The new wellness craze of CBD has led many companies and individuals (like me) to experiment with infusing baked goods and drinks with CBD- especially their caffeinated beverages!
Caffeine is a trendy daily routine for most people. Around the world, individuals are daily consuming their cups of coffee and tea. It's a popular way to get their morning started.
I'm not sure about you, but my morning coffee is something I look forward to when I wake up. I rush through my brushing teeth routine to get downstairs to make that cup of coffee. It's what entices me out of bed.
For some, caffeine is their lifeline through their day. But is caffeine good for you? Or do we just love the short-term benefits of it?
Caffeine in Your Body
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system increasing alertness. It creates a temporary energy boost and even elevates one's mood. As most people know, caffeine is found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and over-the-counter medications and supplements.
Caffeine is absorbed and passes into the brain. It does not collect or get stored in the bloodstream or body. It leaves the body through your urine a few hours after consuming it.
Caffeine has no nutritional value.
Caffeine can provide an energy boost or boost one's mood. Still, people with anxiety disorders may see an increase in heart rate and blood pressure that could result in hitters, anxiety, and panic attacks. And too much caffeine can also leave one with headaches and nausea, or with caffeine withdrawals.
But coffee and tea are good for you, right?
People love their cup of coffee and tea throughout the day, and some drink it for the caffeine, others for the health benefits.
There are two main types of coffee bean roasts- Arabica and Robusta. Arabica tends to have a sweeter, softer taste. Robusta has a more robust, harsher taste, and contains twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans. Most supermarket coffee or instant coffee is Robusta.
Coffee does have some nutritional value.
Coffee has several nutrients, including riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3, magnesium, potassium, and various antioxidants.
Some potential benefits one might see with coffee consumption: (1)
- Protection against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, and liver cancer
- Promote a healthy heart
Tea also can offer some nutritional value.
Tea usually refers to herbal, green, black, white, or oolong.
Green, black, and oolong tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The flavor of each of these teas is determined by how the leaves were processed. White tea comes from the same plant but is the young buds of the plant. (2)
Caffeine is in Black, green, and oolong tea. The longer a tea steeps, the higher the caffeine amount. Also, note that caffeinated teas usually have less caffeine than coffee.
Herbal teas are made from the roots, leaves, flowers, and other components from various plants. Many herbal teas are caffeine-free.
Teas may provide small amounts of minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, copper, and zinc. Tea is also a great source of fluoride. (2)
Some potential benefits one might see with tea consumption – green, black, white and oolong: (3)
- May help fight against free radicals that contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.
Green tea is considered the healthiest as it has high concentrations of EGCG.
Green tea may: (3)
- Help fight cancers
- Prevent clogging of arteries
- Burn fat
- Counteract oxidative stress on the brain
- Reduce the risk of neurological disorders
- Reduce the risk of a stroke
- Improve cholesterol levels
Black tea may: (3)
- Protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke
- Reduce the risk of stroke
White tea is uncured and unfermented. White tea has the most potent anticancer properties. (3)
Oolong tea does not have much research to back the benefits. However, it is marketed as a weight-loss supplement. (3)
Herbal teas are made from herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots and steeped in hot water. They are lower in antioxidants. The type of herbal tea will depend on the kind of benefits one may see.
Benefits of some popular herbal teas: (3)
- Ginger- Aids in digestion and stomachaches
- Chamomile- High in antioxidants
- Echinacea- Fights the common cold
So the benefits of caffeine by itself are limited. Yet caffeine, in its natural element, tea and coffee can aid in some health benefits.
So why would I add CBD to my coffee or tea?
A few years ago, I was introduced to CBD and the positive benefits CBD can offer. Mind you; these positive benefits are backed by minimal research but lots of testimonies.
CBD in Your Body
CBD is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, and science is finally catching up to these practices. Although there is still a lot of research to be done to verify the benefits and even side effects of CBD, what we do know is that CBD naturally interacts with your body.
CBD supports homeostasis in your body by interacting with your endocannabinoid system.
Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high but may:
- promotes calmness and relaxation
- recovery after a workout
- enhances focus and your mood
- help with your daily stresses life brings
- improve sleep cycles
In 2018, the Farm Bill was passed legalizing the selling of hemp-derived CBD products. The legalization brought to market CBD gummies, vapes, capsules, topicals, tinctures, infused beauty products, and even infused drinks.
However, even though you see CBD infused drinks for sale, it is not technically legal, yet! You can add CBD to your beverages and foods. But, federally, it is illegal to sell CBD infused food and drinks mainly because the FDA hasn't determined if it is safe to sell yet.
As I said, though, you might not be able to buy it infused legally, but you can create your infusions!
When CBD is consumed through the mouth and into the digestive system, it can take longer for it to be absorbed, but it takes longer to leave the body. Oral consumption of CBD allows the oil to work more profoundly on the healing of the body.
The longer CBD remains in the body, the longer it works on balancing your body.
Combining CBD and Caffeine
Adding CBD to your coffee or tea can relieve some of the symptoms and side effects one can get from consuming caffeine. In small doses, CBD can provide a touch of balance and stability to the jitters, nervous stomach, anxiety, or headaches you may get from consuming too much caffeine.
Before you get too excited and grab just any CBD to add to your coffee or tea, here are some things you should know:
- CBD is generally safe and free from side effects. However, it can interact with certain medications, like anti-depressants, antibiotics, or blood thinners. So speak to your doctor before adding CBD to your routine.
- Not all CBD is created equal. Be sure to find one that is high-quality, hemp-derived. Check out what makes Molecular CBD Shop a wellness CBD brand you trust.
- Watch the temperature of your drink before adding CBD. In too high of temperatures, CBD can lose its potency. A good rule of thumb, don't let it be scalding hot to ensure you maintain the strength of your CBD.
Combining CBD with your daily cup of coffee and tea is a great way to get your dose of CBD, as well as lessen some of the effects of caffeine on your body.
Caffeine mixed with CBD is a great way to achieve a crash-free level of focus and energy to conquer your day.
Want to try adding CBD to your favorite cup of coffee or tea? Try one of these recipes, or experiment with your own and share it with us!
Mint CBD Infused Café au Lait
- 8 oz freshly brewed coffee
- 2 oz steamed and frothed creamer (I use the Vanilla Better Half by Califa Farms)
- 5-30 mg of our mint CBD oil drops
- Brew your cup of coffee.
- On low heat, warm your creamer, turn off before boiling.
- Add the warm creamer to a cup, drop in your morning dose* of CBD oil. Use a frother, or spoon to mix it.
- Add the CBD creamer to your cup of coffee.
- Sip and enjoy.
Mint CBD Infused Tea
- 1 tea bag (green, black or white)
- 10 oz of hot water
- 1 spoonful of honey
- 5-30 mg of our mint CBD oil drops
- Heat your water, don't let it boil.
- Place the tea bag and honey in your cup.
- Add the hot water to your cup and let it steep for your desired amount of time.
- Once done steeping, remove the teabag and drop in your dose* of CBD oil.
- Stir it for 20 seconds.
- Sip and enjoy.
*To find your right dose, visit our article on What Dose of CBD is Right For You