“Tea is definitely my choice of beverage while consuming cannabis,” says Classy Hippie’s certified tea sommelier Leo Hickman.
By Ed Murrieta
Cannabis and coffee.
Yes, it rolls off your tongue. But the classic combination also dries out your tongue, mouth and body.
Conversely, tea hydrates.
Also, the aromas, flavors and effects of tea complement the aromas, flavors and effects of cannabis. Furthermore, the aromas, flavors and effects of cannabis complement the aromas, flavors and effects of tea.
“Tea is definitely my choice of beverage while consuming cannabis,” said Leo Hickman, a certified tea sommelier who owns Sacramento’s Classy Hippie Tea Co., where he’s crafted a menu of cannabis-friendly artisanal teas inspired by Friendly Farms’ artisanal cannabis extracts.
Tea contains many of the same terpenes that make up the bouquet of essential oils that give plants, fruits, and herbs from cannabis to lavender to lemons to lemongrass their unique aromas and flavors plus therapeutic benefits including pain relief and anti-inflammation; mood, appetite, sleep and sexual enhancement; and even cancer-fighting properties.
Coffee also contains terpenes but tea, as a blend of botanicals, contains more.
And since tea has historically been used as a code-word for cannabis, tea is a perfect pairing with cannabis.
From a geeky perspective, tea contains catechins, antioxidant compounds that enhance the endocannabinoid system by binding to cannabinoid receptors in human bodies’ central nervous systems. The potent catechin antioxidant Epigallocatechin gallate is abundant in green tea.
As part of Friendly Farms’ local business Inspired By program, Hickman crafted a menu of green, black and herbal teas that pair with Friendly Farms’ True Full Spectrum Liquid Live™ artisanal cannabis extracts. You may purchase and enjoy Friendly Farms and Classy Hippie’s Tea Trios — three green, three black and three herbal teas — by the cup in tore at Classy Hippie Tea Co. or you can buy Classy Hippie’s loose leaf tea online, both for a limited time starting Sept. 1. Buy Classy Hippie’s Inspired By Friendly Farms green, black and herbal teas and enjoy exclusive savings on Friendly Farms’ products at a nearby cannabis store.
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Watch this video and find out why Hickman says, “Tea is definitely my choice of beverage while consuming cannabis.”