I Drank CBD Coffee for a Week. Here’s What It Did to My Anxiety.
The highs and lows you should know about before you try it.
Health and wellness touch each of us differently. This is one person’s story.
Even if marijuana is legal in your state, it continues to be illegal under federal law.
Cannabidiol (CBD), the compound in cannabis that doesn’t get you high, is popping up in everything from salads to sundaes.
According to studies, CBD may tout several therapeutic benefits, including decreasing anxiety , reducing seizures, and minimizing inflammation. As someone who lives with anxiety, I’m personally most interested in the anti-anxiety factor.
Although you can take CBD several ways, from vaping to gummies, one unique way to consume CBD is through coffee.
Proponents, like Craig Leivent, PharmD, co-owner of Flower Power Coffee Co. (a maker of CBD-infused coffee and edibles), say that the combination of CBD and coffee will give you the alertness of coffee but without the jitters.
But High Times magazine, which covers all things marijuana-related, thinks the idea was ridiculous. Their logic makes sense: If CBD is known to make you sleepy, wouldn’t it fight with the caffeine and leave you groggy?
Bonni Goldstein, MD, a California-based physician who specializes in cannabinoid therapy, is also skeptical. Especially when it comes to proper dosage and the temperature of coffee.
“Those who want to use CBD for serious medical conditions, such as seizure disorders or inflammation from autoimmune disorders, should not take CBD in this manner, as accurate CBD dosing is extremely important for efficacy in these types of illnesses,” Goldstein says.
“For a healthy person who wants to take CBD as a nutritional bonus or supplement, [dosing] issues are not as important.”
Goldstein also adds that a recent study looking at CBD stability in cannabis tea found that temperature affects CBD content, “meaning the milligram amount of CBD someone might require for his or her condition will not be consistent when delivered in a heated drink,” she explains.
But some people are really loving CBD coffee. Ian Ford, owner of Caffeine Underground, a coffee shop in Brooklyn, New York, says that since he started selling the brew, business is booming. It’s becoming so trendy, even Willie Nelson has launched his own CBD java.
Research shows that CBD has a host of potential benefits, including reducing anxiety. One of the newest CBD products on the market is CBD coffee. But wouldn’t the caffeine, which can make anxiety worse, override the anti-anxiety effect of the CBD? I tried drinking CBD coffee for five days to find out.
The 9 Best CBD-Infused Drinks to Try in 2021
Drinks with cannabidiol (CBD for short) will not get you high. Studies have shown, however, that CBD offers a slew of health benefits, from stress relief to reduced anxiety, nausea relief, decreased muscle and joint pain, improved sleep, and even reduced inflammation and acne. One company, Endo Water, calls it “the new kale.”
Despite being one of over 113 active compounds found in the cannabis plant, CBD is non-psychoactive. This means that the mild-altering buzz associated with weed won’t hit you. High Times even called CBD “one of the most remarkable compounds in the natural world.”
Join the craze and naturally chill out with one of the best CBD drinks. We’ve got options for you, whether your poison is coffee, tea, soda, or CBD gummies.
The sweet and sugary Spanish wine, Cannawine, is augmented with CBD hemp extract for an easy-to-drink 14.5% alcohol by volume red that is best served cold. At 50% garnacha and 50% cariñana grapes, there’s a rich touch of red and black fruit in this vino, with a subtle scent of cannabis sativa. If red wine wasn’t already ‘good for you,’ Cannawine cites that studies have shown CBD, “acts as an anxiolytic, anti-depressive and antispasmodic agent, which helps against cancer.”
Anxious coffee jitters shouldn’t make you sweat through your button-down by 10 in the morning. Swap your usual cold brew with Kickback’s vegan CBD-infused coffee (20mg per serving). When CBD is combined with caffeine, you should get a calm, yet energized feeling that Kickback calls, “a functional chill.” This is a relief since our on-the-go schedules might call for a chill-out first thing in the morning instead of at the end of the day. The five flavors include: The O.G. Cold Brew, Just Peachy, Golden Cashew, Coffee Date, and Matcha.
The aromatic sparkling tonics of Aurora Elixers contain 15mg of CBD and come in two flavors that will knock your cocktails out of this universe. With carefully measured levels of cannabinoids, 8 grams of sugar or less, and all-natural ingredients, Aurora’s Lavender Spice and Grapefruit Rosemary tonics were designed to be enjoyed chilled or in a craft herbaceous cocktail. Zero THC is included in the hemp oil Aurora sources, so you won’t get crossfaded and feel like muck. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Not only does CBD calm you down, but it’s commonly used to reduce inflammation. Oleo’s powder mix and single-serve packets of instant CBD-infused coconut water, tea, and flavorless mix takes a sports recovery approach to incorporating CBD into everyday wellness (the slogan is “Perform better, recover faster”). Oleo uses a Micro-Encapsulated CBD that wraps the molecules of CBD in a binding material comprised of natural carbohydrates. Why? It’s fast-acting, cold-water-soluble, and offers more bioavailability (aka it’s easier for the body to absorb and make better use of the active ingredients).
While Coca-Cola makes headlines for a potential CBD drink in the works, Sprig already has the CBD soda game on lock. Naturally sweetened and flavored, Sprig comes in Citrus sweetened with cane sugar, and the zero-sugar flavors Citrus, Sparkling Lemon Tea, and Melon. Each can contains 20mg of all-natural CBD derived from agricultural hemp. Sprig is a great alternative to a cheat soda after a long workout since you’ll reap the anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and anti-nausea benefits and dodge a sugar bullet all at the same time.
CBD Hemp Soda
Cannabinoid Creations (CC) took classic soda fountain flavors like Ginger Ale and Orange Cream and turned them into CBD Hemp Soda. Grape Limeade, High Tide Honeydew Melon, and our favorite, Cartoon Cereal Crunch, round out the lineup. Using pharma-grade Cannabidiol from sustainably grown and harvested industrial hemp plants, CC hits its sweet spot in the CBD category and also makes CBD water, syrups, chocolate, and pet supplies.
Using hemp oil (relax, it’s just a plant extract and not an acid drop), Endo infuses plain ol’ water with, well, CBD. Taking its name from “ENDO-Cannabinoid”— the receptors found throughout the body that connect with cannabinoid-rich hemp oil — Endo is part of a movement to bring the ancient uses of hemp to the anxiety and insomnia-ridden modern era. Say hello to the next coconut water.
Bring balance to your physical and mental health with Zolt’s water-soluble CBD isolate. Zolt’s CBD isolate has zero THC, unlike full-spectrum hemp. You can seamlessly add Zolt to your routine. If you don’t have any specific mental or physical goals at the moment, you can try the brand’s Balance drink mix in a flavorless or coconut variant. Balance can help turn up your daily baseline performance. There are also other Zolt drink mixes that you can try out whether you want to boost your immune system or have more energetic mornings.
Since CBD-infused beverages have become the latest wellness craze of the year, we've compiled a list of the best CBD drinks you can try in 2021.