Small business Spotlight — Blunts & Beans

Blunts and Beans Created by a pair of Moms with a dream and a realisation of a niche unfulfilled these moms are doing their part to end the stigma surrounding cannabis and cannabis-related accessories.

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Can’t decide if you want another coffee? Use this decision making caffeine crossword

Should you have another cup of coffee right now? Sometimes it’s a really hard question to answer, especially if you’re super baked. The quality of cannabis around these days is pretty high and that can make for some gnarly burnout, especially if you’re smoking MK Ultra; thus, many stoners depend on caffeine. This can create […]

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The hype about CBD coffee, explained

For many people, coffee is a crucial part of their morning routine (read: I can’t function without large quantities of caffeine). While coffee can feel like magical get-stuff-done juice, too much of a good thing can leave you jittery, anxious, and seriously over-caffeinated. 

Cannabidoil (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, can help solve that problem according to some consumers. Currently, CBD can be found in all kinds of products, from pet treats to skincare to CBD lattes at your local coffee shop. And CBD-infused beverages have made an especially large impact — Zenith Global projects that the market for CBD and hemp infused drinks will grow to over $1.4 Billion by 2024. 

Of the drinkable CBD products currently sold, CBD coffee is one of the most popular. Over the last several years, the number of coffee shops and cafés offering different CBD-infused coffee and espresso drinks has noticeably increased. For the dedicated coffee-drinker, the appeal seems obvious: all the focus and productivity of a solid caffeine rush without the impending doom of potential overindulgence. 

What is CBD Coffee?

CBD coffee, as you probably guessed, is a combination of coffee and cannabidoil. It can include different ingredients and be made into regular hot coffee, cold brew, and various other types of drinks. Coffee shops that offer CBD-infused options typically add CBD oil to coffee after it’s brewed, while coffee brands add CBD (often in isolate form) to the coffee beans themselves. 

The amount of CBD per cup of joe will vary, but it’s important to only buy from trusted retailers. Since CBD beverages are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, companies don’t always disclose how their CBD is extracted or exactly how many milligrams are in each serving. 

According to Adrian Devitt-Lee, chief science writer at Project CBD, “Packaging should clearly indicate total cannabinoid content and dosage, and products should always have a batch number. Avoid products with artificial colors or flavors … Don’t be afraid to contact a company directly to ask them about their products —  if they are not forthcoming, pick another one.”  

What is CBD coffee good for?

Consumers report using CBD for a variety of reasons, but a lot more research must be done in order to know exactly which ailments it can clinically relieve. 

So, are there health benefits to a cup of coffee with CBD oil in it? Not likely. But based on product testimonials and five-star reviews, many consumers believe that coffee with added CBD can reduce caffeine-induced anxiety and help improve focus, and the logic makes some sense  — CBD has calming properties that may take the edge off of caffeine. 

However, it’s important to understand that both CBD and caffeine affect everyone differently, which means there’s no way to tell if it will help you without trying it for yourself. 

Does CBD coffee work?

The simple answer to whether or not CBD coffee works is: it depends. “CBD may be able to take the edge off of caffeine on a neurological level, but it’s also possible that caffeine could undermine some beneficial effects of CBD, including its potency as an anti-epileptic,” said Devitt-Lee. 

“Do they balance each other out or interfere? It will depend on the dose and [you] will likely have to experiment based on their own caffeine and cannabinoid sensitivities,” he added. 

I brewed a pot of Green Roads Hemp Flower Coffee to get the creative juices flowing as I sat down to write this article. My first impression was that the coffee tasted surprisingly good, not overly herbal or unpleasant. Lee Sosin, Chief Marketing Officer at Green Roads, explained, “The true flavor is really coming from the gourmet coffee beans grown on that lush Colombian estate. You will be able to taste the influence of hemp, but it is gentle and it works well with the coffee.”

Photo courtesy of Green Roads

After my first cup of CBD coffee (with oat milk and a spoonful of sugar) I didn’t feel especially caffeinated or relaxed, so I decided to have a second cup. That may have been a bit much considering I drink coffee on an empty stomach every morning, and I started to feel a little sleepy. I compensated with a regular cup of cold brew and a glass of water, which left me feeling the right amount of caffeinated and focused. 

After two to three cups of coffee,  the daily norm for 44 percent of Americans, I didn’t feel jittery or anxious at all. I did learn that I personally need a greater ratio of caffeine to CBD in order to feel awake, so next time I plan to limit my intake to one cup. 

