What Is Hemp Tea? | Everything you need to know

Naturalis - 24th February
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Calm, relaxing and soothing whilst also providing you with that much-needed dose of CBD to help you through your day. Hemp tea is a herbal infusion of cannabidiol-rich hemp flower with an array of different flavours to tempt anybody. It’s becoming increasingly popular to replace that morning drink to help kickstart your day with a hemp tea or even at night to help you drift off into that relaxing sleep. But what is hemp tea?

As one of the fastest-growing industries in the past five years, CBD is everywhere at the moment. With this rise has come the inevitable saturation of the market of CBD containing products and it is sometimes difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Combine this with the extensive number of ways you can consume CBD, and you have a potential minefield on your hand.

The world of hemp tea is no different to that of herbal tea. There are a plethora of products that can bring delight and confusion in equal measure. It’s no surprise people are researching hemp tea. So, in this article, we aim to clear up all your potential questions about hemp tea to allow you to make an informed decision before you decide to purchase it.

What is Hemp Tea?

Hemp tea is the infusion of hemp buds, seeds or leaves (and potentially a number of other aromatic plants) that have been heated or steeped in water. This process causes components of the plant material to be absorbed into the hot water which can subsequently be consumed.

Similar to a variety of other herbal teas available in the UK from supermarkets and health food stores across the country, hemp tea is no different in the regard that it is just plant material that you heat in water which you drink. Naturalis London’s collection of organic hemp tea could soon become apart of daily life. Once you try one you will soon be ordering more.

Hemp tea has been a part of peoples’ diets throughout recorded history for what seems to be for religious or medicinal circumstances. Originating in Asia, it was harvested when the plant was at its most mature as this only increases the concentration of CBD in the plant matter. In modern times, science is researching the properties of the compounds within the hemp plant to put facts to these historical tales.

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When hemp tea is placed in hot water, it allows for the activation and release of the raw cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids into the water, which can also be aided by adding a fat-based substance as well (cow’s milk or almond milk etc…) because cannabinoids are fat soluble.

There is a common misconception that hemp tea will cause the person drinking it to feel intoxicating, which is false. The hemp tea that is legally sold in the UK is perfectly safe to drink and will not cause any intoxication, which is commonly referred to as ‘feeling high’ or ‘stoned’. This is because for hemp tea to be legal, it must be free of the intoxicating cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

What Parts of the Hemp Plant Are Used?

This will generally depend on the manufacturer. However, generally very little of the hemp plant is allowed to go to waste when making hemp tea. Traditionally, it is the buds, seeds, leaves and stems that are all dried and used in CBD hemp tea but some manufacturers may just use the buds and leaves.

It is the buds that contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids compared to anywhere else in the plant which makes them an essential part of CBD hemp tea.

Is There CBD in Hemp Tea?

Cannabidiol (CBD) belongs to a group of compounds called cannabinoids which are found exclusively in the cannabis plant. Hemp is another name for cannabis that contains minimal amounts of THC and is therefore non-intoxicating when consumed.

CBD is most prevalent in the trichomes of the resin glands of a female hemp plant, so if you hemp tea contains hemp buds (commonly referred to as hemp flowers), then your hemp tea will contain CBD.

Hemp Tea Benefits

Hemp tea is well perceived to have an array of health benefits. It is not only packed full of cannabidiol and other cannabinoids, it also contains vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and fatty acids. A great number of studies have been conducted into all of the individual components that comprise CBD hemp tea which conclude that there are health benefits.

The human body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is as essential for human survival as your respiratory or circulatory systems. The ECS plays a major role in the body to help regulate sleep, memory, appetite among an array of other functions. The body produces its own cannabinoids that act as chemical messengers acting upon the bodies cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2.

When you drink hemp tea, you consume cannabinoids that act upon these same receptors which allow them to cause a positive effect.

Some of the studies into CBD have shown that it: –

  • Is an anti-inflammatory
  • Can increase the effects of serotonin
  • Is an antioxidant

Anti-inflammatory

CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory and has been shown to have positive health benefits in reducing swelling and associated pain. CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects mean that it also plays a role in regulating our immune system.

Increase serotonin

CBD has been shown in a clinical study to enhance the effects of serotonin by increasing the activity of the receptor which serotonin binds to. Serotonin is the chemical messenger in our body that contributes to well being and happiness.

Antioxidant

Multiple studies into CBD conclude its ability to act as an antioxidant, by removing highly reactive free radicals from our bodies which are known to cause negative effects. CBD can transverse the blood-brain barrier and act as a neuroprotective antioxidant.

Elderly Woman Drinking Hemp Tea

How to Make Hemp Tea

Hemp tea couldn’t be easier to prepare and exactly how you do it is down to personal preference. Some people like the raw taste of hemp buds with little flavouring, whereas others, may find it a bit earthy and bitter. It is simply a case of trial and error, but the general idea is simple.

Add a heaped teaspoon of hemp tea to a mug and then pour in boiling water and leave to steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Some people opt to add a little dash of milk, which will aid in extracting the cannabinoids from the hemp tea for extra benefit. It doesn’t matter whether you use cow’s milk or a vegan alternative as they are all fat-containing liquids that will aid the extraction process.

If you desire, you can now modify the taste of your hemp tea with sweetners, sugar or better yet, some of our delicious honey.

