Exploring CBD Tea Benefits
We’ve seen CBD products from dog chews to face creams, but it’s CBD tea that we are interested in at Zest Tea. We have previously combined our naturally high caffeine teas with CBD for a number of great wellness benefits that our customers explored for a limited run.
While we no longer offer CBD as part of our main line of beverages (we're currently excited about hydrating electrolyte powder!) you can still find CBD teas for sale across the US.
The numerous benefits listed below for CBD tea are all backed by science, with studies and research proving just how great (and safe) CBD tea is for you.
But before we dig into that, let’s quickly cover the basics.
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First, What is CBD Tea?
CBD infused tea is tea… with CBD. Simple.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound from the marijuana and hemp plant - both varieties of the same plant species. A CBD product contains cannabinoids, which are natural chemicals that have the great health benefits you’ll find below.
Importantly, this CBD from the cannabis plant does not contain THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, is the psychoactive element of the plant. As there’s no THC in CBD tea, it won’t make you high. Sorry!
Instead, water soluble and THC-free cannabidiol oils sourced from the hemp plant are added to tea blends, so you can have the great health benefits without the mind-altering high. Still have questions? Check out our What is CBD Tea article for an in-depth explanation.
What CBD Tea Benefits Are There?
The benefits of CBD tea for health and wellness are still being investigated, as the world opens up to the possibilities that CBD provides. In the meantime, CBD products with cannabidiol sourced from hemp plants are completely legal in the United States but they aren't yet regulated by the FDA.
That's why you'll see many product disclaimers on CBD products that claim to have health benefits, like "This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."
At the moment, even though the science points to some fantastic health benefits, the FDA needs more data before they can provide detailed guidance for lab-tested, CBD teas.
Here is what we know so far about the potential benefits of a cup of CBD tea.
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Relaxation and Stress Relief
A 2020 OnePoll study of 2000 Americans found that 40% of participants already take CBD on a daily basis, and 28% take it occasionally too. Of those that do take CBD, almost a quarter confirmed that it helps with stress and a further 22% find it helps with anxiety (more on that below).
Another study into CBD and THC in cannabis by the University of Washington found that symptoms of stress were reduced in 93.3% of tracked sessions.
There is good evidence to show that CBD can reduce anxiety. One study found that pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety and discomfort during public speaking among those with social anxiety disorder.
Interestingly, green tea has proven to be good at reducing anxiety while boosting brain function too. So if you’re looking to feel less anxious, our Superberry Samba flavor may be the best bet. It’s a green tea blend with natural acai, passionfruit, and strawberry flavors.
If your anxiety strikes in the evening, our calming chamomile sleep tea may help too!
CBD can also offer relief for the symptoms of depression. The University of Washington study that shows a link between CBD and reduced stress also found significant links to reduced depression. A CBD product that’s low in THC and high CBD will provide the best results for reducing symptoms of depression.
CBD can significantly reduce the number of seizures experienced by those with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, according to a 2018 epilepsy study. Furthermore, the only FDA-approved CBD medication is a prescription drug to treat seizures in those with epilepsy.
Prevent Neurological Damage
The benefits of CBD can potentially help prevent neurological damage, as CBD has neuroprotective properties. Administering CBD reduced short-term brain damage in piglets after hypoxia-ischemia, and it also showed cardiac, hemodynamic, and ventilatory beneficial effects. More research is needed to find a link between CBD oil and preventing neurological damage in humans.
Ease Chronic Pain
A combination of THC and CBD has shown to be effective at relieving pain in individuals suffering from malignant diseases, but a 2020 assessment of CBD for chronic pain management states that it’s difficult to attribute these pain-relieving properties specifically to CBD, and not the THC or any other component. It’s a promising start but more research is needed to link CBD with reducing neuropathic pain.
CBD oil-containing products can be taken to regulate and even suppress vomiting and nausea. This is thanks to the anti-emetic effects of cannabinoids, including CBD.
This is great news for anyone experiencing nausea caused by medications or treatments, like chemotherapy. Furthermore, CBD could be effective at preventing organ toxicity, pain and loss of appetite in chemotherapy patients too.
A study into allergic contact dermatitis proved that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. More research is needed to find out how effective it is, but this is a good sign for inflammatory conditions of all kinds. From treating acne and allergic reactions to arthritis relief, there are many ways that we can benefit from reducing inflammation.
Treat Substance Use Disorder
CBD can reduce the chances of a relapse in those with substance use disorder and it may prevent high impulsivity associated with alcohol dependence. In a later study, researchers found that cannabidiol could reduce cravings and anxiety in individuals with heroin use disorder too.
Drinking a nice cup of chamomile tea has long been the herbal remedy of choice for sleep troubles, including insomnia, but CBD may be a viable replacement. If you aren't a fan of the chamomile flavor, you might prefer drinking a mix of CBD oil and another herbal tea (like our citrus immunity booster), or even a mug of hot milk to help you drift off.
