Top 3 CBD Coffee Recipes

CBD Coffee

Becoming the chill-zen barista that you always imagined yourself to be (we presume) is closer than you think with CBD coffee. Ok, that might not be your actual life goal - and anyway, CBD and caffeine? How can one simultaneously be relaxed and energised? In this instance, opposites attract, creating a dynamic duo.

This guide is your one-stop-shop for all things CBD coffee, and how you can incorporate it into your health regimen. Keep reading to learn about what it is, how to make it, and most importantly, some delicious recipes to craft the perfect cup of calm.

What is CBD Coffee? 

By infusing coffee beans or brewing coffee to include cannabidiol (CBD, the non-psychoactive compound found in hemp plants) we can create a whole new set of effects, making CBD coffee an intriguing option for the health-conscious coffee lover.

Don’t worry - it won't won't get you all high and floaty, and you can still operate heavy machinery or manage the grill at the family BBQ. Emerging research suggests it may offer some surprising benefits. In a nutshell, regular coffee provides that caffeine jolt and CBD coffee takes things a step further as when combined, this pair can make you feel fantastic. Here’s how.

It can have a positive effect on happiness by assisting your brain's chemical receptors in responding to the serotonin that's already in your system. In a sense opening the doors to elevated mood.

CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system, which influences stress management in our body. CBD's effects mirror natural endocannabinoids, potentially promoting emotional well-being, cognitive function, and sleep quality. 

Coffee and CBD are both rich in antioxidants, molecules that combat free radicals, known to damage cells. Antioxidants in coffee, such as chlorogenic and caffeic acids, have been documented. Similarly, research has identified antioxidant properties also within CBD. Research suggests CBD possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Techniques for Making CBD Coffee

There are two main ways to incorporate CBD into your coffee:

  1. Pre-infused Coffee Beans: Of the two, this is the simplest way to consume CBD coffee. These beans are combined with CBD oil during the roasting process. Simply brew them like you would your regular coffee beans and sup away. While this does make life easier, you cannot control the ratio of CBD and coffee.
  1. Adding CBD Oil to Coffee: For more control over your dosage, you can add CBD oil directly to your brewed coffee since you are in charge of the dropper, you can administer the correct amount for your needs. Be sure to choose a high-quality, broad-spectrum variety. Here are a couple of things to remember:

CBD is fat-soluble, meaning it dissolves more readily in fatty substances. So this is great if you use milk or plant milk, as the CBD will absorb better and therefore increase the bioavailability, and could lead to more pronounced effects from the CBD. If you take your coffee black it will still work to a similar level, just stir the coffee well. Be mindful to heat your liquids gently to avoid degrading the beneficial compounds.

How Much CBD Should I Use?

The smart move is to begin with a low dose of CBD oil in your coffee, around 5 milligrams. The effect will vary depending on the strength of your CBD oil and also your physical size etc. Over time, you can gradually increase the amount based on your desired effects and experience. Like all things with variables, It's important to feel your way into it. Try not to rush. It’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional before consuming CBD, especially if you take any medications.

What Do These Coffee Beans Taste Like?

High-quality CBD coffee beans should taste just like regular coffee. The CBD oil itself typically has a mild, earthy flavour that should not significantly alter the taste of the coffee. The flavour of the coffee will be more prominent on the pallet. Similarly, for the amount of oil you would drop into a cup yourself (typically 1-2 drops) again, this should not compromise the overall coffee flavour. 

Our Top 3 Recipes to Try at Home

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Here we have some recipes for you to try at home. Give them a whirl (and thank us later - we love thanks). These are suitable for both CBD-infused coffee beans and for adding a separate CBD oil tincture yourself.

1. CBD Lux Latte

This is a creamy and comforting latte with a fragrant edge to give it a touch of luxury. It’s a good one for a morning brew.


