Last year, Cannabis and many of its derivatives were made legal in Canada. I won’t pretend to know much about the smoking of it, but I have been asked a few times about drinking it in coffee. Over the last year, I’ve been endlessly experimenting with it, so I decided to make a guide to CBD Oil and Coffee in Vancouver.
Disclaimer before we get started
It goes without saying, I’m not an expert on CBD Oil. These are my opinions and not a professional opinion. If you’re in doubt, go chat to a doctor about taking CBD Oil. Also note there are affiliate links in this Guide to CBD Oil, which help pay a small part of running this non-profit website.
Also please note that you must be 19 years of age or older to read this guide. Continuing to read acknowledges that you are 19 years of age or older.
It’s time to learn about this incredible oil and what it can do for you aka a guide to CBD Oil and coffee in Vancouver
BC has long been famous for its Cannabis. I overheard the term “BC Bud” on my first trip over here in 1998, so it’s been around at least that long. OK, calm down, that was a joke, I know it’s been a BC thing for much longer, but going back further makes me feel old and scared of Gen-Z and electric scooters.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is an extract from a Cannabis plant. It’s the part of the plant that doesn’t get you high (technical blurb is that it’s non-psychoactive).
‘So what’s the point?’, you’re probably thinking.
It does so many other cool things.
What cool things does CBD oil do?
It’s been proven to assist with pain relief, seizures and side effects of other medication.
But what I really love about it is the calming effects, alongside focus for work and the amazingly positive effect it’s had on my sleep.
All of this happens without you even noticing it. There’s no direct feeling of the effects, you don’t get high, but there are huge subtle benefits.
CBD and calming effects
My personal experience is that a small amount of CBD before bed (about 15mg or 8-10 drops) means I sleep more soundly than I ever have in my life. I’m not a consistent sleeper, what with ingesting far too much caffeine each day. But with CBD oil I sleep like a baby. I also find situations that might have otherwise got me flustered at work, become a bit easier to deal with, when I’ve had some CBD oil that morning. (they never said running a company would be easy!)
CBD Oil and Focus
This was most surprising for me. With a small dose of CBD I find myself infinitely more creative when it comes to day to day work.
It’s also very useful for grinding through otherwise quite boring work (end of the month billing for me!). I can focus on a mundane task without getting distracted by the many other fun things to do on the internet!
How does CBD Oil work with coffee?
OK, here’s the good stuff. If by now, you’ve decided to take the plunge and try it, here’s what you need to know about how it works with coffee.
First off – this will affect your caffeine buzz. I find that CBD mixed with caffeine gives a much more relaxed buzz, only with the great parts of caffeine left. The jitteriness of the coffee is replaced with a smoother calm. It’s pretty impressive.
Second, you need to brew it up the correct way. CBD binds to fats, so the only way to get it into your belly is if you mix it with some. The most obvious example of this is cream or milk. So for you pour-over purists, you’re going to have to suck it up and drink a milky drink (alt milk works too, just make sure it’s not fat-free).
If you try adding it to black coffee it’ll just stick to the walls of the cup and you’ll lose most of it.
My preferred method was a CBD Oil infused cortado. It’s punchy enough, flavour-wise, but still has a boatload of fat from the milk (oat milk in my case).
Another method you could consider is the CBD Oil infused Bulletproof coffee method, with MCT oil of some sort. I personally can’t stand this stupid coffee. It’s not brain food, it doesn’t make you smarter and the branded Bulletproof stuff tastes like the inside of a portapotty at a marathon.
But if you make your own and you like it, then a few drops of CBD oil will work well.
You strange person you.
Where can I buy CBD Oil in Vancouver, BC?
Here’s the real value in this post. I’ve tried loads of different places in the city and almost all of them were crap. They either cost too much, tasted awful or worse, did nothing. I got frustrated with everything I found in actual dispensaries, as it all looked like your typical stoner stuff. Silly names, packaging and pictures on the bottle usually meant it was going to be useless.
So I aimed myself at the Internet and eventually came across Mellow.
I’ve tried a bunch of their products and I’m really impressed. The shipping is crazy fast (next day most of the time). Their support was immediate (in fact I’m pretty sure I ended up speaking to the owner of the company most of the time) and their actual oils were really effective. I liked them so much I signed up to be an affiliate.
What kind of CBD Oil should I buy?
It’s definitely going to come down to a preference of flavour and what you need it for.
There are two kinds of CBD oil that you want to consider. Full-spectrum CBD Oil and Isolate CBD Oil.
What is full-spectrum CBD Oil?
Full-spectrum tastes a bit like cannabis. It’s got a kind of odd vegetable taste to it that isn’t very enjoyable. It’s not hard to drown that out with the coffee flavours, but it never really goes away. This type is incredible for sleep though.
This is the more expensive of the two, at about $59. It usually lasts me about 2 months.
Isolate tastes like nothing. It’s in flavourless coconut oil, so it’s easily the best thing to mix with coffee. The issue I have with Isolate is that I found it not nearly as effective as full-spectrum in making me sleep better. It was, however, much better at the start of the day, to allow for more focus.
This is one is cheaper than the full-spectrum oil, coming in at about $39 a bottle. This usually lasts me about 2 months.
Where can I buy CBD oil infused coffee in a Vancouver Coffee Shop?
As far as I’m aware, there’s no coffee shop that sells a CBD oil-infused coffee drink in Vancouver. I’ll update this guide to CBD Oil when I learn of one. Please let me know if you are aware of a place.
So how do I make CBD Oil Coffee at home?
OK, recipe time! I’m going to ignore the bulletproof coffee nonsense, assume you have taste buds and will give you two great options to choose from.
CBD Oil Infused Latte Recipes
How to make a CBD Oil Infused Latte (The easy way)
Don’t worry, I’ve got no aspirations to pivot to becoming Vancouver CBD Snob or anything like that. But I can’t deny that learning about CBD Oil has been a fascinating journey. I honestly believe that it’s a real addition to the coffee world, rather than a stoner fad. CBD Oil has a rich history of medical uses and while I still maintain I’m no expert, I’m really impressed by what I’ve seen.
One final note to mention in this guide to CBD Oil; if you’re unsuccessful with getting the coffee to taste the way you like it, there are alternative options for you. For starters, there are whispers of water-soluble CBD Oil (which I’ll play with when it’s out) as well as the good old fashioned sublingual trick. What’s sublingual? You simply drip the CBD oil under your tongue, wait for 90 secs then wash it down with a drink. It’s not as fun as making it into a latte though.
Have you used CBD Oil before? Have you made a CBD Oil infused latte or coffee drink? Got any other questions? There’s a comment section below where you can ask away!