Buyers guide to hemp and CBD tea
When looking for the benefits of CBD, it's important to know exactly what product you are buying, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Some companies are using the term 'Hemp Tea' in their products when there is no actual hemp included. Others are using the term 'CBD' in their product description but don't have actual CBD in the ingredients!
What's the difference between Tea with CBD and Hemp Tea?
There are two ways to get CBD in tea - through the hemp leaf itself or by adding CBD to regular tea such as herbal tea, black tea, green tea, etc. Hemp tea would be leaves from the hemp plant. But even hemp leaf tea doesn't mean there is usable CBD!
Tea with CBD oil added
Advantage : Easy to obtain.
Disadvantage: When added to tea, CBD oil by itself is not water soluble. It requires additional 'fat binder' ingredients for your body to absorb. Some companies do not post the source of their CBD which can be contaminated with toxins. Also some may use isolate (cheaper) or full spectrum (more expensive) oils. We'll explain the difference shortly.
Water Soluble or Nano CBD
Advantage: If it is true water soluble product, then your body should be able to absorb more of the CBD than just adding oil. The aim is to reduce the size of the oil droplets so that you can absorb the CBD.
Disadvantage: Some companies use this term without any sort of testing or verification. The term 'nano' has been greatly misused. We recommend educating yourself. A great resource can be found here. Regardless, it requires additional processing and adds cost to the product.
Full spectrum CBD versus isolate
If the tea has added CBD, is it an isolate or pure spectrum product? Generally isolates are lower cost and lower purity. Isolates also do not contain the entire range of cannabinoids, terpines and phenolics.
CBD Isolates are only effective at certain dose levels, and the effectiveness decreases with higher and lower doses. Meaning that some teas which have <10mg of CBD and use isolates will see very little benefit.
Hemp tea itself may be a good option as it's the least processed form of the plant. However this is one of the biggest areas of misinformation, and due to lack of regulation there are a lot of products being sold that simply are fraudulent. We recommend asking these questions:
- Does the tea actually contain hemp? Many firms will advertise themselves as Hemp tea, or use the word hemp but one look at the ingredients show CBD oil and not actual hemp.
- Hemp extract. Some companies will advertise a tea with many of the benefits associated with CBD (calming, relaxing). And while there are benefits to hemp extract / hemp seed oil - the main concern is that it contains ZERO CBD.
- Hemp flowers. These are usually sold to be smoked. Simply putting dried flowers in tea will result in virtually ZERO CBD absorption.
- Hemp leaves. Unless the leaves have been decarbed, simply added dried hemp leaves to tea will not result in much CBD being absorbed unless there are binders.
MAKE SURE THERE IS A TEST
Also known as a COA (Certificate of Analysis), any legit product being sold should be associated with a COA. While reading a COA may be confusing at first, it will at least show that the product has been tested by a third party that requires the amount of cannabanoids to be listed.
MINIMUM AMOUNT OF CBD
Ideal CBD dosing can vary greatly, but for every day use anything below 30mg will have questionable effects. Many products being sold have 5-15mg of CBD (of which not 100% will be absorbed) - which really isn't worth consuming at such small quantities as they will have negligible effects.