What is caffeine?
Let’s cover the basics. Caffeine is a bitter substance that occurs naturally in more than 60 plants. From beloved coffee to tea leaves, kola nuts (which are used to flavor soft drink colas) to cacao, different variations of caffeine can be found all over the world.
As any caffeine enthusiast knows, the main draw to caffeine is of course its stimulating effect, making you feel more awake and giving you that boost of energy you know and love. However, caffeine affects the body in many other ways, too.
How does caffeine affect your body?
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it increases activity in the central nervous system. Simple enough. Now to the more technical side: in the brain, it is believed that caffeine blocks the effects of a chemical called adenosine, which makes you feel sleepy. Adenosine levels build up throughout the day, making you feel increasingly tired. So, when you drink any caffeinated drink, adenosine is being blocked, making you feel more alert and energetic.
Negative side effects of caffeine
But as with all good things, there are always a few downsides. For many of us, caffeine can give us jitters, anxiety, stomach aches, and nervousness. Of course, all of this is dependent on how much caffeine is consumed and the users overall tolerance—but, what if there was something to curb all of those negative symptoms while still getting that dose of caffeine we so desperately crave each morning? Now enter, CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is a chemical found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of almost 100 cannabinoids found in the plant. Hemp is a specific variety of the Cannabis sativa plant and has the highest concentration of CBD, which is why CBD is often extracted from these plants.
How does CBD interact with your body?
Cannabidiol is believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates a range of bodily functions including sleep, mood, appetite, and immune function. So it is constantly working to keep your body running smoothly.
How does it do this? CBD binds with receptors that produce serotonin. Serotonin is thought to regulate anxiety, happiness, and mood (so it’s pretty important).
While CBD doesn't necessarily boost serotonin levels, it may influence how the brain's receptors respond to the serotonin that's already in your system. For this reason, the receptors that Cannabidiol binds with are believed to regulate basic fear and anxiety related behaviors.
CBD also interacts with GABA receptors responsible for calming the nervous system. By influencing these receptors, CBD may support overall balance of the nervous system.
Why do caffeine and CBD pair so well together?
Because CBD works to calm the nervous system and caffeine seeks to excite it, some people think the effects may contradict one another. However, this combination may actually combat the negative effects of caffeine rather than reduce any alertness.
So what does this mean for you? You can finally have that focus and alertness you love from caffeine, without the jitters, anxiousness, and stomach ache, because CBD provides a calming effect that perfectly balances the uneasiness of caffeine.
How? This boils down to a whole bunch of science on neurotransmitters, but as we noted before, CBD supports balance in the region of the brain that controls stress-response. Because CBD is working to calm and balance your body by binding to receptors that regulate fear and anxiety related behaviors, it may be able to help reduce that jittery, anxious feeling. Have a hectic work day ahead? CBD can help curb the nervousness from caffeine and help us feel a little more mellow—who wouldn’t want that?
We also know that CBD increases GABA activity. Or, in other words, supports widespread relaxation in the nervous system. Less stress and full body relaxation added to your cup of joe? Sounds like a solid start to the day!
Overall, adding CBD oil to your morning cup of coffee, matcha, or tea gives you the alertness you want while simultaneously providing an added feeling of calm.
How to incorporate CBD into your morning routine?
Simply add 1-2 full droppers of CBD drops into your favorite coffee, cappuccino, or latte. For best results use a whisker or bullet blender. The Organic MCT oil will make it extra creamy and delicious.
Looking for something fancy (and super healthy)? Try this simple but yummy matcha recipe.
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