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Warm, soothing and packed with anti-inflammatory spices, this easy-to-make vegan & gluten-free CBD Infused Pumpkin Spice Latte brings together this traditional Fall favorite with the soothing CBD Hemp Oil for a relaxing experience like no other.
CBD Infused Pumpkin Spice Latte
Being from Upstate NY, I am about as basic as it gets when it comes to all things fall.
I’m talking Autumn-scented candles, cozy knit sweaters, soft blankets, apple picking, and yes, all things pumpkin spice
It wouldn’t take away that sense of nostalgia I feel every time I sip the first PSL of the season, and it wouldn’t make it any less enjoyable.
But the truth is, I live at least 30-minutes from the closest Starbucks, so I tend to enjoy one ‘real’ pumpkin spice latte each year, and then make my own at home.
Of course, I do like making my own at home because I can control the ingredients, and make it all the time.
So here is: my easy-to-make-at-home version that is naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, yet still creamy and delicious, and even better than any PSL you’ve ever had before because it is made with my premium Full-Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil.
What is CBD Hemp Oil?
If you are new to CBD or cannabis in general, CBD is the newly legal hemp oil supplement taking the wellness scene by storm.
CBD is short for cannabidiol which is the second most abundant of all the cannabinoids. CBD is non-psychoactive meaning it does not give the feeling of intoxication or ‘being high’.
Instead, CBD provides many benefits of the cannabis plant without the high, meaning you can enjoy the therapeutic effects of this plant including anecdotal reports of reducing symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation.
You can learn more about what CBD is in this post: CBD Oil 101: A Beginners Guide to Getting Started
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What Can CBD Hemp Oil Help With?
The human body contains what is known as an endocannabinoid system which is broadly thought to help with maintaining homeostasis. Therefore, it is understood that the human body needs cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are organic compounds found within the hemp plant that interact with endocannabinoid receptors in the body and trigger a variety of effects. So far, over 100 cannabinoids have been identified.
The endocannabinoid system acts as a balancing mechanism for other body systems such as the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems. The medical benefits of hemp are currently being researched, with the most promising studies in pediatric epilepsy.
Scientific research and anecdotal reports indicate that CBD can help with the following:
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disorders
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- PTSD and anxiety
- IBD – Crohn’s disease & Ulcerative Colitis
- IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Opioid withdrawal
- Preventive health
Anti-Inflammatory Spices in a Pumpkin Spice Latte
The spices traditionally found in a Pumpkin Spice Latte have many health benefits, including important anti-inflammatory properties, making this recipe not only delicious but nutritious as well.
The health benefits of cinnamon have been studied for many years, and this spice is considered to be one of the most healthful on the planet.
Cinnamaldehyde is a compound found in cinnamon that is thought to provide the most of its medicinal benefits. Packed with polyphenol antioxidants, cinnamon can help the body protect itself from free radicals.
Inflammation, one of the most talked about causes of chronic disease, can be counterbalanced by the foods that we eat. Cinnamon is no exception, and has been heavily studied for it’s ability to provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the human body. Cinnamon has also been studied for its ability to lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Ginger is another spice that has been studied for quite some time to prove the effectiveness of it’s medicinal qualities. Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, provides many of the health benefits we know and use today.
Ginger is most notably considered for it’s ability to ease nausea and morning sickness, but has also been found to help with reducing muscle pain and soreness, reducing inflammation in the body, and lowering blood sugars in certain circumstances.
Nutmeg, a popular spice in ethnic cuisine around the world, is a popular spice that is best known for its warm, delicious taste and it’s health benefits. Recent studies have shown that nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory food that has the ability to help treat insomnia, pain, aid in digestion, and enhance blood pressure and circulation.
Cloves are a flower bud that has been dried, and traditionally ground, although whole cloves make an excellent and eye catching use of ingredients in particular dishes. Cloves have been studied for their anti-inflammatory properties and have been found to be rich in antioxidants. There is even ongoing research to support the idea that cloves may protect against certain types of cancer.
Customizing Your CBD Infused Pumpkin Spice Latte
I believe that we all have our own definition of healthy, so how you define a recipe as healthy may be different that how I do.
For me, that means making this recipe with dairy-free milk, because that is what makes my tummy feel best – and adding some sugar – because what is life without sugar?
Feel free to substitute different types of milk in this recipe depending on what you personally prefer.
Whether it is traditional dairy milk, alternative options like a2 milk, or plant-based options like homemade hemp seed milk, sunflower seed milk, soy, almond, cashew or coconut – it is totally up to you. Just remember, it may not froth the same way.
- 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups coconut milk beverages
- Freshly ground nutmeg
- 1mL CBD Hemp Oil
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat add the coffee, pumpkin, coconut sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. Heat for 3-5 minutes, or until hot, but not boiling.
- While the coffee is cooking, add the coconut milk to the frothing pitcher and place over medium heat.
- When the temperature reaches between 100-150 degrees, you can begin to use the frother. Remove the pitcher from heat and continue to froth when the temperature reaches 160 degrees.
- Move the frother in a circular, up & down motion, until 1-2 inches of foam is formed.
- Divide the coffee mixture between two mugs and add desired amount of CBD hemp oil.
- Using a spoon to hold back the foam, add the hot milk to each cup. Aim for a 2:1 milk to coffee ratio.
- Spoon the remaining foam into each mug. Top with fresh grated nutmeg as desired.
Ensure your liquid never reaches a temperature above 240 degrees F, as this will inactivate many important properties of the CBD oil.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 110 Saturated Fat: 7g Sodium: 160mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 1g
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