Start to finish: 15 minutes (5 active)
Cold and flu season is upon us, and there is little worse than feeling weak from symptoms like sinus congestion, sore throat, cough, fever, headache, body aches, and nausea. This easy and delicious cannabis-infused tea recipe is just what you need to get through a cold or the flu this year.
This recipe requires that the mixture steep for at least eight to ten minutes in order to receive the full effect. As a result, it will take up to 15 minutes for this tea to be ready, but most of it is just inactive waiting-time.
The ingredients selected for this Cannabis Tea Recipe for Cold and Flu supply the health benefits necessary to boost immunity and relieve symptoms. Most importantly, the cannabis infusion provides the attitude adjustment you need to be unbothered by the worst of the symptoms. Sit back and prepare to relax with a cup of this cannabis tea.
2 inches fresh ginger root, grated or sliced paper thin with skin on
¼ inch hot chili pepper, sliced paper thin with seeds removed
3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon local honey, raw and unfiltered
½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
10 ounces hot water, just cooler than boiling
12 to 14 ounce mug with a handle, for hot beverages
Combine the ginger root and chili pepper in the mug, and muddle for one minute. You can use the back of a spoon if you don’t have a muddler.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the hot water, and mix together until well combined.
Pour the hot water into the mug, stir, and cover it. Allow it to steep for eight to ten minutes. You can use a lid, a coaster, some aluminum foil or anything else you have that will cover the top of the mug, sealing as much of the steam inside as possible.
Remove the cover and stir. Drink the entire cup of tea while it is hot.
Why is this cannabis tea effective against cold and flu symptoms?
All of the ingredients in this Cannabis Tea Recipe for Cold and Flu can work together to help strengthen your immune system and relieve the debilitating symptoms associated with seasonal illnesses.
Infection-fighting ginger root combats more than nausea and upset stomach in this cannabis tea recipe. Ginger helps to suppress a cough, reduce pain from inflammation and fever, and it can also induce a mild sedative effect that encourages rest and relaxation.
Free radicals be gone! Capsaicin, the medicinally beneficial compound found in chili peppers, is an antioxidant, which is just what you need when battling a cold or the flu. It also reduces inflammation, and the heat of the pepper works to clear sinus congestion.
A fresh habanero or cayenne pepper is best to use for the hot chili pepper in this recipe because they contain higher amounts of capsaicin than less-spicy jalapeños. You may substitute the fresh chili pepper with a pinch of dried cayenne pepper. If spicy foods usually upset your digestive tract, skip the chili pepper all together.
Lemon, honey, and cinnamon
Lemon, honey, and cinnamon contribute more than just great taste to this cannabis tea. Lemon packs a powerful punch of vitamin C, and honey can work effectively as a cough suppressant and sore throat reliever. Studies suggest that cinnamon is an antibacterial and also reduces inflammation.