I Tried CBD in My Tea, and Here’s What I Felt
Curious about CBD? Here are some first-time tips.
I’ve been burned by a lot of wellness fads in the past. Indeed, it’s been my job for over a decade to embrace what companies say will be the new “revolution” in health and personal care and make myself a guinea pig. I’ve tried any number of products, diets, even retreats to determine if they have hope (probiotics) or belong at the bottom of the bin (rocker bottom shoes).
So naturally, with the rapid proliferation of CBD shops across the U.S., my nature brought me to the point at which I had to try this much-hyped and ballyhooed product—and write about it so you’ll know if it’s right for you or not.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several dozen active compounds found in cannabis. CBD’s popular first cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the compound that’s associated with marijuana’s “high” or psychoactive effects. CBD has zero psychoactive effects.
Research shows that CBD has some positive benefits on health, however. For example, studies show CBD may help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It’s also been shown to help treat or prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. CBD has shown promise as a treatment for common side effects of cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting. It even holds promise as a treatment for anxiety, and it might help with short-term sleep problems, too.
So CBD Isn’t Marijuana?
No, it’s not. Some people confuse hemp with marijuana because they’re both types of cannabis. Indeed, both hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. But marijuana typically has between three and 15 percent THC, and hemp has less than one percent. CBD products, by law, cannot have more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
In December 2018, the U.S. Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. It is no longer illegal to possess hemp-derived products in all 50 states. That’s why you’ve likely seen so many stores popping up in your town, or even found your local spa or health food store selling CBD products. Indeed, a recent report found that the popularity and accelerated growth in the market has CBD on track to be a $2-billion dollar industry by 2024.
I Tried CBD in My Tea
There’s a stigma, for better or worse, associated with marijuana that may be deterring people from trying CBD. I will be the first one to tell you that, as a rule, I’m no fan of the sensation of being “high” or stoned. I do, however, like and am always curious about, alternative treatments to health issues I face, whether it’s essential oils for headaches, acupuncture for low-back pain, or probiotics for regular tummy troubles. Because research shows CBD may help ease symptoms of anxiety, I decided it was a good option for me to try.
I started by using half a dropper of a 500-milligram tincture in a cup of green tea in the morning and a cup of herbal tea before bed. I did this every day for one week. Each half dropper delivers about 8 milligrams of CBD; a full dropper would be 16. Typical recommended doses for people trying CBD for the first time are between 20 and 40mg per day. However, research shows much higher doses are well tolerated.
My first experience with CBD was at night, after a long day of work. I was exhausted but decided to go ahead and give it a try. Many brands recommend you take CBD oil sublingually, or under the tongue, for a faster-acting effect. I chose tea in order to mask the bitter oil flavor of the tincture.
I don’t know if I can fully credit the CBD—I was very tired already—but I found myself quite relaxed within 15 minutes of finishing my cup of tea. I was asleep shortly after, and I had very deep sleep that night. My sleep tracker recorded 100 percent sleep quality, with very little movement. That’s unusual for me, but again, it was a long, taxing day. My body could have been responding to the exhaustion, not the CBD. But I was certainly curious.
The next morning, I repeated the amount and felt nothing, not even a hint of relaxation. That’s OK. I’m typically more relaxed and refreshed in the morning as is, so it could be that I didn’t have any “symptoms” to alleviate.
Over the course of the next four days, I only noticed mild effects when I would take the CBD with my tea before bed. During the day, I felt nothing. I decided to up my dosage to a full stopper for the three remaining days. That’s when I began to notice some differences.
My first day with two full droppers (32mg), I felt incredibly relaxed, almost too relaxed. I struggled a bit to find motivation for work. Thankfully, it was a Saturday, so I could afford the luxury of laziness. I didn’t experience any “head” symptoms, like dopiness or feeling spaced out, as some people with higher doses report. But I did certainly feel a bit disconnected from my sense of drive. That night, when I used another whole dropper in my tea, I fell to sleep rapidly and slept harder than I had slept in some time.
The next day, the effects of my first higher-dose day weren’t as strong. I was able to accomplish my work and felt productive, but a certain “edge” was taken off my mind. When I work, I typically feel crunched or pinched by deadlines, even when I’m on not late. The higher CBD didn’t fully erase the “urgency” I feel with my work, but it helped me feel calmer, less frantic.
