Cannabis drinks to fight stress this holiday season

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Let these cannabis-infused drinks keep you clear during the holidays

Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is right around the corner. This time of year is filled with office parties, family gatherings and gift-giving that are known to cause stress levels to increase like a thermometer in the desert. However, there’s no need to let the holiday season lead to stress. There are several ways to keep calm, especially with these cannabis-infused beverages.

One option is the centuries-old staple, hot cocoa. Whether or you chose cocoa, or the superfood cacao from which cocoa is derived, adding in a little cannabidiol (CBD) oil to the mix will offer additional soothing effects. The perfect recipe includes 2 cups of milk (almond or coconut, if you want to take it to the next level), 1 heaping tablespoon of powdered cocoa or cacao and one tablespoon of cannabis-infused coconut oil. Heat the milk and cocoa together until warm and then add in the coconut oil until blended.

Spiced apple cider is another option that is made even better with CBD. It can help keep the circulation moving to stay warm and helps improve Vitamin C levels. For a serving of eight, mix eight cups of unsweetened apple juice with a sliced lemon and a sliced orange. Add about four cinnamon sticks, a tablespoon of fresh ginger and a tablespoon of Star Anise. Simmer for 30 minutes and then cook on low heat in a crock pot for two hours. Strain the mixture, add a few drops of cannabis tincture per cup and enjoy.

The other alternative is one that many may not be familiar with, but which is gaining popularity. Golden Milk is known, because of its turmeric content, for fighting inflammation and depression and the addition of CBD oil will make the drink that much better. To make it, mix one cup of coconut milk with one cup of almond milk in a saucepan over low heat. Add 2 tablespoons of powdered turmeric, a half-teaspoon each of powdered ginger and powdered cinnamon and a small pinch of black ground pepper, and stir for 10 minutes. Add one tablespoon of cannabis-infused coconut oil and whisk until the oil melts. You’ll have enough milk for two servings.