Say what you want about the Brits, but there is no denying our prowess in the hot drink department.
Maybe our love for a warm brew comes from a need to warm the hands and stomach, or maybe it has something to do with the fact that tea and coffee, brought to our island by colonial traders, has been a key part of British social etiquette for literally hundreds of years. Whatever the explanation, it remains quite a rare occurence not to be offered a warm cup of tea or coffee when you pass the threshold of every British dwelling.
Given the British love for hot drinks, it is not surprising that we are often willing to experiment with our tea and coffee to keep things fresh. One of the latest additions to many a Brit’s coffee percolators and teapots are leaves, beans and bags which are infused with cannabidiol (CBD).
Hailed in some quarters as a miracle food supplement which has the power to boost health in a long list of ways, CBD makes a natural addition to the regenerative properties of a freshly-prepared cup of tea or coffee. This all sounds great, but newbies to the world of CBD beverages might need a couple of pointers on what to look for when shopping, and that is exactly what this post will aim to do!
What Is CBD?
CBD is found in high concentrations in the cannabis plant. It is one of the 113 compounds that occur naturally in the plant known as ‘cannabinoids’. The most famous of these cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound which is responsible for the ‘high’ feel experienced by recreational cannabis users.
While THC has significant psychoactive properties, CBD does not possess any. However, this does not mean that it has no effect on the human body. CBD is known to interact with a network of neural receptors located throughout our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Only discovered around 30 years ago by scientists investigating the effects of THC on the human body, the ECS is now believed to play a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy balance in the body. CBD stimulates and is thought to strengthen this system.
CBD Tea and Coffee
CBD tea and coffee is made using tea leaves or coffee beans which have been sprayed with a solution of water which is infused with CBD. Water-infused CBD is known to have more bioavailability than CBD which has been infused in oil. Added to the heat, caffeine and other infusions, CBD tea and coffee make a pleasant yet effective way of getting your of CBD. Here is a selection of some of the best-loved CBD tea available in the UK today.
- Paradise CBD Infused Coffee
Manchester-based company Paradise CBD manufactures and produces an impressive arsenal of CBD products, including oils, vapes and topicals. One of its most interesting offerings is this CBD-Infused coffee. With its delicate profile, caramel aroma and sweet notes, it makes the perfect drink for a kick first thing in the morning or a pick-me-up last thing at night. Each packet of 100g contains 100mg of CBD.
- Pura Vida CBD Teas
Pura Vida is a Dutch company that produces and distributes a range of high-quality CBD products. We are particularly impressed by Pura Vida’s range of CBD-infused herbal teas. Choose from six delicious and aromatic varieties which include Rooibos, Chamomile, Forest Fruit, Darjeeling, Hemp and Mint. All teas and CBD extracts are taken from organically-grown harvests.
- Buddha Teas
British company Buddha Teas has been supplying quality natural teas to the UK and the rest of the world for a number of years now. It has recently made an entrance into the CBD tea market with its exceptional CBD-infused blends. You can currently choose from four top-quality teas (Chamomile, Matcha, Peppermint and Turmeric & Ginger). Each cup of Buddha CBD tea is infused with 5mg of water-soluble CBD.
- Equilibrium CBD Tea and Coffee
A gourmet tea which is available in two tasty blends (Sencha Green and Ginger & Turmeric), Equilibrium CBD tea comes in as loose-leaf tea or tea bags which are designed for maximum infusion. Each tea bag is infused with 3.4mg of CBD.
Equilibrium also makes some excellent CBD-infused whole-bean coffee. The coffee itself is medium-roasted single-origin Colombian. Each 7g serving contains 7mg full-spectrum CBD extract.
- Doctor Herb Hemp Tea
Doctor Herb’s Hemp Tea is a little different to many of the other teas on this list in that it contains nothing else but pure hemp. Its flavour is based on the rich terpene profile of the hand-grown and cured organic hemp leaves and flowers that it is made from. Each serving of 0.5g contains 4.4mgs of full-spectrum CBD.
CBD Tea and Coffee
High-potency organic CBD-infused teas and coffee are undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable ways to get a hit of CBD. For CBD tea, there are many great options in the UK, but we think those mentioned in the list above are some of the best. Why not try a few and see for yourself what a regular CBD brew can do for you?