Whether you love the taste of espresso or hate early mornings, nothing beats a cup of coffee in the morning. Providing the characteristic pep and warmth, the classic cup of joe has gone through numerous iterations over the years, from lattes and cappuccinos to flat whites and cold brew. Coffee keeps you awake and focused, providing you with the energy to get through your day. Recently, coffee has been married with a new and growing trend: CBD. Read on to learn more about how adding CBD to your coffee can add a jitter-free boost of energy to your day.
Understanding CBD and Coffee
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that has been studied for its wide range of potential benefits to general health and wellbeing. Part of this comes from how CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Where THC binds directly to these receptors, CBD works indirectly to change signaling pathways, which influences the ebb and flow of various neurotransmitters. This may result in a variety of effects, most commonly:
- Reduced discomfort
- Improved sleep
- Support for a healthy mood
- Reduced stress
- Increased sense of calm and relaxation
Coffee contains a variety of different components, such as diterpenes and antioxidants, but most people drink coffee for the caffeine, an active stimulant that provides the characteristic boost in energy and alertness.
Putting Together CBD and Coffee
CBD and coffee can seem at odds considering their respective effects. One has a reputation for calm and relaxation, while the other is known for wakefulness and energy. Surprisingly, some studies suggest that coffee and cannabis may activate some similar pathways in the brain.
While you might think that one cancels out the other, putting the two together may actually accentuate and complement individual effects. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD in coffee offers the same focused energy and alertness of coffee without the jitters.
A common (though as yet untested) theory suggests that CBD and caffeine inhibit a chemical known as adenosine. Adenosine plays a variety of roles, particularly involving energy transfer and cell signaling, but it’s also known to act as a central nervous system sedative. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors, which results in you feeling more awake and alert. CBD is believed to delay the reuptake of adenosine into your neurons, which may contribute to its potential to calm the body and help in the management of inflammation.
The Potential Benefits of CBD Coffee
The fact is, science still doesn’t have a great understanding of how neurotransmitters work, and we still need more research to determine how CBD and caffeine (as well as the other compounds in caffeine) might interact with one another. However, using CBD coffee may still come with a variety of potential benefits, though results may vary.
Both CBD and coffee are rumored to have mood-lifting properties on their own. Working together, CBD and coffee may help to regulate your mood to reduce stress and support relaxation without making you sluggish or lethargic.
Both CBD and coffee are known to be rich sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat the effects of free radicals, compounds that can cause damage to cells and DNA, resulting in inflammation and common signs of aging. The antioxidant potential of both CBD and coffee may help to curb and prevent some of this damage, though more studies are still needed to support this.
How to Drink CBD Coffee
Consider different delivery methods
CBD is available in a variety of forms, including CBD tinctures and oils. While you can drop some CBD oil into your coffee or mix CBD-infused butter into your next brew, some companies have developed CBD-infused coffee beans, allowing you to get the most of the cannabinoid right out of the brewing process.
Serving size matters
While the exact effects of CBD coffee still require further study, most experts do agree that the serving size of both the coffee and the amount of CBD matter. The potential effects of CBD are dependent on serving size, meaning that you won’t feel the effects if your dose is too low or too high. If this is your first time with CBD or CBD coffee, start under 10 mg of CBD per cup of coffee.
Even within those parameters, you may experience different effects based on your serving size. Lower CBD concentrations of 2 to 10 mg may improve focus and have more mood-lifting effects. Around 10 mg of CBD is when you should expect more calming, relaxing effects. This can vary from person to person and may take some trial and error. As always, start low and gradually increase CBD concentrations to see how you feel.