  • 180ml brewed coffee (pre-infused CBD coffee beans or regular beans)
  • 60ml frothed milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1-2 drops of unflavoured CBD oil tincture (only if using regular coffee) 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • Pinch of cinnamon

-  Tiny bit of maple syrup


Brew your CBD-infused coffee using your preferred method. While it brews, gently heat whatever milk you like and then froth it up with a whisk or milk frother. Combine your brewed coffee, CBD oil, (if you used regular coffee) maple syrup and vanilla extract in a glass coffee cup and stir. Gently pour the frothed milk over the coffee mixture, creating a separate layer. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top. You are officially posh now.

2. Vanilla Almond Swirl CBD

“Almond butter? In coffee?” Yes. Don’t argue - we are professionals.


  • 180ml brewed coffee (pre-infused CBD coffee beans or regular beans)
  • 60ml sweetened almond milk 
  • 1 tbsp almond butter 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 drops of unflavoured CBD oil tincture (only if using regular coffee)


Brew your CBD-infused coffee using your preferred method. While That’s all going on, in a small cup, whisk together almond butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Gently heat the almond milk and stir in the CBD oil (if using regular coffee). Combine coffee and hot milk in a cosy mug. Drizzle the almond butter mixture on top to create a swirl. You’ll definitely want more, but don’t go nuts.

3. Choc Mint Cold Brew Delight (CMCBD)

With the summer months approaching, why not chill out and cool off with a cold one?


250ml cold brew coffee (pre-infused CBD coffee beans or regular beans)

120ml unsweetened non-dairy milk

15ml chocolate syrup

1-2 drops peppermint extract

1-2 drops of CBD oil (unflavoured or mint-flavoured is ok)

Ice cubes


Prepare your CBD coffee using your preferred method in advance. Let it cool down. Combine the coffee, milk, chocolate syrup, peppermint extract, and CBD oil (if using regular coffee) in a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Stir in the glass - or for extra froth, put it all in a cocktail shaker and get physical - to give it some extra ‘I don’t know what’.

Do experiment and get creative. There is a whole world of milk, flavours and spices to create a bespoke cup of CBD coffee. What could possibly go wrong? It’s probably wise to start with a low dose of CBD and gradually increase it to find your personal sweet spot for optimal relaxation and focus.

Where to Get CBD Coffee Beans

Due to growing popularity, there are many sources for CBD coffee - just be sure to do your due diligence and check that you’re buying premium quality goods. Not all coffee and CBD are created equal. It would be remiss of us not to bring our products to the fore. Have a browse through the Cheerful Buddha site to grab some premium pre-infused coffee beans.


What happens when you drink CBD coffee and what are the benefits?

While research on CBD coffee specifically is still emerging, studies on CBD itself show promise for a variety of potential benefits:

  • Reduced Anxiety: This article suggests CBD oil may be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms in people with social anxiety disorder
  • Improved Focus: This paper indicates that CBD may enhance cognitive function in healthy adults
  • Pain Relief: This 2020 review of studies published in Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease found evidence for CBD's effectiveness in treating chronic pain
  • Reduced Inflammation: This study highlights CBD's anti-inflammatory properties

Anecdotal reports suggest that drinking CBD coffee garners a variety of effects such as:

Increased energy and focus, reduced anxiety and jitteriness, improved mood and 

better sleep

*note that these effects may vary depending on the individual, the amount of CBD consumed, and the type of coffee used. This is why it’s important to ease into using it and find a balance that works for you.

How do CBD drinks make you feel?

CBD is known for its calming and relaxing effects. While coffee has the opposite effect, the combination of CBD and coffee may provide an energy boost without the jitters, elevated mood, calmness and better quality rest later in the day.

Do CBD drinks get you drunk?

No, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound from the hemp plant and will not get you high.

What do I need to know about CBD coffee?

CBD coffee is not yet a regulated product, so the quality of CBD can vary greatly between brands. However high-quality CBD coffee and oil are readily available through our online store. Do your due diligence, and buy from reputable sources that use third-party testing and meet FSA standards.

It is important to start with a low dose of CBD and increase gradually as needed.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid CBD products.

CBD can interact with some medications and how they function in the body, so as always,  it is important to talk to your doctor before consuming CBD coffee.

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