I Drank CBD Cold Brew For A Week…Here’s What Happened
I think it’s important to mention that health and wellness are very personal, and everyone has very different experiences. As a long-time coffee lover and anxiety sufferer, my coffee habit has been habitual but frowned upon. When I heard that CBD coffee was becoming a thing, I knew that I needed to try it for myself.
THC is the compound in cannabis that gets you high, CBD on the other hand, doesn’t, but still allows you the benefits of cannabis without the high feeling. I gave my usual cold brew a break, and opted for trying Good Day’s CBD Cold Brew Coffee instead. This was my only source of coffee for the week!
Day 1 – 3
I didn’t expect miracles, but I did expect to feel some kind of difference at the start of this. I continue consuming my usual amount of coffee two to three glasses a day. But the can is full of a rich amount that one can tend to last the rest of the day. Sorry, I’m one of those people that fill my coffee with half creamer!
The first day, I didn’t notice a huge difference, but I did notice that the afternoon slump never hit me like it usually does. I’d say that’s progress considering I’d usually take a power nap, but all three days, I kept working on through the day.
Could this be the answer for anxiety-ridden coffee lovers?!
How to make CBD Cold Brew (Recipe)
If you never made cold brew coffee before, its a lot easier than you think and you can use your favorite coffee roast.
You can simply make some over the weekend and pour it from your fridge in the morning so you have one less thing to worry about every morning. This will save you time and money and its actually even better for you.
When making CBD infused cold brew coffee, its better to infused it yourself with water-soluble CBD after you brew the coffee rather than buying a coffee roast that is already infused for a few reasons we will discuss through this recipe.
Fun Facts about Cold Brew
Stronger than hot coffee – There are a lot of factors that contribute to caffeine contents including the type of beans used, steeping time, and dilution. TIP: Don’t drink cold brew concentrate straight, its highly caffeinated.
Less acidic – If regular coffee or espresso upsets your stomach, cold brew might be the solution for you. Most cold brew is about 67% less acidic coffee which will make it easier to drink for those with more sensitive digestive tracts.
Tastes Smoother and sweeter – Since it’s less acidic, it naturally will taste sweeter than hot brewed coffee. It will still have a nice full body taste but there will just be less bitterness.
Drink it hot – Yup, you can heat it up and enjoy it hot on those cold days and the flavor will stay about the same!
Any coffee bean will work – You can use any kind of coffee bean or blend you have to make cold brew at home.
Cold Brew Coffee Ratio (1:1)
This ratio is flexible but you will need 1 ounce (28 grams) of coffee per 1 cup of water to make your cold brew concentrate. If you have a kitchen scale, we recommend using that to measure the coffee weight.
You will end up with a little less concentrate than initial water used since some will be absorbed by the coffee grounds. Don’t worry, you’ll be diluting this later to double your final yield.
This is also flexible and will change depending on who you ask. Since we are extracting the color, taste, and caffeine with cold water, steeping is a longer process.
As a general rule of thumb, the longer you steep it, the more caffeine you will be extracting.
Some recommend leaving it “overnight/12-hours” while other recommend “at least 18 or up to 24 hours” which is why we say do whatever works best for you. For reference, Starbucks steeps their cold brew for 20 hours.
CBD Infusion Tips
“Its euphoric – the caffeine from the cold brew has me wide awake while the CBD gives me a sense of mental calmness, clarity, and focus. It’s the perfect functional-chill.” – Ethan B. on adding CBD to his coffee.
It is better to use regular coffee and infuse it with CBD after the fact for a few reasons that are important to note:
- Those bags are labeled based on what is the bag, not what you will be drinking in your cup
- Control your dose (maybe you want a little more or a little less CBD in your coffee on a certain day)
- Enjoy any coffee, don’t limit yourself
- Quality you never know
MixMe works with hundreds of coffee shops to help them add fast acting, water soluble CBD to drinks and you can do the exact same thing at home with their Pump Bottles, Single Servings, or Tinctures.
- 3 ounces (85 grams) coarsely-ground coffee (3/4 cup whole beans)
- 3 cups filtered water
- 10-15mg water soluble CBD per cup
- Combine the coffee and water into a container with a lid like a large mason jar. Stir to combine for maximum exposure.
Put a lid on the container and refrigerate/steep it for 12-24 hours.
Place a thin paper coffee filter (or thin cotton napkin/hankerchief) over a fine mesh strainer. Pour the concentrate through this filter into another cup or pitcher for storage.
This can be stored in your fridge for up to 2 weeks although you’ll enjoy the best, fullest flavor within the first week.
We'll take you through every step to make CBD infused cold brew coffee concentrate at home. This CBD cold brew recipe gives you full control of caffeine strength and dosage of hemp. Use your favorite tasting coffee and give your body the extra wellness it deserves for the week.