For many of us, our morning or evening cup of tea is a relaxing ritual that we wouldn’t want to part with. However, an increasing number of people are choosing to swap their usual English breakfast tea or Earl Grey for something slightly different. CBD-infused tea is becoming a popular alternative to traditional teas, with many people enjoying the additional effects the beverage has on their mood and wellbeing.
The combination of these two products does make sense. For many years, people have used both to feel healthier and more relaxed. Research has suggested that on its own, herbal tea could help to:
- boost the immune system
- control appetite and assist with weight loss
- improve the quality of sleep
- Aid the digestive system
- maintain focus
Similarly, CBD oil is growing in popularity due its connections with pain relief, improved sleep and reduction in anxiety. By combining the soothing benefits of tea with the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol, CBD tea can provide users with a safer and more natural way to alleviate a variety of symptoms, boost energy and improve mood.
Why Drink CBD Tea?
So, we know that both tea and CBD have great side effects individually – but why are so many people turning to CBD-infused tea? Here are some of the things that the drink is thought to help with:
CBD Tea and Sleep
Many people find that a hot cup of CBD tea in the evening, or just before bed, is the perfect natural sleep aid. Both CBD and tea are known to have relaxing effects that can ease the mind and senses to achieve a deeper sleep. For tea, this is usually due to some of the additional ingredients (such as the antioxidant apigenin, which is prominent in chamomile tea) or the fact that simply being more relaxed can help you to get to sleep more quickly.
Similarly, CBD is thought to help with sleep as it can relieve some of the causes of sleeplessness, such as anxiety or pain. However, there has also been some research that suggests CBD oil could also help improve the quality of sleep itself. In a study with mice, the animals treated with CBD experienced a longer NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. NREM sleep is thought to be the deepest, ‘dreamless’ level of sleep, as opposed to REM sleep where it’s possible to be restless and wake up often. If this is the case then CBD tea could not only help users get to sleep, but it could also help you achieve a better quality, ‘deep’ sleep more easily. For the best results, try a CBD tea that has a blend of CBD oil and more traditional tea ingredients, such as our Sleep & Relax tea. This blend infuses CBD with chamomile to get the best effects of both products.
Pain Relief with CBD Tea
As explored in this article on CBD and arthritis, millions of users are currently using CBD oil to help alleviate pain. Whether it’s a chronic condition such as arthritis or an injury causing temporary pain, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help. It does this by reducing the pain sensation in receptors that are located throughout the nervous system.
Regular herbal teas are also known to have some anti-inflammatory effects, but combining these with CBD could maximise the benefits. This is why a growing number of people are thought to be consuming cannabidiol-infuse tea to help minimise muscle and joint pain, whether this has been caused by injury, age or a pre-existing condition.
We all have our own ways of trying to calm down and relieve anxiety, and many of these may involve something as simple as taking some time to ourselves and enjoying a relaxing cup of tea. However, people from all over the world are also using CBD oil to help alleviate their feelings of anxiety.
As discussed in this post on CBD and depression, CBD oil is thought to help improve the mood of users due to the way that the cannabinoid interacts with our body’s receptors. Specifically, it can interact with the receptors for serotonin, which is the chemical most commonly associated with mood and happiness. Studies have shown that CBD activates serotonin receptors upon entering our systems. These receptors are believed to modulate anxiety levels and be responsible for promoting feelings of well-being and joy.
The CBD present in the tea, combined with the relaxing ritual of drinking the hot drink, could therefore be a good way for anxiety sufferers to alleviate some of their symptoms and see an improvement in mood.
Improved Metabolism and Weight Management
If you are looking to improve your metabolism or lose weight then it is very likely you’ll have seen herbal teas – particularly green tea – cited as a potential aid for slimming down. This is due to a combination of reasons, such as certain ingredients helping to break down fat, while others can help to speed up the metabolism and improve digestion.
CBD is thought to further improve our metabolism by interacting directly with the endocannabinoid system, the complex network of receptors that regulates many of our biological processes. While research into CBD and weight loss is largely anecdotal, many believe that it acts as an appetite suppressant, which can also help a user to lose weight.
Our Trim and Chill CBD tea is the perfect drink for those looking to manage their weight. Bringing together the benefits of green tea and cannabidiol, it also has a delicious taste that makes it enjoyable to drink.
Why Drink CBD Tea Over Other Products?
There are many CBD oil products available, so one question people may have is why to have an infused tea over something such as an oil or e-liquid. As mentioned, many people enjoy infused tea because it fits more seamlessly into their lifestyle. For example, people who don’t vape already may not want to get into the habit of inhaling e-liquids, while others may not have the time to use balms or massage oils. Drinking tea, however, is something that many of us do on a daily basis and switching one or two cups per day to a CBD alternative is easy to do.
Another reason why people may choose CBD tea over other products is the taste. Some people don’t like the aftertaste of the CBD that comes from oil drops, as it can reportedly be bitter. Infusing CBD with tea masks this bitterness, and the number of blends available have been designed with taste in mind
How to Drink CBD Tea
At Greenlife, all of our CBD teas are in teabag form, meaning that brewing a cup is as straightforward as your normal morning cup. For best results we recommend:
- Leaving the tea bag to brew for 2-3 minutes
- Sweetening with organic honey
- Drinking alongside a meal with healthy fats to aid with CBD absorption
Our tea bags can also be re-used to make 2 or 3 different cups of tea, meaning that you also get great value for more.
You can explore our full range of CBD teas in our Shop.