For that, my week with CBD counts as a win, and I will likely keep taking it, especially during periods of high stress or anxiety. I may also venture to try other options, like gummies. Other brands have different formulations that may make the effects of CBD more or less powerful, too. Though my total dose, even on the “high” dose days, was well within the recommended limits for a first-time user, I would be curious to see the impact of a higher dose. I’ll just be sure to do it on days when I don’t have deadlines.
My initial impression is a positive one. I fully believe people can have positive results after taking CBD for a variety of issues. In my experiment, I was only trying to treat anxiety, and I found it to be moderately helpful. It did not eliminate the anxiety or associated stress, but it felt as if it took the sharp edge off the running worries and constant stream of thoughts that I frequently experience. I felt calmer, though not at all “high.”
It’s important to note that CBD use and products are still in their infancy, and newer, better products will probably be available in the next few years that will make these initial products look silly. Indeed, some studies suggest CBD is really, truly only beneficial in large doses (over 300 milligrams), so it’s possible the impacts people like myself do experience are minimal compared to what’s possible. As studies increase and products improve, the CBD landscape may change dramatically.
If you are interested in trying CBD yourself, be sure to source high-quality CBD products. Unfortunately, CBD products have been dropping in quality in recent years, and they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That means you cannot know for sure, just by looking at a bottle, if you have a good product. Look for third-party lab tests—reputable companies will proudly promote them—and read a lot of reviews. Websites like Leafly and CannaInsider provide extensive reviews on effectiveness and potency.
Curious about CBD? Here are some first-time tips.
Cannabis, Hemp and CBD explained
What is CBD? What is CBD Oil? How does CBD Work? What does CBD Oil do?
Here we explain why cannabis is not all bad and with a little know how, you too can feel the perfectly safe and legal benefits of CBD.
At Body and Mind Botanicals, we believe the cannabis plant should be treated like its herbal cousins, the chamomile, the peppermint, the oolong.
But it’s got a bit of a bad reputation right?
In recent years, the CBD market has been booming but the fact that CBD comes from the cannabis plant is v.confusing.
Let’s clear this up.
The cannabis plant, like many other flowers and herbs, has various species.
Broadly, these are classified as Hemp and Marijuana.
Hemp is used to make CBD, Marijuana gets people high.
doesn’t cause a high
In short, Marijuana varieties of the cannabis plant are psychoactive (will make you feel high) and Hemp varieties of are not (do not make you feel high). Instead, Hemp varieties are therapeutic.
Think Good Twin & Bad Twin . . .
There are two key chemicals responsible for the difference in feeling high or no high – CBD and THC.
safe and legal
Marijuana strains of cannabis are low in CBD and high in THC
Hemp strains of cannabis are high in CBD and low in THC.
In the UK, any cannabis derived product with less than 0.2% THC in it has been deemed safe and legal to consume.
The CBD content can vary and is often referred to as the ‘dose, amount or portion’, which is measured in milligrams. Look out for this across all our products. You can learn more about CBD below . . .
CBD products including CBD Tea, CBD Oil and CBD Chocolate provide a wide ranging list of benefits. The Top 5 CBD Tea benefits, CBD Chocolate benefits, CBD oil benefits include:
- Reducing Stress
- Reducing Anxiety
- Relieving Inflammation Pain
- Improving Mood
- Improving Sleep
types of cbd products
CBD comes in many forms and not all CBD is the same.
CBD can be extracted using heavy manufacturing practices such as CO2 and Butane, which bombards the plant with chemicals to release the cbd and other cannabinoids, we believe this drastically alters the molecular structure making it less effective and potentially harmful to the body. The extract is then re-blended with carrier oil such as Hemp Seed Oil or MCT Oil, it can even be dry sprayed onto other food products like gummies and chocolate for example.
CBD can also consumed via natural methods such as Cannabis Tea, CBD Tea or Hemp Tea which allow the body to absorb the CBD via a delicious and safe drink. CBD oil can also be made using a traditional cold press method ensuring he molecular structure of the compounds stay in their natural form. This naturally effective CBD oil can then be added as ingredient to chocolate to make CBD chocolate or taken directly.
The cannabis plant contains over one hundred naturally occurring, active compounds – known as cannabinoids – and two of these are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The compound that earns “Cannabis” its infamy is THC, the substance that gives marijuana psychoactive properties. Cannabidiol, on the other hand, is a lesser known compound but one that has many health benefits without giving the user a mind-altering experience.