Although more research is needed on the link between CBD and sleep, existing studies already suggest that CBD can be a therapeutic treatment for insomnia and it could even treat REM sleep behavior disorder.
CBD is also effective at reducing symptoms of PTSD in adults, especially frequent and recurring nightmares associated with the disorder.
The Side Effects of CBD Tea
While the benefits of CBD are great - maybe even life-changing - there are some side effects you should know about as well.
The FDA found the following potential side effects, but just like the benefits, we need more research to confirm them:
May cause liver injury,
May interact with other medications,
May create gastrointestinal problems, such as loss of appetite.
There's also some evidence that a CBD product can make you feel too sleepy and drowsy, however with CBD tea you also ingest caffeine which has the opposite effect. As a result, CBD tea may not have this side effect.
Furthermore, don't get hemp tea mixed up with CBD tea. Hemp tea is made from hemp plants. The leaves, stalks, flowers and buds are chopped up and placed inside tea bags. CBD tea, on the other hand, only contains CBD oil that's extracted from the hemp plant, without any additional components. This makes it much easier to work out a precise dose and regulate what ends up in your mug. CBD is a safer choice than hemp - by easily regulating how much CBD you take in the form of tea, you can avoid these side effects and enjoy the benefits.
It’s Not Just for Bedtime
CBD sure has a lot of great health benefits, but we shouldn’t overlook the benefits of tea. While many CBD products are designed to keep you calm, relaxed, and soothe sleep troubles, CBD tea can have a different effect.
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Tea Benefits in a Nutshell
Tea contains two important components: caffeine and L-Theanine. This mix of natural amino acid and energizing stimulant provides energy and focus. Caffeine blocks neurotransmitters in your brain, preventing you from feeling sleepy, while L-Theanine manages the effects of caffeine for a steadier energy burst and promotes feelings of calmness and focus.
When you combine high levels of caffeine with natural L-Theanine, like our energy teas do, you can channel your energy towards productivity without the jitters and caffeine crash you get with a cup of coffee.
Tea + CBD
When you add the anxiety-soothing, stress-relieving properties of CBD to our high energy teas, the relaxation benefits are boosted… but without the sleepiness! If you were feeling anxious about an afternoon meeting at work, for example, drinking a cup of our high energy tea with a few drops of your own CBD oil can help calm your nerves and give you productive energy. You’ll be ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you. This is the really unique benefit of CBD tea that you won’t find in other CBD products. Calmness, clarity, energy and productivity all wrapped into one.
“Calmness, clarity, energy and productivity all wrapped into one.”
Where to Buy CBD Tea
The best way to create a tasty CBD tea is to buy a high-quality THC-free CBD oil from a reputable seller. You can then add a couple drops to your favorite Zest Tea flavor.
Add a drop or two to your energy tea for extra focus at work, or use it in our sleep tea for extra calmness as you drift off to sleep.
You can add CBD oil to any beverage - just follow the instructions carefully for the right dose, and talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
CBD Tea FAQs
How to make CBD tea?
Add a small dose of water soluble CBD oil to your favorite tea blend and mix well, then put your feet up and enjoy.
How does CBD tea make you feel?
CBD tea may make you feel calm, focused and productive. The CBD can calm your nerves and anxieties, while the tea provides focus and energy. You will feel alert, calm and focused.
What does CBD tea do?
When you take CBD, the cannabinoids help you feel relaxed and calm. It’s often taken to reduce anxiety and sleep troubles. But with the addition of tea, you get a smooth boost of energy from the caffeine too.
How fast does CBD tea work?
When you drink a delicious cup of CBD tea, 99% of the caffeine is completely absorbed within 45 minutes but you might find the effects kick in sooner - usually 10 to 20 minutes. The CBD takes a little longer to reach its peak, at 1-2 hours but again, you can often feel the effects begin much sooner. Of course, it often depends on the levels of CBD and caffeine that are in your tea.
What are the benefits of CBD tea?
While CBD tea is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent anything, it still has some great advantages for your health. It reduces anxiety, relieves stress, and soothes sleep troubles. There's also evidence that it can prevent seizures and has neuroprotective properties.
How often should you drink CBD tea?
This depends how much CBD oil is in the product, as well as how much caffeine is included. General guidelines are to drink no more than 400mg of caffeine per day. This is roughly equivalent to 2.5 cups of Zest Tea when you add your CBD oil to it.
Will CBD tea make you high?
No, CBD is not the same as marijuana or the cannabis plant, even though it is extracted from them. CBD teas only contain certain cannabinoids, not THC which is the psychoactive substance that gets you high. At most, they will help you relax and stay calm.