How To Combine CBD Oil With Coffee
5 min

How To Combine CBD Oil With Coffee

5 min

CBD and caffeine are two intriguing substances with unique effects and benefits. Here's what happens when you combine them.

There is no more glorious way to start the day than with that first cup of coffee. From the aroma of your favourite beans to that first sip that drips down your throat to give that instant jolt of caffeine… It’s absolutely tremendous.

Let’s take it up a notch and add a little CBD into the mix. For some of you, this is probably where we part ways. But there is definitely a large percentage who would give it a shot (pun intended). And why not? Caffeine and cannabidiol seem to be an oddly interesting combination. It’s like a tug-of-war between a substance that wires you up and another that chills you out.

But is it really worth it?

What Is CBD Coffee?

What Is CBD Coffee?

To answer this question, let's first take a closer look at what CBD actually is. It's a key component of the cannabis plant, but unlike its cousin THC, it's not psychotropic, so it won't get you high or impair your memory and coordination. Both interact with the endocannabinoid system, but CBD does so indirectly through other molecular targets to help the system achieve homeostasis (also called balance) in the body.

Now, a good chunk of CBD and coffee lovers might want to experience the best of both worlds. Mixing them into one magic brew is believed to provide a physical, mental, and emotional boost. But how exactly does that work?

What Happens When You Mix CBD With Coffee?

Ask people why they would mix CBD and coffee, and they will give you a number of reasons. But we first have to understand what the individual effects of CBD and caffeine are on the human body.

By knowing this, we can see if these two substances are indeed a match made in heaven.

Effects of CBD

Effects Of CBD

We briefly touched on CBD's interaction with the endocannabinoid system. But what does it all mean? Well, the ECS works with two receptors called CB1 and CB2. Although CBD doesn’t bind with these receptors as THC does, it encourages the production of beneficial endocannabinoids, which themselves bind with these receptors. In this way, CBD takes an indirect approach that doesn’t cause any psychotropic side effects, but still promotes a better functioning ECS. This, in turn, helps to encourage balance among all our biological systems.

Aside from the ECS, CBD interacts with other receptors, such as serotonin and TRPV receptors, to produce its holistic effects. While CBD will impact everyone differently, it’s this multifaceted approach that makes CBD ideal for promoting general well-being.

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Effects of Caffeine

For coffee lovers who can’t get through the day without having their fix, caffeine is a powerful and effective upper. Not only does it make you feel more awake, but it also gives that much-needed jump-start to get your brain warmed up and working.

Specifically, caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It is why people feel a near-instant rush of alertness after that first sip, and why it is a common ingredient to curb the effects of drowsiness.

However, it is also important to note caffeine’s unfavourable side effects, most of which are associated with withdrawal. These include irritability, headaches, and more.

Caffeine and CBD Interactions

Caffeine And CBD Interactions

There’s some debate on whether or not these two substances work well together. Theoretically, infusing both just creates a tug-of-war of effects within the body. But, when taken in correct doses, cannabidiol may enhance caffeine’s "kick", while also curbing its tension-inducing, heart rate-boosting effects.

It’s only been several years since experts really started researching the multitude of benefits that CBD may potentially bring to the table. That means they have yet to delve into the interaction between CBD and caffeine. But based on what the science says so far, it would make sense to mix both substances.

Does CBD Coffee Make You High?

CBD’s interaction with the brain rightly begs the question of whether or not it can make you high. But as we’ve briefly mentioned, it’s non-psychotropic. Unlike THC, you won’t be in any way impaired. You won’t consume a full bag of chips or laugh until you develop six-pack abs like you would after a few bong rips.

But let’s get one misconception straight. CBD is commonly classified as a “non-psychoactive” substance. That isn’t entirely true. If you look up what “psychoactive” means in the dictionary, it says, “affecting the mind or behaviour”. As CBD does interact with the central nervous system to a degree, it’s a misnomer to deem it completely non-psychoactive. Still, taking it won't make you high.

What Does Mixing CBD and Coffee Feel Like?

What Does Mixing CBD And Coffee Feel Like?

If taken in appropriate amounts, CBD and caffeine could be that perfect one-two punch to rev-up your lethargic-looking day, without causing panic or frenetic energy. But how exactly does that work?

For a better understanding, it's helpful to look to the neurotransmitter adenosine—which helps our system wind down to get ready for sleep. The higher levels of adenosine you have, the slower neurons work to send messages to your brain.

Caffeine counteracts the effects of adenosine and prevents it from taking effect. It’s the reason we feel much more alert and awake after that first shot of espresso.

On the other hand, as a modulator of adenosine, CBD reduces adenosine reuptake, boosting the amount of the chemical in the body. Essentially, CBD takes that other seat on the see-saw to create balance between these two wonder substances. If all goes to plan, CBD coffee can deliver the best of both worlds. So, if you’re the type to experience palpitations after a few sips of Starbucks’ Arabica house blend, CBD coffee may tone down the tension-inducing effects and relax the body.

How to Make CBD Coffee

How To Make CBD Coffee

Now, let’s get down to business and dive into creating our own CBD-caffeine concoction. You can go ahead and try this yourself. Impress some friends and make new ones.

Coffee and CBD Oil

This is pretty self-explanatory. You get your favourite beans, brew a cup for yourself, and add a few drops of CBD oil. How much cannabidiol you add will heavily depend on its concentration, but the happy medium is 10–20mg per cup.

By adding CBD this way, you have more control over the cannabidiol levels in your coffee mug. However, do remember that oil and water will never be a homogeneous mixture. Expect the oil to settle on the surface.

CBD-Infused Coffee Beans

Yes, you read that right. You’re buying these coffee beans pre-infused with CBD. All you have to do is brew and drink. But how is the CBD infused, you might ask?

It’s all in the beans’ natural oils. That’s how the creators of these products infuse the full-spectrum hemp extract, which also includes terpenes and other minerals and nutrients.

The only downside to this is that it would be more difficult to increase the CBD dose per cup. You may need to increase caffeine levels in order to do so.

What CBD Products Can I Mix With Coffee?

What CBD Products Can I Mix With Coffee?

There are two main carrier oil variants you can choose from: olive oil and hemp seed. The former accents the strength and purity of the cannabidiol, while the latter is specially formulated for better flavour. Neither will get you high.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that both products are perishable. So store them in a cool, dark place away from sunlight. Your pantry or refrigerator will do perfectly well. As for the dose, take three to four drops, up to three times per day to achieve the best results.

But, if you’re looking for a non-oil solution, CBD crystals are a good choice. Why not include them in tasty edibles to go alongside your brew. Might we suggest CBD cookies?

Should You Mix CBD and Coffee?

There is still a lot to learn about the full effects brought on by the CBD and caffeine combo. But here are a few things to consider, based on science and anecdotal accounts:

  • CBD modulates the effects of the caffeine "high" to reduce side effects like the jitters.
  • CBD won’t get you high. Don’t worry about it.
  • It's an easy way to upgrade your daily coffee experience. Who doesn’t want that?

Upon getting the OK from your doctor, this combo is definitely worth a try. If you love all things cannabis and coffee, this is a win-win.

Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
Miguel Antonio Ordoñez
With an AB Mass Media and Communications degree, Miguel Ordoñez is a veteran writer of 13 years and counting and has been covering cannabis-related content since 2017. Continuous, meticulous research along with personal experience has helped him build a deep well of knowledge on the subject.
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