By Samantha Wahl
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re living large in some Cali Valley or southern savannah where the sun’s solace welcomes your embrace, yielding refuge from any unwanted elements.
If you’re like me, though, none of the above is applicable, and you’re confined to the Northeast where autumn initiates the sniffles, sneezes, and plagues promised throughout the winter months.
We’re talking inflammation, people, and we’re talking very quietly so it doesn’t come after us while we sleep.
Every winter, the beast that is inflammation haunts my immune system, preying on my defenseless nostrils and damaging my internal tissues. I’ve considered warning new employers not to expect me in the office between November and April. I’ve also considered moving to Arizona where the sun barely sets.
But then I discovered the enchanting properties of CBD-infused golden milk, and I found strength again. Even better, I experimented with using any leftovers for the base of a curry and it turned out to be a stroke of genius. Besides, whoever drinks golden milk is really just hungry, anyway.
The beverage is a cornucopia of curative ingredients, brewed into a cup of creamy, spicy, sweetness. Golden Milk gets its earthy bitterness from turmeric, which contains curcumin, responsible for easing symptoms of muscle and respiratory irritation. It’s a catalyst for the perfect amount of ginger, linked to relieving what appears to be almost every ailment known to humankind. Plus, CBD is a proven pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory agent. Pretty sure CBD golden milk is the elixir of life.
Making it is a suspiciously easy process.You might already have some of these ingredients on your spice rack, and ground ingredients totally work. But if you’re feeling committed, go fresh.
Start with equal parts canned coconut milk, plus another non-dairy milk of your choice. I’m all about oat milk, which compliments the coconut perfectly. Add them to a saucepan on medium heat, and start whisking in your coconut oil and spices. A sweetener can be stirred in at the end to taste—I used coconut sugar because it’s what I had, and it was awesome. Finally, drop in a dose of your favorite CBD tincture.
You’ll wanna eat this stuff too. It’s a spicy, sweet, creamy dream with the perfect balance of savory elements. Plus, it will be easier to inhale in a fit of hunger since your lungs will be clear again.
CBD-Infused Golden Milk Base*
Servings: 4 (beverage), 2 (curry base)
Start-to-finish: 5 minutes
2 cups canned coconut milk
2 cups oat milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons ground turmeric (or 3 tablespoons fresh grated turmeric)
½ teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 ½ tablespoons fresh grated ginger)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
1 pinch of black pepper
Sweetener to taste
A dose of your favorite CBD tincture
Combine your milks, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and pepper in a saucepan.
Whisk together over medium heat until hot.
Add sweetener and CBD.
Turn off heat.
Pass mixture through a strainer, but leave the cinnamon stick in if you used one.
Store in refrigerator for up to four days to add to soups, stew, and curries, or enjoy a cup hot or cold.