Tokyo has a thriving coffee culture, and while drip coffee remains a cafe staple here in the city, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting our caffeine fix. In recent years, we have seen small, independent coffee roasters pop up across the city, as well as specialist cafés offering intricate latte art. Now, coffee in Tokyo is about to be taken to the next level.
The recently opened CBD Coffee in Komaba, a residential neighbourhood in Meguro ward, claims to be the first in Japan to serve cannabidiol-infused coffee. A quick background: cannabidiol (or commonly known as CBD) is derived from hemp, and while it is an active ingredient of cannabis, it has none of the hallucinogen. In other words, you won’t get ‘high’ from it; instead, CBD is said to help relieve pain, anxiety and stress.