While a variety of food products spiked with cannabidiol, the chemical compound commonly known as CBD, hit the market last year, the trend is clearly here to stay. CBD, derived from the cannabis or marijuana plant, has earned a solid spot at the top of numerous publications’ biggest food trends of 2019 lists, such Delish and Forbes.
Besides the commonly found oil or capsule form, CBD has made its way into a variety of food and drink products over the last year — and the market is expected to grow to $22 billion by 2022. Some examples include CBD-spiked sparkling water, CBD gummies and CBD-infused coffee or tea. Now, it’s making an appearance in a popular Park City coffee shop. (More on that below.)
Contrary to what many people may think, CBD won’t get you high, even though it is derived from marijuana. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. Also unlike THC, CBD is not an illegal substance — although it is subject to state-by-state regulations.
Although it won’t make you comatose — or think everything is hilarious, CBD has gotten lots of attention for its health benefits. And several uses of CBD are backed up by science, particularly for people dealing with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other health issues, according to Healthline. Here, some of the reasons behind the hype.
Health benefits of CBD
Despite its recent surge in popularity, cannabis has been used to treat pain for centuries. In fact, its use has been recorded as far back as 2900 B.C.
All of us humans have a system called the endocannabinoid system, which regulates a variety of physical functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Our bodies produce endocannabinoids — neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in our nervous system. Research has shown that CBD interacts with these neurotransmitters, thus reducing inflammation chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity.
Studies have also shown that CBD has some benefits for people with anxiety, and may have anti-depressant effects. Other science-backed benefits of CBD include treating cancer-related symptoms and side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and pain; alleviating acne; improving heart health; and even providing anti-psychotic benefits for those with schizophrenia and other mental disorders.
While the calming effects of CBD may seem like they’d contradict caffeine in coffee and tea, it turns out that the combo may help you feel alert — thanks to the caffeine — but not as jittery. Just know that CBD can affect everyone differently, and start out slow.
Where you can sip CBD in Park City
One local coffee shop is on top of the trend. Atticus Coffee & Teahouse, located on lower Main Street, sells CBD-infused teas, tinctures and honey. They also serve High Mountain Hemp CBD products. No matter what your beverage of choice is, you can add 20 mg to any drink for $4.
A recent addition to Atticus’ winter menu is the Magical CBD Matcha, pictured in the header above. It features organic matcha powder, maple syrup, 20 mg of CBD and a splash of oat milk. We’ll take that as an opportunity to level up our Matcha Monday.