What do CBD and coffee have in common? Besides both coming from antioxidant-rich, intermittently-flowering plants, of course?
There are differences in popularity;
CBD’s has come back around only recently, while coffee usage has stayed
pretty consistent over the decades. But the two substances have this in
common: both are currently trending up.
There’s a reason for that. CBD and
coffee hit our psychological fixes and meet our physiological needs.
Both of them address — and overcome — normal limitations on our health,
energy, and drive. Use them in tandem, and a perfect pairing emerges.
A Positive (and Pricey) Trend
So maybe it’s not surprising that
people are catching on. CBD-themed coffee shops have materialized all
over the Country, and even your favorite local place may be covertly
offering a CBD-infused option or two. The trend isn’t selective, either; it’s happening in trendy urban areas and in small towns where cannabis use is still frowned on.
While the shift in consciousness this
represents is definitely very cool, that CBD’d latte from downtown’s
coffee bar might not exactly be optimal. For one, it may only contain a
few milligrams of CBD — in exchange for a hefty upcharge. And the CBD
this drink does have could’ve been damaged by heat, or even converted to CBN, if the compound was added to a too-hot beverage.
Finally, the CBD might not be well
mixed into your coffee. You could get an oily first sip…or
accidentally leave CBD in the bottom of an empty cup. This problem is
pretty tough to address given the fact that CBD is usually fat-soluble.
A CBD + Coffee Solution
Thankfully there’s a better route to take. You can make CBD-infused coffee yourself!
It’ll be cheaper, more convenient, and most importantly, better
than anything you could get from a store. Make the elixir the right
way, and you’ll be able to avoid every downside we listed earlier. How?
Let’s take a look.
Step one: Select a
high-strength, full spectrum CBD oil or tincture. Preferably a liposomal
one — we’ll get to why that’s important later.
Step two: Brew your coffee.
Using your favorite method, of course! Then let it cool off a little
bit. If you have a thermometer, you might wait until the coffee drops
below about 150 degrees Fahrenheit before proceeding. Don’t worry about
it being cold; research shows that 140℉ is just about optimal anyways.
Step three: Once your coffee
has cooled down, you can accurately add some CBD oil. Measure out either
your daily dose or 10 milligrams, whichever is less. Add this slowly
while making sure the dropper doesn’t touch the liquid. You may want to
do this in a larger intermediate container or even a shaker bottle. Once
again, use a high-strength oil for this if you can. The less total
volume you add to the drink, the better.
Step four: Mix. If you’ve opted to use a liposomal CBD oil (our cinnamon version
works perfectly here), you don’t have to put too much energy into this
step. That’s because the smaller liposomal molecules in this type of CBD
product are water-soluble — so they’ll dissolve right into an equally
water-soluble beverage like coffee!
Step five: Throw in some
extras. If you’re into bulletproof-style coffee, add butter, MCT oil or
ghee. The additional fat content tastes great, plus it may boost CBD
absorption slightly. You can also add in spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
Not only will they complement the right CBD oil; they’ll also add some plant synergy of their own!
CBD + Caffeine = Controlled Energy
At this point, all that’s left is to
sit back and enjoy your custom-made beverage. In addition to the normal
energizing effects of, well, normal coffee, you might also notice some less expected
benefits. That’s because CBD and caffeine don’t just counteract or
balance each other out — they actually complement each other, making it
possible for you to get the best of both worlds. You can be on the
Fewer jitters. A jittery
feeling is one of the worst side effects of coffee consumption…but
with CBD, you may be able to avoid it entirely. CBD calms down systems
that oversee muscular control (like Adenosine A2A) by gently guiding the central nervous system. That means fewer jitters, more relaxed muscle tone, and no heart palpitations!
Less anxiety. It’s already known that CBD reduces anxiety. Conversely, even coffee companies themselves are admitting
that caffeine is a drug capable of making anxiety and stress
significantly worse. Since this happens via activation of the same
stress hormones that CBD so powerfully reduces, it may be that taking
CBD with caffeine is the most holistic choice.
A reduced energy crash…or
even a nonexistent one. Since CBD helps regulate fatty-acid liberation
(aka fat burning) and keeps things to a slow burn, it may greatly reduce
the chance of you experiencing a caffeine crash.
Better sleep. If you have the
dubious habit of drinking coffee late into the day, don’t worry. CBD may
allow your body and its sleep cycles to stay photo-entrained,
or in sync with the sun. Of course, we don’t advocate for this level of
coffee-drinking, but it’s nice to know that CBD could still help.
Better sports performance. You probably already know that caffeine is great for many different types of athletes. And if you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that the same can be said of CBD. Take the two together as a pre-workout, and good things happen.
Both substances boost CNS activation
and fat burning, meaning your energy levels will stay high throughout
even the most difficult workouts. Plus CBD functions as an adaptogen, so
don’t be surprised if you find yourself recovering faster in
anticipation of your next workout session!
While more research is needed when it comes to CBD and coffee, the concepts behind using them together are as solid as it gets. Anecdotal evidence is very promising, too, at least when the combo is served correctly — preferably in a DIY-style setting.