By: Katie Lemon
In fact, have you tried hemp tea yet? As the temperatures continue to drop, I can’t think of a better beverage to get through the winter with! That’s because hemp tea provides a whole host of benefits to help you live a healthy lifestyle. However, hemp tea is one of the lesser-known hemp products available today, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know just how great it is for you.
7 Reasons Drinking Hemp Tea Is Healthy
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WHAT IS HEMP TEA?
Hemp tea is an herbal tea made from hemp plants. Depending on the blend, there might be hemp bud, flowers, leaves, seeds, and/or stems in your hemp tea. When brewed, hemp tea gives off a comforting aroma, with an earthy and slightly bitter taste.
Hemp tea has most likely existed for centuries—while exact origins are unknown, hemp has been cold pressed into various products like tea for at least 12,000 years. Hemp tea is harvested at the plant’s most mature stage, ensuring a wealth of antioxidants and high cannabinoid content—which is where many of the benefits of hemp tea come from.
DOES HEMP TEA GET YOU HIGH?
Hemp tea will not get you high. That’s because hemp tea is made from industrial hemp plants, which legally must contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as you’ve probably heard it called. THC content is the main difference between hemp vs marijuana: where marijuana-based products have enough THC content to have a mind-altering effect, hemp-based products do not.
However, most hemp tea available today does contain cannabidiol (CBD). CBD has been rising in popularity the past few years for all of the incredible healthy benefits it’s known for. If your hemp tea is made from hemp flower, it’ll have CBD in it. But head’s up: if you’re drinking hemp tea made just from the stalks or stems of hemp plants, there won’t be any CBD present.
7 REASONS DRINKING HEMP TEA IS HEALTHY
Incorporating hemp tea into your diet is a great way to live a healthy lifestyle. That’s because hemp tea is rich in vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. Drinking hemp tea has a whole host of benefits, most of which come from the CBD present in a majority of hemp teas. Here are some of the top hemp tea benefits you’ll enjoy when regularly drinking this tasty infusion:
1. HEMP TEA IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART
Thanks to the CBD and CBDa present in hemp tea, you’ll benefit from the anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties of hemp plants when you drink hemp tea. These properties have been linked to reducing risk factors for heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure.
Here’s how: our bodies regularly experience oxidative stress, where unpaired electrons called “free radicals” cause cell damage and raise our risk for conditions like heart disease. But all those antioxidants in hemp tea fight against free radicals and help to lower your risk for heart problems.
2. HEMP TEA CAN IMPROVE SLEEP QUALITY
If you suffer from insomnia or just need to unwind before bed, making a nighttime ritual for drinking your hemp tea is a wonderful idea to improve your sleep quality over time. The CBD in hemp tea interacts with receptors in your brain the same way that chamomile and lavender do: inducing a sleepy state that’s subtle and natural but very calming.
To up your sleep quality further, you can even mix in a little extra CBD oil to your hemp tea blend. Don’t worry, I’ll give you some fun recipe ideas further on in this post, so stay tuned!
3. HEMP TEA SUPPORTS A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM
CBD can help to boost your immune system, and hemp tea is an easy way to incorporate more CBD into your diet. That’s because CBD is an immunomodulator, which means it can aid your body in it’s immune response and keep it sharp and alert. CBD binds to your body’s endocannabinoid system, which has receptors throughout your body and helps to regulate your immune system.
So to keep healthy year round, consider having a cup of hemp tea to potentially stave off sick days and keep your immune system nice and strong.
4. HEMP TEA IS CAFFEINE-FREE & HYDRATING
A simple benefit, but surely not one to be overlooked—hemp tea is a fantastic way to stay hydrated throughout the day without having to drink plain old water all the time. You and I know that we’re supposed to get at least eight cups of water a day, but sometimes it’s hard to hit that number because water just isn’t super fun to drink.
To mix things up while staying hydrated, try hemp tea. Since it’s an herbal tea, it’s completely caffeine-free, so it won’t put your system into overdrive (in fact, hemp tea can alleviate anxiety, which we’ll get into in a second). Sip on some hemp tea to enjoy the earthy flavor while also reaping the benefits of proper hydration!
5. HEMP TEA IS RICH IN VITAMINS & MINERALS
Hemp plants host a variety of vitamins and minerals that are essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Here are just a few of the most notable nutrients present in hemp plants that you absorb while drinking hemp tea:
- Iron, which is great for your vital systems and energy levels.
- Magnesium, which is good for boosting your mood and lowering your blood pressure.
- Vitamin E, which helps your cells to regenerate.
6. HEMP TEA CAN RELIEVE ANXIETY
Feeling unsettled? Have a cup of hemp tea! The CBD and CBDa present in hemp tea help to regulate your mood by interacting with your brain’s receptors for serotonin. This, in turn, can help to relieve anxiety and induce a state of general calm.
Of course, hemp tea shouldn’t take the place of getting the mental health help you need. While great for extra stressful days or bouts of anxiety-induced sleeplessness, make sure to get professional help if you’re struggling with an anxiety disorder.
7. HEMP TEA CAN EASE AN UPSET STOMACH
Hemp tea can naturally relieve abdominal cramps, bloating, and other gastrointestinal discomfort you may experience. This is for two reasons.
First, hemp tea’s anti-inflammatory properties help to combat much of the discomfort associated with IBS or an upset stomach. On top of that, the way hemp tea interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system intercepts pain signals being sent to your brain, which will help you to keep from feeling nauseous or uncomfortable.
HOW TO BREW HEMP TEA
When it comes to brewing a nice cup of hemp tea, you can keep it as simple as you like, or have fun trying out different recipes! Let’s start with the basics. You’ll need:
- Looseleaf hemp tea, or hemp tea bags
- A kettle
- Optional but recommended: milk, cream, or plant-based milk
- Heat water in your kettle just until it reaches boiling, then turn off the heat.
- Add 1-2 hemp tea bags or 1 teaspoon of loose leaf hemp tea to a mug.
- Pour the water in your mug and let it steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on your desired strength.
- Remove the tea bag, and stir in the milk of your choice.
- Enjoy your hemp tea!
You can add as much or as little milk (or milk substitute) as you’d like, but I do recommend including at least a tablespoon. That’s because in order to absorb all of the incredible vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients present in hemp tea, you need a little soluble fat present in your cup of tea like a milk of your choice or maybe some coconut oil.
To spice up your hemp tea and add some fun flavors, here are some other ideas you can try out:
- Add a splash of vanilla bean extract to your mug along with your milk. Careful, a little goes a long way!
- Sweeten things up with a dash of honey, agave, or plain sugar.
- Increase your hemp tea benefits by adding extra CBD oil to your hemp tea.
- Froth your milk before adding it in for your very own hemp tea latte.
CONCLUSION: 7 REASONS DRINKING HEMP TEA IS HEALTHY
Incorporating hemp tea to your diet is a great way to lead a healthier lifestyle. With all the incredible hemp tea benefits out there, it’s no wonder that more people are trying hemp tea these days. Whether you drink it plain, use it as a base for ingesting CBD, or flavor it with fun mix-in’s, you’ve got to give hemp tea a try if you haven’t already!
So let me know in the comments: have you tried hemp tea before? What other hemp tea benefits do you know about?