Touted as a cure-all for inflammation, anxiety and whatever else ails you, CBD oil has become a popular addition to body lotions, bath bombs and beyond—and with big names like Coca-Cola looking into the cannabis compound, it’s no wonder the ingredient has crept into the local beverage market. Keep calm and carry on all day with these potent potables.
Ease into your day with NOCA Provisions’ calming lavender latte, featured on the Cambridge cafe’s new wellness drink menu. Lemon chamomile tea from MEM is gussied up with a housemade honey-lavender syrup, CBD oil and frothy steamed oat milk before it’s adorned with an intricate floral design. Owner Robert Harris was inspired by his own experience when dreaming up the soothing sip: “I personally started taking CBD after working out to ease muscle tension and to help sleep. I had really good results and thought that it would be a great option for our customers.” As for how best to enjoy it, Harris suggests settling in with one of the cafe’s fresh pastries.
$10 at NOCA Provisions, 156 Rindge, Ave., Cambridge (617-902-0764) nocaprovisions.com
Grab a midday pick-me-up at Carrot Flower, a Jamaica Plain mainstay serving smoothies and other herbivore delights. The spot gave its menu a boost in December with the addition of CBD oil. “Our mission is to help people feel good inside and out,” says owner Audrey White. “We do this by offering a 100% natural plant-based menu that promotes health and reduces inflammation … and CBD oil fits perfectly into the mix.” Patrons really looking to veg out can add the 17-milligram boost ($3.50) to the Relax! smoothie ($8.50), a calming concoction of almond milk, banana, cinnamon, dates, peanut butter, hemp seeds and ashwagandha powder.
$12 at Carrot Flower, 703 Centre St., Boston (617-942-8923) carrotflowerjp.com
Set a lax tone for your night with the Up in Smoke cocktail from Bodega Canal, which shakes up blanco tequila, orange liqueur, absinthe, lime and agave syrup that’s been infused with pure CBD isolate. “I saw a trend nationally of bars using CBD in cocktails and food,” says bar manager Mike Wyatt. “Guests who order it say that it gives them a sense of relaxation and calm when they drink it.” The West End Mexican restaurant serves the drink with billowing dry ice “smoke” in a salt-rimmed glass or as a large-format tipple for the table—and if you’re looking to double down on your dose of CBD, nosh on an order of chips and CBD guacamole.
$15; $60, large-format at Bodega Canal, 57 Canal St., Boston (617-833-4885) bodegacanal.com