CBD and caffeine are nothing short of a magical combination. With around 83% of the population identifying as daily coffee drinker, caffeine is what keeps America going. What’s more, the average American coffee drinker has about 3.1 cups per day. That’s a lot of speed!
But caffeine is just like any other drug – its effects aren’t always consistent with each user, and it can be easy to overdo it. I love my cup of morning joe, but more often than not, it makes me a nervous, manic mess. CBD works with caffeine to round off those rough edges. CBD allows me to experience that helpful, alert, focused energy without the jitters.
The CBD latte definitely became the cronut of 2018. In cities like Denver, New York, and San Francisco, it seemed you couldn’t go more than a few blocks without seeing a sign for CBD enhanced brew.
But caffeine and cannabidiol are not newlyweds. In the 1970, The Netherlands made recreational cannabis legal for personal use within coffieshops. This encouraged people to not mix their cannabis with other drugs – except caffeine.
So why are caffeine and CBD such great partners?
Well, there are probably two answers. The first has a lot to do with a chemical in the brain called adenosine. Neuroscientist, Dr. Leigh Winters explains it this way:
“Both caffeine and CBD inhibit adenosine signaling. Adenosine acts as a central nervous system sedative, which is super useful in regulating our wake/sleep cycle. When you have a cup of coffee in the morning, it makes you feel awake and more alert because the caffeine actually blocks adenosine receptors in your brain. What happens in the brain is that CBD delays neurons’ ability to ‘re-uptake’ adenosine. Without getting too technical, [this] is greatly connected to reducing inflammation in the body and heart. That’s why CBD is being studied in MS, heart disease, and other inflammatory-rooted conditions.”
According to a study found in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
“CBD not only elicits effects within the central nervous system, but also within the cardiovascular system. Adenosine receptors have been implicated in regulating coronary blood flow and oxygen consumption by cardiac muscle and are present in the brain, most notably in the forebrain. CBD inhibits the subsequent ventricular tachycardia following coronary artery occlusion.”
And the second answer is that CBD’s calming effects actually enhance your coffee’s stimulating effects by making them easier for the brain to handle – and vice versa. We’ve talked before about CBD’s amazing anti-anxiety properties. Well these come into play by helping to even you out. Not to mention, by combining the two you can reap the myriad health benefits of CBD without feeling sedated while simultaneously enjoying coffee’s rich disease-fighting antioxidants without feeling over stimulated.
CBD and coffee – a marriage made in heaven!