The best advice I can offer to my fellow caffeine-lovers who suffer from stress is to understand that CBD coffee may not be the best method of consumption if you’re using CBD for medicinal purposes, and to always do your research before choosing a brand. “Many CBD companies are starting to use similar language about things like testing, but consumers should understand that there’s a big difference between companies that test their own CBD isolates, and someone like Green Roads that has an accredited independent lab run a full-panel test on every batch of finished products,” offered Sosin.

What are our favorite CBD coffees?

There are plenty of great CBD brands out there, but check out a few well-known options for an infused caffeine fix:

Green Roads Founders’ Blend

green roads hemp flower coffeePhoto courtesy of Green Roads

Thanks to the company’s strict quality control, Green Roads is a great option for CBD coffee newbies. Their Founders’ Blend is crafted in small batches, the most recent batch containing  9.67 milligrams of cannabinoids per serving. They also sell CBD tea, gummies, oils, and tons of other products to fit any lifestyle. 

Available: Nationwide

Price: $14.99

Flower Power Coffee Co. 

Flower Power Coffee Co. is another popular option for hemp-infused coffee, with 60 milligram blends like the New York Signature Roast and Big Island Joe. If you brew it on its own  — you could mix it with other coffee too — you’ll get 5 milligrams per cup, which is a great starting point for those who don’t know how CBD will affect them. 

Available: Nationwide

Price: $14.99

Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Recipe: Caramel Coffee

This caramel coffee is a great way to start a day off with a sweet kick, or close the end of a meal. It’s very easy to make and requires only minimal ingredients. This warm beverage is a great way to ease into a cool fall morning and should provide a buzz from both the caffeine and the infused canna-butter.

This recipe for caramel coffee appears alongside a bevvy of sweet and savory medicated selections in the book “Cooking with Cannabis,” by Laurie Wolf.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups (475 ml) hot brewed coffee

1 cup (235 ml) sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon (15 g) brown sugar

2 teaspoons canna-butter

2 tablespoons (28 g) chopped toffee chocolate bar

Dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder or ground cinnamon, or both

Directions:

Step 1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the coffee, condensed milk, brown sugar and canna-butter and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2. Carefully pour into a blender. Process for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3. Divide between two heatproof glasses or mugs. Sprinkle with the toffee bits and dust with cocoa, cinnamon, or both.

Chef’s Note:

If you like a little spice, top the coffee with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper or a pure ground chile powder, such as ancho. It’s a nice change of pace. This coffee is also yummy served iced.

This recipe first appeared in “Cooking with Cannabis: Delicious Recipes for Edibles and Everyday Favorites.”

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Coffee With Blue Dream: How Cannabis & Caffeine Interact

For many, the jolt of caffeine and the mellowing effects of cannabis make a perfect combination. When the two meet in the body and mind, they can amplify one another, but research is limited as to how they interact on a chemical level.

Scientific studies on what happens when your morning joe meets your morning joint are scattershot and inconclusive, but they provide a rough map of what to expect of this mental terrain. But culturally, caffeine and cannabis seem like natural bedfellows, with everyone’s favorite (legal) upper most likely to be paired with cannabis from a retail perspective.

Murky Conclusions

For starters, we know caffeine operates in the endocannabinoid system – the same brain region that makes weed do its thing. Both substances have been shown to cause an uptick in dopamine activity, and some report that the kick from caffeine creates a brighter, more euphoric cannabis high.

In many ways, however, the two seem to be awkward dance partners, canceling out certain effects and amplifying others.  Caffeine can have an anxiety-producing effect, while THC can make one mellower in low doses and freaked out at high doses (CBD seems to generally have a calming effect at any dosage). It’s possible for coffee jitters to add to cannabis shakes, paranoia or couchlock for an unpleasant cocktail. But it’s also easy to find individual reports of just the opposite effect, with the two mixing for a relaxed yet upbeat feeling. As always, it is advisable to take it slow when trying new combinations and pay attention to one’s own body.

Though coffee has been shown to enhance one’s cognitive powers, combined with weed, the overall effect may actually be the reverse from coffee alone: Some studies suggest that coffee and cannabis combine to inhibit memory. Others have shown that caffeine can partially protect against the forgetfulness associated with high doses of CBD.