When CBD is ingested, it doesn’t adversely affect brain chemistry to create a ‘high’ – it actually has counteractive properties to THC. Rather, CBD has in recent times been shown to have medicinal values and research shows that it is effective in pain relief without side effects such as lethargy and dysphoria.
CBD products can be produced using hemp or marijuana, the two types of cannabis plant that originate from the same plant species called Cannabis Sativa L. The two cannabis strains have long been cultivated by humans, who for thousands of years have used the plant for recreational and medicinal purposes.
What Makes Body And Mind Botanicals CBD Unique?
We are the only British cannabis company that controls every stage of production, from seed selection to delivering Cannabis tea, Oil, Chocolate, Seasonings, Topicals or Bath Bombs to our customers and stockists. Our plant is grown on certified organic farms in the Baltic region of Europe and independently lab tested to ensure it is packed with CBD and below the legal level of THC allowed in the UK and Europe (0.2%).
The lab test results show that a mug of our cannabis tea has between 25-40mg of CBDa, higher than many other cannabis teas on the market. Our unique mixture of plant and seeds means the tea also has a beautiful light flavour, making it refreshing and delicious.
All of our products contain the full-spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes; we do not use any isolates, which are prohibited in the UK and Europe.
How Can CBD Help You?
CBD has been shown to help people relax, improve sleep, relieve stress, anxiety and low moods, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory which can help with swelling and pain relief.
Our cannabis tea is a fast-acting way of taking CBD, with an effect that can wear off in within six hours. CBD oil requires a steady build-up to reach the full effect, normally over the course of four to five days of frequent use.
Everyone has different levels of CBD they can absorb at a time; therefore, it is key to start on a low dose and work your way up until you find the right dose for you. The right dose, taken regularly is key. It can take a week or so for the effects of CBD oil to really pay of, so increasing the dose at this point may end up being too much, only the individual can determine what level is most effective for them. We suggest starting with 1 drop 3 times a day of the 150mg, increasing to 2 drops 3 times a day. Once you are at 3 drops 3 times a day, it’s worth looking at moving up to 300mg. If already on 300mg move to 500mg and if already on 500mg move to 1000mg.
The History of CBD and Cannabis
Modern archaeology suggests that Cannabis Sativa was first cultivated by human hand around ten thousand years ago, with the hemp strain recognised by early civilisations for its soil fertilisation properties and nutritional value. Hemp seeds contain high levels of vitamin, proteins, and essential fatty amino acids; given the high consumption that appears to have occurred in ancient societies, it is arguable that hemp had a significant impact in the formation of human civilisation.
Hemp appears to have been first used for medicinal purposes in 2737 B.C., with the ancient pharmacopeia Pen Ts’ao Ching indicating its use by the Chinese Emperor for pain relief, and to treat skin irritation and rashes.
Hemp use then became more common across Europe; in Greek afterlife rituals, as clothing in England during Henry VIII’s reign and by Queen Victoria to relieve menstrual pain. It also became popular in the Americas and Africa during this time. Irish physician William Brooke O’Shaughnessy published works in which he espoused its use to treat conditions such as epilepsy and rheumatism – recent research indicating that he may well have been prophetic in his ideas.
So, what led this seemingly benign plant with proven medicinal benefits being demonised by governments and the media?
It is widely accepted that reputation of the cannabis plant took an enormous downturn subsequent to the Mexican revolution of 1910, when Mexican immigrants to North America were blamed for the recreational use of cannabis. Consequently, the “Marijuana Menace” – with its racial connotations – led to the eventual criminalisation of the use and growing of cannabis products in the US.
Despite being outlawed, cannabis use only grew – along with the research into its compounds. By the 1980s, cultivators of marijuana had come to the conclusion that in order to grow the most psychoactive and potent cannabis crops on the market, they had to ensure they were rich in THC by isolating the cannabinoid. Accordingly, plants that were rich in cannabinoids other than THC, like CBD, were relegated to the status of garbage crops.
The recent history of marijuana strains with high levels of THC is easily referred to, but that is not what interests us. Instead, we look to the development of CBD, and the fact that with proper understanding, legislation, and licensing, it can be grown and processed into products that can provide pleasure – legally – along with health benefits.
Cannabis, Hemp and CBD explained What is CBD? What is CBD Oil? How does CBD Work? What does CBD Oil do? Here we explain why cannabis is not all bad and with a little know how, you too can feel