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?
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.
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.
Like with most applications of CBD, the research into its effects when mixed with caffeine isn’t as strong as it could be, but that’s changing. In the meantime, being informed about your use of CBD — like taking small doses at a time, and being certain of the quality of the product you’re using — can help you make informed choices about what works for you.
“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.”
A beloved pick-me-up amongst 64% of Americans , coffee has a mixed bag of effects. A stimulant of the central nervous system, the most noticeable effect of caffeine is a nearly immediate increase in alertness and energy. In people predisposed to anxiety disorders, it is this effect on the central nervous system, combined with an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, that can result in jitters, anxiety, and even panic attacks.
It’s important to note, the World Health Organization has conducted research on CBD oil and concluded that CBD oil has a good safety profile and is well tolerated by the majority of people.
The CBD Effect vs. the Caffeine Effect
CBD oil and caffeine have become such a popular pairing because the negative side effects of caffeine consumption are negated by the body’s interaction with CBD.
Now you know a bit more about why people are combining caffeine and CBD oil, but what exactly makes the combination so appealing? Basically, the body’s response to CBD oil makes it the perfect complement to the body’s response to caffeine—read on for the details.
However, if you do your research and pay special attention to the strain of CBD oils you’re using, mixing CBD with caffeine becomes much less of a guessing game.