CBD is the latest health trend here in the UK. People are flocking to their nearest health store or typing it into their search bars to find the best CBD products on the market. It’s no wonder, since CBD is rumoured to be so good for our health.
The latest thing to hit the shelves in the UK is CBD-infused teas and coffees. Could they be the next big thing? In order to understand why us Brits are splashing out on these hot drinks, we should first talk a little about CBD.
First of All, What is CBD?
Cannabis contains over 100 active compounds called cannabinoids. They all perform different functions, both in the plant and on the human body (if consumed). One of the cannabinoids we know most about is cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis might be famous – or infamous – for its recreational usage and ability to get people high, but this is due to another cannabinoid called THC, a cousin of CBD.
When talking about CBD particularly, though, it is important to note from the get go that it is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. It could, however, keep you super fit and healthy.
It was discovered just a few decades ago that our bodies are equipped with something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This consists of a network of cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies, as well as endocannabinoids that we create ourselves. The ECS is vital to our survival because it maintains homeostasis, meaning that it keeps our body in balance by regulating a vast number of bodily functions.
The cannabinoid receptors – the main ones being CB1 and CB2 – sit on the surface of cells, “listening” to external conditions in the body. They communicate these to the inside of the cells, which can then respond accordingly. When something goes wrong, endocannabinoids are created to communicate the problem around the body so that we are able to deal with it.
Nothing ever works perfectly all the time, though, and sometimes we struggle to create enough endocannabinoids to deal with the problem ourselves. This is where CBD comes in. The reason people take CBD oil is because it can provide us with an added boost when we need it.
Basically, CBD is able to stimulate our endocannabinoid system and promote the creation of extra cannabinoids, allowing us to stay healthy and keep our bodies ticking over as normal. This is why it is being considered as a “super-food” of sorts.
It turns out that the compound of CBD itself might also have some great properties, including acting as an antioxidant. Really, the list of benefits seems to just grow and grow!
British people drink 165 million cups of coffee every day – that’s 60.2 billion per year for those of us who are mathematically challenged. We are a nation of tea drinkers, and sipping tea with our pinkies raised is quite the stereotype!
What if we told you that you can now get a little dose of CBD with your tea? Well, it turns out that you can!
Here in the UK, CBD products must be made from the industrial hemp plant, as marijuana is strictly illegal. And, rather conveniently, hemp leaves can actually be made into tea. Since the cannabinoids, including CBD, exist within the leaves and flowers of the plant – this means that, when hemp leaves are steeped in hot water to brew a tea, the CBD is drawn into the water along with it. The antioxidants from the hemp plant are also taken in this way, making for a very healthy cuppa!
That being said, it might not taste so great. Luckily, you can also make CBD-infused breakfast tea or Earl Grey. While some companies sell CBD-infused tea blends, you could even make your own, but we can talk more about that later.
Compared to tea, we don’t drink anywhere near as much coffee. However, at 70 million cups every day, we still consume our fair share. With CBD being so popular over in the USA, it didn’t take long for CBD coffee to enter the market over there, and of course we have also jumped on the bandwagon.
The main concern most people have here is caffeine. Although most teas contain some caffeine, there is of course a whole lot more of it packed into a cup of Joe, which is why it’s a worry for some: Does CBD work well with caffeine?
Caffeine is used as an energy-booster, which is why some people simply can’t survive without a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Some evidence suggests that small doses of CBD can act in a similar way, meaning that the combination of the two would certainly give you a hit of energy!
Moreover, since it is now well-known that CBD is well-tolerated and possesses no adverse side effects, as well as being non-addictive, it means that taking CBD with caffeine will not harm you. Excessive caffeine consumption alone is more likely to harm you than CBD coffee!
Where Can I Buy CBD Tea and Coffee?
With the CBD market constantly expanding, it isn’t all that hard to find CBD-infused teas and coffees online. Simply type it into Google and watch the results appear!
It’s best to add “UK” to the end of your search, though, as vague laws and complications surrounding the legality of hemp and various cannabinoids means that it might be hard to import CBD-infused goodies over from the US or elsewhere.
For CBD tea, we recommend Hemp Happy, which contains a healthy amount of 3% CBD. Brew it as per the instructions and add a little honey for a sweet touch! As far as CBD coffee goes, We Are CBD sells a few different blends of CBD coffee, including NY Signature Blend, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, and Costa Rican coffee. What more could you want?
Can I Make My Own CBD Tea and Coffee?
One of the best things about CBD tea and coffee is that, rather than buying expensive blends online, you can make it yourself! Of course, we don’t expect that you’re going to be growing hemp and extracting the CBD yourself, but all you need to buy is a bottle of CBD oil and whatever tea or coffee you prefer!
One important thing to note is that CBD is not water-soluble, meaning that it won’t mix well into your hot drink. Instead, it is advisable that you add in some milk or cream, which contains some fat and will help your CBD oil to blend better into the beverage.
To make your CBD tea or coffee, all you do is brew your drink as normal, add in a few drops of CBD oil, and stir!
Although you can’t overdose on CBD, there are some known side effects that some consumers experience – especially if they aren’t used to CBD. This includes drowsiness, nausea, and diarrhoea, none of which are severe, but can be unpleasant. As a result, it’s important to only use your regular daily dose of CBD in one cup of tea or coffee – don’t go throwing it into every single drink you have!
Final Thoughts on CBD Beverages
Despite CBD’s current popularity, a lot of consumers dislike the earthy taste of raw CBD oil. Fortunately, some smart souls have discovered the wonders of CBD-infused tea and coffee. It’s perfect for us Brits, who consume hot drinks every day like they’re going out of fashion!
Currently, CBD teas and coffees are few and far between on the UK market, although some are available for decent prices. However, you can quite easily make your own using your favourite CBD oil, so it’s quite easy to try it out for yourself! Hopefully, as the market for CBD continues to expand, we will be seeing plenty more of these products available soon.