Ann Brum is a cannabis expert who’s been drinking tea for medicinal purposes since childhood. “I grew up with immigrant parents from Portugal,” she said. “I was a sick kid with bouts of pneumonia. In the Azores, when someone’s sick, they make garlic tea. As a kid, that was not tasty. But I have to tell you, it works.”

Years later, after discovering the many health benefits of the cannabis plant, Ann started a cannabis growth agency. She also began drinking CBD tea. “I make hemp-derived tea on my own,” Ann said. “I use hemp flower and grind it and blend it with whatever kind of tea.”

For Ann, the benefits of drinking CBD tea regularly are physical and psychological: “I have a chronic symptom that’s managed naturally with CBD and hemp-derived products. I like the practice of drinking tea; it’s relaxing. And I like the taste of the plant.”

The health benefits of Earl Grey tea

Tea contains polyphenols, organic compounds found in plants. Researchers believe that polyphenols contain antioxidants, and have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. 

In terms of health benefits, the consensus is that green tea is superior to black tea because it contains a higher amount of the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which can potentially decrease cancer risk

Even so, black tea — including the popular Earl Grey variety — is healthy in its own right. A major component of black tea is the polyphenol called theaflavin digallate, one of the most effective anti-cancer factors.  

The health benefits of CBD

Ann encounters naysayers who doubt the health benefits of the cannabis sativa plant — even though 43 U.S. states have legalized medicinal marijuana and/or CBD oil.

“People say there isn’t any research about the benefits of CBD,” Ann said. “I say go to Google. You’ll see all sorts of research from all over the world.” Harvard has already made headway regarding cannabinoids’ role in cell-to-cell communication in the brain. 

Outside of scientific studies, there’s a ton of anecdotal evidence that CBD is medicinal. 

The documentary Weed the People shows cannabis as an effective form of pain management for cancer patients. Weed tells the story of 6-year-old Charlotte Figi, whose severe form of epilepsy was unable to be controlled by traditional pharmaceuticals. As a last resort, her parents turned to medical marijuana — and it greatly improved the quality of her life. 

As Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained in Weed, “It’s the CBD [in marijuana] that scientists think modulates electrical and chemical activity to help quiet the excessive activity in the brain that causes seizures.”  

CBD, which primarily affects the brain’s prefrontal cortex, is also used to treat autism spectrum disorder and multiple sclerosis.

How Earl Grey tea and CBD work together

Tea is wonderful on its own, and so is CBD. Together they’re better. When you drink CBD tea, you get the combined health benefits plus the pleasure and enjoyment that comes from the ritual of preparing the tea. 

“Tea is natural,” Ann said. “Everyone’s experienced it. Earl Grey everybody knows. Tea’s an easy way to take CBD, especially if you’re early in your journey.” 

Earl Grey CBD tea contains caffeine, so it’s best taken in the mornings to jump start your day. In addition to the energy boost, when you drink CBD tea you get a sense of inner peace that comes from knowing you’re showing yourself kindness. “You’re doing something good for yourself,” Ann said. “You’re supplementing your other wellness routines.”

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