BY CHRISTINA WONG OF FRUIT + FLOWER CO. | Original photography for Ember by Christina Wong, graphics by Simon Diago
The sun is coming up and I hear my rooster dude cock-a-doodle-doo-ing to alert the neighborhood that it’s time to wake up. I’m trying to muster the energy to roll out of bed, but I’m groggy and still high from the edible I ate before going to sleep. It’s hot, I’m thirsty, and in need of a breakfast refreshment that doesn’t require cooking.
Let’s wake up and get ready for the day with a cold, creamy, hydrating smoothie with a splash of CBD to help counteract the THC from last night’s edible. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to balance and diminish the psychoactive effects of THC and has anti-stress effects, making it an ideal supplement for my breakfast.
I’m making a CBD Watermelon Hibiscus Smoothie that’s packed with healthy nutrients and antioxidants. Keep reading for the recipe below.
Summertime is peak watermelon season when those juicy melons are at their best and most nutritious. Watermelon contains 90% water and provides electrolytes for hydration, contains lots of fiber for healthy digestion, and is high in lycopene, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and other essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support overall health and wellness. It's why watermelon is the star ingredient for this Fruit + Flower Watermelon Hibiscus CBD Smoothie.
Are Hibiscus Flowers Edible?
Yes! The common tropical flower is edible and has been used for medicinal purposes to help lower blood pressure, improve liver health, and boost the immune system. All parts of the plant are edible, the flower can be eaten raw, however it’s most commonly made into a tea or jam. In this recipe, I’ll use raw organic hibiscus flowers blended into the smoothie for its flavor and nutritional benefits. Pro tip: Use organic edible flowers to avoid pesticides and chemicals.
Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Seeds
This smoothie recipe also contains nutritious hemp seeds which are seeds from the hemp plant cannabis sativa that’s related to the THC-producing plant, but does not cause a psychoactive reaction. Hemp seeds are not the same as CBD or THC. Technically it’s a nut that’s high in fiber and rich in nutrients for heart and brain health, reducing stress and boosting immunity. Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and are a good source of high-quality plant-based protein and rich in healthy fats.
Read my “Homemade Cannabis-Infused Coffee Creamer Recipe” for instructions on how to make infused coconut milk.
Makes 2 glasses
2 cups of fresh seedless watermelon, cubed
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup choice of yogurt (Greek, almond, or cashew)
1 cup CBD-infused coconut milk*
1 tablespoon honey* or agave or maple syrup
Squeeze of lime juice from half a lime
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Pinch of sea salt
3 organic Hibiscus flowers, rinsed and pat dry
Optional: Chamoy sauce or tajin seasoning
*Alternative: instead of making CBD flower-infused coconut milk, add CBD honey or a tincture in addition to plain coconut milk
1. Remove the green stem from the hibiscus flowers and reserve the petals and center “style” with the pollen for the smoothie.
2. Place the watermelon cubes, frozen strawberries, yogurt, coconut milk, honey, lime juice, hemp seeds, and hibiscus flowers in a blender.
3. Add an optional dash of chamoy sauce or tajin seasoning for an additional flavor if desired, or use to garnish the rim of the glass. To garnish, dip the rim of two large glasses in chamoy sauce or with lime and tajin seasoning.
4. Blend until smooth and creamy, about a minute or two, and pour into two large glasses.
Dose your entire recipe at ~30mg CBD or less, making it ~15mg CBD per serving. When making infused coconut milk with CBD flower, results will vary depending on the % CBD potency of your flower.
Read my “Cooking & Baking With Cannabis: A Complete Beginner’s Guide” on Ember for more detailed step-by-step instructions on how to activate/decarb, infuse, and calculate potency.
Christina Wong is a culinary cannabis writer, educator, recipe developer, content creator, baked baker, and baking show host who’s earned accolades for her imaginative and delectable creations, including a contest-winning pie that KCRW’s Evan Kleiman called “f*&%ing delicious." She’s the Founder & CEO of Fruit + Flower Co., a creative media company that brings together cannabis and food in intriguing and sometimes unexpected ways. Her work has been featured in High Times, Cherry Bombe, CannaCurious, and Kitchen Toke Magazine.