Having trouble sleeping? You’re not alone. Adults need at least seven or more hours of sleep every night for maximum health benefits. If you are sleeping less than seven hours, you are experiencing what is referred to as short sleep. Short sleep comes with numerous health risk factors, including an increased likelihood of obesity, increased likelihood of addiction to tobacco products, drinking, low energy, and depression. Sadly, there are 50 to 70 million Americans struggling to get adequate sleep. Luckily, There are numerous studies that suggest CBD improves sleep.
Whatever the reason for lack of shut-eye these people are experiencing, and especially for those who are not getting the results they need from sleep tea or melatonin, cannabidiol (CBD) can be a wonderful alternative. Many people are turning to CBD-infused teas for an added dose of calming relaxation that is perfect for drifting off to dreamland.
The benefits of CBD tea
Depending on the specific recipe and brew, CBD tea has tremendous benefits when it comes to getting the mind ready for sleep. Combining the relaxant properties of CBD with chamomile tea, for instance, combines the strengths of both ingredients for a more powerful effect that is safe, natural, and delicious. Teas offering good antioxidants like green tea, jasmine tea, or black combined with CBD create a powerhouse of health benefits that could provide excellent sleep and help the body more fully restore and heal itself during a period of rest.
Finding the right CBD tea recipe may take some time, but there are a few things to definitely not experiment with. First of all, CBD is hydrophobic, meaning it does not mix with water and will not taste so great if you drip it into water and take a drink. CBD does mix well with fat, so teas that contain milk, black tea, and chai latte are all wonderful options that will accept CBD without ruining the flavor of the beverage. Water soluble CBD products are available, but there is an added cost to these, so we recommend starting with the three recipes listed below for a quick, cheap, and easy sleep solution.
CBD turmeric tea
This is ideal for tea drinkers and CBD enthusiasts looking for a beautiful looking drink that offers an earthy, full-bodied flavor. Ingredients are as follows:
- 1 Tbsp ground turmeric
- Milk (substitute coconut for a vegan-friendly alternative)
- Almond oil
- CBD oil (consider vanilla or lavender flavors)
How to make it
Simmer the turmeric in a small saucepan with ¼ cup of water until a paste is formed. Use a teaspoon of the paste per cup of tea. Stir the paste into a preferred amount of milk to form a creamy tea. Add a drop or two each of the almond oil and CBD oil, stir it up, and enjoy!
Green CBD matcha latte
This is another milky option based on Japanese green tea. Matcha powder can be purchased from hundreds of sellers online or your local health food store. In spite of its bitter taste, it is still very popular. To make it, use:
- Natural (flavorless) CBD oil
- Coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup
- 1 ¼ tsp matcha powder
How to make it
Add the matcha powder and honey into a cup, then add hot water. Whisk the ingredients together until they dissolve into a bubbly frothy consistency. Next, heat the coconut milk until it is also frothy and steamy, then pour the milk and matcha combination together. Sweeten with more honey or syrup to your liking.
English CBD tea
This national drink of England is a popular form of black tea and is very easy to infuse with CBD. Ingredients are:
- Natural CBD oil
- Sugar, or some other natural sweetener
- Splash of milk
- English breakfast tea
How to make it
Heat water to a boil then pour it into a waiting cup with the tea bag, leaving a little room for the milk. Brew for 2-3 minutes before removing the teabag, then add your milk and sweetener. Add a few drops of CBD oil and stir it in well.
In summary, CBD is a wonderful method of preparing the mind for mental relaxation and entering into a period of deep rest. Having the proper amount of sleep is foundational to maintaining good overall health, so it is incredibly important we are not depriving ourselves of the full benefits CBD and tea provides.