For many people, coffee is a crucial part of their morning routine. But, while coffee may seem like a magical juice, drinking too much can lead to anxiety and too much caffeine in your blood.
According to consumers, Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-toxic cannabinoid, can help you solve this problem. These days, CBD can be found in all kinds of products: from pet treats to skincare products to CBD lattes at your local coffee shop. CBD-infused beverages have made an especially big impact. Zenith Global projects that the CBD and hemp-infused beverage market will grow to more than $1.4 billion by 2024.
Of the CBD drinkable products currently being sold, CBD coffee is one of the most popular. In recent years, the number of coffee shops and cafes offering different CBD-infused beverages has increased remarkably. For the amateur coffee drinker, the appeal seems obvious: caffeine’s focus and productivity without potential excess cravings.
What is CBD coffee?
CBD coffee is a combination of coffee and cannabidiol. It can include different ingredients and be prepared as traditional hot coffee, cold concoctions, or other beverages. Coffee shops that offer CBD-infused options often add CBD oil to the coffee after brewing, while coffee brands add CBD (often in isolation) to the coffee beans themselves.
The amount of CBD per cup of coffee will vary, but it’s important to only buy from reputable stores because low price CBD coffee is different from premium ones. Also, because the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate CBD beverages, companies don’t always disclose how their CBD is extracted or how many exact milligrams are in each serving.
According to Adrian Devitt-Lee, chief science writer for the CBD Project, “Packaging must indicate total cannabinoid content and dosages, and products must always have a batch number. Avoid products with artificial colors or flavors, and don’t be afraid to contact a company directly to ask about their products. If the information is not available, choose another product”.
What is CBD coffee good for?
Consumers report using CBD for various reasons, but more research is needed to know exactly which ailments it can clinically relieve.
So are there any health benefits to a cup of coffee with CBD oil? It is unlikely. However, based on consumer testimonials and five-star reviews, many people believe that CBD-infused coffee can reduce caffeine-induced cravings and help improve focus. Logic indicates that it makes some sense: CBD has calming properties that can counteract the anxiety of caffeine.
However, it’s essential to understand that CBD and caffeine affect each person differently, which means there’s no way to know whether or not it will help you without trying it.
Does coffee with CBD work?
The simple answer to whether or not CBD coffee works is: it depends. “CBD may be able to suppress caffeine cravings at a neurological level, but it is also possible that caffeine may blunt some beneficial effects of CBD, including its potency as an anti-epileptic,” said Devitt-Lee.
“Whether they balance or interfere will be dose-dependent, and you will likely have to experiment based on your response to caffeine and cannabinoid sensitivities,” he added.
When I sat down to write this article, I first brewed a Green Roads hemp flower coffee pot. My first impression was that the coffee tasted surprisingly good, not overly herbal or unpleasant. Lee Sosin, Director of Marketing for Green Roads, explained: “The real flavor comes from gourmet coffee beans grown on a lush Colombian farm. You will be able to feel the influence of hemp, but it is smooth and pairs well with coffee.”
After my first cup of CBD coffee (with oat milk and a tablespoon of sugar), I didn’t feel particularly excited or relaxed, so I decided to have a second cup. This may have been a bit much, considering I drink coffee on an empty stomach every morning, and I started to feel a bit drowsy. I made up for it with a glass of cold soda and a glass of water, which left me feeling the right amount of focus.
After two or three cups of coffee, the daily norm for 44 percent of Americans, I didn’t feel nervous or anxious at all. However, I’ve learned that I need a higher caffeine/CBD ratio to feel awake, so I plan to limit my intake to one cup next time.
The best advice I can offer to caffeine lovers suffering from stress is to understand that CBD coffee may not be the best method of consumption for medicinal purposes and always do your research before choosing a brand.
“A lot of CBD companies are starting to use a common language, but consumers need to understand that there is a big difference between companies that test their own CBD isolates and someone like Green Roads, who has an accredited lab that tests every single CBD batch of products,” Sosin opined.