Move over, matcha. CBD coffee is the wellness world’s new favorite pick-me-up.
Now that CBD has been infused into everything from chocolate bars to honey sticks to face oil, it isn’t all that surprising that CBD lattes are now a thing. Nonetheless, it’s exciting, especially for coffee addicts and fanatics on the hunt for that extra boost of wakefulness and focus.
CBD, as you may have heard, is the non-psychoactive, ultra-therapeutic cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. In addition to taking the supplement by itself for anxiety, inflammation, pain or another host of its healing maladies, the natural compound is now making its way into our coffee.
Touted as the miracle solution for wellness enthusiasts or those with an active lifestyle, combining CBD with your cup of Joe is said to add a whole new level to the already pleasant experience of sipping on a hot cappuccino, merging the stimulation of caffeine with the calming nature of CBD.
What is a CBD Latte?
CBD lattes = regular lattes plus drops of CBD oil, in its most basic sense. The newly popular drinks are popping up in coffee shops and little cafes across the country — spotted so far around California and New York City.
The drink is said to promote mental clarity, reduce anxiety and keep you alert. Essentially, to do everything that coffee already does, but better. People who have tried CBD lattes also claim their focus lasts longer — a huge perk for those of us typing away at our Macs all day long or completing tedious tasks part of the tech realm.
You may think that a CBD latte is nothing more than an a regular latte with some CBD oil drops mixed in. You wouldn’t be wrong — that is one (super accessible) way to do it. However, some companies (Flower Power, to name one) are going so far as to infuse their CBD formula into ground coffee beans before they are brewed.
The Flower Power co-founder and Brooklyn pharmacist Craig Levient said in an interview with Healthyish that few other CBD-infused coffees on the market coat the whole bean with oil. This method, he says, doesn’t provide a consistent measurement of CBD per cup. With Flower Power’s CBD coffee, on the other hand, you get a great balance of alertness and calm, all without the jitters.
In addition to CBD lattes being served at select cafes, you can also buy CBD-infused coffee online.
Make Your Very Own CBD Latte
Interested in tasting a CBD latte, but don’t live in the parameters of a CBD coffee bar?
Make your own. It is a super easy and delicious way to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, not to mention enhancing the effects that our coffee pots or espresso machines already give us.
Here’s how to do it: Combine CBD oil with your milk of choice (hemp, oat, coconut), and add honey, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt to bring out the sweetness of it all. You can drink it hot, which has been described as a “cozy, creamy, slightly salty mug of bliss,” by herbalist Rachel Robinett, or cold, depicted as “healthy melted ice cream.”
- 1 cup hemp milk (or milk of choice)
- CBD oil or tincture (or 2 tsp hemp oil)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tsp honey, date syrup or sweetener of choice
- In a small saucepan over low heat, combine hemp milk, honey, vanilla extract, sea salt and your preferred amount of CBD oil (15 mg has been specified as a good amount)
- Whisk ingredients together and heat until warmed
- Serve yourself a warm cup, or pour it over ice if you want it chilled
The reported effects after drinking one CBD latte so far include:
- Relaxed state of mind
- No headache
- No nausea
- No anxiety
- No shakiness or caffeine jitters
- Overall feeling of balance and calm
If you are curious about whether mixing a little CBD into your coffee will provide the effects it is rumored to, make yourself a homemade CBD latte, and let us know how it goes!
The CBD latte is a natural way to alleviate the aches and pains that accompany an active or busy lifestyle. Experiment with this tasty CBD treat by altering ingredients or adding a few more drops of CBD oil into your caffeinated creation.
On a newsier note: In terms of CBD market size, it has been estimated as a $3 billion market. Also, the Hemp Business Journal estimated the $450 million of the billion-dollar hemp industry will come straight from hemp-derived CBD sources, which is a 700 percent increase from 2016.
So, if you’re hoping your local coffee shop will be serving up CBD lattes on the reg, it probably isn’t wishful thinking.