Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of hemp, CBD has been popping up all over the place. It’s in the vitamin section of health-food stores. CBD-infused foods and beverages are also creeping into normal stores. You might see CBD coffee soon on the shelves.
While CBD is noted for its calming and pain-relieving properties, one might not think it would pair well with something like coffee or other beverages that contain caffeine. After all, caffeine is a stimulant and CBD is supposed to be relaxing. They shouldn’t make good bedfellows, right?
What is CBD?
Before we can get into whether or not it’s a good pairing, let’s review what CBD is. CBD is the acronym for the compound cannabidiol, which is found in both the cannabis and the hemp plant. Cannabidiol interacts with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system to produce its health effects.
Unlike THC, CBD does not make you high. It can help with feelings of anxiety, inflammation, pain, and even seizures. CBD can be taken in a variety of ways. Some of the most popular ways include in an oil vape pen, as a tincture, in a topical cream, and infused into edibles and drinkables.
CBD and Coffee
It’s estimated that up to 83% of Americans drink coffee daily. Coffee provides the following effects: alertness boosted metabolism, anxiety, and increased blood pressure. CBD has these effects: reducing anxiety, reducing pain in joints and ligaments, improving sleep quality, and reducing blood pressure.
Mixing the two gives the best benefits of both compounds. There’s a counterbalance of effects that are gained by mixing them. However, CBD dosage can be a game of guesswork. The best advice is to start with a low dose and keep increasing it until you find your sweet spot. You might also want to try your first few cups in a place where you can sit and chill. If you take too much CBD or if you’re sensitive to it you can start to feel too relaxed.
While coffee may be many people’s go-to drink for waking up and getting focused for the day, it can leave some people feeling jittery and anxious. It can also cause problems with the bowels. CBD can help to alleviate those feelings, providing just enough relaxation to quash that jittery feeling while retaining the focus caused by caffeine.
As with any combination of substances, combining CBD and caffeine is going to affect everyone differently. There is also not a lot of information about the long-term risks of CBD use. Tolerances to both CBD and caffeine can change depending on body composition and use. The best way to mitigate these risks is to experiment with the preparation and amount of CBD to find the best way to prepare CBD coffee for you. Once you’ve found that recipe, stick to it.
How to Prepare CBD Coffee
As with regular coffee, there are several different ways to prepare your CBD coffee. One of the easiest methods is to purchase CBD-infused coffee beans and prepare them as instructed. Another method is to make or purchase your coffee as normal and then put some CBD drops into the beverage. You can also choose to prepare your coffee with a CBD-infused cream. Because CBD oil is being mixed with a water-based beverage, it may sit on top of the coffee instead of mixing thoroughly. You can work around this issue by popping your coffee into the blender, adding the CBD oil drops, and giving it a good 15-20 second mixing.
While many people prefer their coffee hot, heat may affect the potency and efficacy of any supplement, including CBD. Drinking it cold can help with this. However, be careful to take note that hot coffee infused with CBD may affect a person differently than cold coffee with CBD. Experiment until you find what’s right for you.
Many of the people who have tried the CBD coffee experiment say that it left them feeling focused and without the jittery feeling that comes with coffee. However, they also warn to ensure that you’re not double-dosing by eating other CBD-infused food or drinks. Too much can cancel out the focus and make you drowsy or feeling sluggish. In the end, it’s best to try it and see how you feel to know if it’s right for you.
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