This research, while certainly better than nothing, is hard to synthesize into solid conclusions. The studies tend to be one-offs, with little in the way of confirmation or corroboration, are often conducted on animals and may use chemical compounds that replicate caffeine rather than the real deal. One hopes that looser cannabis laws will bring more research on this topic.

Coffee Shops and “Coffeeshops”

Culturally, coffee and cannabis have been siloed into separate realms by their opposite legal statuses. But as legalization takes shape across North America, the café provides one model for the cannabis lounge, with their proclivity for comfy seating, art on the walls and maybe the occasional open mic or music performance.

For many a Netherlands resident and cannabis tourist, their first experience with social cannabis consumption came at a “coffeeshop,” the go-to euphemism for a place to smoke pot in Amsterdam. While some are more like bars or dispensaries, others capture the cozy ambience one associates with a café. Many do in fact serve coffee.

Though states have been slow to legalize and permit cannabis sales and cities have been slow to allow lounges, this new sort of cultural space is gradually making its way into North America. This expansion has been further helped along by coffee shops savvy enough to exploit CBD’s gray area legality and offer a little boost to your morning brew — for a few extra bucks, of course.

Despite the issues noted above, the combination of the substances is less discombobulating (more… combobulating?) than alcohol and cannabis. Furthermore, some states, such as California, don’t allow alcohol and cannabis to be sold by the same establishment — but there are no similar restrictions on caffeinated drinks. Inevitably, cannabis consumption will chart its own course, but as legal, public consumption becomes more prevalent in the U.S., our spaces built around coffee and tea provide the most obvious jumping off point.

Though the research on caffeine and cannabis provides some warning signs, the gaps in our understanding of their interaction are larger than the parts of the picture that are filled in. For instance, we have no research comparing how cannabis interacts with different caffeinated beverages: coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc.

Zooming out, coffee and tea houses provide the clearest model for what social consumption might look like in the U.S. Given how popular coffee and cannabis are, their meeting is inevitable. What remains to be seen is to what degree coffee and tea mores slip into the cannabis culture bloodstream.

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6 Energizing Cannabis Strains for a Morning Pick-Me-Up

If you are trying to reduce the amount of coffee you’re drinking every morning, save some money by slowing down on your twice-a-day cafe run or just cut down on caffeine in general, there are energizing cannabis strains that you can still enjoy in the morning or midday that won’t leave you feeling drained, sleepy or low on energy. As a bonus, some of them can even help melt away tension in your body like a tight neck and shoulders and improve your mood all while stimulating your mind.

For people who need a little help staying focused, getting motivated or boosting their creativity, a quick sesh can make a big difference but it’s all about the strain choice. Need some help? Check out these hybrid and sativa-dominant energizing cannabis strains that are known for their uplifting effects that still allow you to focus, be productive and stay mentally clear as you blast through a day full of activities or catch your breath while you get your second wind.

(PHOTO Gracie Malley)

Super Lemon Haze

This bright, citrusy strain tastes just as good as it smells thanks to its limonene content. This potent terpene can aid in increasing energy, improving your mood and helping you feel invigorated when you need a bit of a kick and. It also has some great medical benefits from boosting your immune system to reducing inflammation which can help on days that you’re not feeling your best or a little tense from sitting at your desk all day.

Green Crack Morning Strains Sativa

(PHOTO SeedFinder.Eu)

Green Crack

Although the name might sound a little daunting for the uninitiated, those who are familiar with this powerful strain will swear by its ability to beat fatigue and a bad mood without fail. It has a euphoric, long-lasting buzz that may have your head in the clouds if you overdo it, so less is definitely more if it’s your first time trying it out or if you need to remain present and focused without mentally floating away.

Golden Goat Outdoor Morning Strains  Energizing Cannabis Strains

(PHOTO SoFresh Farms)

Golden Goat

Chill out without getting too sleepy with a balanced hybrid strain that will leave you feeling pleasantly calm and energized. This may be better suited for the tea drinker who gets their buzz from caffeinated brews and is looking for something just as smooth and subtle without a big jolt of misdirected energy. It’s also great for stress, anxiety and tension from burnout and back-to-back busy days.

