Should You Consume CBD With Coffee or Tea?

    by John Reid / March 23, 2019

    CBD mitigates the effect of stress. CBD also ameliorates short-term memory impairment, often attributed to THC. So, they mix well if you’re taking CBD for focus and alertness. If you’re taking CBD for anxiety, insomnia, or to decrease inflammation the coffee or tea - not the CBD -  should be avoided. 

    According to Relief Scout research, more than 80% of CBD consumers reach for CBD in the morning. Caffeine, the most widely used drug in the world, is consumed regularly by a reported 90% of Americans who reach for coffee or tea to start the day. Naturally, it would seem the marriage of CBD with your favorite morning beverage would be a perfect fit. Now, before we tell Folgers they have some competition for the best part of waking up, let’s find out if pairing CBD with coffee or tea is a good thing.

    Why take CBD?

    CBD will balance out your endocannabinoid system. This system controls inflammation, anxiety, nerve pain, memory and other conditions at optimal doses. At low doses, CBD can act as a stimulant in the brain. At higher doses, a side effect of CBD is drowsiness and increased likelihood you fall asleep before the opening credits of movie night with your better half.

    Why drink coffee or tea?

    Caffeine is a stimulant that activates the central nervous system. Naturally occurring caffeine in coffee or tea at lower doses will increase alertness and cognitive function. At higher doses you better get a tranquilizer dart before your charming Uncle Buck goes bitter on a hyper political rant over eggs and bacon. I digress…  

    Should you combine coffee and CBD?

    Frankly, you are going to feel mostly effects from a cup of coffee compared to about 20mg of CBD. As with most caffeinated drinks, CBD effects last about 4 to 6 hours, except the caffeine will have a greater effect on adenosine receptors in the hippocampus region of the brain. The adenosine receptors are associated with regulating sleep, and coffee or tea inhibits these receptors by blocking them.

    If you are taking CBD to focus, caffeine’s alerting effects on the mind will be enhanced. However, if you are taking CBD for anti-inflammatory reasons, caffeine naturally causes inflammation. Because the caffeine overpowers the CBD, the CBD will be inhibited from preventing inflammation to fullest degree but may have some mitigating effects. Anecdotally, some CBD and coffee consumers report CBD helps with the jittery, anxious feeling from coffee.

    Oil and water don’t mix

    Unless you are adding a water-soluble CBD tincture to your cup, you can’t mix oil and water. The CBD oil will float on top of the water-based coffee or tea. If you are adding CBD oil to water (coffee or tea), you need to add a fat source, like butter or cream to help absorb the cannabinoids (CBD) into your body. What’s better is the fats in combination with coffee help improve brain power.

    Will CBD degrade at higher temperatures?

    Yes, but way higher than the temperature you drink coffee. Average cup coffee is served between 160- and 180-degrees Fahrenheit. CBD will not begin to degrade until closer to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. There are many reports about this topic online and they are 100% scientifically bogus.

    Should I take coffee with CBD?

    Yes, CBD acts as an enhancer. Caffeine is a mild cognitive enhancer that will improve short-term memory, wards off sleepiness, and promotes fat metabolism. At the starting doses recommended by Relief Scout, CBD is unlikely to be affected by caffeine. But keep in mind - everyone is different, so starting dosage varies depending on symptoms, weight, and even age, but the positive benefits remain the same.

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    John Reid

    John Reid

    John has over 13 years of experience in finance and consulting. John has joined the industry-wide mission to educate and introduce people to the value of this often misunderstood component of the hemp plant. When not working with the Relief Scout vendors, you can find John and his wife enjoying the great outdoors and surfing in San Francisco. And if you ever want to talk music, John is all ears.


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