In 2018, a drug made from cannabidiol called Epidiolex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy. The drug was approved specifically for use in treating two childhood epilepsy conditions: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It’s important to note that all other purported health benefits require additional research to prove efficacy.
Pour yourself a cup of hot tea and enjoy the benefits of CBD oil. Similar to CBD coffee, CBD tea is a blend of loose leaf tea and CBD extracts. You can find it on the market as CBD-infused tea bags or simply make your own blends right at home by adding a few drops of CBD oil to your favorite tea.
Drinking CBD Tea vs. Sublingual Methods
CBD tea is available in tea bags, but can also be brewed simply by adding a few drops of CBD oil to any tea. The natural oil is not water-soluble so fat is usually added to improve to absorption of the oil when added to foods and beverages.
Green tea is one of the most well-researched teas. It boasts health benefits ranging from lowering the risk of heart disease to improved brain function. It’s also one of the most popular teas for losing weight.
CBD is hydrophobic — that means it doesn’t blend well with water. To make CBD tea, you need to include some sort of fat. This will help to increase the bioavailability of the CBD oil and improve absorption rates. You can use any fat you’d like from coconut milk and coconut oil to MCT oil and butter.
Research shows that CBD has some positive benefits on health, however. For example, studies show CBD may help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It’s also been shown to help treat or prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. CBD has shown promise as a treatment for common side effects of cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting. It even holds promise as a treatment for anxiety, and it might help with short-term sleep problems, too.
It's important to note that CBD use and products are still in their infancy, and newer, better products will probably be available in the next few years that will make these initial products look silly. Indeed, some studies suggest CBD is really, truly only beneficial in large doses (over 300 milligrams), so it’s possible the impacts people like myself do experience are minimal compared to what’s possible. As studies increase and products improve, the CBD landscape may change dramatically.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several dozen active compounds found in cannabis. CBD’s popular first cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the compound that’s associated with marijuana’s “high” or psychoactive effects. CBD has zero psychoactive effects.
My first day with two full droppers (32mg), I felt incredibly relaxed, almost too relaxed. I struggled a bit to find motivation for work. Thankfully, it was a Saturday, so I could afford the luxury of laziness. I didn’t experience any “head” symptoms, like dopiness or feeling spaced out, as some people with higher doses report. But I did certainly feel a bit disconnected from my sense of drive. That night, when I used another whole dropper in my tea, I fell to sleep rapidly and slept harder than I had slept in some time.
My first experience with CBD was at night, after a long day of work. I was exhausted but decided to go ahead and give it a try. Many brands recommend you take CBD oil sublingually, or under the tongue, for a faster-acting effect. I chose tea in order to mask the bitter oil flavor of the tincture.