Sour Diesel Strain Review by Cannabis Now Magazine Energizing Cannabis Strains

 (PHOTO Julia Daigle)

Sour Diesel

Lovers and loyalists of Sour D will attest that there is no shortage of energy or creativity after a few hits of this uplifting, motivating sativa. You can plan to feel happy and energized with a nice cerebral buzz. It’s a good pick for people that consistently wake up on the wrong side of the bed and need some assistance improving their mood and combating stress and depression that might be associated with feeling overwhelmed about your day.

A Close-Up Image of the Strain AK-47

(PHOTO Serious Seeds)

AK-47

Though you can expect a mellow but invigorating high that will help you focus and maintain mental clarity as you start your day, this potent hybrid can hit really hard if you don’t take it easy. This strain might be a good choice for people who want a noticeable buzz from just a hit or two that will linger for much longer than expected. If you have the tolerance, though, you can settle in for a nice sesh and still be ready to face the day.

Candyland Strain in plastic bag sativa Energizing Cannabis Strains

(PHOTO Gracie Malley for Cannabis Now)

Candyland

Feeling frustrated or irritated? This fast-acting strain is good for mornings or coffee breaks where you don’t have a lot of time to medicate but need something to bust through an unpleasant attitude and keep it moving. It’s good for meetings and other activities that call for being upbeat, social and alert.

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6 Strains for a Morning Pick-Me-Up

If you are trying to reduce the amount of coffee you’re drinking every morning, save some money by slowing down on your twice-a-day cafe run or just cut down on caffeine in general, there are strains that you can still enjoy in the morning or midday that won’t leave you feeling drained, sleepy or low on energy. As a bonus, some of them can even help melt away tension in your body like a tight neck and shoulders and improve your mood all while stimulating your mind.

For people who need a little help staying focused, getting motivated or boosting their creativity, a quick sesh can make a big difference but it’s all about the strain choice. Need some help? Check out these hybrid and sativa-dominant strains that are known for their uplifting, energizing effects that still allow you to focus, be productive and stay mentally clear as you blast through a day full of activities or catch your breath while you get your second wind.

(PHOTO Gracie Malley)

Super Lemon Haze

This bright, citrusy strain tastes just as good as it smells thanks to its limonene content. This potent terpene can aid in increasing energy, improving your mood and helping you feel invigorated when you need a bit of a kick and. It also has some great medical benefits from boosting your immune system to reducing inflammation which can help on days that you’re not feeling your best or a little tense from sitting at your desk all day.

Green Crack Morning Strains Sativa

(PHOTO SeedFinder.Eu)

Green Crack

Although the name might sound a little daunting for the uninitiated, those who are familiar with this powerful strain will swear by its ability to beat fatigue and a bad mood without fail. It has a euphoric, long-lasting buzz that may have your head in the clouds if you overdo it, so less is definitely more if it’s your first time trying it out or if you need to remain present and focused without mentally floating away.

Golden Goat Outdoor Morning Strains

(PHOTO SoFresh Farms)

Golden Goat

Chill out without getting too sleepy with a balanced hybrid strain that will leave you feeling pleasantly calm and energized. This may be better suited for the tea drinker who gets their buzz from caffeinated brews and is looking for something just as smooth and subtle without a big jolt of misdirected energy. It’s also great for stress, anxiety and tension from burnout and back-to-back busy days.

Sour Diesel Strain Review by Cannabis Now Magazine

 (PHOTO Julia Daigle)

Sour Diesel

Lovers and loyalists of Sour D will attest that there is no shortage of energy or creativity after a few hits of this uplifting, motivating sativa. You can plan to feel happy and energized with a nice cerebral buzz. It’s a good pick for people that consistently wake up on the wrong side of the bed and need some assistance improving their mood and combating stress and depression that might be associated with feeling overwhelmed about your day.

A Close-Up Image of the Strain AK-47

(PHOTO Serious Seeds)

AK-47

Though you can expect a mellow but invigorating high that will help you focus and maintain mental clarity as you start your day, this potent hybrid can hit really hard if you don’t take it easy. This strain might be a good choice for people who want a noticeable buzz from just a hit or two that will linger for much longer than expected. If you have the tolerance, though, you can settle in for a nice sesh and still be ready to face the day.

Candyland Strain in plastic bag sativa

(PHOTO Gracie Malley for Cannabis Now)

Candyland

Feeling frustrated or irritated? This fast-acting strain is good for mornings or coffee breaks where you don’t have a lot of time to medicate but need something to bust through an unpleasant attitude and keep it moving. It’s good for meetings and other activities that call for being upbeat, social and alert.

