CBD, Turmeric, and Black Pepper: A Golden Combination

Find out how to make your own golden milk.

Golden milk has many medicinal benefits, especially when combined with CBD oil. Image Credit: By Elena Schweitzer on shutterstock.

Drinking “Golden Milk” is one way to give yourself a health boost daily. Golden milk combines coconut oil with honey, CBD oil, turmeric, black pepper and sometimes ginger root. Each of these natural ingredients contains health-boosting properties. Taken together, they increase each other’s effectiveness.


The popularity of CBD oil is growing exponentially, as users find it helps alleviate inflammation, anxiety, aches and pains, epilepsy, and other ailments and disorders. CBD oil can be taken alone, but many people are now combining CBD with other herbs, spices, and “superfoods” to give their bodies an extra wellness boost.

CBD oil is a cannabinoid extracted from hemp plants. Studies show CBD interacts with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system to help keep your body in homeostasis. That means your body is in a healthy state with no inflammation. In homeostasis, all systems are working properly. CBD oil is known to give users relief from insomnia, sore muscles, joint pain, and arthritis too. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


Turmeric has long been a favorite ingredient in Asia and is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some studies show it helps reverse some of the effects of Alzheimer’s and may help fight some cancers. It is a rhizome, or underground stem, that grows horizontally like ginger. It contains curcumin, which is bright yellow and gives curry dishes their bright yellow and orange color. While turmeric has many beneficial properties for your health, it can be difficult for your body to absorb. Mixing it with other spices and natural fats helps your body get the most benefit.

Black Pepper

Black pepper has long been set on the table next to the salt as a staple to enhance the flavor of foods. But did you know black pepper also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties? Black pepper contains the plant compound piperine, a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants interact with free radicals produced in your body when you are exposed to things like cigarette smoke, pollutants, and even excessive sun rays. Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause damage to your cells. Antioxidants disarm free radicals and stop them from doing cell damage.

Piperine has been known to help ease headaches, nausea and digestive problems. It also increases the absorption of turmeric in your body. Some studies show it boosts absorption of turmeric by more than ten times. This enables you to gain more health benefits than you could get from turmeric alone.


Ginger is known as one of the most health-giving spices of all and has been used for natural healing since ancient times. Some of the oldest medical literature from China and India mention ginger and its healing properties. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which ease nausea in pregnant women and chemotherapy patients. It contains gingerol, known for relieving joint pain. Ginger assists in eliminating intestinal gas to soothe upset stomachs and keep you from experiencing bloating and flatulence. Studies also show ginger helps eliminate migraines, aid in the treatment of diabetes, and may even fight some cancers.


In the New International Version of the Bible, honey is mentioned more than 60 times. When God rescued the enslaved Israelites from the oppression of the Egyptians by parting the Red Sea, He promised them a land flowing with milk and honey. John the Baptist survived in the wilderness on locusts and honey. The prophet Samuel found health benefits in honey. Raw honey is a natural antihistamine and reduces coughs. It contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can even be used as a salve on wounds. Raw honey supercharges your immune system and aids digestion.

Coconut Oil

Coconut contains the essential fatty acids that tie this healthful beverage together. Supposedly, the coconut was introduced to the European world back in the days of the explorers, when Vasco de Gama’s men brought some back from the islands. People use the meat of coconuts for protein, the liquid inside (known as coconut milk) as a beverage and a natural mosquito repellant, and the oil, which nutritionists believe contribute to high energy levels, a stronger metabolism, and overall good health.

Coconut oil contains many fatty acids and proteins which make it an excellent antioxidant. It is filled with medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) such as capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid, plus natural saturated fats. MCFAs can be broken down quickly in the liver, making them quickly convertible to energy rather than fat. Some of the reported health benefits of coconut oil include higher levels of good cholesterol and assistance in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, as well as boosting cognitive function and fighting back Alzheimer’s. Coconut oil helps prevent heart disease, battles high blood pressure, and assists liver function.

Finally, the fatty acids in coconut oil are a binding agent for CBD and turmeric and help the body absorb these ingredients at higher rates.

Make Your Own ‘Golden Milk’

It is simple to make your own Golden Milk by whisking or blending these power-packed ingredients together. Here is one recipe you can use to add a daily dose of Golden Milk to your diet.


  • 1 cup almond (or coconut) milk.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric or ½ to 1 inch of turmeric root.
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder or ½ to 1 inch ginger root.
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • 1/2 to 1 dropperful of CBD oil or your preferred dosage of CBD.

Blend the ingredients together or whisk them. You do not have to overdo it. Golden Milk can be warmed or blended together without warming and served with ice. You can store Golden Milk in your refrigerator in an airtight container for several days. As always, check with your medical professional before beginning any new health routine.

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