Ahhh there really is nothing better than an iced matcha latte on a hot summer's day. Wait, scratch that, there is something better. An iced matcha latte with CBD. If you haven't yet tried this combination you are in for a real treat. Dare we say, it's a match(a) made in heaven. The perfect way to both energize yourself and boost mental alertness while also promoting a calm, content, and grounded state of being. It's like the holy grail of benefits. Why do we love these two functional superfood ingredients so much?
Benefits of Matcha
Matcha offers the same health benefits as green tea (hello antioxidants!), only in a much more concentrated delivery package. Unlike green tea which is made by steeping the leaves in hot water, matcha is made from whole green tea leaves which are typically stone ground into a finely milled powder. A serving of matcha (about a tsp) contains about 3 times as much caffeine as a cup of steeped green tea, so it certainly delivers a serious energy boost, but the effect is more gentle than coffee on the nervous system and adrenals. This is thanks to an amino acid glutamate known as L-theanine, which has been shown to stimulate serotonin, dopamine, and GABA – important neurotransmitters in the brain which play a key role in regulating mood, emotions, alertness, energy, appetite, cognitive activity, and sleep. L-theanine has also been shown to help stimulate the brain's alpha waves, the ones associated with a state of “wakeful relaxation” - where we're alert and focused but also calm and content.
Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is one of the two main cannabinoids that have now been isolated in the cannabis plant genus (hemp and marijuana). If when you think cannabinoid you think THC, don't get the two confused. Unlike THC, CBD doesn't produce a high (we promise), yet it most definitely has an impact on the body, being responsible for much of hemp's therapeutic benefits. CBD interacts with what's known as our endocannabinoid system, a network of special neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in our central and peripheral nervous systems. What does the endocannabinoid system impact? Think hormone regulation, fertility, immunity, appetite signals, pain sensation, mood, and cognition to name a few. CBD helps support our nervous system and mood, has a subtle calming effect, and is also an antioxidant in its own right.
Ready to experience the synergy of these two in one epic, mood-boosting latte?
Hemp CBD Iced Matcha Latte
1.5 tsp matcha
2 oz water
10 oz plant milk of choice - coconut, almond, hemp, etc.
1 dropperful Veggimins Hemp CBD (use the strength you'd like)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or pinch vanilla bean paste
1-2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup
1. Blend your milk of choice with sweetener, vanilla and hemp CBD extract.
2. Heat water until near boiling and pour over your matcha in a heat-safe glass or small bowl and whisk until smooth to create a concentrated matcha "shot".
3. Pour blended nut milk in a glass over ice, then your matcha last.