Ouid was formulated as a herbal smoking blend to be enjoyed with weed, but that’s just one of the ways to use this super versatile product. Another way we love to enjoy Ouid is by drinking it as a loose leaf tea and combining it with a cannabis oil or tincture. New to loose leaf? Never brewed it at home before? Let’s talk about how to make it.
Why Choose Loose Leaf?
Loose leaf teas are whole tea leaves and herbs for drinking that don’t come packaged in a tea bag. Tea bags contain very finely ground tea leaves or herbs. This tea dust becomes oxidized during processing and storage and causes the tea and herbs to loose a lot of their freshness and flavour. By keeping your tea closer to it’s original whole state, you preserve all that flavourful, essential oil goodness for when you’re ready to steep.
What does this have to do with Ouid?
As you might already know (you’re on our website after all!), Ouid is made with 100% all natural herbs and flowers. It basically has all the same components as herbal tea. There are two main differences that separate your Ouid from most teas. The first is the types of herbs we put together in our blends. In addition to some very flavourful and aromatic herbs that you’ll see in lots of herbal teas, we use smooth and subtle herbs that allow for an easy smoke. You don’t always see these herbs in tea blends (mullein isn’t a show stopper on a tea label like perhaps chamomile is!), but they are great to drink and their beneficial properties come through loud and clear whether you smoke them or steep them.
The other difference is the grind. While some of the leaves in our blend are kept whole, some of our ingredients are gently ground for easier rolling and mixing with cannabis. These ground herbs are still great to drink, but be aware they might slip through a tea infuser if it has large holes!
How to Brew Ouid Tea
1. Add your Ouid to an infuser
We love stainless steel tea infusers because they’re reusable and dishwasher-safe. We recommend using one with very fine mesh so that none of the herbs escape while they steep. Alternatively you can use unbleached paper tea bags for a single-use option. Both are available from David’s Tea.
A good ratio for loose leaf herbal teas is one heaping teaspoon of herbs for each cup of water. You can always scale up if you’re making a pot of tea, but make sure you don’t crowd your infuser too much! The herbs need room to expand as they steep.
2. Boil water
This is an easy one. But, if you have an electric kettle with temperature controls (tea and coffee snobs know!), set it for between 208 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the temperature for optimal flavour extraction for herbal teas.
Herbal teas should steep for a minimum 4 minutes, but you can leave them steeping as long as you like until the tea gets to the flavour and strength that you want.
This step is optional, but we recommend it! Try using a few drops of a weed tincture or oil in your tea. Oils and tinctures are a great way to microdose cannabis if you’re not able to or don’t want to smoke for whatever reason. There are high CBD, high THC, and balanced options available- something for everybody!
Did you try drinking Ouid?
We love to hear from our customers about how our herbal smoking blends are working for them! Do you have a cannabis tea recipe to recommend? Leave it in the comments or hit us up on Instagram @ouidblends .