It's time for tea—high tea, that is.
As cannabis increasingly wafts into the mainstream, we're finding THC and CBD infusing many of our favorite snacks and drinks. It was only a matter of time before tea caught the buzz. Ideal for low-key days and cozy evenings on the couch or in the tub, here are a few of our favorite local brews (and infusion ideas) to elevate tea time.
Hint: Wait at least 15 minutes for the teas to take effect. For added sweetness and a bit more buzz, try spooning in a teaspoon Honey Bee's cannabis-infused honey.
Fancy a cannabis-infused rooibos? Or, perhaps, a peppermint hash tea for a fresh start to the day? Oakland-based Skyline Boulevard has plenty of options that will breathe life into your everyday tea collection.
Each tea blend is made with lab-tested and Bay Area–grown hybrid kief (the resin glands of the cannabis plant that contain the terpenes and cannabinoids that make each strain so unique). Each single-use tea bag has up to 30 milligrams of THC, but kief being fat-soluble, you can tweak the potency of your cup by adding fat-free milk for a lower dose or full-fat milk or cream for a heartier cup. Steep each bag as you normally would: three minutes for an eight-ounce cup of green or oolong tea; one to two minutes for chamomile, passion fruit, and other herbal blends. // Starting at $4 per tea bag at Sava, getsava.com
You may already have heard of the Northern California cannabis company Kikoko—the femme-friendly brand has been making the media rounds thanks to its recent well-hatted brunch in Mill Valley. But the woman-owned-and-operated business is more than just an outlet for hella chill hangouts. Started by Jennifer Chapin and Amanda Jones—two 50-something philanthropic powerhouses who seem unlikely trailblazers in the cannabis space—Kikoko offers precisely dosed teas with full transparency (you can read their lab testing results on their site).
Of the four available blends, three contain specific, balanced ratios of THC to CBD to help a litany of ailments, such as mending your mood swings or daily aches and pains. The brand's Sensuali-tea (organic hibiscus, cardamom, rose) is the only purely THC offering, geared toward, well, you know. Kikoko recommends steeping each sachet just once for 60 seconds before removing the bag. (Adding a fatty creamer to Kikoko's teas, too, will help with THC and CBD absorption.) Go ahead, pour yourself a cup of happy. // Starting at $8 per tea bag; tins are $40-$60, kikoko.com
Dose Your Boba
Last year, the folks at Boba Guys broke our hearts with the promise of Canna-boba, which turned out to be a mean little April Fool's joke—never mind that the Guys did, in fact, craft the world's first cannabis-infused boba on an episode of VICE. But crafty types can still DIY canna-bubble-tea with any number of cannabis tinctures. We recommend starting with one-quarter of a dropper of Treatwell's 1:1 THC:CBD tincture. // 30-$60 per bottle at Sava, getasava.com