Can You Feel The Buzz?
CBD is making its way into the food industry through CBD infused food and drinks. The latest craze seems to be CBD infused coffee, with new cafes adding the ingredient to their menu every day. CBD infused coffee allows coffee drinkers to reap the potential benefits of CBD oil while enjoying their morning brew. So, why not kill two birds with one stone?
As a religious coffee drinker, I’m all about getting my CBD fix while drinking my morning coffee. However, it got me thinking; wouldn’t the two cancel each other out? Caffeine is an upper and gives you energy, while CBD is usually a downer and helps relax you.
The interaction between CBD and caffeine is still unclear because CBD affects every individual differently. Also, the effect depends on the dosage of CBD in the beverage.
When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) as a low concentration, it actually acts as a stimulant, resulting in alertness, wakefulness and better concentration. While, at a high concentration, CBD has a sedating effect which makes you calm and tired.
Individually, CBD and coffee have many benefits both to your health and your quality of life. Paired together, the two compliment each other and offer an abundance of benefits in the form of a delicious beverage. Truly a match made in heaven.
What are the benefits of combining CBD and coffee?
CBD coffee can increase your energy level and decrease anxiety. The caffeine in coffee gives you energy and keeps you alert for hours, while CBD relieves anxiety and stress.
According to Business Insider, “Caffeine hijacks this natural process by mimicking adenosine in the brain. It latches onto the receptors designed for adenosine, pushing them out of the way. As a result, we're left feeling more alert and awake.”
As a central nervous system stimulant, coffee can also boost your mood. Similarly to the way caffeine makes you alert, it blocks adenosine’s relaxing relaxing effects, allowing dopamine and glutamine to be released. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system and activates serotonin receptors, resulting in an elevated mood.
CBD and coffee both have antioxidant effects. Coffee contains more antioxidants than previously thought, including caffeine, which can help cure headaches, assist in weight loss and prevent diabetes. In addition, research has suggested that coffee can reduce the risk of cancer, reduce premature aging and prevent cognitive decline.
CBD is also an antioxidant and functions similarly to coffee by neutralizing harmful oxidizing agents in the body like free radicals. A study found that CBD is a more powerful antioxidant than Vitamin C and E.
Lastly, the combination of CBD and coffee increases brain function. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and promotes the release of neurotransmitters like: noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin. It improves various functions of the brain including memory, attention and learning.
Research suggests that CBD can slow the deterioration of the brain overtime by cleansing the oxygen in the brain. By eliminating free radicals, CBD can increase the longevity and function of the brain.
How does CBD coffee make you feel?
You know that jittery, anxious feeling you sometimes get after drinking too much coffee? Well, CBD takes the edge off by supporting a sense of calm while giving you a “smoother” experience. While coffee does a good job of getting us up in the morning, it sometimes causes anxiety, insomnia and indigestion. CBD counters the negative side effects of coffee so you can enjoy your morning brew without worry.
Making CBD infused coffee doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t even need to go to a fancy cafe to try it, just add a couple drops of CBD oil to your morning coffee, sit back, and enjoy. Whatever way you prefer CBD coffee, you are taking a step in the right direction toward a healthier mind, body and spirit.