A shocking number of marijuana-infused products are made from cannabis that was not organically grown and often contains mold or pesticides — toxins that only become more concentrated when you refine the plant to oil. Mold is a mycotoxin that can cause inflammation throughout the body as a result of an immune system gone haywire, and pesticides are known to be carcinogenic.
We were also horrified when we dug deep into the tea and cannabis industries and learned that there are often toxins in teabags as well as on cannabis plants. Teabags are typically made of paper, plastic or nylon. Let’s start with the plastic and nylon: these have the potential to leak chemicals into your tea. As for the paper bags, many are treated with a compound called epichlorohydrin, which is used to produce epoxy resins and acts as a pesticide. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) labels it a potential carcinogen, and it’s been shown to cause cancer in animals, impair fertility and weaken immune function.
Additionally, you know that string that’s often attached to the teabag? If it’s white, it’s typically been bleached. Yep, so there’s a chance you may also be adding residual bleach to your chemical tea.
After learning all this, we searched far and wide for a nontoxic tea bag. We finally found one in Japan made with polylactic acid from plant starches (sugarcane, cassava and corn) woven to form a fine fiber. This means they are 100% compostable and biodegradable.