With CBD usage becoming more and more common across the country today, so too are the variety of different ways in which users can consume the all-powerful plant and one of the recent trends to emerge is that of CBD infused coffee.
So what is CBD Infused Coffee?
There are now a number of different unregulated cannabis companies that have begun producing and selling coffee infused with doses of hemp-derived CBD as well as a variety of bars and cafes serving coffee with a drop of CBD oil added to the drink.
But is this just another example of a CBD marketing gimmick or is there any worth to this new creation? Does it actually make sense to consume CBD and Coffee at the same?
Let's take a look at what we know so far.
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Research on Fish Suggests Some Potential
Research recently conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests that caffeine and CBD may have some potential when combined. The study discovered that caffeine protected against memory loss induced by a high anxiolytic dose of CBD in zebrafish.
The study’s researchers concluded that long-term caffeine consumption protects against memory loss associated with extremely high CBD doses while caffeine may also counter the potential sedating effects of high doses of CBD.
While humans and zebrafish are obviously not the same creature, the study does suggest that caffeine may be a useful additive to consider when using CBD due to their potentially synergistic effect.
Another study conducted by the NIH IN 2014 indicated that low doses of CBD can produce an energizing effect. The study suggested the potential effect of CBD as a wake-promoting agent, much like caffeine. With too many people consuming far too much caffeine, CBD could well prove valuable in helping those addicted to caffeine to reduce their intake.
Another shared commonality between caffeine and CBD is that they are both said to contain powerful antioxidants and while research on the relationship between caffeine and CBD is still in its infancy, there does appear to be some potential given the study on zebrafish.
If we also consider some of the shared benefits of both CBD and caffeine, we can see why their relationship could be an intriguing one that does deserve further investigation.
Let’s take a look at some of the other potential health benefits of CBD and caffeine.
CBD may Ease Anxiety Related Symptoms of Caffeine
Ever had one too many cups of coffee in the morning? Many of us know that feeling of nervousness and the jittery sensation that can occur when we consume too much caffeine, so it is conceivable that coffee infused with CBD could potentially help to balance out the overly stimulating effects of caffeine.
As mentioned, CBD oil has great potential in the treatment of anxiety, but it is also true that caffeine can actually cause anxiety attacks. Is it, therefore, possible that CBD infused coffee could help to reduce the anxiety that is sometimes caused by drinking too much coffee?
It is also thought that CBD and caffeine both interact with adenosine found in the brain. adenosine is known as a calming neurotransmitter that helps our body determine when we need to stay awake and when we need to sleep.
However, CBD and caffeine have an opposite effect on this chemical. Caffeine is said to lessen the sedative impact of adenosine, which is why it helps us to stay awake while research has indicated that CBD may actually help to improve the body’s response to adenosine.
The study suggested that it is able to do this by actually increasing the level of calming adenosine that is available for the body to use and this is why some are now claiming that CBD could help with those negative side-effects of caffeine.
Still, with insufficient evidence to truly back up this claim, the jury is still out on whether CBD infused coffee could help reduce caffeine-induced anxiety.
CBD and Caffeine - Mood Enhancers?
Many of us, including this writer, will testify that they are often grumpiest in the morning and research has indicated that both CBD oil and caffeine could provide both short-term and long-term mental health benefits.
A study published in 2011 by the Archives of Internal Medicine discovered that women who drank 3 cups of caffeinated coffee every day were 15% less likely to develop depression.
CBD’s ability in this field is now also beginning to emerge with a 2016 study on rodents indicating CBD’s potential for boosting mood. Animals that were treated with CBD encountered a rapid increase in serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that is more commonly regulated with antidepressants.
Dangers of CBD Innovation
With the CBD revolution now in full swing, it is clear that there will be a variety of new CBD products available in the coming months and years. CBD innovation is developing each and every day and while that is an inevitability of our 21st-century society, it must also be worthwhile.
It must add to the value of this incredible plant and yet with so many new products being introduced to the general public, there is a genuine fear that unregulated cannabis or CBD products will cheapen, and ultimately lessen the potential impact CBD could have on our health.
With so much hard-work having gone into the application and understanding of what CBD can do for our society, it is so important that we understand the differences in quality and standards that are applied in our consumer-driven market-place. Not every CBD product is going to be worthwhile and yet, some products will, of course, add something to the discussion.
Still, the relationship between caffeine and CBD is not one that is truly well-understood by either producers or consumers at this time. Issues over bioavailability, as well as a lack of research on the long-term effects of CBD, infused coffee make this writer skeptical as to whether this particular line of innovation is a positive step in right direction. Only time will tell.
Much more research is needed before any solid conclusions can be reached on whether CBD and caffeine should, in fact, be paired together in the form we are currently seeing across the US today.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).