Far from simply being a mild stimulant with amazing flavor, coffee offers several health benefits based largely on its caffeine content. Studies show that regular caffeine intake can aid in weight loss and boost memory and cognitive performance. But perhaps the most notable potential side benefit of coffee is its ability to reduce muscle aches and inflammation. This post goes over three delicious javy coffee recipes with the added bonus of relieving the discomfort of chronic and intermittent pain conditions.
How Does Coffee Relieve Pain?
- Coffee can be a great way to relieve pain, particularly in cases of headaches and muscle aches. When the caffeine in coffee enters the bloodstream, it causes the arteries to constrict, increasing blood pressure. The rise in blood pressure forces the heart to pump harder and faster, which in turn improves blood flow.
- Caffeine can also cause the body to release adrenaline, which further increases heart rate and blood pressure. The significant increase in blood flow that results from caffeine consumption can lead to reduced inflammation and pain — along with increased energy levels and improved mental alertness.
- Additionally, the antioxidants in coffee can help reduce free radicals and inflammation, which can contribute to pain. If you’re looking for a natural way to relieve pain, don’t underestimate the value of a cup of coffee.
It’s worth noting that coffee is hardly one-dimensional in terms of how it can be enjoyed. If you want to take your food to the next level, it can also act as a rub for slow-roasted meats. You can even infuse non-psychoactive and THC-free products like CBD hash brownies for extra flavor – not to mention the therapeutic benefits that come with it.
This post goes over three delicious coffee recipes with the added bonus of relieving the discomfort of chronic and intermittent pain conditions.
CBD-Infused Coffee Brownies (Ready in ~60mins)
- 150g all-purpose or white flour
- 200g dark chocolate — can be in pieces
- 70g cocoa powder
- 85g coffee or espresso powder
- 300g caster or granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt (optional, as preferred)
- 220g unsalted butter
- 3.5-5g CBD hash — can be 3.5-5ml (CBD isolate)
- 1tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 medium-large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and either grease or line a brownie tray with baking paper.
- Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water as you thoroughly beat the eggs and sugar — look for a thick mixture with a creamy consistency.
- Once completely melted down, combine the chocolate with the butter and fold until smooth.
- Combine the chocolate and egg mixtures by beating gently until completely incorporated before adding in the flour, coffee, cocoa, CBD, and salt, and fold until fully combined. Bake for 30-35 minutes as preferred and serve.
Ginger Coconut Coffee (Ready in ~5mins)
- Medium-ground dark roast coffee
- ¼-⅓cup coconut milk
- 1-1.5tbsp ginger syrup
- Crushed small piece of ginger (optional, as preferred)
- Countertop or handheld milk frother
- Combine ginger, ginger syrup, and freshly-brewed javy coffee recipes in a cup before adding the coconut milk.
- If you don’t have a milk frother, you can gently heat it over the stove, whisking briskly until it thickens and creates foam.
- While this isn’t so much a recipe as it is a hot tip for a novel and piquant variation of a garden-variety cup of coffee, the benefits of combining ginger and coffee are hard to overstate.
- The two work together to create a potent free-radical fighting energizer you can have first thing in the morning in a matter of minutes, with the added bonus of providing lasting pain relief throughout the day.
Coffee-Glazed Beef Brisket (Ready in ~3hrs)
- 3lbs beef brisket
- Ground black pepper
- Coarse salt
- ½cup red chile sauce
- ½cup brewed black coffee
- ½cup honey
- ½cup tomato ketchup
- ⅓cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1tbsp shoyu sauce
- 2tbsp olive, sunflower, or canola oil
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- A gravy boat
- A large Dutch oven
- Season the brisket to taste while preheating the oven to 325°F and the Dutch oven on the stove over high heat to warm the oil. Place the brisket into the Dutch oven, fat side down, and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until browned.
- Combine the black coffee, red chile sauce, honey, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and shoyu sauce, along with the minced garlic, in a bowl and pour over the brisket.
- Cover and bake the brisket for 2.5-3hrs as preferred, flipping halfway through to ensure an even cook — look for the meat to come away easily when prying with a fork.
- After removing the brisket from the oven, allow it to rest for 10-20minutes and slice along the bias against the grain. Pour the glaze into the gravy boat and serve together.
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