CBD is almost as common as coffee these days. Both might have a place in your daily routine. Some people are even mixing them together!
As you watch your friend sip a steaming CBD-infused latte, you might catch yourself wondering…
It makes sense to have some questions. After all, we’re talking about two substances with very different effects.
Although CBD and caffeine haven’t been widely researched, there is some emerging information on the subject. Many consumers have also shared their thoughts on the duo. We gathered up this evidence to help answer your questions about the cannabinoid-caffeine combo. Read on to fill up!
Before we dive in, let’s get clear on what CBD oil is so we know exactly what we’re stacking up to caffeine.
The other main cannabinoid in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Except for the case of CBD isolate, CBD products still contain some amount of THC. Full-spectrum CBD can have high amounts. Broad-spectrum CBD only contains traces of THC — we’re talking 0.3% or less. This small-but-mighty volume increases CBD’s potential effectiveness and health benefits. This is known as the entourage effect.
Since broad-spectrum CBD is federally legal and widely available, there’s a good chance it’s what you’d be adding to your cup.
So, when we use the term CBD, know that we’re talking about CBD products that may contain THC. Of course, you always have the choice to go the isolate route.
Doesn’t it feel good to be an educated CBD consumer?
Around 90% of adults consume some form of caffeine each day. Some folks have embraced CBD as part of their daily cup (or cups) with varying outcomes.
For a robust blend of experiences at the intersection of CBD and caffeine, we turned to the CBD subreddit. The majority did tend to lean toward positive results, but some people didn’t see the benefit or didn’t like how it made them feel.
Redditor “juansantona” says “I don’t really feel any crazy difference from CBD on its own, but when I mix it with coffee it takes away the dread and the feeling of being strung out.”
Meanwhile, “I don't notice any reduction of the coffee jitters with CBD,” says Redditor “happy_cannaseur.”
So, why the range of results? We did some digging, and it turns out there’s a scientific explanation. We love a good scientific explanation.
Caffeine is a stimulant. Meanwhile, CBD is typically associated with a mellow, balanced state.
The ECS helps regulate body systems. How fast and thorough depends on just about everything else happening in the body — digestion, sleep, hormones, and more.
Everyone has a unique makeup that dictates his or her experience with CBD and caffeine. It’s true — you are special!
This is why:
We’ve learned that caffeine and CBD each interact with the body in their own way.
Collectively, they could have a synergistic effect. Ooh, synergy!The fancy word that means the combined effect could be greater than the sum of its parts.
Here’s the espresso-shot equivalent of the whole pot of scientific details:
One other thing to sip on: Caffeine can improve alertness and concentration. You might think this would solve forgetfulness associated with THC, but research suggests it may actually make it worse.
While we’d love to be able to tell you exactly what to expect when you mix CBD with caffeine, the reality is that results may vary. You might be blissfully balanced, or feel no difference. If your CBD has THC in it, you could be more forgetful than usual.
There aren’t any studies examining the long-term effects of mixing CBD and caffeine.
Whether or not mixing CBD and caffeine is right for you depends on your tolerance for both substances.
Remember, mixing the two creates synergy, which might intensify the effects and benefits of one or both. That makes it extra important to follow your doc’s orders about consuming CBD or caffeine.
As a general rule, it’s a good idea to take it slow when trying any new CBD product or trying it in a new way.
So, you’re ready to add CBD to your caffeine routine. Where to begin?
Infusing CBD into prepared foods isn’t FDA-approved, but some states have CBD laws that allow it. Depending on where you live, you might be able to wrap your hands around a warm paper cup filled with a CBD-infused chai.
Even if you aren’t grabbing a warm canna-beverage on your way to work, there’s always the option of DIY-ing your CBD treat.
You may have heard that adding CBD to food and drinks can reduce its beneficial properties. While this is true, it may not be significant enough to notice a difference.
Here’s our take on the matter based on CBD research and food science.
Until a study looks at how the various acids and low temps get along with CBD, all we can do is speculate. But if you’re ready to infuse your pick-me-up with some CBD, there are best practices you can follow.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your CBD + caffeine routine.
Some say the best part of waking up is CBD in their cup. Others are indifferent or don’t like the synergy of CBD and caffeine. Those who need to avoid CBD products, caffeine, or both for health reasons should stick with what’s safe for them.
If you’re team CBD-caffeine, pick your favorite CBD product and go full-on barista mode! There’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the fusion.
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