cbd tea with teapot and plant

What is CBD tea and why do people drink it?

22 Mar 2023 • 22 min read


CBD tea is just like regular tea – just with a little CBD sprinkled in! CBD, aka cannabidiol, is a substance naturally found in hemp plants.

The hemp plants used for CBD tea and other supplements are naturally richer in CBD and the psychoactive THC will have been removed to at least acceptable levels.

That’s what makes CBD very different to the illegal sort of hemp marijuana, that people smoke.


  • CBD tea is a tea containing cannabidiol (CBD) naturally found in hemp plants

What is CBD tea good for?

CBD tea effects have not been fully explored yet, but different teas can be pretty powerful in their own right. Then adding CBD and its own potential benefits, you can see why someone would be at least curious to try it.

What are the benefits of CBD tea?


  • CBD tea makes taking CBD easy, enjoyable, and somehow more ‘normal’.

What is the dosage of CBD in CBD tea?

It depends, some hemp teas naturally contain CBD, but the dosage is not always defined. Other brands use bioavailable CBD extracts with dosages like 3mg of CBD per tea bag.

Always check the label of each individual tea as the dosages will likely vary.

Does CBD tea really work?

That’s not really something that can be answered right now as there is not enough experimental date to analyse around the efficacy of CBD extracts, let alone CBD tea specifically.

Will CBD tea make you high?

In order for CBD supplements and products like CBD tea to be safe and legal, they can only contain a tiny amount (or even none at all) of THC.

THC is the psychoactive compound also found in some hemp plants that makes you ‘high’.



  • No, CBD tea doesn’t contain enough THC to make you ‘high’

Does CBD tea help with sleep?

There is not enough current research to determine if CBD tea and other CBD products can help you to sleep.


What does CBD tea taste like?

It totally depends on what type of tea is used, as well as any other ingredients CBD tea companies choose to add.

Some can have an earthy green tea flavour, a refreshing fruity flavour, or even perfectly replicate classic English breakfast tea.

5 of the best CBD tea bags

Fancy giving it a go? Here are 5 high-quality CBD tea bags, all with different flavours.

TEA + CBD Infused Tea, 7 Bags

A new refreshing way to enjoy CBD

Key benefits:

  • 3mg of 100% bioavailable CBD per cup of tea
  • Super-tasty blend of rooibos, apple & baobab tea + CBD
  • Vegan-friendly and naturally caffeine-free

What our customers think:

Anonymous – Top Tea – 5/5 stars

“Bought 3 lots of this so far. Better than others I've tried.”

Hatter’s Hemp Tea English Breakfast, 20 bags

A new CBD take on a classic

Key benefits:

  • Made from naturally CBD-rich hemp plants
  • Perfect blend of Kenyan black tea and Assam tea + CBD
  • Vegan-friendly and an easy way to enjoy CBD

What our customers think:

Chrissy 76 – Hatters heavenly tea– 4/5 stars

“I’m now on my second box of this impressive tea. Starts the day perfectly, and uplifting at lunchtime break too. Pleasant taste, tea as it should be, and it’ll boost anyone’s day.”

Hatter’s Hemp Tea Green Tea, 20 bags

Invigorating green tea + CBD

Key benefits:

  • Made from naturally CBD-rich hemp plants
  • Energising blend of green sencha tea, jasmine tea and hemp
  • Vegan-friendly and the perfect pick-me-up drink

What our customers think:

Buy it – Amazing – 5/5 stars

“Just perfect to help you to relax after a long day at work, and really tasty.”

James789 – Very clean and enjoyable tasting tea! – 5/5 stars

“Lovely mix of green tea with the hemp, gives it a nice mellow flavour. Had my first one today, along with one of the English breakfast teas, enjoyed both :)”

Hatter’s Hemp Tea Chamomile, 20 bags

Relaxing natural tea + CBD

Key Benefits

  • Made from naturally CBD-rich hemp plants
  • Calming, gentle chamomile flavour to promote sleep
  • Vegan-friendly and the perfect pre-bedtime drink

What our customers think:

Rachel2222 – Great Product – 5/5 stars

“I'm a real chamomile tea lover and this is so good plus i was curious about CBD and this for me is the perfect way to combine the two!”

Hatter’s Hemp Tea Lemongrass & Rosehip, 20 bags

Wake up to a burst of flavour + CBD

Key benefits:

  • Made from naturally CBD-rich hemp plants
  • Invigorating lemongrass, rosehip, sea buckthorn, orange and liquorice flavour
  • Vegan-friendly and the perfect pick-me-up cuppa

What our customers think:

Frizzle1445 – Delicious & refreshing – 5/5 stars

“Really lovely tea. Very refreshing and makes a brilliant change to my usual black tea. Highly recommend.”

Another way to enjoy CBD Tea

If you already have your tea routine down and don’t want to abandon your regular brews, using a CBD food enhancer could be ideal for you.

You simply add the CBD enhancer to your favourite cup of tea to take it to a whole brew level.

AddCBD Food Enhancer 600mg

AddCBD to your favourite cuppa

Key benefits:

  • Don’t sacrifice your favourite teas, enhance them instead
  • Add to freshly brewed tea, or any other drink or food
  • 1ml = 20mg of CBD & the pipette allows you to be flexible with your dose

What our customers think:

Smithy185 – Great product! – 5/5 stars

“I've tried a few different CBD products, and this is head and shoulders above the rest in quality. Can't praise this product enough and would 100% recommend!”

Smithy185 – Great product! – 5/5 stars

“I’ve tried quite a few different CBD products and this is head and shoulders above the rest in quality. Can’t praise this product enough and would 100% recommend!”

Last updated: 8 March 2021



Author: Bhupesh PanchalSenior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

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