Studies published all around the world have proven that the therapeutic effects of both cannabis and green tea are effective tools to invigorate and relax.
Cannabis has a compound called THC that interacts with your endocannabinoid system (primarily the CB1 and CB2 receptors) and is the main reason you feel euphoric and relaxed.
Due to the nature of THC and how much of the body it interacts with, the euphoria can be felt both in the head and throughout the body.
Green tea, and almost all tea, contains an amino acid called L-theanine which is unique in that it also interacts with your endocannabinoid system.
Tea has been used for centuries for its calming effects that are subtle and long-lasting. It has been proven that tea lowers cortisol, which is responsible for your stress levels. It has been compared to caffeine, where caffeine gives you a “boost” and L-theanine lets you destress.
If L-Theanine from green tea and THC from the cannabis plant interact with the same systems in your body, does that mean they also affect each other?
Well, with green tea providing a sense of alertness without a drowsy effect and cannabis creating a sense of relaxation within the body, there tends to be a balance struck. However, that is all dependent on cannabis strain and what green tea you are drinking as no two products are the same.
Does green tea make you higher when you smoke weed?
Your experience will be different depending on the strain of cannabis consumed.
Green tea has a calming effect on paranoia which can be a side effect of cannabis consumption. However, if the strain of cannabis is particularly strong, or has a negative impact (greening out) then green tea may exacerbate that.
Generally, there have been no reports of adverse effects from drinking green tea and smoking cannabis together; however, you can start low and slow to see if your body will react to the combination.
Can I mix green tea with my weed?
Cannabis tea recipes have been used for a long time as a way to consume cannabis where the effects happen quickly and are long-lasting as they enter your bloodstream.
Utilizing green tea as a base makes for an excellent vessel to steep your cannabis buds into a delightful beverage.
Keep in mind that the intensity of the effects will depend on the strength of the strain you are using as well as how long you steep your cannabis leaves in the tea.
To decarboxylate or not really depends on preference
Decarboxylation is the process in which THCA is converted to THC through heat. This happens by either grinding your weed and baking it at low temperatures in the oven, or by igniting it through joints or a bong.
Decarb your cannabis if you want a more intense high, and if you’re a beginner to the cannabis world then you will be safe to just steep ground bud into your green tea.
Experiment to find the balance you like
Just as cannabis affects everyone differently, the same applies to adding green tea to the mix.
Not all teas are the same and the effects will vary, so it’s important to find a combination that works for your body.
For most it will be beneficial to supplement your cannabis session with a nice pot of green tea.