CBD Hemp Tea product
By Tea Guru November 8th, 2019
Hemp Tea & CBD
Hemp (Cannabis sativa)is also called industrial hemp, plant of the family Cannabaceae cultivated for its fiber or its edible seeds. Hemp is sometimes confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources of the drug marijuana. The seeds and flowers are used to extract CBD oil. One of the main ingredients in hemp tea is CBD (Cannabidiol) which is the non-psychoactive component found in the hemp plant. Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (which causes the "high" in Marijuana). CBD itself comes in oils, tinctures, creams, edibles and more.
Potential Benefits of CBD
Many results are based on carefully administered doses and require medical study. Please consult a doctor if you are considering CBD and for advise on which dose it right for you.
- Pain relief. Studies has shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
- Reduce Anxiety and Depression. Many drugs used to treat these symptoms often have many side effects and can be addictive and lead to substance abuse. CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for anxiety, treat insomnia and post traumatic stress disorders
- Cancer symptoms. Many people have found CBD helped with side effects of cancer treatment like nausea, vomiting and pain. Some research have shown potential cancer fighting properties.
- Skin health. Because CBD is anti-inflammatory, it may have beneficial effects on acne.
- Neuroprotective Properties. From epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease - CBD has been found to have positive benefits. Much of the research is limited, but promising
- Heart Health - Studies are still new, but early research shows that CBD can help lower blood pressure and reduce cell death associated with heart disease.
- Other areas showing promise are substance abuse treatment, anti-tumor, & diabetes prevention.
The difference between hemp tea and CBD infused tea.
Some hemp teas that are advertised as hemp but do not contain any hemp leaves, but rather contain CBD oil. This isn't really a hemp tea. But simply adding CBD oil to a tea won't always work because OIL AND WATER don't mix and are not easily absorbed by the body. There are also flavanoids in present in hemp, and while certain teas have their own unique flavanoids, you wont get access to these in plain old CBD oil.
Bio-availability of CBD oil
Because our bodies are mostly water, how much CBD gets absorbed in your body can vary greatly. It is impossible for 100% of the stated CBD amount to get absorbed. But because hemp is unregulated, the claimed CBD content of CBD and how much you can actually absorb can vary greatly.
What about Nano-particles?
There are many companies touting things like 'nano' technology, but often there are ingredients used to 'bind' the oil for emulsification, just like a supermarket salad dressing. But the truth is that there are no certified research trials showing the results of "nano" technology and it's effects on bio-availability. When ever someone advertises 'bio-availability' - the question needs to be "How?"
How much CBD?
Another issue is how much CBD is an ideal dose? Depending on each case, it may require a different dose. For example, a person with seizures may take 300 mg of CBD. What is the "ideal" dose for overall wellness? There isn't one, but a tea with only 5mg would have a negligible effect. Usually a dose of 25 grams or more is needed for any effect.
Natural Hemp Tea - the Holistic approach
Hemp has numerous compounds within it that are beneficial besides CBD oil, such as the aforementioned flavanoids. But is hemp tea all the same? Like traditional tea, hemp tea needs to be processed from a raw state into a shelf stable state. Hemp that is just dried will not have as much bio-availability. Some fats are required for absorption. Eating a meal containing healthy fats is one method. Adding a splash of milk or butter to a tea is another. Within your digestive tract, your body’s natural bile salts will emulsify CBD oil and other dietary fats.
Besides CDB, there are other cannabinoids are present which are not present in most CDB oil products. This is shown by the lab results below. By limited processing to an absolute minimum, you are getting the a more, all natural product.
Smoke 'em if you got 'em?
Simply steeping raw or dried hemp leaves will not make the CBD bioavailable. Some people smoke the hemp flower because the cannabinoids are released during combustion, which decarboxilizes the oil. The result of this process is that the raw acid cannabinoids found in the plant material are converted into the sought after activated, decarbed cannabinoids. Hemp tea leaves can be decarboxylated in advance using proprietary processing techniques.
The actual processed hemp leaves under a microscope. The areas in white are the CBD oil crystals.
A sample test blend before being mixed. The dark leaf is the hemp, the lighter leaves are herbs such as rose, chamomile and mint.