Super Simple Tips for Making the Best CBD-Infused Latte
One of the latest health and wellness trends is CBD-infused coffee, which involves adding some of your favorite CBD oil to a caffeinated drink. Among coffee drinkers, the average American drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day; we live in a high-powered world where we work at 100 miles an hour, and drinking coffee is a way many of us cope. On top of that, this sweet, energizing drink tastes delicious and becomes a craving for many of us. The vast number of artisan coffee shops popping up all over the country show just how much we love coffee.
Combine the delicious taste of coffee with the wellness-inducing benefits of CBD, and it’s surely a match made in heaven. Lattes are one of the most popular kinds of coffee, made using streamed milk – it’s a much milkier version of a cappuccino – and many CBD users are finding ways to mix their CBD together with a delicious latte every morning.
Rather than re-mortgaging your house to pay for an overpriced CBD latte, though, why not make your own at home? This is an idea that many coffee-makers are interested in, and we are here with some handy tips about how best to combine your CBD with your lattes. Read on to find out what’s involved with combining CBD and coffee, how to make your own CBD lattes, and find two coffee-free recipes for a delicious CBD latte without the caffeine.
CBD and coffee: What you need to know
Cannabidiol, usually called simply CBD, is an active compound from the cannabis plant. Unlike some of the other active compounds, known collectively as cannabinoids, CBD is non-psychoactive and won’t get you high. It could, however, produce some excellent health benefits that could come of great use to many people. A 2017 review highlights just how many conditions CBD could be useful in treating, ranging from chronic pain and nausea to multiple sclerosis (MS) and anxiety.
People take CBD oil to keep themselves healthy and treat the symptoms of an array of conditions. But a lot of consumers really dislike the strong, distinct taste of CBD oil, which is quite earthy and leaves a lot to be desired. However, it is possible to turn your CBD oil into an edible substance – such as CBD coffee – to mask the taste and get the same hit of CBD.
There is always a question about whether it’s safe to combine CBD with other substances, especially as there is some evidence that CBD and certain pharmaceuticals don’t work well together. So, what about CBD and caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant, meaning it wakes you up and can make you feel jittery and anxious when over-consumed. It can increase your ability to focus and improve short-term memory, which is why so many people drink it on the job. CBD can also help you to focus, and in certain doses it can act as an energizer (but at other doses it can put you to sleep), but CBD works against feelings like anxiety. Does this mean they balance out each other’s negative effects?
Users who get their CBD through CBD coffee report feeling significantly less jittery and anxious when their coffee contains CBD compared to when it doesn’t. And if you drink your CBD-infused cup o’ Joe in the morning, you’ll probably be delighted to find how focused, clear-headed and energized you feel.
It’s generally considered safe to mix CBD and caffeine together, so there’s no need to worry about any negative consequences of doing so.
Tips for making CBD coffee
If you want to make CBD coffee, there’s a few things you need to know. First of all, it is important to infuse your coffee with CBD some time in the morning if you’re doing it to give you an energy boost. CBD has the ability to regulate your sleep-wake cycle, as shown in this 2013 study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo. This means that, when you take CBD at night, it can make you sleepy, which is why it is sometimes used by insomniacs; it could create some pretty unpredictable effects when combined with caffeine, though.
Secondly, you can’t infuse CBD oil into black coffee. Oil is hydrophobic, meaning it won’t mix well with the water in your coffee. If you want to create a CBD-infused coffee, it has to contain creamer, milk, or some fatty substance that the oil can blend with. You simply have to add milk to your coffee if you want to add in CBD.
You also have to consider dosing. Depending on what you’re using CBD for, you will need to be using a different strength. This is calculated on a number of factors, including your individual weight, medical conditions, and other drugs you might be taking.
When figuring out what CBD strength is best for you, there are some helpful guidelines online regarding different medical conditions, but as a general rule you should start at the lowest dose possible and work your way up to find the minimum effective dose. Then, use whatever dose you normally would at a time in your CBD coffee.
Another thing to note is that CBD content may decrease when exposed to heat. At 71˚F, the degradation of CBD will increase, meaning you’re getting less CBD than the dose you put in. Basically, if you want to keep the potency of your CBD up, your coffee can’t be too hot.
Our final tip is to have fun with it. CBD coffees don’t have to be instant coffee granules with CBD dropped in, and CBD lattes don’t have to be your standard latte, either! Try making your own CBD pumpkin spice lattes in the fall, or even try out some caffeine-free alternatives.
Since caffeine is a stimulant that many people try to cut down on for fear of becoming addicted, you might want to steer clear of coffee. Below are two wonderful, coffee-free options for making your own CBD-infused lattes at home. Since CBD can be an energizer in itself, who needs caffeine anyway?!
Minty Iced Hemp Oil Latte
This recipe is a minty, chocolatey, spicy iced latte that adds something a little different to your CBD latte repertoire. It will certainly spice up a coffee morning with friends!
- 1 ½ cups hemp milk (can be substituted for any milk of your choice)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp spirulina powder
- Mint chocolate CBD oil (or at least mint flavored)
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 drop vanilla extract
- 1 cup ice
- 1 date, pitted
- 1 drop spearmint oil extract
- Sweetener, to taste
Combine all ingredients (except the ice and CBD oil) in a blender and blend for 60-90 seconds. Then add the ice and pulse for 30 seconds to chill. Add the hemp oil, then pulse again to mix it in thoroughly. Serve immediately.
Spicy Nut Milk Hemp Oil Latte
This recipe will deliver a strong, healthy hit. The ingredients are amazing for your wellbeing, including ginger, turmeric and nut milk.
- 1 cup nut milk
- ½ tsp fresh peeled ginger
- 1 tsp fresh peeled turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 3 cardamom pods
- 1 drop CBD oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Combine all ingredients (except the maple syrup and CBD oil) in a blender. Blend on a low speed for 30 seconds, then allow to settle. Blend again for another 30 seconds. Pour all ingredients through a “nut milk” bag over a bowl, squeezing until all the liquid has passed through and only solid matter remains in the bag. Stir in the maple syrup and the CBD oil, then pour over ice. Serve immediately.