7 Surprising Benefits of Marijuana Tea
by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated – August 20, 2020 ✓ Evidence Based
There are many impressive benefits of marijuana tea, including its ability to reduce nausea, stimulate the appetite, relieve stress and anxiety, protect heart health, eliminate pain, prevent cognitive decline, and boost the immune system, among others.
What is Marijuana Tea?
Marijuana tea comes from the cannabis plant, and the benefits are mainly derived from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient found in cannabis. This compound binds to the pain receptors in our brain, essentially functioning as a natural pain reliever, among other therapeutic purposes. Use of this tea is recommended if you live in a country or region where the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana is legal.
While marijuana remains an illegal substance in certain European countries and American states, it has been used in traditional medicine in various parts of the world for thousands of years.
Marijuana Tea Health Benefits
The health effects of marijuana tea can be enjoyed by people suffering from arthritis, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness , anorexia, obesity, hypertension , autoimmune diseases, nausea, and constipation, among many others.
One of the most proven and researched benefits of marijuana tea is its effect on pain. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is able to bind to the pain receptors in our brain like any other pain reliever, to provide comfort and relief. However, marijuana doesn’t have many of the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals . In terms of pain relief, marijuana tea is used by countless people to treat tremendous pain from chronic diseases.
This tea brings you a soothing sensation. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Anxiety and Depression
The psychotropic activity of THC in the body does have mood-boosting and neurotransmitter -releasing effects, meaning that marijuana tea can reduce levels of stress hormones and relieve anxiety. This has been known to help people struggling with depression and other chemical imbalances, as well as those who are simply overwhelmed or unable to deal with stress.
Marijuana tea is known to be soothing and relaxing and is able to reduce blood pressure and stress in the body. This is accomplished by easing the tension of blood vessels and arteries, calming down the body and lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke.
The cannabinoids found in marijuana tea are known to stimulate cognitive activity, and THC has been directly linked to improved memory and focus in a number of studies. These results are exciting to consider, given the ongoing mystery of Alzheimer’s disease, and the potential of a non-invasive, all-natural cure in the form of this tea.
Marijuana tea can act as a sedative, depending on which type of marijuana you used to make the tea. This sleep-inducing action is excellent for those suffering from insomnia or continually disrupted sleep. The sleep is restful and uninterrupted , and you will wake up feeling refreshed!
Marijuana tea is very good for soothing the stomach, relieving inflammation in the gut, and preventing nausea and vomiting. If you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or any other form of chronic stomach issue, this tea can help you in a major way!
Reduce Alcohol Relapses
The compound cannabidiol has been found to have unique treatment potential of reducing alcohol and drug relapses. It is found to curb cocaine cravings.
Marijuana Tea Side Effects
As mentioned, the side effects of marijuana tea are similar to smoking marijuana in its more traditional form and may include:
However, these side effects are extremely rare and typically occur when someone consumes too much and is unaware of how marijuana and THC affect the body.
The controversy surrounding marijuana and its many derivatives, including marijuana tea, has resulted in countless negative and unverified claims about the possible side effects. Fortunately, as marijuana legalization becomes a serious conversation in many countries, more research is being conducted on the safety and efficacy of marijuana. So far, the research results are very good, and remedies like marijuana tea continue to grow in popularity.
While you are using any cannabis or hemp derived products, it is important to check your state’s laws and guidelines for the same. Hemp-derived CBD products are illegal in the US on a federal level, but still legal in many states. If you are travelling, then make sure you comply with that city/state’s laws regarding the consumption and use of CBD. Remember that most CBD products are not FDA-approved and therefore may be sold illegally or with wrong labeling. Be wary of the side effects of CBD before consuming – it can cause nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth among others. Also keep in mind that it can have serious drug interactions when taken along blood thinning medicines. Check with your doctor if you have a serious or chronic condition.
Marijuana tea to helps to reduce nausea, stimulate appetite, relieve stress and anxiety, and eliminate pain. It also promotes healthy heart, and boosts the immune system.
8 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Cannabis Tea
Subtle Tea, Mary’s Wellness, Supple Tea, Positivi-Tea, and Stillwater — these are just a few of the pre-packaged cannabis teas hitting the cannabis dispensaries near you.
They have the additional promise of clear labeling and managed dosing. But, you can brew your own at home.
- Simmer buds, stems, and or leaves in water over a low heat.
- Use more buds for a strong brew, or more stems and leaves for weaker tea.
- Add a little butter, oil, or flavor in mint, chamomile, dried fruits, or citrus rind.
- Infuse standard favorite tea with cannabutter.
The benefits of cannabis tea take a while to hit home. But, the effects can last as long as eight hours.
Why go to the trouble?
