Like adding an extra buzz to your daily caffeine hit? Walk into your local coffee shop and you’re likely to be presented with plenty of options – from the packets of sugar next to the stirrers to the shelf lined with a selection of flavoured syrups. What you might not expect to see is a vial of CBD oil on the counter. But according to a recent report in the Evening Standard, the cannabis-derived oil – sometimes known as medical marijuana – is the latest big coffee trend to hit the UK. It’s becoming so popular that some coffee shops are offering their customers the option to add a few drops of CBD oil to their drink. Many companies are also capitalising on the trend by selling cans of cold-brew coffee with CBD oil already infused.

CBD oil: what’s all the fuss about?

While there is still very little evidence that CBD oil is an effective medical treatment, users swear by its ability to relieve the symptoms of all manner of ailments – from joint pain and inflammation to anxiety and insomnia. The theory is that, by adding a few drops to your coffee, the oil counteracts the nasty jittery side effects of the caffeine, so you still get a surge in energy levels but it’s easier to maintain focus. This boost of energy also makes the drink a top choice for gym-goers seeking a healthier alternative to sugar-loaded sports drinks.

Is it legal?

Yes. As long as it doesn’t contain THC – the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis – CBD oil is legal to use in the UK. It also won’t give you a ‘high’.

Where can I get it?

CBD coffee is a trend that’s catching on fast in London and other big cities, so it may only be a matter of time before it’s available in local coffee shops in even the remotest parts of the UK. But if the trend hasn’t reached your hometown yet, you may want to see if you can buy some CBD oil in your local health food shop. Then you can brew your own CBD coffee at home.