Matcha has been an important part of Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, and now—much like cannabidiol (CBD)—matcha is having a moment in the Western world’s wellness spotlight. And it’s with good reason: Made of specially grown and finely ground green tea leaves, matcha is high in caffeine, but it’s also high in an amino acid called theanine.
A few studies actually show that the combination of caffeine and theanine can boost mood and focus in ways that are different than just having caffeine alone. And some small studies suggest that theanine can be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.
This research may explain why some folks now prefer matcha instead of coffee as their morning beverage—the former seems to boost cognitive function without the jitteriness that coffee is sometimes known for.
In addition to being a good substitute for coffee, matcha has many possible health benefits. So far, research suggests that it’s:
Given all of these benefits, it’s no wonder more and more people are making matcha a part of their diet. Look around the right spots in any big city, and you’re likely to find a wide array of matcha products—from ice cream to pastries and of course, the ever popular matcha latte.
Matcha lattes are always a good choice. But if it’s hot outside, an iced matcha latte can really hit the spot. And what better way to up your enjoyment and the health benefits of matcha than by adding some CBD to your drink?
The following recipe for iced CBD matcha latte is quick, easy and most importantly, the perfect pick-me-up on a summery day.
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In a small bowl whisk the hot water and matcha powder together to create a mixture with a paste-like consistency. Make sure there are no clumps—add more water, if needed.
Add honey, vanilla extract and CBD tincture. Whisk some more to combine.
Fill a glass with ice and milk, and then pour bowl containing matcha mixture into the glass. Stir well and drink immediately.
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