Who doesn’t love a good cup o’ joe in the morning? Well, now you can take your cappuccino with a drop of CBD.
It’s only natural that brands have now combined two of our favorite things – CBD and coffee. Given the wide range of edibles on offer, inevitably, now our favorite beverages can come with a dose of cannabis too. Even Rock/Country music legend Willie Nelson has created his own line of CBD-infused beans! Could there even exist a better way kick-start your day?
At first glance, it might seem counterintuitive to mix cannabis with coffee, because of the uplifting effect we expect from coffee and the somewhat opposite effect we sometimes experience with cannabis. However, because CBD is not psychoactive like THC, things work a little differently with this combo. Let’s see what the deal is with CBD coffee so we can better understand how it works.
What is CBD Coffee?
Simply put, CBD coffee is roasted coffee beans which have been infused with the cannabinoid CBD. Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people across the globe every morning. Scientists are waking up to coffee’s many health benefits. In fact, one report says that drinking a few cups of coffee a day is associated with reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. As we’ve already mentioned, CBD is not responsible for the psychoactive effects that we can feel with regular cannabis. In contrast, CBD has a multitude of uses – all of which don’t involve getting you high.
Researchers have found that CBD is effective as an alternative treatment for many health conditions. Some of the conditions which can benefit from CBD include anxiety disorders, neurological disorders, and chronic pain conditions like arthritis or multiple sclerosis. CBD is also effective for a number of skin conditions. It helps regulate oil production in those with acne, but on the other hand is also amazing for dry skin and eczema. There’s not much CBD can’t do!
How is it made?
As we said before, CBD is one of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. So before it can be infused into coffee, this compound has to be extracted from the plant itself to give us a CBD extract.
It’s not such an easy feat getting CBD into coffee beans. This is due to their small surface area and the fact that the density of each bean differs between each batch and bean type. But CBD Coffee experts SteepFuze say that the secret lies in getting CBD oil to infuse with the naturally occurring oils in the coffee beans. These fat molecules give the CBD something to latch onto.
There’s also another way to create a CBD coffee. This method is possible for you to try at home. It simply involves finding a good quality, full-spectrum CBD oil (for maximum benefit) and adding it into your morning coffee. But there’s a specific way of doing so.
Every oil, including CBD oil, is hydrophobic. This means that when you mix it with water bases like black coffee, it doesn’t sit well and refuses to mix in. For a CBD-infused coffee to work well, it has to contain creamer or milk. The CBD oil needs this fatty substance to blend with. Some people also advise that to get the perfect blend, it’s better to mix everything up in a blender for a smooth cup of joe.
Whether you’re buying or making your CBD coffee, it’s important to know how to get the most benefit from your blend. So what are the main health benefits you can expect from a cup of CBD Coffee?
What are some health benefits?
Like coffee, cannabis is considered to be an antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect our cells from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. The importance of antioxidants has also been highlighted for helping maintain proper function of the kidneys and digestive system, and for prevention of certain diseases like cardiovascular disease.
Researchers have found that CBD has neuroprotective properties and it’s for this reason that CBD coffee advocates believe that it can help with the irritability and shakes that some people experience when consuming highly caffeinated coffee. Neuroprotectants also help to keep our brain cells healthy.
CBD is also known to have stress relieving and anxiety reducing effects. For those who may experience anxiety after drinking coffee as a result of increased heart rate and caffeine consumption, CBD could help balance out this effect. Though at this stage, the benefits in this sense are purely anecdotal and more scientific research is needed.
In general, cannabinoids have a range of positive effects on our bodies. CBD can help balance our moods, reduce stress levels and deliver pain relief. So even though more studies are needed on CBD and caffeine specifically, it’s worth noting the numerous health benefits that CBD alone can have as an addition to your daily lifestyle.
So we now know it’s possible to supercharge your morning coffee with a dose of health benefits from CBD. Both coffee and cannabis are antioxidants, delivering positive effects to our cells.
There’s also potential in the neuroprotective and anti-anxiety effects of CBD when mixed with coffee. However at this stage, more research is needed to get solid knowledge on the effects of this combo.