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Space Case: SpaceX Is Bringing Cannabis To Space

Cannabis and coffee are heading to the International Space Station, and SpaceX is giving them a ride. Agri-tech company Front Range Biosciences® has partnered with SpaceCells USA Inc., which is funding and managing the project, to send tissue cultures of two of the world’s favorite substances into the cosmos. They will be studied by BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado, Boulder to see how plant cells go through any gene expression changes or genetic mutations while in space.

Coffee and hemp samples from Front Range Biosciences® (FRB) will board a SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight, which is scheduled for liftoff in March, 2020. From there, the material will head to the International Space Station (ISS), where the cultures will be examined under BioServe’s controlled conditions in an incubator aboard the ISS—with a little help from NASA astronauts.

Nearly 500 plant cell cultures will be in the ISS-based incubator for about a month, with BioServe monitoring their conditions from its operations center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Once the cells come back to Earth, FRB will look at how exposure to space radiation and microgravity affected the gene expression of the plants.

“This is one of the first times anyone is researching the effects of microgravity and spaceflight on hemp and coffee cell cultures,” said Dr. Jonathan Vaught, Co-Founder and CEO of Front Range Biosciences, in a press release. “There is science to support the theory that plants in space experience mutations. This is an opportunity to see whether those mutations hold up once brought back to Earth and if there are new commercial applications.”

Why Send Coffee And Cannabis To Space?

The experiment could help growers and scientists see how space affects the plants’ reactions, and how well they deal with the act of being hurled into space. It’s all part of a burgeoning field of space research in which numerous different kinds of cells are being studied in space.

“These are big ideas we’re pursuing and there’s a massive opportunity to bring to market new Chemotypes, as well as Plants that can better adapt to drought and cold conditions,” said Peter McCullagh, CEO of SpaceCells. “We expect to prove through these and other missions that we can adapt the food supply to climate change.”

Due to Earth’s rising temperatures, many areas that were once fertile have since dried up. As a result, these regions haven’t been able to sustain crops the same way they used to. Studying how different environments affect plant materials can pave the way for more advanced research in the future. To that end, FRB, SpaceCells USA Inc., and BioServe plan to continue with similar efforts, beyond this one.

“We envision this to be the first of many experiments together,” said Louis Stodieck, Chief Scientist of BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “In the future, we plan for the crew to harvest and preserve the plants at different points in their grow-cycle so we can analyze which metabolic pathways are turned on and turned off. This is a fascinating area of study that has considerable potential.”

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Ganja Gourmet: How To Wake ‘N’ Bake With Cannabis Coffee

Adding an MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil to your morning cup o’ joe is rumored to provide a more sustained energy boost than regular caffeinated coffee. And consuming whole-plant cannabis extract is a health-conscious decision for many reasons, not the least of which is simply to feel good. Coffee with a spoonful of cannabis-infused coconut oil combines the best of these modern discoveries as my new favorite energy boost hands down.

Coconut oil happens to be both high in MCTs and ideal for infusing with a cannabis concentrate like Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), an edible cannabis-oil extract created by Canadian medical-marijuana activist Rick Simpson. RSO is an orally consumable cannabis oil that’s my go-to for low-heat recipes as it’s an accessible and potent whole-plant extract with activated THC. Just mix warm coconut oil with RSO, then add the right amount of your infused oil to a cup of hot coffee or tea to enjoy a delicious, buzzy treat!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid sunflower lecithin
  • 1/4 tsp. activated-THC or CBD RSO oil
  • Freshly prepared hot coffee or tea

Directions

Melt the coconut oil and then whisk in the liquid sunflower lecithin and RSO oil. Pour the mixture into an airtight glass container and mark it clearly as “Infused With Cannabis.” Measure out as desired per cup into hot coffee or tea. (I use about two teaspoons for each eight-ounce cup.) The concoction keeps for up to a week.

A note on potency: I used 200 milligrams of 70.5 percent activated-THC RSO oil, for approximately 141 mg THC total. The recipe makes 12 servings of about 11.75 mg of THC per two-teaspoon serving. Always take it easy with edibles and allow at least one to two hours after consuming to gauge your personal dosage preference. You can always eat more, but you can’t eat less!


Originally published in the June, 2019 issue of High Times magazine. Subscribe right here.

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