With so much uncertainty in today’s world, anxiety levels are hitting an all-time high. Thankfully, CBD products have become more available and diverse than ever, as a natural alternative for many of us to combat its debilitating effects. Since CBD works differently in different people, I asked my doctor for approval to try a few entry level products to ease my rising anxiety levels. Here are a few favorites that taste good and have offered positive results in my daily outlook on the current situation.
Sunriser Cold Brew
After discovering CBD a few years back, Austin architect Arthur Furman turned to cannabidiol to help ease his anxiety. He wanted to explore the idea of having present alertness with the stimulation of caffeine and the relaxation offered by CBD, he launched Sunriser CDB-infused cold brew coffee in 2018. “Like most, I experience anxiety in every day life so finding a natural supplement that could help ease that was a game changer,” says Furman.
Sunriser uses high quality, single origin coffee beans and broad-spectrum CBD extracted from pharma grade Colorado hemp plants. Each bottle of cold brew contains 30mg of CBD, which contributes to a nice, focused coffee “high” without the jitters. They are available for purchase online as a monthly delivery or a single 12-pack and can be purchased in person throughout Central Texas, with plans to expand throughout the state and eventually to places like Colorado.
“These are anxious times, and people who rely on CBD for anxiety relief are needing it now more than ever,” says Furman. “Because of that, we quickly pivoted and prioritized our efforts to focus on direct to consumer, adding local home delivery in the Austin area and creating the large format presentation.” They have recently released a new oat milk nitro latte flavor in 32 oz growlers with new flavors on the horizon.
With so many misconceptions about what CBD is and how to use it, Anzie Blue founders Marcie and Derek Van Mol opened their coffee shop and wellness destination in Nashville’s West End neighborhood in December 2019, offering coffee, light bites and their own brand of CBD-infused products. The couple are as knowledgeable as they are passionate to share their expertise with both new and regular users.
Their line of tinctures can be taken alone or mixed in pretty much any drink. At the store they sell milkshakes, local coffee and tea, staple cocktails like mimosas and margaritas and WithCo mixers to take home and add your own liquor and favorite CBD tincture, which I did with very pleasant results. The mint strips travel well and are tiny but potent, just pop one on the inside of the cheek or under the tongue and get ready to chill. And with their Peaceful Pet Softchew Treats the whole family can relax. Plus, Anzie Blue has free nationwide shipping online on orders over $100.
A longtime advocate for CBD and its various health benefits, Austin entrepreneur Addy Riley created DOSED, a line of five different teas and herbal blends infused with 10mg of water soluble, THC-free, hemp derived premium broad-spectrum CBD. “I wanted to create a natural way to consume and enjoy CBD on a daily basis,” says Riley. A cup of tea is a welcome avenue for people like me who are new to CBD and wish to incorporate it into their personal wellness routines.
Since Riley states that CBD should be consumed daily to maximize the benefits and effectiveness, she conceived the line as daily prescription for well-rounded well being. Each tea is made with organic ingredients that cater to specific health benefits, including antioxidants, vitamins and superfoods. DOSED also offers individual 1 oz bottles of 500 MG CBD Oil which can be added to the teas or used independently. I can vouch for the Nightly herbal tea as an effective and soothing solution to insomnia.
“Our CBD is cultivated from hemp and grown on a farm in Colorado that practices safe, organic farming and is legally registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture,” assures Riley. “Prior to infusion, the CBD is tested for cannabinoid potency, residual solvents, microbial organisms, pesticides and heavy metals. After the tea is infused, we test the final product to confirm dosage.” DOSED products are available for purchase nationwide.
Another Austin-based company, CBDTakeOut produces Willie’s Remedy, an infused whole bean coffee is sourced from various smallholder farms in Colombia’s Santuario region. The proprietary coffee blend comprises three bean varietals: Castillo, Colombia, and Caturra, and is infused with certified organic, full-spectrum hemp oil grown in Colorado. They also offer chocolate bars crafted with rainforest-grown cacao harvested by South American families. Flavors like Caramel Coconut, Peach Hazelnut, Raspberry and Cinnamon, and Peanut Butter and Honey are enhanced with 60 mg CBD, and the pure dark chocolate bar doubles the dose to 120 mg.
Since the company’s mission is primarily to help people, co-founders Shay Isdale and Jeremy Kinder are offering all products on their site at wholesale prices in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and are donating profits on full-priced purchases to Texas relief funds focused on the service industry. Now, you can feel good, and do good.