We love our coffee! Coffee, coffee, coffee… we love coffee! Ok, maybe I’ve had a little too much coffee before writing, but seriously, 64% of the American population drinks 1 or more cups of joe every day. In fact, around 150 million Americans consume 400 million cups per day, more than 140 billion cups per year, which makes the US the leading coffee consumer in the world. Obviously, with more than 33,000 gourmet coffee shops in the US, in addition to other restaurants, fast food chains, and gas stations who also serve the beverage, coffee is clearly the great American habit.
In fact, in a survey, 52% of people said they’d give up their morning shower before giving up their coffee. So, when “Susie” shows up late for work looking a little disheveled, chances are good, she’ll still have a Starbucks cup in her hand.
While most of us agree, over-consumption of anything is probably not a good thing, there’s little harm that comes from coffee consumption. In fact, coffee is a plant product, therefore it contains phyto-chemicals, and as marijuana consumers, we know this means health benefits.
Installing Java… Benefits Uploading
In fact, according to Gallup, about 26% of American’s consider themselves addicted to coffee, yet only 10% say they are willing to cut back. Wonderful! Now that we know we have a problem with coffee addiction, let’s justify it with benefits!
A study published in the British Medical Journal lists a few more reasons to keep your morning bean water flowing (based on 3-4 cups per day):
- Coffee lowers the risk of cirrhosis of the liver as well as liver cancer.
- Reduces mortality rates in all causes, not just cancer, and including heart disease.
- Coffee also lowers risk of developing type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, gallstones, renal stones and gout.
- In addition, coffee also lowers the risk of certain types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
So, now we know coffee consumption carries a whole host of benefits on its own, so what happens when we add the healing power of cannabis?
For a Health & Wellness Upgrade… Try Adding Cannabis
Mostly likely, if you’re reading this blog, you already know about the health benefits of cannabis. However, even without all the anecdotal stories, even without all the research, even without cannabis advocates and coaches, like us, shouting it from rooftops, we can safely assume there are potential health benefits from cannabis because of one simple document: US Patent #6630507, which specifically reads:
Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.
So, what do you get when you combine the energizing, detoxifying effects of coffee with the healing, antioxidants of cannabis?
Heaven. You get heaven.
Here’s Corinne’s recipe from Dazed + Infused for cannabis-infused coffee. Consider yourself blessed.
Oh coffee. I have a love/hate relationship with the stuff. I can go from “Mmmm… coffee…” to “The only reason I’m drinking this is because the tea party happened and the slave trade made it a cheap caffeine replacement for early Americans and it’s really just slave-trade tea that turns us into cogs in the machine and makes you feel like you’ve done cocaine all morning…”
Thankfully, I developed this latte recipe for a mellow, blood-sugar stabilizing fair trade latte that fulfills coffee cravings without turning you into an insane run on sentence machine.
- In a blender, combine:
- 2 Cups Brewed Organic Fair-Trade Coffee (cold brew coffee is very easy to make and is less acidic)
- 1 Cup Coconut Milk or Non-dairy Milk of Choice
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons Infused Honey or 1/2 teaspoon Infused Coconut Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
- Pour into 2 mugs. Serve hot, or cold over ice.