Full Spectrum CBD Oil and Coffee: A Mix That Makes Sense

by PP Health Admin / Sep 20, 2021

CBD, short for cannabidiol, has become one of the most popular and fastest-growing markets in the modern wellness industry. Due to its intriguing properties, CBD is popping up everywhere, from fruit juices and smoothies to gourmet butter and baked goods.

The demand for CBD is high among fans of a common beverage – you guessed it, coffee. This probably comes as no surprise to budding baristas, considering that coffee is second only to water in terms of how much it's enjoyed - with over 400 billion cups consumed annually. In 2020, £1 billion was spent on coffee in the UK alone. Subsequently, 2.8 kg of coffee is absorbed per person each year.

So, what happens when you combine two of the world's most trending products together? You might just get to drink a cup of coffee that's less likely to come with caffeine-induced annoyances such as jitters and anxiety.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? If you like the idea of taking the edge off your morning mocha but still have questions, we're here to offer some need-to-know details before you explore the realm of CBD coffee for yourself. Grab your favourite mug, and happy reading!

An Introduction to CBD Oil

First off, if you’re not fully clued up on CBD and its properties, let us inform you of the basics. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp plants (and most plants in the cannabis family). It’s completely legal in the UK when it comes from licenced crops and has a chemistry that complies with regulations. Although derived from cannabis, CBD won’t make you feel a euphoric ‘high’ and should not show up on a drug test. The only cannabinoid that can do this is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) because it is the principal psychoactive substance in cannabis plants. Consuming THC in excess may lead to a change in consciousness and is therefore usually associated with recreational use.

In most European countries, there’s a legal requirement for no more than 0.2% THC to be contained in CBD products. Similarly, the limit in America is 0.3%. Due to there being very low and almost negligible amounts of THC in some CBD products, this is not enough to trigger any psychoactive response within the body but instead might offer some potentially beneficial effects. In some contexts, when taken together, CBD and THC may even complement each other.

 

Studies continue to explore the possibility that cannabinoids might impact our sense of wellbeing. As wellness is subjective, any potential benefits that may come from CBD oil are dependent on how it might interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body. This complex system is vital for human survival as it regulates biological factors including pain, immune function, memory, appetite and sleep.

If and when the ECS is affected, receptors in the body may become unbalanced - which disrupts the tendency to maintain a stable, relatively constant internal environment (better known as homeostasis). By ingesting cannabinoids or applying them topically, you might potentially have an opportunity to influence some of these natural processes.

 

Understanding the Range of CBD Oil Choices

When it comes to hemp and cannabis-derived products, it can be hard to choose between the large variety of CBD items on the market. It’s important to learn about the three different types of CBD oil that are available:

  1. CBD Isolate is the purest and most refined form of CBD, created by extracting the cannabinoids from hemp plants and processing them until only the cannabidiol remains. Products in this category will only contain one cannabinoid (CBD) and are likely to be flavourless and odourless.
  2. Broad-Spectrum CBD contains natural fatty acids, terpenes and a range of cannabinoids – CBD, CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), as well as other compounds. Products in this category shouldn’t contain any THC.
  3. Full-Spectrum CBD contains the same range of substances as broad-spectrum. However, full-spectrum products also include traces of THC. This extract also features small amounts of chlorophyll, flavonoids, essential oils, fats and wax. These substances provide unique, earthy scents and flavours.

Knowledge of these CBD formats can help you when selecting a product that has your preferred chemistry. Out of the three, full-spectrum CBD is generally the most popular. According to anecdotes, some users have claimed to perceive benefits within 15 minutes of consuming this variation of CBD oil. It’s also considered to be the most intriguing due to the combination of compounds, described by Israeli scientists as the ‘entourage effect’.

Raphael Mechoulam and S. Ben-Shabat suggested that the entire spectrum of natural cannabis compounds may work better together - as opposed to consuming them in isolation. Follow-up research suggests the capacity for components to act in synergy may help to leverage any potential CBD effects.

There are over 100 cannabinoids with varying botanical values, so it’s good to know which ones may hold relevance to common discomforts. If you’re unsure of product content, third-party lab reports will provide specific information on the product’s quality and composition - including the different percentages of cannabinoids it contains. For example, full-spectrum CBD products often contain an average of 0.1% THC.


 

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How Might Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Impact Your Body?

