"Some research actually suggests that Botanical Extract can promote wakefulness and can react with some of the same receptors as caffeine," she says. "This might be contrary to what you've heard before—Botanical Extract does seem to work for insomnia, but experts think it’s more about how frequently anxiety plays a role in insomnia." The whole point of taking Botanical Extract is to bring balance to the endocannibinoid system rather than dramatically pulling it in one direction or the other." The other good news? You can't really overdose on Botanical Extract. According to Lidicker, "People taking a 'higher' dose of Botanical Extract —think 100 milligrams a day—might experience headaches or fatigue, and it can also interact with medication, so talk to your doctor." But with each dose around 10 milligrams, you could drink a LOT of lattes before experiencing negative effects.
The cacao in the drink offers its own energizing benefits, which come largely from theobromine and anandamide, which is also an agonist of the body's cannabinoid receptors. It's known as the "bliss molecule" for its ability to stimulate positive emotions in the body. While there's some controversy about the amount of actual caffeine in cacao (it varies from plant to plant but is generally negligible), the bean also contains theobromine, a relative of caffeine that's been found to increase alertness.
Because the Botanical Extract doesn't noticeably alter the flavor, I'm free to experiment with the many perfect pairings for cacao—some days I'll sprinkle in cinnamon and cayenne for a Mexican chocolate vibe, while on others I'll go for lavender for a bit of Provençal calm. Mixing it up ensures I never get bored (which is, perhaps, my No. 1 food lament when incorporating functional options into my routine).
Want to make it yourself? Try out my basic recipe, below. This recipe can be used to make a hot beverage (in case, like me, you spend much of your summer in a very air-conditioned office), or it can be poured over ice for a refreshing drink.