How Adding CBD to Your Coffee Will Boost Your Day

Whether you love the taste of espresso or hate early mornings, nothing beats a cup of coffee in the morning. Providing the characteristic pep and warmth, the classic cup of joe has gone through numerous iterations over the years, from lattes and cappuccinos to flat whites and cold brew. Coffee keeps you awake and focused, providing you with the energy to get through your day. Recently, coffee has been married with a new and growing trend: CBD. Read on to learn more about how adding CBD to your coffee can add a jitter-free boost of energy to your day.

Understanding CBD and Coffee

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that has been studied for its wide range of potential benefits to general health and wellbeing. Part of this comes from how CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Where THC binds directly to these receptors, CBD works indirectly to change signaling pathways, which influences the ebb and flow of various neurotransmitters. This may result in a variety of effects, most commonly:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Improved sleep
  • Support for a healthy mood
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Physical calm and relaxation

Coffee contains a variety of different components, such as diterpenes and antioxidants, but most people drink coffee for the caffeine, an active stimulant that provides the characteristic boost in energy and alertness.

Putting Together CBD and Coffee

CBD and coffee can seem at odds considering their respective effects. One is known for calm and relaxation, while the other is known for wakefulness and energy. Surprisingly, some studies suggest that coffee and cannabis activate some similar pathways in the brain.

While you might think that one cancels out the other, putting the two together may actually accentuate and complement individual effects. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD in coffee offers the same focused energy and alertness of coffee without the jitters.

A common (though as yet untested) theory suggests that CBD and caffeine inhibit a chemical known as adenosine. Adenosine plays a variety of roles, particularly involving energy transfer and cell signaling, but it’s also known to act as a central nervous system sedative. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors, which results in you feeling more awake and alert. CBD is believed to delay the reuptake of adenosine into your neurons, which may contribute to its potential to calm the body and help in the management of inflammation.

The Potential Benefits of CBD Coffee

The fact is, science still doesn’t have a great understanding of how neurotransmitters work, and we still need more research to determine how CBD and caffeine (as well as the other compounds in caffeine) might interact with one another. However, using CBD coffee may still come with a variety of potential benefits.

Improved Mood

Both CBD and coffee are known to have mood-lifting properties on their own. Working together, CBD and coffee can help to regulate your mood to reduce stress and support relaxation without making you sluggish or lethargic.

Antioxidant Potential

Both CBD and coffee are known to be rich sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat the effects of free radicals, compounds that can cause damage to cells and DNA, resulting in inflammation and common signs of aging. The antioxidant potential of both CBD and coffee may help to curb and prevent some of this damage.

Alleviate Digestive Problems

Coffee is known to cause heartburn and digestive problems thanks to its high acidity. CBD may help to calm the stomach and counteract the common bowel issues associated with drinking too much coffee.

How to Drink CBD Coffee

Consider different delivery methods.

CBD is available in a variety of forms, including CBD oils and tinctures. While you can drop some CBD oil into your coffee or mix CBD-infused butter into your next brew, some companies have developed CBD-infused coffee beans, allowing you to get the most of the cannabinoid right out of the brewing process.

Serving size matters.

While the exact effects of CBD coffee still require further study, most experts do agree that the serving size of both the coffee and the amount of CBD matter. The potential effects of CBD are dependent on serving size, meaning that you won’t feel the effects if your dose is too low or too high. If this is your first time with CBD or CBD coffee, start under 10 mg of CBD per cup of coffee.

Even within those parameters, you may experience different effects based on your serving size. Lower CBD concentrations of 2 to 10 mg may improve focus and have more mood-lifting effects. Around 10 mg of CBD is when you should expect more calming, relaxing effects. This can vary from person to person and may take some trial and error. As always, start low and gradually increase CBD concentrations to see how you feel.

Don’t go overboard.

Even if the CBD makes you feel fine, try not to go overboard on the coffee. Too much caffeine in your system is not a good thing. Try to keep your intake to under five cups of coffee per day. Any more than that and you’ll still probably feel the jitters even with the CBD.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about CBD coffee, but experts agree that combining CBD and coffee is perfectly safe and likely won’t compromise your health. If you think CBD coffee could give a boost to your day, take a look at our selection of CBD oils to add to your next cup of joe.

