Cannabidiol – otherwise known as CBD – has become famous in the past few years. The well-being industry has been just about transformed by it.
You can find CBD in just about anything these days. In little gummies. In other edibles. And in drinks like coffee.
Most people who put CBD oil in coffee will tell you they do it because it helps them feel relaxed.
Research still needs to be done to confirm exactly where the benefits of cannabidiol come from and what they are. Yet it seems very clear that, for all the differences in effect noticed by users, cannabidiol at least isn’t bad for you.
For most, the anecdotal evidence is enough to encourage them to try mixing CBD and coffee to see whether or not it’s something that’s going to be good for them.
The low-down on CBD and caffeine
Coffee is hugely popular in the US. It’s estimated that around 4 out of 5 Americans drink it regularly.
There are many reasons why this hot beverage is so big here. It’s a stimulant that helps many people get through their day. It’s also a natural antioxidant and has been shown to have an aroma that has soothing anti-anxiety properties.
CBD is growing in popularity too. Extracted from hemp, cannabidiol is what is known as a cannabinoid – a specific type of organic compound. From a research standpoint, CBD has currently been approved by the FDA as a treatment for two specific types of medication-resistant epilepsy found mainly in children.
But there is a great deal of research being done on cannabidiol to see what else it might be able to do for us in the fields of health and well-being.
Can you put CBD oil in coffee?
The popularity of both coffee and cannabidiol has almost inevitably meant that the combination of caffeine and CBD has been something a whole lot of people were and are keen to try out.
One of the best ways to make CBD coffee is by mixing caffeine and CBD tincture. A tincture is CBD in an alcohol suspension.
Other people use CBD oil rather than a tincture. The downside of putting CBD oil in coffee is that oil and water don’t mix well together. You can mix it in, but the result is usually just to break the oil down into smaller droplets.
This isn’t a problem in terms of effects or taste, though it can mean that some sips of your coffee are slightly oily. It just means that a tincture is often the better method for adding cannabidiol to your cup of Joe.
How to use CBD tincture
A tincture of CBD comes supplied in a small, often tinted, glass bottle to protect the contents from sunlight. A pipette is also usually supplied with it, making measuring your dosage nice and easy.
The classic way to use a tincture is to use the pipette to deposit a drop or two of the tincture in your mouth under your tongue. You let it sit there for around thirty seconds to a minute, allowing the CBD to pass through the membranes in your mouth and enter your blood stream.
This – known as the sublingual method – provides much a faster onset time of effects than other methods. That’s because you don’t need to wait for the CBD to pass through your digestive system.
Adding to food and beverage
Other CBD tincture oil uses include being added to food and beverages and as an ingredient in cooking. Or, in this case, coffee.
All you need to do is use the supplied pipette to add a few drops of your organic CBD tincture to your coffee (or food or beverage) and mix it in.
It then passes through your digestive system, usually taking around 45 minutes to two hours to take effect depending on the person.
How much CBD should you put in coffee?
There isn’t a hard and fast quantity for this, though a good place to start is 5-15 mg of CBD per cup.
The best approach is to start from a smaller quantity like this, try it and see what effects you experience. If you get the results you are looking for, that’s the right dose. If not, you might try upping your dose a small amount next time.
It’s generally agreed that the side effects of overdosing on cannabidiol aren’t too bad. But there’s no point doing anything other than going slow and steady.
The effect of CBD in your coffee
Some people absolutely swear by the few drops of CBD they put in their coffee. Most users say they do it because it helps them relax or get a better night’s sleep. Most of CBD’s gains in popularity in recent years have all been due to its use in the field of well-being.
But everyone experiences the effects of CBD in different ways. Some have commented that the effects were barely noticeable to them. Perhaps this suggests a different dose might be needed in these cases – or that not everyone gets the same well-being benefits ascribed to CBD by so many people.
Certainly, most of the more stereotypical effects of cannabis-derived products are absent from CBD coffee. For example, it’s important to remember that things like increased appetite are largely an effect of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – another cannabinoid found in cannabis, but almost entirely absent from the hemp variety that most CBD products are made from) not CBD.
Cannabidiol is completely non-addictive and non-psychoactive, meaning it can’t get you “high”. For many caffeine fans keen to see if they can up their well-being game even further, this means that a little experimentation with CBD oil and coffee is worth a try.