Creamy, delicious, nutritious cannabis-infused bulletproof coffee will change your morning forever.
Coffee is something that crosses cultural, generational, and even pandemic boundaries. There’s a warm comfort to the routine and rituals of its preparation. Today, I challenge you to up our coffee game with infused bulletproof coffee. It’s so easy to make!
In fact, after trying this, it’s not likely that any other coffee will satisfy. Creamy, delicious, and nutritious – infused bulletproof coffee is everything you could ever want in a morning pick me up (or an evening relaxer). Think of it like a super powered latte, except good for you.
And the best part is that you need only three things: a good quality coffee, infused butter (or coconut oil), and a blender. Simple. Right?
Start with High Quality Coffee
If you’ve ever had to rely on instant coffee for your morning buzz, you already know the big difference that a high quality coffee makes. To me, instant coffee is sacrilege. But, Hemp You Can Feel™ Organic Coffee brews up a double dose of high grade goodness, which includes CBD and hemp extract. It’s fast in its K-cup motif, but high-end in its steamy results.
The company uses a very unique extraction process that relies on bees to do what bees do best – make honey. The honey hemp is combined with organic, single-source beans and put into fully compostable coffee pods. Now, I was prepared to openly scorn the K-cup style coffee pods shtick, but it turns out that Hemp You Can Feel™ is very serious about positive change for the environment. Importantly, every single piece of that coffee pod can be composted!
Anyway, the technology (called Bee-Fuse Technology™) asks bees to process hemp through their honey stomach, which they are actually very happy to do. This turns the fat soluble hemp oil into a totally water soluble product!
Why Switch to Infused Bulletproof Coffee?
The paleo/keto folk have long honored the butter coffee option, otherwise known as ‘bullet proof coffee.’ It has even become a staple for intermittent fasters. Putting a healthy fat in your coffee is satisfying and helps you reach ketogenic diet goals. Additionally, it has nutritional benefits that regular coffee simply does not have.
Further, since we’re going to infuse the healthy fat with cannabis first, there’s an added medicinal benefit!
Importantly, if you’re going the butter route (non-vegan), it’s a good idea to use grass-fed butter. Butter from grass-fed cows is rich in Vitamin A, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamin K2:
- Vitamin AGilbert, Clare, What is Vitamin A and Why do we Need it?. Community Eye Health, (26) 84:65. is an essential vitamin, meaning your body can’t make it. It keeps the immune system at peak performance, and also helps maintain vision and optimal reproductive functioning.
- Omega 3 fatty acids have tremendous brain benefits plus, these act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Fatty acids may also help prevent heart attack or stroke Marchioli, Roberto et. al.,Early Protection Against Death by n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids After Myocardial Infarction: Time-Course Analysis of the Results of Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio dell … Continue readingby keeping platelets from clumping together and lowering levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
- Vitamin K2 has a significant role to play in the maintenance of bone health and density.
So, here we go….
First – Turn Your Grass Fed Butter into Ghee
When you clarify grass-fed butter into ghee, this removes milk solids, leaving behind only good fats. This is beneficial for people with dairy sensitivities, such as lactose intolerance. Please note that while the casein content will be reduced, ghee is not 100% casein nor lactose free.
The kitchen benefits of ghee include good shelf stability and a high smoke point, which means you can fry with it. Ghee is common to Indian cuisine and is becoming increasingly applauded within the cannabis community for heightening the potency of edibles.
How to Make Ghee
- Place a pound of butter into a sauce pan and turn the burner to low heat. Allow the butter to slowly heat, melt, and then simmer. As it simmers, you’ll start to see white residue coming to the top. And eventually the butter will separate into 3 layers.
- Skim the white residue (it will look foamy) off as it comes, and discard. As the ghee continues to form, the residue will bubble and the middle layer becomes translucent. This is when you’ll see the milk solids sticking to the bottom of your sauce pan. Leave these alone.