While research is ongoing, there is some evidence as to why CBD is a prevalent cannabinoid worth keeping on your radar. It’s commonly being contemplated in light of anxiety symptoms, as well as sleep disturbances such as insomnia. Further factors may include some signs of acne, depression and post-traumatic stress. CBD might possibly impact some of the natural processes in your body that respond to signs of pain and muscle-related discomforts.

 

The functions of other cannabinoids, both the ones found naturally in your body and the ones you can ingest, may potentially be affected by CBD consumption. Similar to the cannabinoids found in plants, the human brain also produces endocannabinoids that interact with receptors located in the central nervous system and immune system. These receptors naturally respond to changing dynamics within our bodies (for example, triggering inflammation to protect our cells when we've sustained an injury). Some scientists have suggested that CBD may impact some of these systems.

Along with discussing themes of anxiety, pain and inflammation, a review in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggested that taking cannabinoids with terpenes may possibly impact some signs of muscle tension. In addition, CBD may even help to impact the unsolicited effects caused by excess THC consumption - such as hunger and drowsiness.

Why You Should Mix Full-Spectrum CBD With Coffee

CBD and coffee may just be the perfect pair! Who doesn’t want to add some innovation to their coffee ritual? CBD might present some exciting possibilities regarding some of the annoying symptoms that can come from caffeine consumption (such as stress and shaky hands)! The cannabis derivative is gaining traction as the hottest go-to for avid coffee drinkers.

It’s been suggested that mixing coffee and CBD might possibly help to manage some of the discomforts that may otherwise be caused by coffee. CBD coffee expert Josh Kay has suggested a possible reason for this: the receptor that corresponds to adenosine (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) in our brains may potentially respond to both CBD and coffee. If this link exists, there is a chance that CBD may help to appease some signs of ‘caffeine jitters’. Not only is this long-awaited news for the average coffee lover, but it may be of interest to the likes of gym-goers, athletes and professionals who are looking to impact their focus and energy.

On average, in the UK, we drink around two cups of coffee per day. However, sometimes, the positives don't outweigh the negatives. We might end up being caught in a continuous coffee-yearning cycle - stuck in the limbo of not wanting to drink it excessively but feeling the need to enjoy a warm brew to keep us feeling awake and energized. In light of this, these findings sure do sound inviting.


A young woman blissfully drinking a cup of coffee in a bright cafe.

How Might a Cup of CBD Coffee Benefit You?

In a world where people run on caffeine and anxiety, switching to CBD coffee might potentially be a more holistic alternative as you prepare to get up and go. Coffee itself is a natural antioxidant, and the rich aroma is believed to have some uplifting properties.


Adding full-spectrum CBD oil to your coffee might possibly:

  • Influence your self-perceived sense of alertness
  • CBD oil might potentially impact the perception of mental alertness produced by caffeine by interacting with fundamental neurotransmitters in the brain. As previously mentioned, adenosine builds up - which slows down neuron messages. It makes us feel tired before winding down at night. Caffeine prevents this from happening and is more likely to keep us awake.

    In this instance, some experts consider CBD oil to be a modulator of adenosine, which might affect your coffee-drinking experience. It may also influence your personal sense of wellbeing and motivation through its possible interactions with serotonin.

  • Affect some symptoms of anxiety and stress
  • However mild or severe, anxiety, in general, isn’t necessarily a feeling that we want to experience (especially when it’s caused by caffeine consumption). CBD oil might possibly be an opportunity to influence signs of caffeine-related tension. Some people anecdotally refer to CBD as an ‘anxiety-reducer’ because it potentially:

    • Affects GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) activity - a natural substance that is known to relax the nervous system
    • Impacts the hypothalamic function - a key part of the brain that controls your stress-response and bodily functions
    • Affects your muscles and helps to influence signs of anxiety-related tension
    • Influences some signs of inflammation in the brain, otherwise referred to as neuroinflammation (which can trigger anxiety)
  • Offer a consumption experience that may unfold throughout the day
  • With CBD oil and caffeine combined, you may be able to sample the possible effects of both products for a longer period of time. So, what is this down to? The largest organ in the body – your liver.

    The liver fulfils hundreds of purposes; it uses a series of specialized enzymes to remove toxins from the bloodstream and processes almost everything that enters the body, but it typically requires a certain amount of time to do this. As caffeine and cannabidiol are similar in structure, if there’s a sudden surge of both of these in the body at the same time, the liver’s metabolism may be slowed down. Therefore, your body might just have a chance to process CBD coffee over a longer period of time.

