Understanding the Hype Around CBD Coffee
To many people, coffee is a crucial part of their morning routine. Although coffee can feel like the necessary boost of energy to get you through the day, one too many cups can leave you jittery, anxious and seriously over-caffeinated. The secret to having the perfectly balanced cup of Joe in the morning is, CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, can help solve that problem according to some consumers. At present, CBD can be found in all kinds of products ranging from skin care, to pet food to your local coffee store. Not only has CBD impacted all of the essential industries, CBD-infused beverages have made an especially large impact- Zenith Global projects that the market for CBD and hemp infused drinks will grow to over $1.4 billion by 2024.
Of all the CBD beverages currently being sold, CBD coffee is one of the most popular. Over the last several years, the number of coffee shops and cafes offering different CBD-infused coffee and espresso drinks has noticeably increased. For a daily coffee drinker, it’s simple to distinguish the selling point: all of the focus and productivity of over caffeination without the nasty side effects of anxiety and jitters.
What is CBD Coffee?
It comes as no surprise that CBD coffee is a combination of coffee and cannabidiol. Although it can include different ingredients and be made into various types such as regular hot coffee, cold brew and espresso, the main ingredient is CBD. Local coffee shops and large chains that offer CBD-infused options tend to add CBD oil to the coffee after brewing, whereas coffee brands add CBD to the coffee beans themselves prior to brewing.
The amount of CBD per cup varies, depending on the brand and type of coffee you are asking for, but it’s important to only buy from trusted companies. Because CBD beverages are not regulated by the FDA, companies aren’t obligated to disclose how their CBD is extracted and how much goes into each serving.
According to Adrian Devitt-Lee, chief science writer at Project CBD, “Packaging should clearly indicate total cannabinoid content and dosage, and products should always have a batch number. Avoid products with artificial colors or flavors … Don’t be afraid to contact a company directly to ask them about their products — if they are not forthcoming, pick another one.”
What is CBD coffee good for?
Although consumers report using CBD for a variety of reasons, a lot more research has to be conducted in order to pinpoint which ailments it can clinically relieve.
Although there may not be any actuality to health benefits deriving from a cup of coffee with CBD oil in it, it still provides consumers benefits. Based on product testimonials and five-star reviews, many consumers believe that coffee with added CBD can reduce caffeine-induced anxiety and help improve focus, and the logic makes some sense — CBD has calming properties that may take the edge off of caffeine.
Does CBD coffee work?
The simple answer to whether or not CBD coffee works is: it depends. “CBD may be able to take the edge off of caffeine on a neurological level, but it’s also possible that caffeine could undermine some beneficial effects of CBD, including its potency as an anti-epileptic,” said Devitt-Lee.
“Do they balance each other out or interfere? It will depend on the dose and [you] will likely have to experiment based on their own caffeine and cannabinoid sensitivities,” he added.
One thing to understand is that CBD coffee may not be the best method of consumption if you’re using CBD for medicinal purposes, and to always do your research before choosing a brand. “Many CBD companies are starting to use similar language about things like testing, but consumers should understand that there’s a big difference between companies that test their own CBD isolates, and someone like Native Girl Pharms that has an accredited independent lab run a full-panel test on every batch of finished products,” offered Lee Sosin, Chief Marketing Officer at Green Roads.