For so many of us, our morning coffee is the ritual we cannot live without—it fuels our mornings. Coffee can boost energy levels, help you feel less tired, increase productivity, and even fire up your metabolism.
Perhaps the only downfall of coffee is the unwanted anxiousness and jitters that often accompany it. Caffeine in coffee can mimic the symptoms of stress (e.g., adrenaline, elevated heart rate, jitters, and sweating) which can cause many people to feel over-stimulated and anxious.
Adding cannabidiol (CBD) oil to your coffee might be just what you need to enjoy the perks of coffee while potentially reducing the side effects of caffeine.
Whether you’re looking to reduce the coffee jitters or are just looking for a new way to enjoy your CBD oil, we’ve provided everything you need to know about using CBD oil in coffee, including the potential benefits, how much to use, and how to make a cardamom coco CBD bulletproof coffee at home.
There are a few reasons why many everyday coffee drinkers and CBD users are adding their CBD oil to their coffee. While the main reason is to mitigate the unwanted side effects of caffeine, others take it to prolong the duration of the effects of both CBD and coffee. Here’s how it works.
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a system of receptors that plays an important role in the regulation of processes and functions, including sleep, pain, mood, and memory. This interaction is the primary reason why CBD is well known for its potential to ease mild anxiety. The exact mechanism for CBD’s potential to reduce anxiousness is still being researched, but several have been proposed.
One potential mechanism is believed to be through CBD’s ability to activate the brain receptor for serotonin, 5-HT1A, which is linked to anxiety and depression.
Another potential mechanism is that CBD increases the level of a particular endocannabinoid called anandamide, also known as the “bliss chemical”. Anandamide signaling is associated with a positive mood and a sense of calm.
Just about everything that you consume needs to be metabolized and broken by your liver before circulating into your bloodstream. The liver uses special enzymes (CYP enzymes) CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4 to metabolize CBD oil and caffeine. Because the liver can only metabolize so many compounds at once, it can essentially cause a traffic jam if there's a sudden increase in compounds like CBD and caffeine. This traffic jam can slow down the metabolism of CBD and caffeine which may increase the duration of their effects.
Determining how much CBD oil to add to your coffee can be a bit of a trial and error process unless you’ve already honed in on your perfect dose. The amount you take depends on several things like your own unique body chemistry and your reason for taking CBD. Everyone’s perfect dose is unique, as everyone responds differently to CBD. In general, we recommend starting with a lower dose and incrementally bumping it up over time to discover your sweet spot. Here are some guidelines for determining your initial dose.
To reduce the caffeine jitters, try starting with 20 mg of CBD. For more detailed information on figuring out how much CBD to take, check out our guide to determining your perfect dose.
If you’re looking to spice up your CBD oil and coffee routine, there are plenty of CBD oil recipes out there. Here’s one of our favorites:
1½ cups hot brewed coffee
2 tablespoons coconut butter
2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional)
1 pitted date
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 generous pinch of salt
30 mg of Feals 1,200 mg CBD oil
Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender
Blend until smooth and frothy
Pour into a mug and garnish with a pinch of cardamom
At Feals, we’re dedicated to providing you with a better way to feel better. Our full-spectrum CBD oils and CBD mints are made with only the purest ingredients and are designed to help you find balance and feel at your best.
If you still have questions about using CBD oil in coffee, or how to find your optimal dose, our customer service team would be happy to help you out. Just give them a ring.
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