    Are There Any CBD Side Effects?

    Experts at the World Health Organization suggest that CBD is a relatively safe and well-tolerated supplement. However, CBD products can cause side effects and may not be appropriate for everyone - in fact, they should be completely avoided by pregnant or nursing women. The approach that you feel comfortable proceeding with may not be preferred by someone else, so it's best to be flexible.

    Some studies note that potential side effects of CBD may include diarrhoea, fatigue and changes in your appetite or weight. The CBD concentration in your blood may also increase if you ingest CBD products with high-fat meals, which is one reason why some people choose to cook with CBD.

    However, it's always important to be mindful of dosing. In fact, it's a good idea to err on the side of caution if you are suffering from symptoms such as seizures, inflammation, or other serious wellbeing issues. As a general rule of thumb, it's wise to start off with small amounts of CBD and increase it if necessary. Our top tip is to space out the doses throughout the day before meals.

    Additionally, CBD has been shown to interact with certain medications - such as those labelled with ‘grapefruit warnings’. So if you’re on a course of medication, you should make a point of speaking to your doctor before trying CBD.

    In order to avoid disappointments or unwanted side effects, it's essential to do careful research. Unfortunately, some disreputable CBD companies mislabel products or make misleading claims. When reaching for CBD, make sure you look for quality, safety and transparency. Check the manufacturing process and certifications (such as the Certificate of Analysis), as well as the brand’s reputation and consumer trust indicators.


    A glass mug of black coffee resting on top of a hemp leaf.

    The Best CBD From PP Health

    At Plant Physiology Health, we believe that science and nature go hand-in-hand. As a German CBD brand, we highly value substances that come straight from nature and are backed up with scientific intrigue. This rings true for our PP Health CBD.

    Our interest in the physiology of plants is rooted in good nutrition and balance, and how these factors may influence our functioning and wellbeing. The plant with the greatest potential in terms of its natural properties is the hemp plant - holding more than 500 active ingredients!

    Since we’ve seen an increase in scientific knowledge and positive user feedback, we’ve developed high-quality full-spectrum CBD drops - otherwise known as CBD Superb. Organically grown in greenhouses in Switzerland, this natural formula showcases the botanical properties of the plant. Free from pesticides and herbicides, our extracts are continuously laboratory tested, certified and manufactured in a safe environment. Furthermore, all heat-sensitive enzymes and vitamins are kept intact via the most expensive form of gentle extraction using CO2.

    PP Health CBD is anecdotally known to impact some signs of anxiety and stress, loss of appetite, and sleep issues. It might potentially affect some of the symptoms associated with:


    • Memory problems
    • Mental processes
    • Digestive discomforts
    • Self-perceived energy levels
    • Aches and pains
    • Mood-related difficulties

    Have a read of our product categories below:

    • Classic CBD Oil

    Classic CBD drops are formulated with organic quality hemp seed oil, which is a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. This range is available in 5, 10, 20 and 25 per cent concentrations.

    • Gold Mild CBD Oil

    Drops from the Gold Mild CBD range contain organic olive oil, which contains many monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. This formula is available in CBD concentrations of 10, 20 and 30 per cent.

    • Superb Boost CBD

    With Superb Boost CBD, we offer you CBD drops in a completely innovative form! The water that the hemp ingredients are dissolved into impacts the absorption prospects - meaning that less of the cannabidiol will go to waste. Here, you can choose between 5, 10, 15 and 20 per cent CBD concentrations.

    Final Thoughts

    Due to governmental shifts and wider market trends, CBD consumption is on the rise. Added to this, the production of CBD-infused products is booming, and we can't see it slowing down anytime soon. CBD products of all kinds have saturated the market, but the CBD coffee industry is more than just a fad. It's engineered to help you develop your own self-care routine as you pursue a holistic sense of balance and wellbeing.

    As explored, full-spectrum CBD oil, in particular, might just act as ‘the yin to coffee’s yang’ and for countless reasons! This combination may have the potential to affect signs of anxiety while possibly helping you to maintain a sense of focus. What’s not to love? We hope that you’re now more inclined to experiment with adding CBD to your morning coffee. If you’re reluctant to expose your CBD oil to any heat, you could even add a few drops to an iced latte or cold brew.