At first glance, CBD with coffee might sound like a contradictory idea. One calms you down and one fires you up- how could CBD and coffee work together? As CBD products have risen in popularity, it was only a matter of time till they entered the coffee world as well. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what CBD coffee is, how it works, and if it’s worth trying out.
What Is CBD Infused Coffee?
You can consume CBD in various ways, and while it sounds like a novel idea, CBD coffee isn’t a brand-new invention. Essentially, CBD coffee is coffee that’s been infused with CBD oil. CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant and the oil has been shown to have various health benefits including reducing anxiety, managing chronic pain, treating insomnia, etc. CBD oil is not psychoactive so it won’t get you ‘high’ and won’t get you addicted. This makes it safe to consume for most people.
CBD oil is treated as a supplement, and so there are regulatory issues. The dosages and concentrations may not always be accurate so it’s advisable to only purchase CBD oil from reliable vendors. And while there are many health benefits to CBD oil, you should avoid self-medicating, if possible, especially if you have preexisting medical conditions.
When it comes to CBD with coffee, the oil is usually added during the brewing process and can give it an earthy or plant-like taste that may interfere with the flavor profile of your coffee. You can mask this taste with honey, cinnamon, or other flavorings. Infusing coffee with CBD can counteract the negative side effects of caffeine like restlessness and anxiety. Many who consume CBD coffee say it makes you feel relaxed yet alert, a pleasant feeling of productivity without any anxiety or stress.
Benefits of CBD Infused Coffee
- Minimal or no disruption of natural sleep
One of the biggest issues for regular coffee drinkers is managing sleep. Caffeine can throw your natural sleep cycle out of whack. On the other hand, CBD helps you relax and fall asleep faster. CBD with coffee reduces caffeine-induced insomnia and can improve your sleep quality.
- Manages anxiety and depression
CBD oil has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is especially beneficial if you want to avoid the anxiety-inducing effects of caffeine. Adding CBD oil to your coffee can help with this.
One of the oldest uses of CBD oil is to treat chronic pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, adding CBD oil to your morning coffee can help kickstart your day and ward off any pain.
Some studies have shown that CBD oil can improve immune response, so this is a clear benefit of CBD coffee.
Are There Any Side Effects Of CBD Coffee?
CBD oil is well-tolerated by most people but there is a small chance of mild side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, appetite changes, and fatigue. These are mostly dose-dependent so by reducing the CBD dosage, you can minimize these side effects.
CBD oil can also alter the taste of your coffee, which is not a side effect per se but it may bother some coffee purists who can’t tolerate anything altering their cup flavor. In this case, you can again consider lowering the dose or adding ingredients like honey and spices to mask the taste of CBD. Also since this is CBD oil, it’s not water-soluble and can leave an oily coating on top of your coffee.
A word of caution: if you take prescribed medications or have an existing medical condition, please consult your physician before experimenting with CBD coffee.
How To Make CBD Coffee At Home
Making CBD infused coffee at home is fairly easy, all you need is coffee and CBD oil. In both cases, always go for high-quality products. As mentioned, CBD isn’t naturally water-soluble so it can give you an oily cup. You can opt for water-soluble CBD made specially to be mixed into drinks. However, this form of CBD isn’t widely studied so consider it with a grain of salt.
Well, now we have our ingredients so let’s get brewing! First, you brew your coffee as you usually do. Go for high-quality, fresh beans. Once you’re done brewing, add a few drops of CBD oil to the coffee and consume as usual.
Note that by adding CBD oil, you’ll change the flavor of your coffee and make it much more ‘earthy’ in taste. This may not be to your liking, especially if you’re a coffee purist.
So, what’s the verdict on CBD coffee? It’s definitely worth trying at least once and it may have some significant benefits for many coffee drinkers. Whether you find a café that serves CBD infused coffee or decide to brew your own, pay attention to sourcing, dosage, and your own limits. And most importantly, have fun with it!