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CBD and caffeine: all you need to know

CBD and caffeine: all you need to know

If you think that CBD and caffeine have opposite effects on the body, you’re right. Caffeine is a stimulant, yet CBD calms you—but there may be a little more to the story. First, let’s look at what each does individually, and then how they may be able to work together. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is derived from the hemp plant (aka cannabis sativa). CBD is one of the most-researched phytocannabinoids in cannabis. 

The chemical structure of CBD is similar to the endocannabinoids in your own body, which means it can bind with cannabinoid receptors in your central nervous system. This has the effect of reducing pain and inflammation, and also promoting a sense of calm and well being. It’s even been used to manage various health conditions, from anxiety to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to ADHD.

Unlike THC, one of the other well-known phytocannabinoids in cannabis, CBD oil doesn’t make you ‘high.’ 

What is caffeine? 

Caffeine is a stimulant and has been used all over the world for centuries as a pick me up. It provides a quick increase in alertness and energy, which is one of the reasons that coffee is so popular. Most people claim that they can’t start their day without their morning coffee fix. 

Caffeine boosts your heart rate and blood pressure. In large doses—or in caffeine-sensitive people—it can cause jitters, anxiety, and headaches. Interestingly, it’s these negative effects that CBD can actually cancel out when taken alongside caffeine. 

Taking CBD with caffeine

While the exact interaction between CBD and caffeine is still a little unclear, it does appear that the effects are beneficial. 

The effects of CBD oil can vary depending on the strain and amount you consume. Some cannabis strains were developed to promote a greater degree of relaxation, while other strains help enhance focus or reduce appetite. This also makes it difficult to predict exactly how CBD and caffeine might interact. 

When taken in low doses, CBD can be a stimulant; in higher doses, it has a more sedative effect. This makes it difficult to gauge someone’s true reaction to the combination of CBD and caffeine, as different doses of each would affect the response in different people. 

This is why it’s important to do your research and know what strain of CBD you’re taking. It may give you some clues as to how the combination with caffeine will affect you. 

There is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that combining CBD with caffeine can reduce or negate the ‘jittery’ effects of a caffeine high. Some people report that taking CBD and caffeine together can decrease feelings of nausea or anxiety caused by too much caffeine. Still others say that using CBD and caffeine together provides an energy boost that allows them to focus better without the side effects caused by drinking too much coffee.  

Since CBD has only recently been legalized in most countries, there is currently  little scientific evidence to support these claims.

Is it safe to consume both caffeine and CBD at the same time?

The World Health Organization conducted research on CBD oil and stated that it is safe and well tolerated by most people. If you regularly drink coffee and also use CBD, it’s possible that you’ll end up combining the two at some point—whether intentionally or not.

Coffee and tea fortified with CBD have become something of a trend in recent years, and there are many positive reports about the effect this produces. Again, however, this can vary from person to person. 

CBD is known for helping to promote a sense of calm and relaxation, and some say that combining it with coffee helps them feel alert without the ‘caffeine buzz.’ Some claim they are able to concentrate better and feel more optimistic, and that it helps them go about their day with renewed energy.

But before you go mixing up your caffeine and CBD intake, it’s important to know that research is still pending. Yes, CBD is generally well tolerated and lacks negative side effects—but it has been known to interact with some common pharmaceuticals, including certain antidepressants and antibiotics.

Whether you’re taking these forms of medication or not, it may be a good idea to check with your doctor before you start adding CBD oil to your supplement routine.

Does caffeine affect the effectiveness of CBD?

Because amounts and strains of both caffeine and CDB differ, it’s difficult to know how much your particular dose might be affected. But it’s worth pointing out that some research shows that CBD can degrade (break down) when it’s exposed to very high temperatures. This can cause it to lose some of its potency. 

So, perhaps don’t go adding your CBD oil to your boiling hot coffee or tea! An iced drink may have better results, as the CBD oil will be more potent.

Is there anyone who should avoid taking CBD while consuming caffeine?

If you have had negative effects from taking either CBD or caffeine in the past, it may not be a good idea to combine the two. Those using CBD for medical conditions are advised not to take CBD with caffeine if they have been prescribed specific doses of CBD as part of their treatment.

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