Generations have self-medicated with cannabis tea. That they also enjoyed uplifting side-effects is one more added benefit. There are at least eight surprising benefits of drinking cannabis tea:
1. Anti-inflammatory: Cannabis has a record of reducing the pain attached to inflamed muscles, tissues, and joints. Research affirms that cannabis compounds bind to the receptors along the central nervous system to reduce inflammation and block the transmission of signals of pain.
Cannabinoids also have an entourage effect that, while they do not bind to neural receptors, does offer a defense by intervening with other factors. The combination and balance of cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBDA, CBGA, and more can restore and rejuvenate with complex analgesic results.
One study published in the Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache concluded, “Cannabis-based medicinal extracts used in different populations of chronic nonmalignant neuropathic pain patients may provide effective analgesia in conditions that are refractory to other treatments.”
Administered as a tea, cannabis can soothe the pain of arthritis, muscle strain, and diabetic neuropathy. Managed dosage can relieve the pain without the negative side-effects of some cannabis sources.
2. Anti-spasmatic: CBD has proven positive medical effects on involuntary muscular movements. These conditions include the spasms associated with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Tourette’s syndrome, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more.
Effective in soothing soft muscular movement, it treats irritable bowel syndrome, digestive cramps, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea. So, it is recommended regularly as an anti-emetic for treatment of nausea and vomiting in patients with HIV/AIDS and with chemotherapy side-effects.
Cannabis is often the treatment of choice in such cases because of its ease of administration and lasting effects.
3. Anti-depressant: The THC in cannabis creates psychoactive effects. Depending on its potency, it can improve your mood or induce paranoia. Assuming there is no benefit in paranoia, you can adjust the potency to improve your spirits, create a pleasant euphoria, or provide a creative focus.
Balanced with other cannabinoids, it can manage many of the factors contributing to or following from your depression.
Consuming cannabis as a tea with doing more than reduce your depression. Because of its lasting effects, it can reorder your sense of well-being. In allowing you more comfortable and pleasant experiences, it changes your experience and expectations.
4. Anti-Alzheimer’s: More extensive research on Alzheimer’s disease is needed. But, current research indicates it follows from a build-up of plaque among brain cells. According to Alzheimers.net, “A preclinical study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that very small doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical found in marijuana, can slow the production of beta-amyloid proteins, thought to be a hallmark characteristic and key contributor to the progression of Alzheimer’s.”
This mechanism and the attached benefits suggest the possibility that cannabis may mitigate age-related cognitive decline. Cannabis tea is a pleasant way to slow the advance of such conditions and treat Alzheimer’s where it does not conflict with other medications and therapies
5. Anti-anxiolytic: Some forms of depression and anxiety are classified as “mood disorders.” The anxiety is chronic and unrelated to situational factors. Typically, the conditions result from serotonin deficiency or neural inflammatory damage.
Cannabis works directly on serotonin receptors much like the pharmaceutical Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). The cannabinoids restore the transmission of messages along the Central Nervous System.
Choosing cannabis tea with high CBD potency and low THC content will mellow patients and reduce psychoactivity.
6. Anti-Autoimmune: The American Auto-Immune Related Disease Association recognizes over 100 auto-immune diseases. They include rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, celiac disease, and many more well-known and not so well-known conditions.
These conditions are often listed as “autoimmune” because they lack the research and discovery necessary to diagnose and treat medically. Moreover, many of these problems occur in combination with others.
Cannabis has not been directly linked with “curing” or “healing” these problems. And, much serious research is required. But, cannabis does appear to soothe and affect symptoms, a necessary relief for many patients.
7. Anti-Insomniac: Cannabis with considerable CBD content mellows mental and physical conditions. It relaxes you enough to invite early and sound sleep.
Heavier doses can be deeply sedating for those in chronic pain. But, using cannabis tea lets you regulate the strength, dosage, and frequency of intake to encourage solid sleep patterns without reducing you to couch-lock paralysis.
8. Anti-Hypertension: Constricted blood vessels contribute to high blood pressure. But, cannabinoids will increase the heartbeat, and when appropriately dosed, it will expand those blood vessels without risk.
There is some risk that you can aggravate circulatory problems with a strain or dose that is heavy on THC So, while cannabis tea provides a convenient delivery system, you must research the content and identify the most effective dosage for your system.
Surprising benefits of drinking cannabis tea
Cannabis provides the listed benefits regardless of how you use. But, cannabis tea provides a convenience and long-lasting effect that works best for many medical patients.
Moreover, it provides the benefits without the negative side-effects of smoking or vaping. It presents a workable, pleasant, and effective option for millions of people suffering from scores of painful and fatiguing problems.
It also comes in prepackaged forms that prove cost-effective because you use small amounts at a time over their long shelf-life. Cannabis teas and similar beverages are likely to prove the go-to option for medical cannabis patients well into the future.
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