Amsterdam is probably one of the top destinations that comes to mind when thinking about all-things cannabis including the pairing of CBD coffee, after the Red Light District of course.
But beyond the glow of the dark playground of Amsterdam, there is an incredibly respectful, refined culture that exists, of tourists, locals and of all walks of life, who like to wake up in the morning and enjoy an espresso and a joint before starting the day.
With legalization happening quickly in North America, we are seeing that culture come to us and we hope it catches fire like a well-packed bowl. But this combination is still new to a lot of us, so here’s a little exploration into what it’s like to combine cannabis and caffeine.
1. No Way-to-Work Anxiety
Although coffee is our life-source, we technically shouldn’t feel the “need” for it until mid-morning or mid-day. Our acetylcholine levels should be spiked in the morning, negating the need for a stimulant such as coffee. But we get it, coffee is life. Touch my coffee, and you die, right?
You might be surprised to learn that CBD helps to calm anxiety, heart palpitations or other anxiety and stress-related symptoms. Studies suggest that doses of CBD are therapeutic for anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy and may also increase mental sedation.
So, to help combat the overload of acetylcholine (neurotransmitters), adding a few drops of CBD oil into your latte might just be the cure. You’re not limited to CBD oil. You can try taking a capsule with your fair-trade, dark-roast Peruvian blend to help level out the jitters and ease anxiety before you have to start your day.
CBD coffee is also a great excuse to have that late afternoon coffee date with your buds without the bedtime jitters, or a night-time cuppa to stay cozy and mellow for a night in.
2. CBD Makes You Happy!
While caffeine is a great short-term pick-me-up, we need to fuel our body with sustainable supplements. CBD is being used by many medical patients across the globe to battle not only anxiety, but also mood and other emotional disorders.
Because we have CB1 receptors in the brain that are meant to use CBD in our body for good, consuming it actually encourages our bodies to use more of our cannabinoid receptors; part of our endocannabinoid system (ECS) that affects our entire body and brain. The ECS is a system in the human body made up of receptors that interact exclusively with cannabinoids like CBD and THC (weird, right?).
According to research, CBD can manipulate the ECS making it useful for treating a variety of medical issues and even degenerative diseases, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Bacterial Infections
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This is of course not the full list, as more research is being done as we speak.
Both caffeine and CBD stimulates our serotonin production for a double whammy of euphoria without the psychedelic trip. And as well as improving your mood in the morning, if you have any medical symptoms, you might get assistance with that as well!
Try Afghani CBD with your morning java for the perfect get-going kind of day!
3. Mmm, Antioxidants
We’ve all had enough of this word shoved down our throats. We get it, antioxidants and things that are purple are good for us. But guess what?
We may see green when we think cannabis, however, look more closely and a well-grown Kush or Haze will have the most beautiful, deep-purple colour edging the leaves and even the flower that you will end up consuming.
The reason antioxidants are so good for us is that they reduce, or in some cases eliminate the risk of free-radicals in our body. Free-radicals can cause cancer and many other nasty health issues. Cannabis, and CBD in particular can actually be more effective than other vitamins. In some studies, scientists have found that CBD was 30 to 50 percent stronger than Vitamin C and E, which are considered to be of the highest in antioxidant levels.
Bet you want to slip some CBD oil in your coffee now!
And remember! CBD coffee will not get you high or cause psychoactive effects, so you can go about your normal day and responsibilities. But maybe with just a bit more bounce in your step!
4. CBD, The Neuroprotector!
Surprisingly, both caffeine and CBD can help fight against neurodegenerative disorders and other diseases. Thanks to cannabis engineers and entrepreneurs, CBD-only cannabis strains were created to reduce seizures in epileptic children who should not consume THC.
Because CBD is a neuroprotector, studies showed positive results and has been used successfully on patients with epilepsy for over a decade.
If you suffer from any neurodegenerative disorders, such as Fibromyalgia, Multiple-Sclerosis, Alzheimers or have had a stroke, CBD coffee could hugely impact your health and wellness routine and improve your quality of life.
5. Many Ways to Savour
Dosing your cannabis is always a personal decision. Always start with the lowest recommended dose from the manufacturer or your doctor and up the dose as you see fit.
While CBD will not get you high, you may feel a slight body buzz as it relaxes your muscles and opens your cannabinoid receptors. Just breathe deeply and enjoy your body and mind opening up to self-care!
Final Thoughts On CBD Coffee
If you’re unsure or unable to purchase your own CBD oil or capsules, there are plenty of other ready-made CBD coffee products for you to try out there! Check out the Herb Approach shop to shop the full CBD coffee range. You might find yourself adopting this new morning ritual for good!