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Cannabis tea (also known as weed tea, pot tea, or "green" tea) is an infusion of cannabis—usually the leaves of the plant- in hot water. Cannabis tea is a tisane, rather than a true tea. Without proper decarboxylation and preparation of the glandular material, this method of ingesting cannabis yields low psychoactive effects, as tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive agent in cannabis, is not a water-soluble compound. Dissolving the active ingredient THC in lipids (for example vegetable oil or butter) or alcohol (as in Green Dragon) is more effective for psychoactive purposes. While water-based tea is generally not very efficient, using milk, which contains fat, proves to be more effective. This technique has been used for thousands of years in India, and is referred to as bhang, which is a drink made of milk, clarified butter, and spices mixed with a cannabis paste, somewhat similarly to Indian tea or Masala chai which is made with tea leaves, milk, spices and sugar. Because of its smokeless form of ingestion, it is preferred by some as a method of using the plant for medicinal purposes.
Many patients intake cannabis regularly for chronic pain. For those suffering from conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or AIDS, cannabis relieves pain and the mental anxiety that comes with constant body pain. For patients dealing with chronic pain and end-of-life care, cannabis also can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. Cannabis also reduces nausea, a debilitating side-effect of the drugs, including chemotherapy, used to treat life-threatening diseases. Stimulating appetite is another related effect of cannabis that can prevent weight-loss of patients undergoing taxing chemotherapy sessions or suffering from AIDS.
Status in the United States
Colorado has defined under House Bill-1284 that a Medical Marijuana Infused Product to include tea, as its primary consumption is used for other health benefits other than THC. Medical Marijuana Infused Products are therefore those products that are used for anything other than for smoking. At the August 27th meeting Matt Cook, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue was quoted as saying, "Medical-Marijuana Infused Products are any product, including but not limited to Teas, Tinctures, Hashish, Extracts, Balms, and Lotions that are ingested in any manner other than by smoking."
- Excerpt from Viv Richards' autobiography in which he describes using an infusion of marijuana leaves to control his eye problems.
- Health benefits of cannabis tea LiveStrong Mar 31, 2011.