On a sunny but unseasonably freezing April afternoon in New York, I walked the 10 or so minutes from the L train to Caffeine Underground, a coffee shop in Bushwick that triples as an art gallery and community center. The open-concept space serves lattes and espressos and a variety of milks (oat, almond, macadamia) and plenty of “wellness” options (Kava tea, Bulletproof-style coffee, activated charcoal add-ins). But there’s one totally unique item: Cannabidiol-infused (CBD) coffee.
Although CBD—the non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound found in marijuana and hemp plants—won’t get you “high,” it does promote relaxation. A 2016 pediatric study from researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that “CBD oil can be an effective compound to reduce anxiety and insomnia.”