You might not know what it is. But, you sure have heard of it. CBD products shops have been popping at every corner lately. They offer CBD based products of every kind. CBD oil, coffee, patches, and even CBD gummies. Some of the most celebrated effects of CBD are stress and anxiety relief, so combining that with a warm cup of tea sounds like a good idea.
I am here to bring a more factual overview of CBD, as well as of the CBD tea combo.
Calmer with CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) is only one of a couple of dozen active ingredients of the cannabis plant. Its mischievous brother, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is the substance that is associated with the “high” effect of marijuana. CBD does not get you high. But it does, however, affect a system of internal body cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS is connected with a myriad of physiological functions, such as the sleep cycle, the mood, our immune system, stress regulation, and our health in general. It basically plays a role in keeping our body and mind balanced.
There is a significant number of studies reporting the various benefits of CBD in:
- Preventing seizures (by now, the only use a CBD based drug has been approved for)
- Reducing inflammation
- Relief of nausea and vomiting
Depression and anxiety are mood disorders that are closely intertwined. People who experience any of these have lower levels of serotonin in their brain. Actually, the most used medications for depression are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which raise the level of serotonin in the brain. One animal study finds that CBD also raises serotonin levels and suggests a similar mechanism in which CBD relieves anxiety and depression.
Another study explored the effect of CBD on anxiety levels of people while performing public speaking and found that CBD significantly reduces anxiety in this setting.
There are many other studies and personal testimonials that strongly suggest the stress-relieving and anxiety-reducing effect of CBD.
How to get the most of CBD tea?
All the way from the yerba mate of the Andes to the sencha of Japan, tea has been used for centuries as a natural remedy in almost every culture in the world. We all know of the benefits of camomille on the stomach, detoxing value of green tea and a general soothing feeling of sipping a hot cup of tea in a quiet, warm setting.
CBD also has an almost universally beneficial effect on the body and mind. So, combining two into one seems like a great idea, right?
Well, it depends on what you need it for.
Unfortunately, there are no specific studies that explore the effect of CBD tea on anxiety levels and a sense of calm. At the moment, what we do have is research on the anxiolytic effect of CBD extract mentioned previously and numerous personal testimonials.
There are many different types of CBD tea. Some providers offer hemp leaves tea, which is probably the most natural way you can get CBD tea. However, this kind of CBD tea comes with an earthly, bitterish flavor that not all would appreciate. On the other hand, there are many natural teas, like green, black or ginger tea infused with CBD, which successfully neutralizes the strong taste of natural CBD.
When it comes to the calming and anxiolytic effect of CBD oil, it very much depends on the dosing. CBD tea providers offer different concentrations of CBD per dose. It is mostly in the range from 10mg to 30mg per dose. Also, you can brew your own CBD tea by mixing a favorite tea with CBD oil. Doing that you can modify the concentration of CBD as you see fit.
Build Your Way Up
Whichever way you choose, if beginner, always start with a lower concentration of CBD and then build your way up until you find your sweet dose.
Some people like to split the daily dose into two, taking one in the morning and the other one in the evening. You might consider first trying CBD tea in the evening, after finishing all your work. In that way, you can explore the effect of CBD tea in a more familiar setting. Also, consider that your mind might be more susceptible to CBD at the end of the day, due to the lower energy levels.
The effects people generally report are falling asleep easier and a better quality of sleep. During the daytime, many find it takes the edge of their shoulders while still maintaining their focus and efficacy. Also, a lot of people suffering from anxiety have been experimenting with CBD and many reports it does wonders for them.
On the other hand, if you are suffering from severe anxiety or depression, always consult your physician first. The reason is twofold. CBD by itself is not dangerous at all, but it can affect the metabolism of other drugs, making them stronger or weaker. Also, in treating serious anxiety, some scientists claim that only concentrations of CBD over 300mg are effective, which is a bit too much for combining with tea.
Considering the somewhat bitter and unpleasant flavor of pure CBD oil, combining it with your favorite tea seems like a great idea. After all, tea has been used for eons as a natural medicine and soothing agent. So it has to be a match made in heaven.
My opinion, as stated before, is that it all depends on why you would take your CBD tea.
If you suffer from serious anxiety and depression, CBD tea is not the best solution. You will probably need a much higher dose of CBD. A kind of dose that might change the potency of some medication you might be taking. That is why you should consult your physician first before deciding if CBD is an option for you.
If, however, you happen to be a passionate tea lover and could use getting a bit of stress and anxiety of your shoulder during your day, or have trouble sleeping, then CBD tea is a great choice for you. You can easily incorporate it into your daily routine and enjoy the benefits of both the CBD and the tea together.