This CBD-Infused Lavender Hot Chocolate Might Be The Most Calming Drink On The Planet
It's hardly a surprise that we've become a CBD-obsessed world. Natural disasters and terror-inducing news headlines have increased in direct proportion to tolerance for marijuana, which was legalized or decriminalized in nine states, bringing the total states where recreational or medical use is allowed to 30.
CBD, however, is legal in all 50 states. CBD is one of the compounds found in the hemp plant—and unlike the most famous compound, THC, it's completely non-psychoactive (and, in fact, it actually seems to regulate a lot of the more drug-like effects of THC). CBD shot to fame initially for its ability to mitigate seizures in epileptics, but it's since been found in studies to do everything from fighting inflammation1 to easing anxiety2. It's that latter effect that many casual users are going for. CBD has popped up in chocolate (Not Pot has a flavor that beats most bars on the market, and a subtle anxiolytic effect) and in elixirs at trail-blazing Brooklyn cafe The End. Cacao nicely camouflages the grassy undertones of the CBD oil, which may be why they're so often paired together (that and, well—people love chocolate).
CBD has been studied thoroughly and very few people experience any negative side effects. What you can expect: a feeling of peacefulness, better sleep, and a quieter mind, free from racing thoughts (stay tuned next week for a deeper dive into the science of CBD and how it's actually interacting with your body). Lavender adds a powerfully relaxing aroma and additional levels of calm. And the fact that the hot chocolate is delicious enough to feel like a real act of self-care? That's just a bonus.
CBD-Infused Lavender Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk of choice (almond and hemp work great; coconut is also delicious but changes the flavor a bit)
- 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 dropperful neutral-flavored CBD oil (we used CW Hemp's Olive Oil Everyday)
- Pinch of sea salt
- In a small pot, bring milk just to boil. Add lavender and cover; let steep for 10 minutes. Pour through a tea strainer or fine-mesh strainer to remove lavender, reserving infused milk.
- Blend with cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt, and CBD oil. Serve immediately.
Psst—you can now get CBD at Target!
Liz Moody is the host of the top-rated The Liz Moody Podcast, author of bestselling books Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops, and a popular online content creator who has helped millions of people transform their lives.
Her new book, 100 Ways to Change Your Life: The Science of Leveling Up Health, Happiness, Relationships & Success draws from Moody’s more than a decade of experience in the health and wellness world, serving as a new kind of personal development book—one that empowers readers to craft their unique, best life based on the habits they want to form, the problems they want to solve, and the parts of their life they want to take to the next level.
A longtime journalist for publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, and goop, an online creator with a social media following of more than 1 Million, and the founder of Healthy Convo Co, a conversation game company designed to facilitate fun and life-changing conversations, Liz previously served as food director for mindbodygreen, where she led content strategy for the food section. A regular speaker, panelist, and podcast guest, Liz shares her own deeply personal anxiety journey that led her to where she is now as well as actionable, fun, and science-based ways for everyone to live their best lives.