Reduction in Acne: Acne is very common amongst many of us. It forms from an overproduction of sebum in the skin. CBD has been shown to reduce the inflammation of the sebum glands thus reducing acne (12)!
- Other Potential Benefits: Other possible benefits being studied include aiding heart health by lowering blood pressure, diabetes prevention, & anti-tumor effects.
Best Tea To Incorporate CBD
There are many potential benefits of incorporating CBD into your regimen. Some tea’s may pair better than others. The reason being they will enhance the positive effects of the tea!
Fresh Steeps’ favorite teas with CBD:
- Chamomile: Already reduces anxiety and stress.
- Peppermint: Aids digestion and relaxes the body.
- Turmeric & Ginger: Strong anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, & relieves body aches.
Using CBD In Your Tea
CBD is a powerful cannabinoid that aids our natural ECS to function properly and reduce inflammation, relieve pain, control moods, calm our minds, relieve hunger pangs, and more!
A lot of research supports the use of CBD in your life and by adding CBD in tea you can achieve combined benefits of amazing natural and organic products!
Are you interested in learning more about CBD & the experience of taking CBD? Check out this very in-depth post by Sunday Scaries – “What Does CBD Feel Like?”.
Check out some of our favorite CBD teas out there from Buddha Teas here!
- WHO Organization Cannabidiol (CBD) Report