What Is CBD? Can It Be Added to Coffee?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that has been of great interest to those who want some of the positive effects of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), without the psychoactive effects. In other words, when distilled into oil or cooked into an edible product, it can help promote a feeling of calmness and relaxation, but it will not get you “high.”
While CBD will not make you feel euphoric or sedated, many report a general sense of wellness upon ingesting, and some use it for pain management as well. It is also sometimes recommended for those struggling with anxiety, and has been effective in certain epilepsy cases. So what’s all the fuss of late about adding CBD oil to coffee?
What About This CBD and Coffee Trend?
There are a number of different ways to get CBD into your system, and one way that is growing in popularity is in coffee. It’s not all that surprising, especially since coffee bars and specialty coffee shops are always on the lookout for new, interesting, and hip flavors. But is it right for you?
In a word, it maybe. Coffee shops that have started offering CBD coffee drinks have seen their popularity rise dramatically in many cases. Whether this is a trend or reflective of some real benefits to CBD are not yet clear.
Is CBD Safe?
Doctors generally seem to agree that in most cases, CBD has no harmful effects. Research suggests that it is unlikely to harm you and could have beneficial effects such as a heightened state of relaxation or reduced pain, either from the true action of the CBD or a placebo effect. So in general, it is likely that you have little to lose by drinking CBD coffee.
However, you should be aware that if you are ordering a CBD coffee in a coffee shop, you don’t necessarily know what you are getting. CBD is considered more like a supplement than a drug, which means that it is not regulated by the FDA, so you have no government assurances of its safety.
Some products that claim to have pure CBD oil may have less CBD oil than advertised or even have THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. This of course means that you could become impaired or test positive on a drug test after ingesting it.
How to Drink CBD and Coffee
If you are interested in trying CBD and coffee, your best approach is probably to just order your favorite coffee and add the CBD oil yourself. Even if this is your approach, you should do extensive research on your CBD oil source first.
Remember, this is a very popular, unregulated substance so you need to take great care in knowing where your CBD oil is coming from, especially if you are ordering it online. Once you have your CBD, it’s probably a good idea to start with only a small amount to see how it affects you, and then to work your way up to the appropriate proportion.
What About Truly Sustainable Coffee and CBD?
If you’re looking for a delicious coffee to try with CBD oil, we recommend Paradise Mountain organic coffee from Thailand. It’s a rich, flavorful USDA certified organic coffee that is shade grown, direct trade, and fully sustainable – in fact, it’s the most sustainably produced coffee in the world.
As the U.S. distributor for Paradise Mountain, we at The Exotic Bean can attest to the superior taste and quality of this fine coffee. If you’d like to try some for yourself, contact The Exotic Bean and place an order today.