Sooooo how’s your pandemic been so far?
I still have thoughts and feelings every day about how much life has changed in the past month. And some of the scariest are around the things I have no control over: like how long it’s going to last, or when life will get back to normal. If life ever gets back to normal.
My brain doesn’t work in the same way. I’m distracted all the time, I’m finding it harder to focus and be productive for long periods of time, and I’m distracted more easily. Tasks that I used to be able to do quickly and effortlessly now seem to take a lot more time.
On Thursday, I lost an entire day’s work because I had to go grocery shopping. This is not something that would have happened before.
It’s really normal for anxiety to be higher during times when we feel like we have less control, and if ever there was a time when we felt like we had less control… yeah, that’s now.
Lots of people are joking about becoming alcoholics, both in an effort to deal with the anxiety, and also out of sheer boredom. I actually cut way back on alcohol at the beginning of the year, and I’ve been trying to maintain a 2-drinks-per-week maximum.
I’m trying to do other things for my mental health; like getting outside and going for a daily walk in the sunshine, which gives me both vitamin D and also exercise. I’m trying to keep my schedule fairly normal, getting loads of probiotics, and I’m connecting with my friends and family on a regular basis.
CBD is something that has been suggested to me to help with things like sleeping (my sleep is the first thing to go when I’m even a tiny bit stressed) or dealing with anxiety.
Now, I’ve never been much of a weed person. Honestly, it gives me a hangover, so it’s not really something I’m into. Additionally, I don’t smoke. At all. In fact, I hate it. But I was curious about CBD, as it has no psychotropic ingredients, and has been purported to have certain health benefits.
First of all, what is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It comes from a mix of the cannabis plant (yes, where weed comes from) and hemp, which is a cousin. However, CBD doesn’t contain any THC, which is the psychotropic substance that gets you high.
What are some health benefits of CBD?
Decreasing anxiety. Remember Tryptophan? It’s that thing that makes you sleep after a huge turkey dinner? It turns out CBD can increase our levels of tryptophan and therefore serotonin, helping us feel less anxious, and happier.
Pain relief: CBD somehow reacts with pain receptors, and many people with chronic back pain or arthritis say that it makes a difference. It’s also been shown to be fairly effective for people with IBS or leaky gut issues.
I’m still learning so much about all this! And obviously I’m just a food blogger, not a doctor or a scientist, so…
How much CBD should I take?
So, this is where it gets complicated real quick. First of all, I’m not a smoker, so that’s not an option for me. There certainly are lots of different ways to consume it. Most people take it as an oil, but there are lots of other ways of ingesting it, like in a chocolate bar, or even in pill format. One of the things I was excited to try was CBD-infused Coconut Oil. More about that in a sec.
Basically, from everything I’ve read, the way to approach is is slowly. Go slow, start slow, build up slowly. Here’s a good article for beginners.
Now, to our recipe! This is a simple and delicious coffee you can make for an afternoon pick-me-up. Please note: coconut oil is solid at room temp. It melts at around the same temp as our body heat. You don’t really need to heat the coconut oil before adding it to the recipe, as the heat of the coffee and warm milk and the whizzing of the blender will likely do the job. If you want to add melted coconut oil, be sure to melt it gently. The CBD will lose its efficiency if it is heated to over 350 degrees.
Curious and wanna try for yourself? Get 10% off your Miss Envy purchase when you use the coupon code “Rebecca” at checkout.
CBD Bulletproof Coffee
- Freshly brewed hot coffee (espresso is best if you have it)
- warm/hot milk of your choice (regular or plant based)
- 1 tbsp CBD Infused Coconut Oil
- optional: I topped mine with a dollop of cloud coffee
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour into a glass or mug and enjoy your CBD Bulletproof Coffee!
This blog post is a partnership with Miss Envy. They sent me some products to try, but the opinions expressed are my own.