What’s the Deal with CBD Coffee?

What’s the Deal with CBD Coffee?

When I first saw cafes advertising CBD coffee, I just didn’t get it. Coffee is supposed to give you energy. CBD is supposed to calm you down and help you sleep. Putting coffee and CBD together seemed…counterproductive.

As I wrote in a previous article about arthritis CBD or cannabidiol is one of more than 80 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, which is why it doesn’t make you feel “high.”

CBD exploded almost overnight in the United States when it was legalized in 2018. Viewed as marijuana’s legal cousin, CBD is now sold everywhere from pet stores to gas stations. As with most trends, coffee shops didn’t hesitate to jump on the CBD bandwagon.

“It’s the perfect combination, because the CBD oil can make you a little drowsy, so drinking it with your coffee kind of balances it out,” says Dan Guy, who owns Espresso Bay coffee shop in Traverse City, Michigan. “You feel a nice, natural peacefulness while still feeling alert.”

In other words, CBD coffee provides the stimulating effects of caffeine without making you feel anxious or jittery

Mr. Guy started using CBD products as an alternative to painkillers after he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes chronic pain in his legs. In January 2019, his cafe debuted a CBD latte with honey and cinnamon to mask the plant-like flavor of the CBD oil. One month later, up to one third of his customers were ordering CBD in their drinks.

“I knew it would be popular, but didn’t expect it to take off so fast,” said Guy.


In addition to chronic pain, CBD has also been shown to help treat anxiety, inflammation, depression, epilepsy, and even cancer - but the chemical hasn’t been around long enough for scientists to fully understand the benefits.

Other Options

If you want to add CBD oil to your coffee at home, do your research to make sure you’re getting the right dose. Like other supplements, CBD products are notorious for inaccurate labeling.

In a 2017 study involving CBD extracts sold online, 21% of the samples tested contained THC - the chemical compound that gets you high and shows up on drug tests.

To ensure you are getting what you pay for, look for a seller with a certification proving the product has been tested for CBD content at an outside lab.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of finding the right CBD seller, you can purchase coffee with CBD already added. My recommendations include: Subduction Coffee+Hemp, Green Roads World, Flower Power Coffee, and Buddha Beans Coffee (very strong).

If you like your coffee on ice, I recommend Kick Back CBD Cold Brew or Mary Joe CBD Infused Cold Brew.

I personally use CBD to help mitigate neck and back pain I suffer due to a car crash I was in a few months ago. My absolute favorite product is Dream Catcher sparkling wellness water, a zero-sugar, zero-calorie beverage made by GT’s Living Foods.

Important Note: Remember that CBD effects everyone differently. For some individuals, CBD products cause increased anxiety, headaches, and drowsiness. Individuals who take CBD for serious medical conditions, such as autoimmune disorders or epilepsy, should not rely on products like CBD coffee, as these products are not always consistent.

Let me know in the comments section below what kinds of CBD products you’ve tried and if they worked for you!

By April Kuhlman


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