What is CBD Coffee?
It’s an obsession for many (me included), which stretches far beyond its ability to act as a wake-up call, but there’s only so much you can guzzle down before the side effects of too much caffeine hit.
On the other hand, CBD is synonymous with wellness. It’s commonly associated with relaxation, mindfulness, and balance.
Not two things you’d usually associate as going well together, right? So is CBD and Coffee a marketing gimmick, or is there more to this than meets the eye?
Does Caffeine and CBD Mix Well?
Drinking a cup of joe in the morning is as part of the work routine for many of us. In fact, so many of us consume it that it’s the worlds’ most popular stimulant.
Drinking a cup of coffee can lead to short term alertness and helps us push through our workday. While it does often help improve productivity, as with anything, there are common side effects that can be unpleasant.
Most of us who drink coffee regularly are well aware of these adverse effects. The most common ones include increases in heart rate, feelings of jitteriness, and anxiety.
It can be frustrating to feel these side effects, as they counteract the reason most people drink the coffee in the first place – to stay awake and concentrate.
Alright, so what’s CBD got to do with it?
The potential to counteract the side effects of caffeine is the primary reason why there’s an interest in combining CBD with cannabidiol.
However, while there’s heaps of research conducted on each compound in isolation, there isn’t much except anecdotal reports of people’s experiences when the two are combined.
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Even if marijuana is legal in your state, it continues to be illegal under federal law.
Cannabidiol (CBD), the compound in cannabis that doesn’t get you high, is popping up in everything from salads to sundaes.
According to studies, CBD may tout several therapeutic benefits, including decreasing anxiety , reducing seizures, and minimizing inflammation. As someone who lives with anxiety, I’m personally most interested in the anti-anxiety factor.
Although you can take CBD several ways, from vaping to gummies, one unique way to consume CBD is through coffee.
Proponents, like Craig Leivent, PharmD, co-owner of Flower Power Coffee Co. (a maker of CBD-infused coffee and edibles), say that the combination of CBD and coffee will give you the alertness of coffee but without the jitters.
But High Times magazine, which covers all things marijuana-related, thinks the idea was ridiculous. Their logic makes sense: If CBD is known to make you sleepy, wouldn’t it fight with the caffeine and leave you groggy?
In terms of potentially helping with anxiety, wouldn’t the caffeine, which may make anxiety worse for some, override the anti-anxiety effect of the CBD?
Bonni Goldstein, MD, a California-based physician who specializes in cannabinoid therapy, is also skeptical. Especially when it comes to proper dosage and the temperature of coffee.
“Those who want to use CBD for serious medical conditions, such as seizure disorders or inflammation from autoimmune disorders, should not take CBD in this manner, as accurate CBD dosing is extremely important for efficacy in these types of illnesses,” Goldstein says.
“For a healthy person who wants to take CBD as a nutritional bonus or supplement, [dosing] issues are not as important.”
Goldstein also adds that a recent study looking at CBD stability in cannabis tea found that temperature affects CBD content, “meaning the milligram amount of CBD someone might require for his or her condition will not be consistent when delivered in a heated drink,” she explains.
But some people are really loving CBD coffee. Ian Ford, owner of Caffeine Underground, a coffee shop in Brooklyn, New York, says that since he started selling the brew, business is booming. It’s becoming so trendy, even Willie Nelson has launched his own CBD java.
So we decided to test it for ourselves.
Research shows that CBD has a host of potential benefits, including reducing anxiety. One of the newest CBD products on the market is CBD coffee. But wouldn’t the caffeine, which can make anxiety worse, override the anti-anxiety effect of the CBD? I tried drinking CBD coffee for five days to find out. ]]>
If I drink CBD coffee for five days, will I be able to work? Will it still curb anxiety, even though coffee may increase it? Can I stay focused?