How Does Caffeine Affect CBD?

If you’re one of the 64% of Americans who enjoy a cup of coffee from time to time, you may well have wondered whether the caffeine has any impact on your CBD oil. With metropolitan areas seeing a rise in cafes offering CBD-infused coffee on their menus, it’s time to uncover the science behind mixing caffeine and CBD oil.

So, before you forfeit either of your favorite morning pick-me-ups, read on and discover everything you need to know about how caffeine affects CBD.

Caffeine and CBD oil: A Trendy Combination

If you aren’t yet among the number of people combining their CBD oil and caffeine, you might be wondering what the fuss is all about. So before we get into the science side of things let’s first discuss why people are combining these two products.

While many people simply combine their caffeine and CBD oil unintentionally, by taking their CBD oil drops or capsules at a similar time of day to drinking coffee, others are seeking out the combination in a more purposeful way.

People new to cannabinoids often don’t want to make the initial investment required to try CBD for the first time; at $50+ for a bottle of CBD oil capsules, you want to have at least experienced CBD before making a purchase. For this group of curious customers, visiting a local cafe to try a latte or cappuccino which has been infused with CBD oil allows for a cheap and easy trial.

The CBD Effect vs The Caffeine Effect

So, now we know a bit more about why people are combining coffee and CBD, but what effects do each product have on our bodies?

CBD and your system

CBD, or cannabidiol, is extracted from the Cannabis sativa and hemp plants. It is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids and is one of the most heavily researched. CBD, and other phytocannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are very similar in structure to our body’s own endocannabinoids, allowing them to target cannabinoid receptors in our neurological and central nervous systems. Science has found CBD to have potential uses in reducing pain and inflammation, helping to treat a variety of conditions, from anxiety to ALS.

Unlike THC, CBD oil does not have an intoxicating effect.

Caffeine and your system

A stimulant of the central nervous system, the most noticeable effect of caffeine is a nearly immediate increase in alertness. In people predisposed to anxiety disorders, it is this effect, combined with an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, that can result in jitters, anxiety and even panic attacks.

Too much caffeine can also leave the drinker with headaches and nausea.

Perhaps one of the reasons that CBD and caffeine have become such a popular pairing is that the side-effects of caffeine consumption are negated by the interaction with CBD oil.

How Caffeine Affects CBD Oil: The Anecdotal Evidence

It’s widely reported by those who use both caffeine and CBD oil that the combination can remove the jittery edge that a caffeine hit often brings. It’s also said that a benefit of CBD oil is that it can reduce some of the other side-effects of caffeine, such as feelings of anxiety and nausea. Many people swear by CBD oil and caffeine as a way to achieve a crash-free level of focus and energy.

Research is lacking in the benefits of CBD oil, particularly when it comes to its use in conjunction with other products. We rely on a combination of anecdotal evidence and the small quantity of research which has been published. With that being said...

How Caffeine Affects CBD Oil: The Science

Due to CBD having only recently been legalized in many states, science is playing catch up, with new studies being conducted all the time.

A report by the World Health Organisation looked into the safety of CBD oil as a stand-alone product and concluded: “CBD does not produce the effects that are typically seen with cannabinoids such as THC. It also failed to produce significant effects in a human study of abuse potential discussed below… Across a number of controlled and open label trials CBD of the potential therapeutic effects of CBD it is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile [sic].”

Dr. Bonni Goldsetin, winner of the 2017 Medical Professional of the Year Award and Medical Director of California diagnosis clinic, Canna-Centers, recently expanded on the little we know about CBD oil and caffeine during an interview with Marie Claire.

“It’s unclear at this point in time the exact interaction between CBD and caffeine . . . at low doses, CBD is a stimulant and in higher doses it can cause sedation. Someone’s reaction to a combination of these compounds would not be easily predictable because various doses of each would affect the response.”

What’s more, as well as the CBD dosage and individual characteristics of the individual, effects can differ even further depending on the specific strain of CBD oil. For example, there are some strains which have been created for their impact on relaxation and sleep, while other strains are well-known for their effects on appetite, focus, anxiety, or a host of other things. With so many variables, it’s impossible to say definitively how caffeine affects CBD oil.

What You Should Know About Mixing Caffeine with CBD Oil

If you’re interested in combining coffee with CBD oil, there are a few things to you should keep in mind:

  • CBD is generally safe and free from side effects, however, it has been known to interact badly with some pharmaceuticals including particular antidepressants and antibiotics. To rule out any contraindications, speak to your doctor before beginning treatment.
  • Quality of CBD oil counts. If you want to get the best effects, choose an ethically sourced organic CBD oil.
  • Studies suggest that CBD degrades when it is subject to high temperatures. To avoid your organic CBD oil losing its potency when adding it to coffee, allow your drink to cool a little first, or opt for a chilled version of a classic. This will result in optimal levels of absorption.