Written by Megan Lane and John Marchese
CBD coffee is a popular conversation starter in the coffee and cannabinoid space. Otherwise known as cannabidiol, CBD and Delta 8 are two chemical compounds found in the hemp plant. With more people seeking a holistic approach to modern medication, CBD-infused coffee brands are seeing a spike in sales.
This summer, CBD cold brew and iced coffee are all the rave. During the hottest months of the year, who wouldn’t want a refreshing drink?
Plus, people don’t go through anxiety and experience a caffeine crash or come-down. Cannabinol counteracts the unpleasant side effects of caffeine.
The problem is: Not all CBD and Delta 8 coffee contain quality coffee beans and premium cannabinoids. Research the CBD products you’re interested in before spending your hard-earned cash.
CBD Coffee Laws and Regulations
Some CBD coffee companies put little to no thought into each phase, from the initial brainstorming to the finished product. Others consider “white labeling” acceptable. While it’s a common and legal practice, customers don’t know the same exact coffee is being sold by dozens of brands.
These businesses place orders for bottom-shelf CBD and label the products as their own. The founders are stealth, purchasing containers and labels with color themes that are unique and in sync with their websites and social media channels.
You can find companies that care about the development stage and formulation process. The executives care about the tiny details, and often, they produce sustainable CBD coffee and donate a percentage of all proceeds to charitable causes.
The 2018 Farm Bill necessitates that hemp-derived products must contain no more than 0.3% THC in order to be legal. However, the THC percentage someone requires to experience mind-altering effects calls for a much higher dose.
Delta-9 THC is the cannabinoid in cannabis that makes you feel intoxicated or stoned. However, most CBD topicals technically do contain a bit of THC in them.
Kristina Risola, Cannabis Health Coach, told our team’s writer that “People often think CBD isn’t psychoactive. The fact that this beloved compound treats certain mental health disorders shows you just how psychoactive it is. Nonetheless, you won’t feel intoxicated or impaired.”
Full-spectrum CBD contains a low THC content within legal limits, while broad-spectrum hemp extract usually contains zero THC. The hemp plant can go through an extraction process, separating cannabidiol from any Delta 9 — isolating the cannabinoid into the purest form, CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum hemp boasts the “entourage effect,” meaning that all the cannabinoids work synergistically to offer consumers uniquely beneficial effects.
Keep in mind, trial and error isn’t a bad idea when you’re trying to find the form that best relieves your symptoms.
The active cannabinoids interact with the CB2 and CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS.) We all have one. CBD coffee, and other forms of consumption, activate both receptors in our ECS, leading to a chain reaction causing an overall sense of wellness.
There are no euphoric effects despite the fact that CBD is somewhat psychoactive. Delta-9 THC is the cannabinoid in cannabis that makes you feel intoxicated or stoned. However, most CBD coffee, tinctures and edibles technically do contain a bit of THC in them.
Why Should I Drink CBD Coffee?
CBD coffee is a natural alternative to traditional coffee. People are scouring the internet for Delta 8 coffee, CBD cold brew, adaptogenic coffee, premium CBD coffee in Austin and other states, and more. Just type “CBD coffee near me” in Google’s search bar.
CBD is a chemical compound — a cannabinoid — found in the hemp and cannabis sativa plant. When coffee beans are infused with cannabidiol, you’re not wasting money — it’s worth a few extra dollars.
CBD coffee tastes like regular brew, especially when the ground or whole bean coffee is micro-roasted in small batches.
The flavor of hemp coffee matters. Period.
But did you know that drinking CBD cold brew can jumpstart your morning, providing sufficient energy levels for the entire day?
With CBD, you can reap the benefits with minimal psychoactive effects. People often wonder, ‘Why should I use CBD?’ The wide-range of applications and countless benefits sums that question up.
Cold brew coffee is less acidic than regular coffee, and it’s bursting with antioxidants that can prevent chronic disease and ease inflammation.
Our curated selection features three CBD coffee drink recipes that’ll help you cool off and chill out all summer long.
Chocolate Dalgona CBD Cold Brew
Dalgona coffee went viral on TikTok and other social media platforms during the pandemic, taking the entire coffee industry by storm. The whipped topping for this chilled drink is blended until the consistency’s like chocolate mousse. We created a recipe that’s visually appealing, while also containing both CBD and chocolate.
Here’s What You Need
- 2 tablespoons powdered hot chocolate mix
- 5 tablespoons heavy cream
- 16 ounces ground CBD-infused coffee,
- 1-5 tablespoons creamer and sugar
- 10 mini marshmallows (optional)
- 5-15 chocolate chips (optional)
- 2 tablespoons whipped cream (optional)
- Brew one pot of CBD coffee and wait till the liquid reaches’ room temperature
- Feel free to add creamer and sugar to the coffee before letting it chill inside the fridge for about two hours, until cold
- In a medium bowl, combine the hot chocolate mix and heavy cream
- Use a hand mixer to beat both ingredients until stiff peaks form and the consistency is fluffy, which usually takes 2 to 3 minutes
- Pour eight ounces of the cold CBD coffee into two cups
- Top with dollops of the whipped chocolate mixture and garnish as desired
Hemp Coffee & Cream Ice Cubes
The summer has a dramatic effect on flavorful CBD iced coffee. The heat can turn your cup of coffee into a lukewarm, diluted disaster — it sucks. But there’s a quick fix to this problem: Hemp coffee and cream ice cubes.
Here’s What You Need
- 3 cups CBD cold brew coffee
- 3 cups whole milk or your preferred creamer
- ½ cup chocolate milk
- Pour a thin layer of CBD cold brew into an ice cube mold and freeze for 2 to 3 hours
- Once this layer is frozen, add a layer of milk or creamer and freeze
- In the interest of spicing things up, pour some chocolate milk into the ice cube tray and freeze, filling them about halfway
- Repeat the process by topping off your cubes with a layer of creamer and then a final layer using CBD cold brew
- Make sure the molds are filled to the brim
- Carefully pop them out and use one or two (depending on the size) in your CBD cold brew or iced coffee
- Store the remainder in the freezer for a later date
We suggest 2” silicone ice cube trays, costing only nine bucks on Amazon. Once frozen, the giant, stunning cubes melt slowly, keeping your coffee cold for prolonged periods of time.
Pro Tip: For a simpler version, brew some D8 coffee or CBD cold brew and wait until the liquid cools down, reaching room temp. You can mix in your go-to sweetener and creamer or opt for straight black coffee. Fill up one or two ice cube molds to the brim.
Pumpkin Spice Delta-8 Iced Coffee
Pumpkin spice used to be sold in the fall. But a few years ago, this flavor became the latest craze. supermarkets began carrying everything from pumpkin marshmallows and muffins to pumpkin spice ice cream year round. Limited edition coffee has the perfect balance of seasonal flavors and D8 coffee, which ease the mind and body while providing a mild euphoric high.
Here’s What You Need
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons pumpkin purée
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 8 oz Delta-8 THC coffee
- Brew one pot of D8 coffee
- Store inside the fridge in an airtight container
- In a saucepan, whisk the heavy cream, pumpkin purée and honey until all dissolve
- Carefully remove from the stove before blending in vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice
- Pour over chilled ice and Delta 8 THC coffee.