CBD, short for cannabidiol, has become nearly synonymous with wellness in the past year. It's pretty clear that CBD isn't harmful, whether or not it's actually helpful, so it seems worth trying if you want to shell out the cash and hope for the best. Many of the people that have welcomed CBD oil into their lives have started to take it in their coffee, but how do you make CBD coffee?
I Tried CBD in My Coffee—and I’m Still Not Sure What I Felt
CBD: real deal chill factor or overly hyped? I tested it in coffee to find out.
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner is a writer and recipe developer. She’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, Time Out New York, Forbes, and many more publications. She also writes the food newsletter, Specialty.
I didn’t think CBD worked until, well, it did. I think. I’d once taken a small CBD gummy the week before my wedding and ended up lying flat on my back on my Brooklyn rooftop, watching planes slowly zoom overhead, feeling just. weird. Was this what relaxation felt like? Or was this a total placebo effect situation, with me just totally zoning out before the biggest week of my life?
As a general statement, I am an anxious, not-at-all-chill, never-relaxed person. This personality type works for me. It’s how, within minutes of being commissioned this article by my editor, I agreed to try CBD in my coffee, got my hands on some unflavored CBD oil, and experimented with my own mental state.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, has become nearly synonymous with wellness in the past year. Derived from hemp, CBD is the compound thought to make users feel relaxed. THC, on the other hand, is the chemical compound in cannabis that makes users feel high. The science is still lacking on what exactly a dose of CBD can do for you, but some believe it can be used to treat anxiety, though the research on that is inconclusive. Still, it’s pretty clear that CBD isn’t harmful, whether or not it’s actually helpful, so it seems worth trying if you want to shell out the cash and hope for the best.
Tasting CBD Coffee
Due to the aforementioned anxiety, I’ve tried to cut back on my coffee intake. This means one cup in the morning and another (OK, two more) in the afternoon. Though CBD is thought to help some go to sleep at night, the idea of starting my morning with a caffeine boost and some zen CBD relaxation was appealing, so I added a dose (33 milligrams) of Kush Queen’s Bare Daily Wellness Supplement Full Spectrum CBD to my morning brew.
The first thing I noticed was that the CBD oil did not mix in well with my coffee—it floated on top in large drops and when I tried stirring it in, they just broke up into smaller droplets. I sipped the coffee regularly, aware that some sips were significantly oilier than others. Because the CBD was unflavored, it didn’t really affect the taste of the coffee in any way. In retrospect, it would probably have been delicious drizzled on some slices of avocado (next time!).
The Effects of CBD Coffee
Knowing that I’d be documenting my CBD experience, I was hyper-aware of any changes that may occur with my chemically enhanced coffee routine. Only, none came. (At least, noticeably.) My morning continued as usual: reading Travel & Leisure magazine, checking and responding to emails, and commuting via the New York City ferry to Manhattan’s financial district, where I had lunch at Manhatta and cleaned my plate.
Cannabis is known for inducing cravings or sparking one’s appetite. But that’s due to the THC, not the CBD, so I can’t say what made me so delightfully hungry to gobble down an entire steak and deconstructed cheesecake. I was noticeably sleepy after lunch, but again, that’s probably due to the filling meal, rainy weather, and the fact I was jetlagged from a return flight from Paris just days before.
Theoretically, the effects of ingested CBD should kick in about 45 minutes to two hours after the substance is consumed, and there’s not quite enough info to know how long the effects last. People feel the effects differently too, or not at all. By the time I left lunch, battled the rain, and hopped on the subway, the CBD should have kicked in (if not worn off). But I wasn’t totally aware of any major changes it incurred in my mood or behavior that day.
Following Kush Queen’s advice, I added my second dose of CBD to my cup of coffee at my coworking space, which made me feel both illicit and cool—despite the fact that I was wearing socks with pumpkins on them and everyone else around me was conducting business in chic heels and cool boots. This, perhaps, may be the strongest effect of CBD: the cool factor. It’s trendy. It’s also kind of expensive (the 1-ounce bottle of CBD cost $35.99, and a bottle this size has roughly 30 droppers full, making each dose over a dollar per serving), so I consider it a luxury product.
