CBD teas becoming popular way to soothe anxiety, lessen insomnia

Terrascend Canada’s No. 550 rise tea bag is photographed at the Ontario Cannabis Store in Toronto on Friday, January 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Although THC often makes up many of the headlines around cannabis edibles, it’s milder cousin CBD is starting to get its fair share of the buzz.

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, accounts for up to 40 per cent of a pot plant’s extracts. Unlike THC – the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – it does not have any intoxicating effects.

Instead, it is often used for anxiety and insomnia and medical trials are ongoing to for serious conditions like epilepsy.

According to Canadian rapper Tee Krispil, the founder of Vancouver-based Fleurs Tea, the benefits of CDB tea are multifold.

“Drinking tea in general is a great way to take a break and become still,” Krispil told the Canadian Evergreen.

“Combine it with herbal medicines and CBD and you truly can get into deep relaxation states.”

The teas from Fleur have a variety of different herbs and effects, but they are all focused on helping combat stress and anxiety. Krispil said Fleurs Tea starts their CBD dosing at seven milligrams per cup to allow customers to build up from there.

“It’s really the synergy of all the plants that works, not just the CDB dose.”

While CBD is often marketed as a nighttime drink, Krispil said it can be helpful any time of day.

“We have a blend for evening which helps you fall asleep, a day time anxiety-busting tea, a morning energy tea with yerba maté, etc. It’s really about the desired effect.”

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