CBD And Coffee: A Match Made In Heaven?
Sabina King on Jun 18th 2019
You may have noticed a recent trend of combining CBD and coffee together. Many people swear that the combo produces tremendous benefits.
While some people love the benefits, others have claimed that the idea of CBD and coffee together sounds silly.
Caffeine is traditionally known as an upper, and CBD for many people creates a sense of calm relaxation. Will the combination of the two cancel out the effects?
Regardless of whether or not CBD and coffee is a beneficial combination, restaurants and cafes still serve it. Companies pop up every day offering a different type of CBD infused coffee.
This article will examine the potential benefits of CBD and coffee together and give you some advice for how to take advantage of the combination.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound from the hemp plant. Studies indicate CBD may provide numerous health benefits. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects and will not produce the “high” that is commonly associated with cannabis. CBD may also benefit those with many different health conditions.
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system exists throughout all of the body’s 11 major physiological systems and has an impact in many different areas of health. Many people refer to it as the “meta-system” because of how intertwined it is with all other systems of the body. The endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating the immune system, stabilizing hunger, altering mood, and helping you to remember and forget.
Why are people adding CBD in coffee?
Why would people combine two substances that seem to produce different effects? There are a few reasons.
Many people report anecdotally that combining the two may produce a unique feeling. Caffeine tends to create an elevated mood and give people an increase in energy. CBD can combat stress and also produce a sensation of relaxation.
In an article for Marie Claire, Jane West, a cannabis activist and entrepreneur stated, “My colleagues, friends, and I have found that CBD-infused coffee largely does away with the stress and acid belly typically associated with coffee.” She also added, “That makes sense, because research suggest CBD has anti-stress and anti-nausea effects.”
After drinking coffee, many report an unwanted feeling of jittery stress. When taking CBD along with coffee, this feeling can be lessened because of how CBD can reduce stress.
While there is little research surrounding the exact interaction between CBD and coffee, there are numerous studies that examine the ways in which they impact the body on their own. In one study published in Neuropharmacology, researchers discovered that caffeine interacts with the endocannabinoid system. The team also postulated that the reason caffeine may have the ability to fight stress is because of the way it interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
CBD exerts its benefits by interacting with the endocannabinoid system too. Because both coffee and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system, it is likely that their combination produces effects that are not possible when either compound is taken on its own.
Many people report that after drinking coffee they experience stomach pains and indigestion. One study found that CBD can help those with stomach pain and nausea. The combination of CBD and coffee may help fight the upset-stomach feeling that can come after drinking a cuppa Jo.
What is The Best Way To Combine CBD And Coffee?
The proper dosage of CBD all depends on what you’re looking to achieve. While you may want to initially reach for the strongest CBD oil, that may not be the best move.
In an article with Marie Claire, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, M.D., stated “At low doses, CBD is a stimulant and in higher doses it can cause sedation.” CBD can create a different effect depending on how much you take. It is important to take a small amount if you hope to create an energizing and stimulating effect that complements caffeine.
Your best option for a CBD coffee recipe is to just add CBD oil drops into your fav morning pick-me-up. You can add it to a latte, cappuccino, espresso, drip or any other coffee drink. These can come in many different strengths. Ideally, you would start somewhere around 5 to 10 mg and then slowly increase the dosage until you find an amount that works best for you. At higher doses, CBD can cause drowsiness. It is best to not start off with a dose that is too high.
Final Thoughts: Add Coffee to Your CBD!
Overall, CBD seems to help make the negative aspects of drinking coffee like stress and stomach pains significantly better. This is why so many people decide to use it. As more restaurants begin offering CBD in beverages, you may find yourself with the opportunity to try a CBD coffee drink in the near future. If you experience stress or other stomach issues when drinking coffee, CBD may be the perfect addition to improve your coffee experience.