CBD and Coffee: A Match Made in Heaven
CBD and Coffee are a match made in heaven. Interestingly, these two unlikely partners pack an extra strong medicinal punch when they combine forces.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is not mind-altering like its good friend THC. As such, it won’t get you “high,” but it does promote relaxation.
Let’s looks at the benefits of CBD and Coffee and see what happens when we combine the two.
Benefits of Coffee:
Coffee contains many biologically active compounds, including caffeine and phenolic acids. These compounds have potent antioxidant qualities. They also can affect glucose metabolism and sex hormone levels. Because of these biological activities, coffee may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. See the abstract from a study conducted by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute here.
Caffeine is a mild cognitive enhancer. It can enhance your ability to focus and can even boost your short term memory. Caffeine is also a stimulant that activates the sympathetic nervous system.
Coffee has numerous antioxidants in it as well. Your morning cup of joe actually outranks most fruits and vegetables combined in antioxidants.
Benefits of CBD:
Cannabidiol, (CBD) can be used to help treat acute pain, postoperative pain, chronic pain and neuropathic pain. This has made it a interesting tool in pain management treatment for cancer patients. Additionally, individuals with multiple sclerosis, migraine sufferers and people with phantom limb syndrome have seen real benefits from CBD.
CBD has been said to have positive effects on numerous other conditions and ailments ranging from anxiety to epilepsy. For a more detailed look at what ailments CBD can be beneficial for, click HERE.
CBD is a complicated ingredient though, in that while it is useful by itself as an isolated ingredient, it is much more effective when combined with all of the other ingredients found in the cannabis plant.
CBD works twice as strong when utilized from a full plant extract. This means in addition to THC the CBD works with the other 100+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It doesn’t stop there though, as the terpenes and flavonoids all play key roles in the effectiveness of CBD. Lowering the levels of any one ingredient can alter the effectiveness.
Coffee works in similar ways. Imagine instead of drinking coffee that you simply took a caffeine pill. You may get the stimulant effect from the caffeine, but everything else associated with your cup of java would be missing.
Therefore by simply taking a caffeine pill, you won’t get the antioxidant properties associated with coffee drinking. By the same token, simply taking a CBD tincture may not provide the same medicinal effects as a cannabis tincture which contains both THC and CBD.
The Trouble With Cannabis Strains:
Interestingly, cannabis has commonly been classified into strains such as Blueberry Kush, Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue to name a few.
However, this is not an accurate way to classify the effectiveness of the plant medicinally. Any experienced cannabis user will quickly tell you that buying a strain may produce a set of effects one time and perhaps a different set of effects the next time your purchase it a month later.
This is because cannabis is a complex plant. But imagine you have a mango seed. If you grow that mango in Florida, the weather conditions are ideal and you may get a delicious fruit. However, if you take that seed to Seattle and try to grow it, it may be a lesser quality fruit which is produced from the same seed.
Therefore, the mango seed is from the same type of mango but as it is produced in a different conditions, you end up with a different product. Cannabis is an even more complex plant than a mango is.
An even better example may be wine. A grape harvest may produce completely different results from year-to-year regardless of the use of the same type and/or strain of grape which is grown in the same location for the same length of time.
A seed from the same cannabis strain may produce completely different results. Even if the THC and CBD levels are the same, often the difference lies in the other lesser know ingredients. Perhaps most importantly is the terpene profile of each plant, which can vary significantly from plant-to-plant grown in the same harvest.
Slight increases or decreases in any one terpene can drastically alter the effects of the plant. For instance, a single terpene level which is slightly increased can alter CBD’s effectiveness and vice-versa.
Combining CBD and Coffee:
Both coffee and CBD pack serious medicinal benefits. It goes without saying that by combining these two gifts of nature, the medicinal effects can be twice as strong.
CBD works well with caffeine, often eliminating some of the undesired effects of the caffeine such as the jitters. This is because among its numerous benefits, CBD is also an anti-spasmodic.
The Process of Combining CBD and Coffee:
While it might make sense to just use the CBD oil you already have and put a few drops into your morning cappuccino, this actually will negatively alter the taste of your java.
It turns out the best way to accomplish this is by utilizing the natural oils that the coffee beans release during the grinding and roasting process. Use those oils as a CBD carrier to get the optimal effects.
This process has been perfected by the Colorado-based company called SteepFuze. Their coffee beans will be featured in CBD Health Box this summer.