Recipe: Healing Herbal Heat (That’s Buzzing With Honey)

Forget the Stash, pass the tea-smoker’s tea, please.

By Laurie and MaryJane |

In 79 CE, Pliny the Elder wrote that cannabis root can be boiled in water for a tea to relieve joint cramps and pain. Today, while the flower of the plant gets all the attention, the roots and stems are still useful as an herbal tea.

This tea has virtually zero psychoactive effects, as the stem has low levels of cannabinoids, but it does have some beneficial terpenes that can help reduce inflammation and pain.

If you’re growing your own cannabis (or somebody you know is), collect the stems and roots of the plants at harvest time.

Pliny-Style Cannabis Tea

Serves 5 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 1 hour


  • Stems and roots from 1 cannabis plant, dried and roughly chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 2-3 bags herbal tea of choice, optional


Step 1: In a large saucepan, bring 5 cups of water to a boil.

Step 2: Reduce heat to low and add the chopped stem and root. Cover and cook for 1 hour.

Step 3: Remove from heat and add your herbal tea. Cover and allow to steep on the counter overnight.

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