With all this ‘extra downtime’ we’ve been given in the era of 2020 lockdown, my mom and I have been having more in-depth discussions around healing with cannabis, self-care, and self-love practices. We’ve, of course, heard the wide-reaching claims of CBD for quite some time now. But how does that work? My mom was curious to know if CBD tea benefits could be as noticeable for her as a hit to her small CBD vape is. What better time to dive a little deeper and experiment a little with CBD tea? We decided we would be our own very best guinea pigs. I already drink tea with CBD occasionally, but we were curious if my mom were to incorporate it into a daily ritual or habit more consistently, would she be able to notice any differences? Well, the following is a brief overview of her experience getting started with CBD tea and what she found in her research. It is a personal case study that we hope may help you in starting your own CBD tea ritual or when introducing your parents to cannabis tea.
What is all the hullabaloo about CBD and CBD Tea?
CBD is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants. People are always asking, “What are the effects of CBD? Is there a difference between CBD and ‘street weed’? Will CBD get me high?” No, CBD will not get you high in the traditional sense of the world. That is left up to the cousin of CBD, THC. A common effect reported from those using CBD is a mild euphoria. When I surveyed my audience of cannabis lovers and enthusiasts over at @shezblazed (my cannabis lifestyle instagram account), I learned that CBD was much more common for daily use (in my community) than I had originally guessed. People are putting CBD oil in their coffee, mixing the herb into their bowls, joints, oils, teas, etc and a few mentioned that they often choose to medicate with strictly CBD in the mornings, or a longer period of time to take a break from the more psychoactive components.
many experts say We are wired for cannabis consumption
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system. It plays a role in regulating a variety of body functions, including sleep, mood, appetite and digestion, learning and memory, and more. Experts today believe that maintaining internal balance is the primary role of the ECS. Those experts are not 100% sure exactly how CBD works in the ECS. Much more research is necessary. They do know that CBD interacts with the ECS to help in the maintenance of numerous body functions. However, research up until now suggests that CBD can help with many symptoms associated with multiple conditions. Some of those conditions are arthritis, headaches, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, IBD, Chron’s disease, anxiety, PTSD, and multiple sclerosis.
What’s the tea?
We began consuming tea over 5000 years ago. It started in China, followed by Japan and then Europe. Tea, on its own, has many benefits such as boosting heart health, improving gut health, reducing the risk of stroke, lowering blood sugar levels, and improving focus.
What are the Benefits of CBD tea?
The benefits claimed by many are numerous. Here are a few I found in cannabis journals, blog posts, and by surveying my Blazed and Amused cannabis community on Instagram. Here’s a quick overview of some CBD tea benefits I’ve found in my own internet analysis.
- offers antioxidants
- may aid in heart attack prevention
- has shown relief of seizures in patients with epilepsy
- reduces pain and inflammation
- eases anxiety and symptoms of PTSD
- helps with insomnia
- may aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease
- promotes internal balance
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Getting started with CBD tea- my trial run
I decided to give CBD a go. Although I’m from the south, I’ve never been a huge fan of tea and only had one or two cups of CBD tea prior to this experiment. I didn’t really know what to expect but I went in hopeful.
There are several reasons that I wanted to try CBD tea. The first is that tea seems like an easy and relaxing way to introduce my body to a regular addition of CBD.
A bit about me: I am a 59-year-old cancer survivor. I have degenerative disc disease. I suffer from a bit of anxiety and a lot of insomnia. My maternal grandmother and my mother both had Alzheimer’s disease when they passed away. Here are my first few days getting started on CBD tea. I’ll check back in after a month and provide a follow-up:
- Day 1 I had CBD tea with a positive energy tea bag also at 7 am.Within an hour, I felt an overall good feeling. I felt a bit more energized than usual, I did not feel sluggish at all. My mindset was positive and I was excited about learning new things.I had my ten-year-old adopted son with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and my five-year-old grandson with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with me for several hours. They act like siblings and bicker often. Both disorders include some behavior challenges as the children can be very impulsive and rambunctious! I remained calmer than usual when the bickering began. They in turn seemed to react to my calmness and settled down quicker than usual. At one point my son told my grandson that he was not going to allow the other to make him angry. I was very proud!I had another cup of CBD tea that evening. I have a very difficult time staying asleep during the night. I wake up and my mind starts racing. I was hoping the CBD tea would help. Alas, that night was no better than any other.
- Day 2 Once again I had CBD tea around 7 am. While CBD does not have the power to make one high, it does give an overall feeling of happiness. I definitely felt happier, calmer, and more focused.I spent several hours with my son and grandson. We played in the pool, watched a little TV, and had arts and crafts time. I was able to give them my undivided attention almost the whole time. I just felt really good mentally and physically.A repeat of the CBD tea in the evening. While I still woke up during the night, I was able to go back to sleep much quicker. I can’t guarantee it was entirely the tea as I also activated a soothing sleep playlist when I woke up at 2 am. Whatever the reason, I slept much better than usual so I think the tea in the evening and the sleep playlist during the night will become my new self-care sleep ritual.
- Day 3 began with my now familiar cup of CBD tea. I enjoy it in the peace of quiet of the early morning before my son gets out of bed. There’s just something calming about sitting in a quiet house with a warm cup of tea. Especially since I now feel that the tea improves my mental and physical states. It was a typical summer day with the boys (I see my grandson almost every day). We washed my car together, we played with toy cars and built a city with blocks. Even at my age and with my bad back, I was able to sit on the floor and play with them.In the evening was the usual CBD tea. I was hoping I wouldn’t need sleep music but I did. Went back to sleep and slept a bit later than usual. So I consider the evening CBD tea a win.
- Day 4 began with my now routine cup of tea. My son threw a fit which can be a trigger to me and cause me to want to distance myself. However, I just sat down in the room with him and told him I had lots of time to sit with him until he calmed down. I remained calm and focused and he settled down quickly.Day 4 ended with CBD tea. I slept the best this night since I started this short experiment. When I woke in the night, I was able to quickly fall back asleep without the aid of the sleep music playlist.
to be continued…
To wrap it all up, for now, I urge you to consider doing your own trial run to see if a self-care ritual including CBD tea will improve some facet of your day or a lift in your mood. I’m no doctor, so please do your own research on dosing, type, etc. But personally, after only four days I feel that it has helped me with my overall mental and physical well-being. I’m curious about what the future will bring. Canna tea twice a day is now my newest self-care ritual. What kind of CBD tea benefits or pitfalls have you experienced?
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Welcome! My name is Lindsey. Blazed + Amused is a space for personal growth, development and empathy with Mama Ganja as our intuitive healing tool. I serve those looking to change their story from burn out and apathy to Blazed and Amused, a lifted lifestyle from the inside out. By combining cannabis wellness, cognitive science and creative inspiration, I create tools of change + connection. My meaningful work is to help bring more mindfulness and fulfilment to your rituals around Mary Jane. Check out my weed blog or 420 Shop for more. Cheers!