What's not to love about tea? It's warm, soothing, and has existed as a cultural tradition throughout history. So imagine the inherently comforting qualities of tea, combined with CBD to help support mood and more. A match made in tea heaven, right?
Here we'll spill the tea on CBD tea benefits, the best time of day to enjoy CBD tea, talk about what CBD tea tastes like, and share a personal testimonial on how CBD tea feels.
What Is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a singular chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant gaining popularity for its ability to help support:
- Normal inflammatory function
- Healthy joint mobility
- A good night’s sleep
The cannabis plant genus that CBD comes from is home to both the marijuana and hemp plant. Marijuana-derived CBD products will typically feature high THC content, the chemical component that gets you high. Whereas hemp-derived CBD will feature low THC content, making the likelihood of getting high far less likely.
CBD has become widely popular in the last decade for being able to provide similar health benefits to the marijuana plant, while not affecting normal cognition or getting in the way of a clear mind.
What Is CBD Tea?
CBD tea features finely grounded, CBD-rich hemp in convenient tea bags to be enjoyed just as you'd enjoy any regular tea. Hemp leaves are naturally rich in a diverse array of beneficial cannabinoids and when steeped in warm water, these cannabinoids become infused - creating a calming beverage.
CBD tea's rich cannabinoid content makes it ideal to enjoy after a long day when you want to unwind and experience some added peace and clarity.
What Are The CBD Tea Benefits?
The following CBD tea benefits include evidence from scientific studies. Keep in mind that the majority of the research that has been performed with CBD is preliminary and has primarily been tested within animal based studies. However, the results are promising.
Helps To Support Comfort
A recent review by Frontiers in Pharmacology looked at CBD studies in the realm of bodily comfort from 1975 up until 2018. This review found that not only is CBD effective in the management of physical discomfort, it’s highly unlikely to cause any negative side effects. 
Helps To Support A Good Night’s Sleep
In 2013, The Journal of Psychopharmacology studied the effect of CBD on the sleep-wake cycles of rats. The study found that the group given daily administrations of CBD exhibited a significant increase in their total percentage of sleep compared to the placebo group. 
Raw & Unfiltered
It's rare that a CBD product gives you access to the raw plant itself. CBD tinctures and CBD capsules feature CBD plus a carrier oil, and CBD gummies contain CBD and a combination of natural flavors and extracts.
CBD tea is unique in that it puts you in contact with the pure, raw, unfiltered leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. This makes CBD tea the ideal choice for "purists" and those wanting to use a CBD product that is as close to the source as it gets.
Helps To Support A Normal Stress Response
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that CBD helped to support a normal stress response in animal based studies. Subjects were found to have decreased behavioral signals of stress as well as a decreased stress-related physiological symptoms like heart-rate as well .
When Should I Drink CBD Tea?
The best time of day to take CBD tea will differ from person to person. This difference is due not only to each individual's unique biodiversity, but also the balancing effect that takes place when CBD interacts with our body's endocannabinoid system (ECS).
For some, CBD provides a sense of alertness, while others report feeling more relaxed and sleepy. If CBD makes you feel alert, CBD tea first thing in the morning or after lunch can help you to support focus. Whereas if CBD makes you feel relaxed and tired, taking it up to an hour before bedtime will help to support a good night’s sleep.
Your proclivity towards feeling either relaxed or alert will take experimentation on your part to determine. Be patient while you find the right dose and time of day to enjoy CBD.
What Does CBD Tea Taste Like?
The taste of CBD tea is depends upon how long you soak your CBD tea bag.
When CBD-rich hemp leaves are steeped in hot water for 2-4 minutes, the taste of the hemp will be subtle, light, and earthy. However, if you enjoy a stronger flavor of hemp, you're free to steep your tea bag 5-8 minutes for a stronger hemp taste that is both nutty and earthy.
The taste of hemp is very distinct, but we've found that the flavor is mild in hemp tea as it's being diluted in water. We recommend that people who are not fond of the taste of hemp try a CBD tea that is infused with a second flavor, for example, CBD tea with Chamomile. Chamomile has a sweet, floral taste that works to effortlessly mask hemp's natural flavor for a warm and tasty treat that helps to support a good night’s sleep.
If you try CBD tea and decide that the taste of hemp is not for you, there's plenty of other CBD products for you to try. CBD edibles like CBD Gummies and CBD mints have become a popular way for customers to get all the benefits of hemp, without the strong taste.
Can I Make My Own CBD tea?
If you’re interested in making your own CBD tea, it’s easy. All you need to do is purchase a set of tea bags and loose leaf hemp flowers.
You can place as much or as little loose leaf hemp flowers in the tea bag as you prefer and mix it with other popular tea leaves: lavender, rose, or chamomile. Be sure to grind or chop the raw hemp flowers before using them in the tea bags. Steep for 2-8 minutes, depending on the strength of flavor you prefer, and enjoy.
