For most of us, our daily morning routine starts with a cup of freshly brewed coffee; it’s what makes us feel awake, focused and ready to face the day ahead. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and too much caffeine can produce unwanted effects like jitters and increased heart rate.
So, it’s no surprise that increasing numbers of people are starting to add CBD to their morning brew in order to counteract the unwanted side-effects of caffeine consumption.
So if you’re wondering about why you should add CBD to your coffee,; here is everything you need to know.
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How does CBD and coffee work?
Globally it’s estimated that over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, is by far the most famous stimulant on earth.
No other stimulant comes close to the popularity of caffeine, and it’s probably our obsession with productivity that is to blame for our high caffeine consumption. The hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life and work means that we’re increasingly reliant on coffee to help us keep up with this hectic pace.
Caffeine helps us wake up early in the morning for work, focus more intently at work, and even allows us to work longer hours by delaying fatigue – but caffeine is far from perfect.
Most people who drink coffee are familiar with side effects, which can leave you feeling jittery and anxious; sometimes, you feel your heart skipping beats or pounding out of your chest.
It’s these effects that harm our ability to be productive, and prevent the very reason for using it, and this is where CBD comes in. CBD is ideal for eliminating these negative effects and allowing the caffeine to do the job we wanted it to in the first place.
A few critical neurotransmitters in the brain control our mental alertness, and one of the most important is adenosine. As more adenosine builds up, our neurons become progressively slower at sending messages, making us feel sluggish and tired.
Caffeine works by obstructing the effects of adenosine by connecting to the receptors themselves, thereby preventing adenosine from doing its job, keeping us awake when otherwise we would feel tired.
More research is needed to truly understand how CBD oil can enhance caffeine-induced alertness despite what we know.
How should you add CBD to your coffee?
The best way to include CBD into your coffee is by adding a couple of drops of water-soluble CBD into your drink. CBD by its nature is hydrophobic, meaning it doesn’t mix well into water. Therefore, in order to mix CBD into a beverage such as coffee or tea – you’ll need a water-soluble CBD product. At Found, we use Liquid LIFE which mixeless seamlessly into beverages and allows you to integrate CBD without destroying your favorite coffee taste.
Liquid LIFE is also more easily absorbed by the body, as in order to become water-soluble it’s molecules are made into nano-particles which allows for easy absorption by the body, delivering faster onset times and less wastage.
How does CBD affect the taste of coffee?
Historically, CBD coffee hasn’t tasted great, and no one wants to drink coffee with a nasty, bitter aftertaste. However, things are changing, with more and more cafes and F&B establishments using specialty water-soluble CBD liquid in their beverages. These water-soluble products have been designed not to have a hugely bitter after-taste. However, not all water-soluble products are made equally and some perform better than others in terms of mixing into beverages, flavour and delivering CBD effectively.
How much CBD should you add to your coffee?
When it comes to how much CBD to add into your coffee there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This is because everyone has their own unique body chemistry and reacts to CBD differently, read more about finding your CBD sweet spot here. We recommend a good starting point for people is 0.5mg of CBD per KG of bodyweight, and you should experiment with your serving size until you find what works consistently for you.
Is CBD Coffee safe?
Research currently demonstrates that CBD is safe. However, it’s worth remembering that everyone’s biochemistry is different, especially regarding reacting to cannabinoids. So with that in mind, it’s all about experimenting for yourself and seeing how you feel when combining caffeine and CBD.
Does CBD coffee help treat specific health conditions?
While some people drink CBD infused coffee because they want to help offset caffeine related jitters, it must be remembered that CBD beverages are not intended to treat or supplement treatment of any specific health conditions.
If you would like to learn more about CBD and coffee, please talk to our team of knowledgeable staff via email or drop into the Found Cafe in leafy Sheung Wan. Where not only can they answer any of your questions and help you shop our range of CBD products that match your needs and preferences, you can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed CBD – infused coffee.