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The Truth About CBD Tea

by Victoria Cymbal

It’s an icebox outside and the end-of-year stresses are starting to pile up. What could one possibly do to de-stress and get toasty at the same time? Turn on your stove top, heat up some water and let’s find out.

The conversation of marijuana is still seemingly controversial throughout the country and across the world; however, there is more ease when shifting the focus to hemp and cannabidiol, also known as CBD

Hemp itself has a deeper history with America than most know about. Our first president, George Washington, advocated for the growth of hemp and grew it himself as it was a major cash crop. In the late 1880s, about 90% of all paper in the world was made from cannabis hemp fiber simply because the plant was discovered to be versatile, practical and convenient. 

For those that are confused, hemp is different from marijuana in the way it is cultivated, applied  and its’ function- it’s a completely different plant altogether. Consider a marijuana plant and a hemp plant to have the same relationship as cousins do. The levels of THC in hemp are incredibly low ranging from 0-0.3%, according to the research group, Ministry of Hemp. 

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CBD is directly derived from the hemp plant. It is the second most established active ingredient in cannabis, but it does not hold the same psychoactive effects as THC, meaning it will not get you feeling dazed and confused. CBD recently gained popularity in the past year, exposing the many different health benefits psychologically, physically and neurologically.

Psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and insomnia are commonly treated with CBD as it brings about a relaxing effect that helps you remember to take a deep breath and slow down. There is a great evidence showing CBD significantly reduces seizure frequency in those with various seizure disorders, stated in the New England Journal of Medicine. In terms of neuroprotective effects, CBD helps protect the brain from damage after injury increasing the number of viable brain cells and reducing the injured cells by more than 50%, found in a study done by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Cannabis has been used for physical pain like headaches, inflammation and menstrual cramps but cannabidiol can also reduce pain and inflammation. Applying it topically seems to work better for inflammation since an ointment or salve doesn’t have to be metabolized in the body. 

The research of CBD continues and the findings continue to be positive and beneficial to the  overall health of humans. 

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CBD tea is available in most grocery stores today with numerous different brands to choose from. It’s more affordable than buying the oil-tincture form, and it’s convenient to find for first-timers. Drinking tea has been a common ritual amongst humans for centuries. There are health benefits of simply drinking herbal and green tea, so adding CBD to the warm mix is going to enhance your tea drinking experience as you thought you once knew it. 

Local CBD tea company, High Tea, is based in Kingston, NY where the founder Miriam Novalle is committed to delivering her finest sustainable teas to anyone that wishes to be healthy while enjoying a cup of tea. Novalle wants her customers to know that “with the addition of organic hemp, tea drinkers can now take advantage of the benefits of one of the world’s most powerful natural resources.”

Your water is most likely boiling now, so let’s throw a CBD infused tea bag into that favorite mug of yours and let the plants work their magic. Happy sipping!  


A version of this originally appeared in “Healing” The Teller December 2019 Issue #9


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