CBD is gaining momentum in Hong Kong’s food and beverage sector with an increasing number of coffee houses now serving this natural plant based compound in their brews. In this article, we explore the benefits of mixing CBD with caffeine (which at first may seem counterintuitive) and list the places you can find it!
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active ingredients in the Cannabis sativa plant, which is also home to the more well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD is not a psychoactive compound so users will not experience getting ‘high’, and there is no danger of abuse or dependency as confirmed by the World Health Organisation. As there is no evidence of public health related problems, CBD is 100% legal in Hong Kong.
The benefits of CBD are well-touted with scientific research showing its effectiveness in helping patients reduce pain and anxiety levels. It’s also commonly used to help people get to sleep and stay asleep. A leading Hong Kong brand, Life CBD, believes it’s calming properties are especially important for the people of Hong Kong who score 46 on the Well-Being index (WHO), well below the passing score of 52. It’s soothing properties have led to the uptick in CBD based products in Hong Kong, from creams and gels to chocolates and gummies… Though one of the easiest ways to get your CBD fix is in your morning coffee.
So what are the effects of mixing stimulating caffeine with soothing CBD? This mix may seem counterintuitive. One substance makes you alert and reduces tiredness, whist the other helps you relax and sleep. Though more research needs to be conducted on the effects of mixing caffeine with CBD, anecdotal evidence from many CBD coffee converts suggests the two substances combine to make you feel alert and focused without experiencing a case of the jitters. Caffeine can boost your energy levels and alertness but too much of it can lead to a loss of focus and sense of anxiety and nervousness. CBD, on the other hand, has been shown to improve attention control and reduce anxiety. So combine your morning espresso with a dash of CBD to smooth out the negative effects of caffeine and be productive all morning.
Where to find CBD coffee in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s first CBD café and boutique, located on the steep hills of Sheung Wan, opened its doors in June this year. They offer a range of CBD products from trusted brands Felix and Co and Life, as well as a range of CBD infused food and drinks, including coffees, juices, beers and cookies. Their welcoming and knowledgeable staff makes this little oasis the perfect place to learn and discover the benefits of CBD.
Hong Kong’s popular coffee and brunch specialist now offers the option to enjoy their brews with water soluble CBD. You can find them in 5 locations across Hong Kong, with each café uniquely designed to offer you a sense of respite and tranquillity from your busy day.
Be sure to check out their new flagship store on Hollywood Road!
Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy town hipster favourite has jumped on the CBD bandwagon, recently launching their own CBD infused cold brew coffee. They add 1 ml serving of OTO CBD cocktail bitters (flavoured with lemongrass, cinnamon, cacao, cardamom, bitter orange and bergamot) to their regular cold brew.
Minimalistic coffee house, located on the bustling streets of Central, provides a space of serenity for coffee-lovers. You can add Cubed CBD to your coffee or any other drink for free. They also sell bottles of CBD with their cold brew coffee bags, meaning you can reap the benefits of caffeine mixed CBD in the comfort of your own home.
Not in the mood for coffee but still want your caffeine fix? Check out matcha concept, Matchali. Recently launched in Admiralty’s Pacific Place, this zen space offers Hong Kong homegrown matcha with Reset CBD. Combine the antioxidant powerhouse with anxiety relieving CBD for a calming experience.