Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that CBD is exploding into the mainstream at a rapid pace.
From rogue Facebook salesmen to dog supplements, it’s wiggling into every niche possible.
The newest trend is CBD coffee. This means either adding CBD oil to a cup of joe or covering the beans with oil pre-brew.
We’re not here to knock the trend (although we are furrowing our brows at the idea of a barista giving us our daily dose without knowing our needs). Honestly, CBD seems to be the first comprehensive health booster that isn’t a fast fad.
It can’t promise eternal youth or 100 pounds of weight loss in a week — it’s more realistic than that.
Rather, it can balance out the negative side effects of caffeine and boost its effectiveness. Here’s a look at how and why you should consider CBD in your coffee.
What is CBD?
This paragraph feels obligatory for any article discussing CBD (cannabidiol), just in case you have been under a rock recently.
It’s okay if that’s the case — we have your back.
CBD is a natural compound found in Cannabaceae plants. It’s one of over a hundred cannabinoid compounds. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of these compounds and is responsible for psychoactive effects, making people feel “high”.
The Cannabaceae family includes hemp (cannabis Sativa L.) and psychoactive cannabis (Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis, and Cannabis sativa). All four species of cannabis contain different amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids.
Hemp is primarily used for CBD extraction due to its low THC content compared to other species. This is how people can take CBD without any psychoactive effects.
Although CBD isn’t considered psychoactive, it does work with the mind and body in interesting ways due to our endocannabinoid system.
How Does CBD Work?
Basically, cannabinoids in plants (phytocannabinoids) mimic cannabinoids present in our body (endocannabinoids).
When we ingest cannabinoids, such as CBD, our bodies recognize and accept it easily into the systems.
Because we have our own system (the ECS) for these compounds, adding these similar compounds from cannabis allows the body to become more balanced and regulated.
If you want to learn more in-depth about this process, check out our article about the ECS.
Otherwise, just know that CBD works with receptors and enzymes we already have, making the body a more efficient and healthy mechanism.
Okay, here’s the bean juice you’re looking to learn about — CBD in coffee.
To understand why the pair make sense together, we should discuss how coffee works.
Coffee is a flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family, which has hundreds of species in it (this means lots of coffee varieties to choose from). It naturally contains the stimulant trimethylxanthine, better known as caffeine.
Caffeine works with our brains and bodies in a few different ways.
First, it keeps the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine from doing its thing. Adenosine binds to receptors in your body to depress your system, causing drowsiness and sleepiness.
Caffeine keeps this from happening because your body thinks caffeine looks like adenosine. It can’t tell the difference, so caffeine tricks your body and replaces a depressing chemical with one that’s a stimulant.
The result is faster nerve cells. This causes your body to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and dopamine.
This is why coffee makes you feel good and alert.
In addition to making your mind sharp, research suggests caffeine may help with the following health issues:
- Cavities in teeth
- Medicine efficiency (such as acetaminophen)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Preventing diabetes
- Weight loss
It’s not all rainbows and butterflies with coffee, however.
People’s bodies react to caffeine differently, causing many people to feel anxiety and stress due to increased body function. Plus, caffeine stays in your system much longer than you think, meaning an afternoon coffee may cause you to lose out on some deep sleep.
The FDA suggests moderate caffeine ingestion, with 400 milligrams considered the bottom line of an excessive amount.
Whether you’re in this range or not, you may be able to curb the negative side effects of caffeine while still reaping its benefits by adding CBD (win-win!)
CBD may provide seemingly endless benefits to those who use it.
Some of these include helping with:
- Chronic pain
- Chron’s disease
- Inability to focus
- Menstrual cramps
- Restless leg syndrome
- Social anxiety
Phew. This is just to name a few of the reported and studied benefits of CBD — the list is extensive. If you want to know more about a particular ailment and how CBD may affect it, be sure to type it in the search bar on our blog for relevant articles.
The reason CBD seems to pair well with coffee is its ability to decrease anxiety and increase focus while adding a huge list of add-on benefits.
Rather than thinking of CBD making you feel a certain, heightened way, think of CBD as decreasing the negative feelings in your mind or body. If you feel pain, it may decrease pain. If you feel depressed, it may decrease depression.
You won’t necessarily drink a cup of CBD coffee and feel like Gumby or the picture of euphoria, but you may notice that it takes off an edge while providing many other subtle health benefits.
So, adding CBD to your coffee may allow you to feel sharp and productive without the jitters or anxiety often associated with the heightened mental state of caffeine.
It’s important to consider CBD quality and dosage before ingesting it, in your coffee or otherwise. Check out this article about dosage and consult your doctor if you have any health issues.
Amp Up Your Coffee Game
The only way to see if you like CBD coffee is to try it. You may find that it’s your preferred method of ingestion for this plant-based supplement.
You can order CBD coffee now at many cafés, or coffee beans coated in CBD oil, but expect it to get pricey. If you’re interested, consider buying CBD oil and mixing it into the coffee yourself. Then, you can control your dosage and find what’s right for you.
Keep reading our blog for more health information regarding CBD.