For many of us, it is impossible to properly start the day without a good cup of coffee. Its popularity in the US is the stuff of legends, but it is also competing with the traditional cup of tea in the UK, where an incredible 95 million cups are consumed every year.
Coffee drinkers are typically a little more open to trying something new than tea lovers – you need only look at the constant array of new blends and flavours available in coffee shops to see that. But the latest trend of CBD coffee is something that every caffeine devotee needs to try.
What is CBD coffee?
Logically enough, CBD coffee is a mixture of coffee and CBD, so perhaps the more pertinent question here is what is CBD? In short, it is a cannabinoid that is extracted from the cannabis plant. It is different from THC, the psychotropic cannabinoid in recreational cannabis. CBD will not get you high and is not an illegal or controlled substance – in fact, you can buy it online or in any health food store.
CBD has numerous wellness benefits. It naturally triggers the production of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is rich in antioxidants, meaning it is beneficial to skin and heart health.
Coffee is sometimes seen as a guilty pleasure. Yet while drinking too much of it can be counter productive, your cup of Joe has proven health benefits too. Combining these with the natural wellness properties of CBD is a match made in heaven.
The perfect brew
CBD coffee is beginning to appear in some of the more adventurous independent coffee shops. However, it is incredibly simple to make at home. This also means you can be sure as to the quality and the quantity of the CBD oil that you are consuming.
Most people simply choose to make a cup of coffee in their usual way, whether that is instant or using a cafetiere, filter machine or espresso maker. Then it is just a case of adding a good quality CBD oil using a dropper. Some CBD oils are richer in health-giving free fatty acids than others, and these might have a tendency to float on the top instead of fully mixing. If you encounter this, you can give the drink a quick 15-20 second blast with the blender to make it perfectly smooth.
There is no golden rule regarding quantity, but it always makes sense to start off from a “less is more” perspective. Try just two or three drops and see how it goes for a few days. You can always increase the dose until you start to notice an effect. It is practically impossible to overdose on CBD unless you start glugging it down by the pint, but at the same time, there is no point using more than is necessary or compromising the flavour of your favourite brew.