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How do caffeine and CBD work together?

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How do caffeine and CBD work together?

If you’ve ever heard of CBD (cannabidiol) then you might be surprised to hear it associated with a stimulant such as caffeine.  This may be due to the fact that caffeine is known to give you a boost in energy, whereas CBD is associated with having a calming and relaxing effect. 

Two seemingly opposite substances?

Right. But also wrong…

Let us explain how these two substances work well when fused together. 

What is CBD?

CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive, which means there is no associated ‘high’. CBD simply doesn’t have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity – perfect if you’re looking to actually function post-ingestion!

The cannabis plant has two main species; Hemp and Marijuana – both of which contain CBD. Hemp contains more CBD and considerably lower levels of THC in comparison to Marijuana.

CBD is known to have an array of health benefits and new research is being conducted each day to support these claims. The many benefits of CBD include, a reduction in stress and anxiety, as well as helping with chronic pain.  Some studies have even showed how CBD could be used to help reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.

Pressing ground CBD coffee for espresso machine

What is Caffeine?

We’re all clued up on hemp, but what about the chalk to CBD’s proverbial Cheese?

Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance commonly found in tea, coffee and cacao plants with more than 60 plant species known to contain caffeine. 

It is also a substance that can be produced synthetically and added to certain foods, drinks and medications. Caffeine is prevalent in coffee and it is the world’s number one choice when seeking that morning wake up call! 

Around 80% of the worlds population consume caffeinated drinks on a daily basis. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system causing an increase in mental alertness.

There are many, many studies to show that consuming small doses of caffeine can have advantages such as, enhanced exercise performance and promoting fat loss by speeding up metabolism.

How CBD and Caffeine interact with each other

So CBD and caffeine are miracle workers in their own right. But what happens when you put them together.

Say, in a coffee?

Unlike regular coffee, CBD infused coffee has been shown to give users a boost in mental awareness minus the jittery effect that regular coffee can give. In this article written by Melissa Malamut she describes the feeling as  “Just enough to take the edge off, but not enough to make you feel like you’re under the influence of a drug”. 

CBD infused coffee has even been reported to induce high concentration levels and some users claim to develop a more optimistic attitude.

Sounds good to us!

Cannabis plant leaves

Benefits of taking them in tandem

When taking a break from caffeine, users can suffer from withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include ailments such as headaches, fatigue, low energy and poor concentration.  CBD is known to help combat these side effects when deciding to go on a caffeine detox, helping reducing headaches.

Coffee and CBD are both known to boast antioxidant properties too. Antioxidants are a key player in the wellness of your body and play a crucial role as they rid the body of toxins and protect our cells from damage. 

Antioxidants neutralise potentially damaging oxidising agents in the bloodstream while improving the health of cells and reducing the risk of developing diseases in the process. There are no limits to how many antioxidants your body needs so the more the better!

CBD can help with muscle recovery after a grueling gym session too. The reason for this is because CBD is proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Caffeine can be used as a pre-workout, giving you that boost in energy before a workout, and the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD will help your muscles recover, making them quite the pair for gym goers.

Where to find CBD caffeine products

The CBD infused coffee industry is in its relative infancy and isn’t as well-known as other CBD products. 

At Calm Recovery we offer a variety of CBD coffee blends and even have CBD infused Hot chocolate with a Vegan choice also available.  We are the first company in the UK to offer CBD infused coffee syrup with a selection of edibles being added to our product range in the near future!

We have witnessed the benefit of CBD firsthand and we truly believe that CBD infused products can benefit so many lives in a positive way. 

The CBD industry is projected to rise to 22 billion dollars by 2022. With more products being infused each year there is no limit to what can be done with our little plant.