On the menu you’ll find black coffee (¥400), latte (¥450), six kinds of banana-based fruit smoothies (from ¥700), three kinds of veggie smoothies (¥700), pineapple juice (¥450) and chai (¥450). Yes, they all come with drops of CBD oil, and you can choose your dosage.
Unlike the plant it’s derived from, CBD is legal to sell and consume in Japan, as it doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of cannabis. But proponents of CBD claim it can help alleviate stress, anxiety, aches and pains.
Located right outside Komaba-todaimae station, this CBD speciality store serves takeout coffee and smoothies with CBD oil. An active ingredient of cannabis derived from hemp but without the hallucinogen, cannabidiol is said to relieve pain, anxiety and stress.
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The trend is now catching on in Tokyo, with speciality shops and cafés popping up around town selling CBD as an added ingredient in edibles as well as topical treatments.
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is an active ingredient derived from the hemp plant. In recent years, this non-intoxicating cannabis extract has become increasingly popular – you can now find it in everything from essential oils to skincare products and even food.
The effects and taste of CBD oil can differ from brand to brand – some more potent and others odorless – so do consult the staff if you’re new to this. CBD Coffee also features a retail space where you can purchase a variety of CBD products including oils, vapes, gummies and more.
Today you can get lattes, chocolates, oils, and lotions infused with the stuff, and you’ll find users online regularly championing the benefits of this hemp extract.
The next thing to look for is how much is in the bottle. Good, trustworthy CBD will make clear how many milligrams (mg) of CBD are in the bottle. Being smart about how much you consume takes a little calculating, but it’s worth the effort. Use this website to calculate how much you’ll need according to your body weight.
What it is, what it does and where you can buy it in Japan
While a cannabinoid can be manufactured artificially, CBD is naturally occurring, and it’s a safe, non-addictive substance. It’s closely linked to THC, the compound in marijuana that makes you high. Both compounds have been found to have relaxation and mood-elevating effects (from higher levels of dopamine), though those effects can vary from person to person. Although similar to THC, an article by the Healthline states that studies confirm CBD reacts to the human body in a very different way to THC, and will never leave a consumer feeling ‘high’ or ‘stoned.’
Priyanka recommends those who are new to the word of CBD to go for the oil. “You can mix it into water, food, or tea,” she explains. “But of course it’s oil, so it doesn’t always dilute so well. Another more direct alternative is to drop it straight under your tongue, using a tincture and leave it there for around a minute before swallowing.” If you choose to take it as a capsule, you would take one each morning with your breakfast, just like you would a vitamin capsule.
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