Will CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?
There is always the possibility that use of a CBD product could reflect on a drug test. Keep in mind, traditional drug screenings test for the presence of the cannabinoid, Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), not cannabidiol (CBD).
Full Spectrum CBD products contain under 0.3% THC, a scant amount that is highly unlikely to induce a high. However, when CBD products are taken on a daily basis or in large amounts, the possibility of testing positive for the presence of THC in your system increases.
Though there is no way to entirely eradicate the possibility of testing positive on drug screening for the presence of THC when using a daily CBD product, the use of a THC-Free Broad Spectrum CBD product can help to support your desired outcome.
What Is CBD Tea Good For?
CBD is good as an easy and effective way to get your daily dose of CBD. Though CBD is available in many forms from smokables to gummies, virtually all CBD products come with the same base benefits of helping to support mood, focus, healthy inflammatory function, normal joint mobility, a good night’s sleep, and more.
CBD tea is specifically an ideal way to enjoy CBD because it’s smoke-free and can be combined with other loose leaf teas, like chamomile, to bring about diverse benefits. User also report enjoying the cozy feel that a warm of tea adds to either the beginning or end of the day.
CBD Tea Effects
The effects of CBD tea can be felt anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour after consumption, depending on when you last ate. All CBD products have the same general benefits: a sense of relaxation, mood, normal inflammatory function, and more. However, the onset and duration of effects vary from product to product.
For each unique method there is available to take CBD, there is a different route of administration. Inhalation, ingestion, and topical application are all popular CBD routes of administration, possessing different effects. Here is a breakdown for how long it takes each unique type of CBD to kick-in:
- Inhaling: 5 minutes
- Sublingual: 15 minutes
- Topical: 15 minutes
- Ingesting: 45 minutes to 2 hours
When you drink a hot cup of CBD tea, you might not feel the effects as fast as when you take CBD oil or enjoy a CBD smokeable, but ingestible effects have been shown to last longer. Therefore, CBD tea could potentially benefit those who want their CBD dose to last longer rather than to work faster. Keep in mind, times listed may vary depending on height, weight, and other lifestyle factors.
Does CBD Tea Contain THC?
Yes, CBD tea may contain trace amounts of THC.
When CBD tea is made from full grown hemp flowers, it will contain the full complexity of the hemp plant, including: over 100+ cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant esters. Hemp plants are rich in CBD and naturally contain under 0.3% THC. Therefore, when consuming a whole plant CBD product, commonly called Full Spectrum CBD, you will come into contact with THC, but in such small amounts, you’d have to consume a lot in order to experience a ‘high’.
If you’re THC sensitive or prefer to avoid interactions with THC due to work related responsibilities, it’s in your best interest to find a CBD tea created with Broad Spectrum CBD. Broad Spectrum CBD contains a diverse array of cannabinoids similar to Full Spectrum CBD, but has the THC filtered out.
If you’re purchasing CBD tea that is marketed as “THC Free” it’s important to ensure you’re not purchasing a CBD isolate product. The CBD market is new and enough restrictions haven’t been imposed in order to protect consumers from unsafe synthetic CBD. By purchasing either a Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum product, you have a better chance of getting a product that’s less processed and closer to the natural source it came from.
What Does CBD Tea Feel Like?
As a content writer for Neurogan, I’ve been fortunate enough to try many great CBD products and our CBD tea is no exception. I always try the products we offer before they’re launched, so last week, I brewed myself some delicious Neurogan CBD tea.
I drink tea daily, but prefer CBD tea before bed time because CBD tends to make me want to curl up and take a nap. I like Neurogan’s CBD & Chamomile tea because I love the taste of chamomile; it’s light and sweet. Before bed, I steeped a warm cup of CBD tea, took a few big gulps, and started reading a book.
Within 10-15 minutes I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open and noticed that I felt very relaxed and comfortable. I’m not usually one that has trouble winding down, but it was clear to me that I felt more relaxed than usual. Within 25 minutes of drinking the tea, I was out cold!
After you drink CBD tea, the feeling to look for is an enhanced sense of relaxation that you can feel in both the body and mind.
Neurogan CBD Tea: A Family Tradition
Our co-founder, Jan Brandrup, gained his first inspiration for Neurogan from a cup of tea. Each day, his Grandmother Karen would retrieve a glass jar full of hemp from the cabinet and brew herself a warm cup of tea. He would watch in awe as her vitality returned, by virtue of simple plant medicine. This experience sparked his distinct fascination with hemp and an eventual desire to spread its healing attributes.
Today, we continue Grandmother Karen’s tradition through the creation of our very own hemp extracts made with the same simple ingredients she would use. Our top-notch team handcrafts all of our hemp products through CO2 extraction and great attention to detail.
The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.