When you want to calm down and not amp yourself up
Credit: Buddha Teas

It's hard to escape the stranglehold that CBD has on the food and wellness industries right now. Thanks to the rise of legal weed and the people out there capitalizing on the newly popular derivative of marijuana, you can get CBD everywhere even though its legal status is still somewhat shaky in states that haven't legalized recreational weed yet. There's CBD gummies, oils, tinctures, and lotions. You can get CBD cookies and CBD coffee.

I had been shying away from CBD until recently for a couple of reasons. One, the ethical implications of having a bunch of companies profit from a substance that's landed so many people of color in jail is not great (though there are brands like Not Pot who've donated profits to projects attempting to end mass incarceration). Two, I am not a weed person, historically speaking. But a couple months ago, I was having a really hard time with anxiety around a big event, and I finally gave in to the CBD wave, thanks to the guidance of my friend and Allure wellness editor Rosemary Donahue, who's written extensively about various kinds of CBD products. I found that it really helped me lower my baseline anxiety from "overwhelming" to "background." Yes, the verdict is still out on what concentrations of CBD do any good, but placebo or not, it's helped me, so I'm going with it.

One of the products Rosemary recommended was CBD tea, which sounds sort of suspicious. CBD is an oil, after all, and tea is mostly water, so mixing the two isn't intuitive. CBD coffee is everywhere. CBD tea? Not so much. But it makes sense to me—when I'm trying to calm down, coffee only makes things worse. Tea is a go to for me when I need to unwind and destress. I usually have a cup of something herbal before bedtime. So, when Buddha Teas sent me a sample of their CBD Teas, I was curious about trying it.

Buddha Tea is part of what turned me from a CBD skeptic into a CBD believer. The tea comes in chamomile, mint, turmeric ginger, and matcha. For my purposes, I prefer a chamomile or a mint, but if you like caffeine with your CBD, the green tea is also really pleasant. Each tea bag has about 5 miligrams of CBD, a pretty small amount, so it's not like you won't be able to operate heavy machinary afterward. And I found that the CBD tea helped relax me before bed so that I slept better. It was more pleasant, at least to me, than trying to measure out a dropper of oil, and more naturally a part of my bedtime regimen than eating a gummy. At $19,99 for a box of 18 tea bags, the Buddha teas are expensive for tea but cheap for a CBD product, so they're also a good entryway if you're curious but don't want to drop $60 on some Lord Jones gummies or whatever else. Plus, they have a money back guarantee if you use it but hate it. It's so popular that all of the flavors of CBD tea are currently out of stock, but no doubt they'll be back soon. It's a relatively low lift—it's not going to replace therapy or medication, but if it helps, it helps. Don't knock it until you try it.