- After about 30 minutes, the ghee will be ready. Allow it to cool for a few minutes then strain through a coffee filter* into a glass container. Ghee is best stored in a glass container. The final product will be a light yellow in color. If it’s brown, don’t panic! That just means that you overdid it with the heat and/or cooking time. The flavor may now be a little too intense for infused bulletproof coffee, but it can still be used for cooking vegetables.
*Pro Tip: Straining through a coffee filter will remove even more milk solids than using a cheese cloth.
Health Benefits of Ghee
Importantly, grass-fed butter is rich in MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) which have been indicated as helping maintain a healthy body fat composition. One meta-analysis, Mumme, Karen; Stonehouse, Wilma (2015). Effects of Medium-Chain Triglycerides on Weight Loss and Body Composition: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials, J. Acad Nutri Diet, (2) 115, … Continue reading published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (2015), investigated the effect of MCTs on weight loss and BMI (Body Mass Index). Subjects ingested MCTs and LCTs (long chain fatty acids) for three weeks and then compared their weight, measurements, and blood fat levels.
The results show that MCTs may contribute to a decrease in total body weight. This includes body fat percentage, subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin), and visceral fat (fat between organs). In addition, body measurements may be reduced.
Next – Infuse the Ghee with Cannabis
The advantage of using ghee, instead of butter straight from the package, is the high fat content. Cannabinoids need to infuse into a fat in order to become biologically available. Ghee is very high in fat content, which will enhance the cannabis infusion.
But – first – don’t forget that you have to decarboxylate! You must activate the THC and CBD before adding to the ghee.
If you’re not sure how to make canna-ghee, you can read more about the steps here: Steps to Improve Your CannaButter Making.
How Much Cannabis Should You Use?
A general rule is that you should use one pound of butter for every one ounce of cannabis. There is no need to go beyond that because there is a finite amount of fat in the ghee that is available for infusion. Beyond said point, you are just adding cannabis that will be left behind. It’s a waste of money and medicine.
Vegan Infused Bulletproof Coffee
Easily turn infused bulletproof coffee into a vegan option by using infused coconut oil instead of ghee. Coconut oil contains zero dairy or other animal by-products and its shelf life is unparalleled. Plus, it’s a healthy fat with a long shelf life and great versatility in the edibles kitchen.
Coconut oil is another great source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides). As mentioned above, MCTs may help us burn white fat (the unwanted kind).
How to Infuse Coconut Oil
Recipe borrowed from RxLeaf.com: Make Your Own Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
How to Make Infused Bulletproof Coffee
8 oz coffee (1 cup)
1 tbsp infused ghee*
1 tsp infused coconut oil
*For a vegan option, leave out the ghee and increase the infused coconut oil to 1 tbsp.
Put all ingredients into the blender and whizz for 30 to 60 seconds. Your goal is a foamy coffee blend. Yum!
Can I Add Sweeteners to Infused Bulletproof Coffee?
If you want to sweeten up your paleo/keto coffee, don’t reach for the refined sugar! Those carbs are going to undo all of your hard work. Plus, refined sugar has been directly linked to the development of chronic metabolic disease, like diabetes and obesity.
A 2016 study, published in Nutrients, found that, sugars are, “unique culprits for metabolically based diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease appears inconsistent with modern, high quality evidence and is very unlikely to yield health benefits.” Rippe, J. M., & Angelopoulos, T. J. (2016). Relationship between Added Sugars Consumption and Chronic Disease Risk Factors: Current Understanding. Nutrients, 8(11), 697. … Continue reading. So, why not steer right away from that misery and into sweeteners?
So, that’s all there is to it. Trade in your regular coffee for infused bulletproof coffee! You’ll never look back.
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|↑4||Rippe, J. M., & Angelopoulos, T. J. (2016). Relationship between Added Sugars Consumption and Chronic Disease Risk Factors: Current Understanding. Nutrients, 8(11), 697. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu8110697|