Warm, soothing and packed with anti-inflammatory spices, this naturally vegan and gluten-free CBD Infused Pumpkin Spice Latte brings together the comfort of the traditional PSL with the healing benefits of CBD Hemp Oil for an experience like no other.
CBD Infused Pumpkin Spice Latte
Being from Upstate NY, you can guess that I am just about as basic as it gets when it comes to all things fall. I hold onto summer as long as possible, but once it hits October 1st I am all in on all things Fall.
I’m talking smelly candles, chunky sweaters, big cozy blankets, warm campfires, apple picking, and yes, all things pumpkin spice.
Now I could tell you that a standard 16 ounce Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has 380 calories and 13 grams of fat, but that wouldn’t make it any less delicious, warming or comforting. It wouldn’t take away that sense of nostalgia I feel every time I sip the first one 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’ PSL 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 and gluten-free, creamy and delicious, and 100 times better than any PSL you’ve ever had before because it is infused with pure CBD oil.
What is CBD Hemp Oil?
I am currently enrolled in the Holistic Cannabis Academy and am so excited to be starting my learning journey towards becoming a holistic cannabis practitioner.
For those who are new to CBD or cannabis products, CBD is the OTC – legal – hemp oil supplement taking the wellness scene by storm.
If you haven’t already, you can learn more about CBD in this post CBD Oil 101: Everything You Need to Know.
But for a quick reminder, 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 lends all of the benefits of the cannabis plant without the THC, meaning you can enjoy the therapeutic affects of this plant without worrying about how it will affect your mental status.
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
The CBD Hemp Oil I Use
With CBD becoming so popular on the market, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the options out there. It can be easy to want to choose a product based on price, but we all know the saying: ‘you get what you pay for‘.
After conducting my own research, I personally decided to partner with VivaOil, a Colorado based CBD producer, due to their commitment to purity, quality, and safety.
VivaOil is a small, family owned company, who understands that CBD oil is not just another trend or fad, but a product with the ability to help out mothers, brothers, sisters, friends and dearest loved ones find relief from the symptoms that plague their life.
For VivaOil to produce their CBD products, they have partnered with local Colorado farmers who have bred specific strains of help that maximize the output of cannabinoids like CBD and terpenes such as limonene and myrcene.
Using precise supercritical CO2, technicians use pressure, temperature, and time to extract only the desired cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, while leaving behind the unwanted plant materials. This eliminates the need for any additional post-processing and leads to a clean, flavor-rich oil.
This method is known within the industry as the safest and most superior method of CBD extraction. The CBD oil is then mixed with high quality MCT coconut oil.
Finally, independent, third party lab testing is conducted to ensure that only the highest quality product carries the VivaOil name.
Anti-Inflammatory Spices in a Pumpkin Spice Latte
The spices traditionally found in a Pumpkin Spice Latte have a many of 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 soy, almond, cashew or coconut – it is totally up to you.
Just remember that I made mine with coconut milk which is creamy, and results will vary based on the option you choose.
Heating CBD Oil
When I was first making this recipe, I worried that heating the CBD oil may denature it or render it ineffective in some way, but my lovely friends Doug and Romy, owners of VivaOil, assured me that you can safely heat CBD oil up to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
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I hope you give this recipe a try and fall in love, just as I did!
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage
- 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 30 drops CBD Hemp Oil
- whipped cream, traditional or dairy free
- In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
- In a small bowl, mix together the Instant Espresso and boiling water. Pour into the sauce pan with the other ingredients.
- Place the sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the vanilla extract, coconut oil and coconut sugar.
- Heat the latte over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the liquid reaches just before boiling.
- Remove from heat and pour between two mugs.
- Add 15 drops of CBD oil to each mug. Garnish with whipped cream and additional ground cinnamon as desired.
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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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Hi there, I’m Emily Kyle, a nationally recognized media dietitian & nutrition communications expert on a mission to help you create the happy & healthy holistic lifestyle you deserve. To help you on your wellness journey, I offer holistic health counseling and resources that focus on holistic health & wellness, anti-inflammatory, whole food recipes, and my love for gardening inside #TheMillennialGarden.