Naturalis London Organic Hemp Tea

The hemp tea at Naturalis London is made from EU-approved organically grown hemp to ensure the best quality. All products are gluten free and vegan friendly and made with only the best phytocannabinoid-rich hemp flowers. There is a variety of products on offer to suits the tastes and requirements of everyone: –

Organic Hemp Tea: Relax

Naturalis London’s Relax contains 1.0g of phytocannabinoid rich hemp and 1.0 g of whole leaf chamomile that has a pleasant, earthy taste making it perfect for an evening cup of tea. Infused with chamomile which works synergistically with the CBD for a calming and relaxing experience.

Organic Hemp Tea: Intensi-tea

The fantastic taste and aroma of Kenyan Black Tea and the delights of Assam are combined with our phytocannabinoid-rich hemp to produce this perfect organic hemp Intensi-tea to kickstart your mornings. Together they help form a naturally healthy drink that can give you a boost to the start of your day.

Organic Hemp Tea: Refresh

This Asian inspired wonder drink sees our hemp combined with our hand-picked natural herbs – green sencha and jasmine. This perfect hemp tea is rich in vitamin C and designed as a substitute for your regular daily hot drink, whether it is a cup of tea or coffee.

Organic Hemp Tea: Cleanse

Naturalis London Cleanse hemp tea is one of our most sought after products. Our phytocannabinoid-rich hemp is infused with a selection of wonderful Asian-influenced herbs, including lemongrass, rosehip, orange peel and liquorice. Also containing a pinch of echinacea, this drink is excellent as a daily cleanse of your body.

Hemp Tea and the Endocannabinoid System

The human body has an endocannabinoid system that has two main receptors, CB1 and CB2, both of which are present throughout the cells of our tissues, organs and nervous system. These cannabinoid receptors can be stimulated, either by the body’s own natural cannabinoids, such as anandamide and 2-AG, or by ingesting cannabinoids from external sources, such as those found in hemp like CBD.

The endocannabinoid system plays a major part in a vast array of functions within the human body, but predominantly those that focus around homeostasis. Defined as ‘the tendency towards a stable state of equilibrium’, homeostasis and the ECS pertains mostly towards temperature, appetite and memory regulation.

When stimulated, the cannabinoid receptors can interact with other receptors such as the TRPV1 receptors, which are involved in thermoregulation (temperature regulation) and inflammation.

THC has a strong affinity for both CB1 and CB2 receptors. However, CBD doesn’t have a binding affinity for either and it’s method of action is more indirect. It changes the way the receptors respond to other chemical messengers. For example, CBD reduces an enzyme FAAH which is responsible for breaking down the endocannabinoid, anandamide, which plays a role in pleasure and motivation.

Is Hemp Tea Legal in the UK?

Hemp tea is perfectly legal for use in the UK, however there are a few grey areas in the law that must be adhered to with CBD-containing products. Hemp tea falls under the category of a novel food under EU regulations, which pertains to foodstuffs that are consumed that weren’t consumed before May 1997.

The CBD in hemp tea must be obtained from ‘EU-approved industrial hemp’ and the products must contain no THC at all. A misconception is that CBD products must contain less than 0.2% THC in the UK to be legal, however, this number is the limit of how much CBD cannabis must have to be legally classified as hemp.

The only instance in which THC can legally be supplied in the UK is from the pharmaceutical-grade medication, Sativex, which has been approved for use with a prescription for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

Alternative Ways To Consume CBD

Although CBD hemp tea is clearly a drink, it falls under the category of CBD edibles. There are however multiple other ways in which CBD can be consumed.

Tinctures

Tinctures containing cannabidiol are what is commonly referred to as ‘CBD oil’. They are CBD contained in an external medium, such as MCT oil, hemp oil or even alcohol which are designed to be taken orally under the tongue (sublingual).

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Vaping

CBD flower itself can be vaped or the CBD extracted and placed into an e-liquid to be used in a liquid vaporizer. This technique allows for CBD to instantly reach the bloodstream and is generally recommended for quick symptom relief.

Edibles/Gummies/Drinks

Edibles are when CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant has been placed (usually) into a fat-based substance (oil, butter) and then used in a food/drink recipe. CBD gummies are a popular form of edible where CBD has been infused into a gummy bear like sweet.

Capsules

CBD can be contained in small gel-like capsules (think cod liver oil supplements) that can be taken orally and ingested into the digestive system. These are great for people who wish to have an easy method of taking a standardised dosage of CBD every day. These are just some of the health benefits of CBD capsules which make them so popular in the UK.

Smoking

CBD flower is just the same as marijuana aside from the fact it doesn’t contain any of the intoxicating cannabinoid, THC. Therefore, it can still be consumed in the traditional ways that marijuana is consumed, which is most commonly light on fire and the smoke produced via combustion is inhaled into the lungs.

Cream/Balms

Instead of ingesting CBD, like all of the other methods listed, you can rub it into your skin for localised topical relief. This method doesn’t enter the bloodstream like the other methods but works because your skin contains cannabinoid receptors as well.

All of the different methods of ingested CBD all have different levels of effectiveness because they all have their own biological pathways for getting CBD into the bloodstream. Consequently, this can mean some methods are better for fast-acting methods like acute pain, whereas others, such as our range of creams and balms, are more suited for longer-lasting relief.

Why Choose Naturalis London?

All Naturalis products are made using premium CBD that naturally helps the body and mind work in a way to promote and maintain good health and wellness. By hand selecting the best hemp farmers in Europe, we ensure that only the best hemp is used to create the highest quality product.

Our desire for the best has ensured that Naturalis London has become a leading company in the CBD market.

Naturalis - 24th February

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