Despite this push towards legitimizing CBD research, New York City’s health department recently told restaurants that CBD could not be served in edibles (like lattes) because it was "not safe as a food additive," according to Eater. CBD is still legal to sell on its own in other forms (and you’re certainly free to spike your own latte), but the decision has cast doubt over the safety and efficacy of the ever-popular CBD lattes.
Once 2018 was declared the year of CBD, it seemed like you couldn’t stop hearing about the product. The cannabis compound, which doesn’t cause a high, has been shown to reduce anxiety, help you sleep, reduce inflammation, and more positive health effects. Whether you prefer chocolates, candies, ice cream, or lattes, CBD product developers never seem to cease expanding upon their creative offerings. But, what are the effects of mixing CBD with caffeine? Doesn’t combining stimulating caffeine with supposedly soothing CBD seem kind of. counterintuitive?
“It’s unclear at this point in time the exact interaction between CBD and caffeine,” she said. “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.”
That said, there are some studies that have looked at what happens when you mix the two. A study published in The Journal of Internal Medicine found that coffee and cannabis activate some of the same pathways in the brain. "The neurotransmitters related to the endocannabinoid system — the same ones affected by cannabis —decreased after drinking four to eight cups of coffee in a day. That’s the opposite of what occurs after someone uses cannabis," a press release about the study emailed to Bustle said.
As to the exact effects of mixing the stuff with caffeine, a lot more research needs to happen — but there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence out there. While you might think that the jolt of your morning brew might cancel out your CBD-induced chill, anecdotally, this isn’t always the case. Dr. Bonni Goldstein, MD, the medical director of Canna-Centers, told Cady Drell writing for Marie Claire that figuring out how someone with react to CBD is a case-by-case thing — and the effects of mixing it with coffee aren’t fully understood.
“It’s the perfect drink for gym-goers and professionals alike looking to improve focus and energy inside, and outside, the gym or office,” says Josh Kay, co-founder of High Tide, which distributes CBD-infused cold brew coffee cans in the UK. Obviously, he’s keen to debunk the notion that it’s a stoner supplement.
Naturally, there are sceptics. While CBD has become wildly popular, only a fraction of users understand its properties.
f your desk mate is looking less rattly post-morning mochaccino it’s because cannabidiol coffees are piping hot right now.
Certainly CBD, the voguish cannabis derivative finding it’s way into everything from bath bombs to dog treats, is becoming as crucial to the London caffeine run as oat milk and an extra shot.
“By combining coffee and CBD we discovered that we could eliminate the jitters often caused by coffee,” he adds. “This is because we have a receptor in our brain called the adenosine receptor that picks up both caffeine and CBD. The addition of CBD can, in a lot of cases, remove caffeine jitters entirely.”
More than just a marketing trend, there are several advantages to mixing CBD oil with coffee — the relaxing effects of the CBD help reduce the unwanted side-effects of caffeine consumption (primarily the jitteriness and anxiety).
CBD oil enhances the mental alertness induced by caffeine in coffee and reduces annoying side-effects like anxiety and jitters.
This is the most convenient way of mixing CBD and coffee — it’s already done for you! All you have to do is brew your coffee as you normally would and you’ll get CBD along with it.
There’s a limit to the metabolizing power of the liver. If there’s a sudden increase in compounds such as caffeine and CBD oil, the liver gets backed up. The liver can only process these compounds as fast as it can.
CBD oil can further enhance the feeling of mental alertness produced by caffeine by interacting with some of the same neurotransmitters responsible for carrying out the effects.