The Tale of Topical CBD Oil (and Its Superpowers)

Topical Uses for CBD Oil and How to Apply Topical CBD

Like other marijuana- and hemp-based products, CBD topicals can offer a huge range of soothing benefits, naturally.

…and no, topical CBD oil doesn’t get you “high,” but it can certainly ease sore muscles and help with relaxation!

What Is Topical CBD & How Does It Work?

When we talk about topical CBD, we’re referring to the range of lotions, balms, sprays, and other skin-care products made from cannabidiol, a natural derivative of marijuana and hemp plants.

CBD works differently in our bodies than THC, so CBD does not cause the same “stoned” feeling when it is ingested. This is because it binds to different receptors in the endocannabinoid system, a part of our bodies responsible for regulating appetite, mood, and memory. Some of the same receptors are also activated when you apply topical CBD oil products to your skin. (1)

CBD topicals are sold in both pure oil form and combined with other natural oils for added sensation or aromatherapy effects. When applied properly, they offer relief from all kinds of ailments, including pain, stiffness, and inflammation. They are an excellent choice for people of all ages looking for therapeutic cannabis products that do not need to be ingested or smoked.
One of the main health benefits of CBD oil is that it offers effective relief of chronic or occasional pain and discomfort without the side effects of pharmaceutical medications.

Uses of Topical CBD Products

Topical CBD oil offers a range of benefits. Here are a few:

  • These products are all-natural with no dyes or toxins (or at least they should be—always check your labels before you buy).
  • You can mix your hemp salve or lotion with your favorite essential oils.
  • CBD topical oils are extremely moisturizing and nourishing, protecting against dryness and maintaining the skin’s elasticity.
  • There are no known side effects of using these products.
  • Topicals are perfectly legal.
  • Topicals work immediately; other options like CBD edibles can take a while to kick in.
  • Cannabinoids are potent antioxidants, antibacterial agents, and anti-inflammatories. (2) (3)
  • CBD products used externally are great for joint support.

Topical CBD for Neuropathic Pain

One study has provided evidence supporting CBD oil (in combination with THC-based topicals) as an effective treatment for neuropathic pain. (4) Neuropathic pain stems from damaged nerve cells that have difficulty sending messages to the brain.

Neuropathic pain is a common symptom for those suffering from diseases like multiple sclerosis and diabetes. This type of pain may include numbness, tingling, or shooting pain and can lead to serious adverse effects such as skin infections. Treatment for this type of pain typically consists of antidepressants or other medication, but it can be very difficult to treat, and medications aren’t always effective.

For those living with chronic bodily pain, cannabidiol pain relief in topical form can offer a much-needed natural source of relief when used in combination with other treatments or if medications are proving ineffective.

How to Apply Topical CBD

Unlike ingestible CBD, which can provide pain relief for the whole body, topicals work only at the point of contact, because they are not absorbed into the bloodstream. Making sure that you understand where the pain is coming from will improve the effectiveness—for instance, a headache could stem from a tense jaw, and sore legs may indicate an issue with your back or hips.

To use a salve, simply rub a generous amount all over the areas of your body where you feel discomfort or tension. Our skin does not generally absorb cannabinoids well, so be sure to use a liberal amount and repeat the application if you don’t feel relief.

Here’s how to make sure your CBD topical works well:

  • Clean and dry the area thoroughly before application.
  • Start with a small amount of the product, and rub it into the affected area using slow, medium-firm circles.
  • Allow the product to penetrate the skin, and apply more if necessary or if your skin is very dry.
  • You should notice a calming, fresh effect on that area almost immediately, but this might be subtle, so you can feel free to repeat the process as many times as needed.

When used properly, topical CBD products can provide a world of relief to those suffering from external pain. They can also be amazing to use alongside aromatherapy oils after a workout or as a part of your next romantic massage.

If you have intense pain, you may want to consider using one of the high-CBD strains available from Healthy Hemp Oil.

A Win-Win Solution

If you suffer from chronic or occasional muscle pain, tension, skin conditions, inflammation, or related problems and are looking for relief, don’t hesitate to give one of our top-quality topicals a try. And for a completely relaxing and nourishing experience, consider trying a topical alongside one of the tasty CBD edibles available today.