- Caffeine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It is the world’s most widely consumed legal psychoactive drug and is unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. The most prominent effect of caffeine is that it reversibly blocks the action of adenosine on its receptor and consequently prevents the onset of drowsiness. Caffeine also stimulates certain portions of the autonomic nervous system. Food and beverages containing caffeine are ingested to relieve or prevent drowsiness and to improve performance.
- Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of hemp cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile. CBD has been proven to relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, nausea, and chronic pain.
At first glance, the two appear to be polar opposites. Caffeine is a stimulant; it relieves drowsiness and increases alertness. CBD is known for relieving stress, anxiety, and improving sleep. One would think that a combination of the two would negate all their beneficial properties. Nope!
CBD and Caffeine work in conjunction with one another to improve alertness and offset the symptoms of caffeine induced anxiety. They have the potential to boost energy and reduce anxiety simultaneously. Another possible benefit of both substances is that they have antioxidant properties, which help to protect the body from toxins.
Unfortunately, anyone attempting to combine CBD and caffeine need to be aware that too much caffeine will counteract the effects of the CBD and vice versa. The study of how they interact with one another is still very new, so please proceed with caution.