While many cannabis consumers may prefer coffee in the morning, tea can also be a great way to get your daily dose of caffeine. In the new recreational cannabis market emerging across America, some companies have experimented with offering infused cannabis tea for sale at dispensaries, though the industry is still in its developing stages.
However, instead of going out and buying a cannabis tea, some consumers may opt to try their hand at concocting their own special mixture. One of the most popular forms of at-home infused teas is cannabis chai tea, which seeks to incorporate the power of cannabis into the fragrant, spiced blend of traditional chai.
Gathering Your Ingredients
The most important aspect of crafting a delicious chai cannabis tea is gathering the proper ingredients. When shopping for spices, quality is paramount, as good ingredients can mean the difference between a tea that tastes slightly off and a memorable, spicy brew. To this end, it may be a good idea to visit one of the higher-end grocery or health food stores in your neighborhood to find what you need.
Chai tea is typically made with a traditional blend of herbs and spices. The following ingredients will be necessary:
- 1.5 tablespoons of high-quality garam masala
- 3 tablespoons of cinnamon
- 10 crushed cardamom pods
- 6 crushed whole cloves
- 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
Black tea is typically used as the base of chai tea, though experimentation with other varieties is possible.
Finally, the key to any cannabis tea is, well, cannabis. Make sure the bud you’re working with is up to par for the task of creating a potent tea. As teas can be less powerful than normal edible ingestion, you’ll want to scale up your cannabis quality to achieve higher levels of potency.
Making Cannabis Tea
First, combine all of the spices listed above with six cups of water. Grind your cannabis into a fine mixture and pour it into a tea bag or tea infuser. After boiling, let hot water stand over low to medium heat. Add six black tea bags to the water, as well as the cannabis, and let them steep for 15 minutes.
Once the water cools, strain your spices and add them to the tea along with a half cup of milk. Stir the mixture vigorously. After serving, sugar or another sweetener (honey, agave, etc.) can be added as necessary. This amount of tea will serve quite a few people, so prepare to invite some friends over for an infused tea party.
Spicing Thing Up
If you’re still not satisfied with your chai tea, there are additives that can help make your mixture more interesting. While whipped cream and sugar can make anything taste better, those who are feeling extra adventurous can attempt the same process using cocoa instead. For a chai latte, for example, add some milk to your black tea mix, or some milk, cocoa, and sugar for a chocolate chai.
Infused beverages are not always the most effective form of edible consumption, but they can be a different and relaxing alternative to traditional edibles. And chai cannabis tea? Well, it’s just fun and tasty.
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