There’s a lot that might be stressing you out these days – a cascade of work projects, spending time with your extended family over the holidays, or Trump’s latest rage tweets. Whatever the cause of your agita, you need to chill out.
To help ratchet down stress levels, many people are turning to cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD. The compound derived from cannabis and hemp doesn’t have any psychoactive properties – in other words, it won’t get you stoned – but it is purported to possess a myriad of health benefits, including anxiety alleviation, pain relief, depression mitigation, blood pressure reduction and help with acne. There is not a lot of mainstream research on the validity of these claims, so proceed accordingly.
Though it’s often extracted from cannabis plants, you don’t need a medical marijuana card or to go into a cannabis dispensary in order to buy CBD products. They exist in a legal gray area and have not been extensively regulated or policed. Widely available online, CBD products are starting to become more accessible in the DMV. This past April, Moorenko’s in Silver Spring began offering three blends of coffee infused with CBD from Flower Power Coffee. Owner Susan Moorenko polled customers before adding them to the menu.
“We didn’t want people to think our ice cream store was also going to be the local cannabis dispensary,” she says. “We also didn’t want people thinking their kids were going to get dosed.”
Since the coffees were debuted, it has been difficult to keep them in stock due to high demand. Customers can buy a 3-ounce packet of the coffee to take home, which includes three 10-milligram doses of CBD, or can enjoy a freshly French pressed cup of the coffee with a single dosage in it. Moorenko believes the addition of CBD makes coffee more appealing to people who don’t like the potential negative side effects of caffeine.
“You don’t get jittery,” she says.
That’s why Candy Schibli, owner of Southeastern Roastery, is experimenting with decaffeinated beans coated with a CBD infused solution.
“It’s a smooth, relaxing coffee with all of the flavor you want,” she says. “It’s calming, like tea.”
The CBD also adds a nuttier undertone to the coffee, which Schibli compares to the taste of hempseed. She is still refining the production process, so the coffee isn’t currently on shelves, though a test run was available earlier this year. (Those interested on being added to a waitlist for the next batch should email Schibli at firstname.lastname@example.org.).
If you’d rather not wait, plenty of stores are selling CBD packed products. Capitol Hemp in Adams Morgan stocks CBD tinctures, infused honey from Apis Mercantile, and pods that work with Juul e-cigarettes; Old Town’s District Hemp offers a variety of edibles, including honey sticks, lollipops, chocolates, waters, gummies, and caramel sauce; And Qi Kratom on U Street has a number of CBD infused teas, including green, and white varietals made from kratom leaves.
You can even get your fix at Call Your Mother, which sells a peach ginger Vybes drink infused with CBD. It’ll help you recover from hyperventilating in line as you imagined getting to the counter only to discover they were sold out of bagels.