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Weed cafes are a well-known feature of cities like Amsterdam, but would you expect to find one in Brooklyn New York? Well, you can certainly find an establishment that infuses its coffee the main ingredients of weed.
The Caffeine Underground is a unique coffee shop. It serves teas, coffees, and meals; by all accounts, it’s a standard issue coffee shop. However, they are the only coffee shop in NYC that serves a special coffee that is infused with CBD, or Cannabidiol, one of the main active ingredients found in weed.
This coffee is called the Flower Power Coffee, and it is made to order by the expert baristas of the Caffeine Underground. It is infused with CBD, a non-mind-altering drug and has a lowe psychoactive effect on people who consume it. However, it does contain many of the beneficial effects that are commonly associated with cannabis. These effects include anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief.
CBD is a type of cannabinoid, the chemicals commonly found in cannabis. Cannabinoids interact directly with a part of the human body called the endocannabinoid system. This system is associated with appetite control, pain regulation, and stress. The endocannabinoid system is why cannabis can stimulate usere’s appetites as well as provide a high level of pain relief.
The CBD in the Flower Power coffee offers the blissful pain killing effects of cannabis without the somewhat debilitating ( and illegal in New York) high associated with THC, the mind-altering cannabinoid.
Other than being coffee pioneers the Caffeine Underground is a fantastic cafe. They offer the usual coffee shop affair; free WiFi, chill surrounding, and a great location. The shop is a truly peaceful retreat and could be mapping out the future of coffee shops everywhere.
Short of full legalisation of cannabis, the innovations of establishments like the Caffeine Underground may be the best way for in New Yorkers to enjoy the medicinal and positive effects of CBD.