5 Benefits of Cannabis Tea for Chronic Illnesses


Medical marijuana is gaining popularity as a complementary medicine to help with many symptoms associated with chronic illnesses. While many people are curious about how marijuana (or cannabis) may help improve their symptoms, they are also reluctant to smoke the substance. However, there are ways that medical marijuana can be administered, including in tea form.

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According to thealternativedaily.com, here are five ways that cannabis tea can help relieve some of the symptoms people with chronic diseases live with.

1. Relieves pain
Marijuana has been associated with pain relief for centuries. Researchers have found the cannabinoids in marijuana dampen pain signals by binding to the pain receptors in the central nervous system (CNS).

In contrast to opiates such as morphine or codeine, cannabis is not addictive and poses no withdrawal symptoms to patients. Cannabis-infused tea is delivered to the whole of the body through the digestive system so the effects are longer lasting and more efficient than smoking.

2. Reduces inflammation
Medical marijuana has been found to reduce inflammation associated with many autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosisinflammatory bowel disease, and lupus. It also helps to temper the body’s immune system making it less likely to attack itself.

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3. Protects the brain
Studies of cannabis’s effect on the brain have found that the drug has a neuroprotective effect and appears to slow down or even block the beta-amyloid protein build-ups associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Promotes digestive health
Many chronic illnesses present symptoms which affect the gastrointestinal system. Cannabis has been found to improve digestion and relieve symptoms such as cramping, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, constipation and acid reflux.

5. Mood enhancer
While smoking cannabis may produce mind-altering effects that most people are wary of, drinking cannabis tea can help with stabilizing mood and helping to relieve emotional symptoms associated with chronic illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

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  1. Presumably, Tzaddi, cannabis tea is made the same way any other tea is made: boil a pot of water, turn off the heat, sprinkle some dried vegetable matter into the hot water, let it “steep” for a while with a lid on the pot. Strain the mixture of hot water to remove macroscopic chunks of vegetable matter. When cool enough to drink safely, do so. Unanswered questions include: how long should the cannabis tea be allowed to steep. What is the active ingredient of cannabis tea, given that THC and other cannabinoids are highly lipophilic and effectively insoluble in water[1]. In other words, drinking tea made from cannabis boiled in water would not be expected to cause euphoria, nor any other effects associated with cannabinoids. The way to extract cannabinoids most effectively from cannabis is to saute the boiled cannabis tea strainings in edible vegetable oil, such as corn oil, which will efficiently extract the THC and other cannabinoids from the vegetable matter.


    1: Huestis MA. Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics. Chemistry & biodiversity. 2007;4(8):1770-1804. doi:10.1002/cbdv.200790152.

  2. Can the author cite references to support any of the five claimed benefits of cannabis tea? As noted in my prior comment, cannabis tea cannot contain significant levels of dissolved THC or other cannabinoids, which are highly lipophilic and insoluble in water. If the 5 claimed benefits can only be documented for cannabinoids, then the author should substitute an oil-based extraction process for tea-making. In summary, is there any published evidence that preparation of cannabis by either boiling it in hot water or sauteing it in hot vegetable oil yields any of the 5 benefits noted? Randomized and placebo-controlled studies provide the strongest evidence.

  3. Robin says:

    Great article – except no reference to WHERE to buy. Brand? Strains? A simple Google search lists all different brands, different prices, there are tea bags vs tea powder, etc. It is frustrating to have an article like this without the specifics a way to implement or try it out. I also noticed another use asked the same question Sept 7, 2017, with no answer. Not sure why there wouldn’t be an answer to this simple question? As a Parkinson’s caregiver, the last thing I need is a helpful suggestion and then frustration in implementing it.

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