Because I now have this 1-ounce bottle of CBD, and about 14 more days worth of dosages, I’ve continued trying to see if I notice a difference in my days due to my CBD-infused coffee. After all, some evidence suggests that the effects of CBD may be cumulative, rather than immediate, especially in relation to conditions like inflammation. But the truth is, I still haven’t noticed much difference in anything relating to my mind or body due to my CBD consumption. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not working. This also may be why my therapist suggests meditating.
How to make CBD coffee
As it grows in popularity, CBD is used by many for the benefits it can have in regards to a vast selection of conditions and ailments. It’s also used as part of the daily routine for those who want to focus more on their health and wellbeing.
For a lot of people, enjoying a morning cup of coffee is a must. But while the caffeine in coffee is great for getting you ready for the day and boosting your mood, many people are now combining their morning caffeine fix with CBD oil.
You may have considered adding CBD oil to your coffee, but before you try it, you may want to know the potential benefits, whether it is safe to drop it in and what the benefits are to mixing up your morning routine with a CBD infused coffee.
By drinking CBD coffee, users have been able to reap the benefits of CBD but in a tasty drink that is already part of their daily routine. These benefits include the ability to:
– Ease feelings of anxiety and stress
– Encourage relaxation and tranquility
– Improve overall mood
– Positively impacting skin conditions
– Reduce coffee jitters
Can you add CBD oil to coffee?
CBD can be taken in many different ways, and there are a selection of products available. Many people take CBD oil by adding a few drops to their coffee and drinking it as they would a normal cup of coffee.
However, while some experts hail the benefits of consuming CBD coffee, others are wary of the potential imbalance that could come from mixing CBD with caffeine. This is due to the fact that CBD relaxes and caffeine stimulates, so while it could be that caffeine will soften the effects of CBD or vice versa, it’s just as likely that both will offer their benefits to the user simultaneously. Many CBD users love CBD coffee as you still get the energy from the caffeine, while the CBD helps reduce any coffee jitters and anxiety.
That said, rather than adding CBD oil to drinks yourself, we have made it really easy for you by providing specially developed CBD products premixed with coffee. By doing this, you can relax in the knowledge that the formula is licenced and regulated, and that the dosage will be suitable for what you’re using it for, whether that’s simply promoting a feeling of wellbeing or attempting to treat an existing condition. For instance, we offer an alternative to mixing CBD into drinks yourself with our CBD-infused Cold Brew Coffee. Wealso use speciality Guatemalan beans to make sure you don’t lose out on flavour or quality!
Most people who enjoy their coffee with CBD will add it once the coffee is made. To try it yourself, grab your usual coffee with your preferred milk and sugar already mixed in and place a few drops of CBD oil into your cup. We suggest that 15mg is a good dose to start with. Then grab a spoon and mix it in and you are ready for some jitter-free energy.
Can I put CBD in normal coffee granules?
More experienced users of CBD products may choose to take a step further than dropping CBD oil into coffee by infusing it with coffee granules. This is because some people believe that it is more effective taken in this way as it has been given time to latch on to the granules before being consumed.
If you want to try this yourself, simply grind your coffee beans and put them into a cafetiere as you would normally. Then, add hot water to the cafetiere and add the CBD oil. Allow a few seconds for the warm water and coffee mixture to combine and brew before pouring. You can then drink your delicious CBD coffee once it’s cool enough to drink!
How much CBD oil should you add to your coffee?
As previously stated, the recommended amount of CBD oil to add to your coffee would be 15-20 milligrams. However, each individual is likely to take a different amount of CBD oil as the required amount will be affected by their weight, diet, metabolism, BMI and genetics. As such, any newcomers to CBD products should start with a small amount and increase their dosage until they find an amount that is effective for them.