CBD CHAMOMILE TEA LATTE
CBD seems to be all the rage these days. Which is kind of funny for me, because as a long-time marijuana user, I've always been a fan of it's healing properties. But now its trendy, and everyone is curious about the benefits! Probably because marijuana is becoming legalized all over the place, taking CBD has become more acceptable in larger communities. I'm all for more people becoming interested - I think the benefits of marijuana have barely been explored and could be super beneficial in healing and providing pain relief from painful and debilitating diseases. That said, I'm not a doctor. You probably knew that, but I feel like before dispensing any of the following advice, it's something we should just say out loud.
That said I think there are a lot of really great reasons to try CBD, and a whole bunch of different ways try it. Today we're infusing creamy, dreamy chamomile tea latte - but before we do, I want to break down some of the benefits of CBD, talk about some of the misconceptions, and breakdown for you exactly why CBD along will not get you high(I promise!), and talk a little vocab:
Now that those terms are cleared up for ya (they're all very similar and get super confusing if you're new to this!) let's talk benefits! CBD has been proven to help with inflammation, sleep, and anxiety and depression. Talk about a triple threat! Users also report lessened nausea, muscle tension, reduced blood sugar levels and reduced prosiasis when using CBD regularly! And I personally LOVE it for helping with period cramps and pain. It's a serious miracle worker.
Always check with your doc before trying anything new, but know that CBD alone CANNOT GET YOU HIGH. As you can read above, CBD is literally defined as being non-psychoactive, so no sinking into the couch and craving frosted flakes-stuffed chocolate chip cookies. Most companies that produce CBD oil extract it from hemp, leaves, stalks, and flowers. The extraction method is called CO2. The THC and CBD parts of the plant are separated in most over-the-counter products, and CBD can be legally sold all over the US on its own. You've probably started seeing it pop up all over health food stores and on your instagram, and that's because now that marijuana is becoming legalized in the US, more people are willing to talk about it's healing sister friend: CBD.
For the purpose of today's recipe, we'll be using an unflavored, fully-CBD, coconut oil-based formula, but I'm going to share a list of different CBD products you might try here. Also, you should note that some CBD formulas are sold as full-spectrum, which means they DO contain THC, even in trace amounts. This may or may not affect you, but also may or may not show up on a drug test. So be aware, and read the label. While we're talking about types, let's also touch on DOSAGE. It varies for everyone, and you're going to need to experiment to find your optimal amount, but most people start with a few drops as directed on the bottle into whatever they're eating or drinking, or place it directly under the tongue. I think about 5-20 mg per serving is a nice place to start. You can always up the dosage to see if you need more, but best to start slow. Some people report CBD caused them increased anxiety, but I've never had a negative experience with it. Any maybe you'll find it isn't for you for whatever reason (cost, no real need, just wanted to try it out) and that's okay, too. It is important to remember that as with most trendy things, you've gotta decide if its actually right for you - not just hop on the bandwagon because all the girls at work are trying it.
Touching back on consumption, there are a lot of different ways you can find and buy CBD these days - tinctures, pills, infused foods and beverages, topicals / creams, and even bath bombs. It depends on what you're using it for really, and how quickly you'd like it to start working. Ingesting it is a great way to spread the effects throughout the body quickly, but a topical cream is more appropriate for an injury or sore muscles. For today's recipe, and a great way to start adding CBD to your life in general, is with squeezable CBD drops. They are usually favored, but you can find them unflavored OR often made in a tincture with coconut oil. I'll share some of my favorite brands below, but lately I've been particularly loving the Dr. Raw Organic Coconut Oil CBD Drops. They're totally tasteless and can be used sublingually, topically, or in cooking! You can order them online OR head to your local health food store or dispensary and see what your options are. These are a full-spectrum drop. We'll be using 10 mg (about 1 dropper full of Dr. Raw's brand) in our beverage today.
Brands worth checking out - some are full-spectrum, some are not:
Dr. Raw Organics Focus Formula (my fave)
The Daily Hit - CAP Beauty (made with added adaptopgens)
Green Mountain CBD
Alpine Hemp Essential Daily CBD
Those are just a few I'm familiar with. remember to check your local stores, too! ONE MORE NOTE: Technically, CBD can be extracted from either HEMP or MARIJUANA. Where it is extracted from may influence your ability to buy it depending on legalization in your state. HEMP-extracted is legal all over the US, while MARIJUANA-extraced in only legal in states with legalized marijuana laws like California, Colorado and Washington (ect). If you're having trouble getting CBD shipped to you and don't live in a legalized state, be sure it is HEMP-derived so you can receive it directly shipped to your home. Keep scrolling for the recipe!
CBD Chamomile Tea latte (Serves 1-2)
2 cups (480 ml) unsweetened almond milk
2 chamomile tea bags OR 2 tablespoons (10 g) loose leaf tea in a strainer
2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup
10 mg CBD oil (we used 1 dropper full of Dr. Raw's Focus Formula infused coconut oil)
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
chamomile flowers, for garnish
Heat the milk and tea in a medium-sized saucepan until hot, but do not bring to a boil. Remove the tea bags or strainer and whisk in the maple syrup, CBD isolate, ginger and nutmeg. Using a milk frother or high speed blender, add your desired amount of foam to the drink. Garnish with chamomile flowers and serve immediately!
You can use any tea you like in place of the chamomile. Strong green, fruity black and earthy herbal teas all taste great!
Interested in ingesting your CBD or THC? Check out our '5 Best Vegan Medicated Edibles' and check out our Infused Holiday Gravy recipe! For more info on CBD products and how to use them, head here. Then let us know how your CBD experience was! We want to know your fave brands and how you like to use them in the comments below, babes!