Posted: May 03, 2019
Personal truth: My morning routine revolves around coffee. It's an addiction, and it's not my best quality, but I truly can't start my day without it. I'm my worst self before caffeine. I always wake up slightly grumpy and fatigued—until I have my morning coffee, that is. My mood instantly improves, and I feel ready for the day the moment that cold brew (my coffee drink of choice) hits my lips. You could say we're in a very committed relationship. The only issue between us is that recently I've noticed a correlation between my cold brew habit and my anxiety levels. It's more of a recent problem for me—I attribute it to both work and personal stressors—but now about 30 minutes after my cold brew, I'm hit with a major wave of anxiety pulsing throughout my body. Obviously not ideal.
So what's a caffeine-addicted girl to do? Before you hit me with switching to matcha, I already tried that and it's just not the same. I truly enjoy the taste of coffee. A friend of mine recommended adding CBD to my morning brew to help keep me calm and neutralize that anxiety wave. I know CBD has been trending hard for the past few months, but I had never thought about adding it to my coffee before. I use a pen at night before bed to help me relax and am obsessed—but would it really have the same effect combined with a heavy dose of caffeine?
I decided to put CBD-infused coffee to the test by dosing my cold brew every day for a week. But let's back up for a second. I know what you're probably thinking—what's the deal with CBD anyway? There's a lot of information (and hype) floating around out there, so to break it down simply for you: CBD is a cannabinoid that interacts with your endocannabinoid system. It's not psychoactive and won't make you feel high (that's THC). The advertised benefits are improved mood, better sleep, and pain and nerve relief, among others.
For this experiment, I started my day off with Après Cold Brew, which contains 95 milligrams of caffeine plus 14 grams of protein to help me feel full in the morning. I then add Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to it, in an effort to add more collagen to my diet. Collagen has been said to improve your hair, skin, nails, joints, and ligaments, so I try to sneak it in where I can—usually as an additive to either a smoothie or coffee.
Then I add my CBD: I chose Papa & Barkley's Hemp Drops, as they're a personal favorite of mine because the taste is mild and the effect is pleasant. If you want to feel its effects immediately, you can put the dropper directly under your tongue. I prefer to add mine to a beverage though, as the taste is a bit more intense when taken alone. So I add half a dropper into my blend of cold brew and collagen, add ice, stir it all together, and voilà—my morning drink is ready.
Sure enough, after dosing my coffee, my expected wave of anxiety failed to hit. I felt energized and alert but not jittery or overwhelmed. My overall mood was totally improved by the effects of (and my love for) coffee, but I didn't encounter the intensity I've been feeling along with it as of late. I just felt ready to take on the day in a manageable, calm way. After a full week of repeating the same morning routine, I can safely say I'm sold on the CBD-infused coffee thing. If you experience a similar feeling of too much intensity from caffeine (but still need the jolt first thing in the morning), I highly recommend giving this a try to see if it works for you.
By Caitlin Burnett
May 3, 2019
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