MATCHA TEA & CBD



we know you love & understand why Cannibabe is vital to dose daily to feel your best, but have you tried matcha tea yet?... read more to understand all the hype around matcha tea! 🍵


Matcha is a Japanese powdered form of green tea that is distinctive amongst other types of tea mainly due to its natural antioxidant qualities. Originally, matcha is widely consumed in Japan as tea, drink and food, but it is now being widely adopted by other parts of the globe due to its distinctive health benefits. Matcha is produced by pulverizing the leaves from the camellia sinensis tea plant.


The plant is kept in the shade for 20 days before harvesting, which reduces photosynthesis and thereby increases levels of theanine, the amino acid that contributes to unique taste and pharmacological effects of matcha. Theanine has been found to have neuroprotective effects; the ability to reduce stress and neurotoxicity. Theanine has also been reported to provide neuroprotective effects through its regulatory action on glutamate receptors (a prevalent neurotransmitter in the central nervous system). These beneficial effects have been suggested to protect against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease!


The plant Camellia sinensis (the plant matcha comes from) generates more caffeine and theanine in the absence of direct sunlight. And because matcha leaves are grown under shade, the green pigment chlorophyll (antioxidant) are retained to a larger extent. Due to the higher concentration of chlorophyll in matcha, its consumption indicates that higher amount of chlorophyll is transported down to your digestive system, therefore keeping your digestive tract clean! Chlorophyll is a strong antioxidant that eradicates free radicals, stimulates the red blood cells, boosts the energy level, boosts the immunity level as well as aids the detoxification of the liver.


For so many reasons, matcha tea is believed to be one of the healthiest drinks in the world because it contains over 135 more antioxidants and ten times more nutrients than other tea types. SO what are you waiting for, try a delicious matcha with your next CBD capsule for added benefits!



my matcha recipe:


1/2 teaspoon matcha powered, whisk together with small amount of hot water until completely dissolved, add your favorite milk (I use oat milk). Matcha’s grassy, umami flavor can be an acquired taste, don’t hesitate to add a few drops of maple syrup or honey

(pro tip: sift the matcha powered before adding hot water & whisk vigorously side-to-side opposed to in a circular motion)








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