If you’ve purchased some of our hemp tea before, you’ve probably noticed the instructions on the back of the packet that suggest adding coconut oil to your cup. This process allows the cannabinoids (which are not water soluble) to dissolve easily into your brew and give it an extra boost.
It’s possible to go one step further and “activate” the tea before adding oil and water and this is achieved through a process called decarboxylation. This process basically turns any ‘potential CBD’ (CBDa) into CBD through heating.
Raw (CBDa) vs Activated (CBD)
Inside the hemp plant there are well over a hundred different cannabinoids, CBD being just one of them. What you might not know is that in raw hemp, like tea, hemp flowers or even raw cbd oil, there is actually more CBDa then there is CBD. It is only through decarboxylation that all potential CBDa becomes CBD.
People tend to get caught up on CBD but it isn’t necessarily the most important building block in the cannabis family. In it’s raw form, hemp contains many beneficial compounds that can be lost during decarboxylation and that’s why products such as raw CBD/CBDa oils tend to be favoured by those who are looking for every compound that hemp has to offer, not just CBD. These oils still contain some CBD but are not overly processed or filtered and still contain the plant’s lipids (fats) and chlorophyll.
How to Decarboxylate Hemp Tea at Home
When smoking or vaporising hemp flowers, the high temperature decarboxylates the CBDa into CBD simultaneously. With hemp tea, it’s possible to activate the CBD before you start brewing to get as much CBD into your brew as possible. You can do this in batches as the activated tea will keep for several weeks in a glass container in a cool, dry place.
You will need…
- Preheat oven to 100° C or 212° F. If your oven doesn’t go that low, put it at the lowest setting and be sure to check regularly to avoid scorching.
- Take a square of foil, fold it in half and place your hemp tea in the middle near the crease. Spread the tea evenly, fold the foil over and fold up the remaining 3 edges to create a well-sealed parcel.
- Put your hemp tea parcel on a baking tray and place it in the oven for 100 minutes.
You can now brew your hemp tea as you would normally in an infuser by adding boiling water or for a more advanced approach and a stronger cuppa, measure out 1 teaspoon of hemp per cup into a saucepan, add 1 1/4 cups water per serving and simmer gently on the hob for 10-20 mins. Perfect!