The trend of adding CBD to coffee has been around for a few years now.
I admit, I’ve scoffed at the idea. Wouldn’t the cannabinoids and caffeine just cancel each other out? If coffee makes you wired and CBD makes you sleepy what could be accomplished by combining the two?
I decided to put the combo to the test this week using 1000mg Cherry Wine Hemp Tincture with Cacao+Damiana by anecdote.
My preferred morning drink is a small, single-shot americano with almond milk. I love coffee, but limit consumption to just one cup per day to avoid the negative effects of caffeine.
Now, how much CBD to add to my drink?
Bonni Goldstein, MD, a California-based physician and author of Cannabis is Medicine, says that "contrary to popular belief, CBD is actually a stimulating compound in low doses." CBD affects everyone differently and the combination of cannabinoids and caffeine could be over-stimulating for some folks.
Taking into consideration that small doses of CBD can make you feel more alert, whereas larger doses can make you feel sleepy, (and given that my usual night-time CBD dose is 30mg) I decided to test a dosage of 15mg CBD, or half a dropper, in my coffee.
I’ve been using CBD on the regular for about two years and feel like I’ve become adept at knowing my dose.
CBD Coffee products on the market generally contain 5mg per 8 ounce cup. That's a good place to start if you aren't sure about the right dose for you.
I brewed my espresso, added a slug of almond milk and then blended in the cacao+damiana tincture.
I took a sip. And another.
The creamy cocoa flavor of the tincture blended seamlessly into my coffee. Nice.
A few moments later…
I felt…inspired, happy and supported by the cushion of air around me. Yes, odd. But good.
CBD took the sharp edges off my caffeine high.
I felt alert but calm; caffeinated without the jitters. No headache, no heart palpitations, no feelings of vague anxiety that usually accompany my caffeine consumption. All in all, I felt amazing.
I should mention what I didn’t feel. I didn’t feel sleepy or groggy. I didn’t need a nap. I also didn’t get the full muscle relaxation I normally experience with CBD, but that could be chalked up to the lower dose.
I don’t know if I’ll keep up the CBD+Coffee practice on the daily, but it is a really nice effect. I prefer CBD as an optional addition. For this reason, I’ll likely stick to adding tincture as I need it, in the amount I need it, rather than stocking up on any of the numerous coffee products pre-loaded with cannabinoids.
Looking for an amazing CBD coffee experience of your own?
Try your daily brew and anecdote’s Cherry Wine 1000mg Hemp Tincture with Cacao+Damiana.
Trying CBD for the first time? Start low and go slow.
Good to know: Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. The FDA is working to determine the safety of Hemp CBD, and has not yet approved its use in coffee.
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