Hong Kong loves coffee and it’s certainly not difficult to see why. With businesses offering food, drinks, entertainment and distraction 24/7, no wonder we are consuming 1.3kg of coffee per person in a year. Hand-pulled, cold-dripped, French-pressed…however you choose to drink your cup, you are most likely consuming coffee for its active ingredient caffeine, the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine lowers tiredness and boosts energy level, so you can stay on top of your busy lifestyle and take care of all your responsibilities.
In recent years, CBD coffee is becoming one of the fastest growing trends in the coffee business and consumers just can’t get enough. This article will take you through the benefits of CBD coffee and reasons behind the switch from traditional coffee to CBD coffee.
Neurotransmitters in our bodies are related to the endocannabinoid system. Both coffee and CBD activate some of the same pathways in the human brain, according to a study published in The Journal of Internal Medicine. Because of this, CBD’s effects can actually help counteract some of coffee’s ‘negative’ effects, including insomnia and concentration loss.
Start your day right, before your day starts. Caffeine is a stimulant that works by temporarily blocking the sleep-inducing chemicals from arriving in your brain, giving you that ‘awake’ feeling. Typically, half of the caffeine in a cup of coffee takes 6 hours to eliminate from the human body. In other words, having an espresso after dinner could keep you up till 2 or 3 in the morning, ruining any chances of getting enough sleep before your big day tomorrow.
On the other hand, studies in Frontiers in Pharmacology (2018) have shown that CBD could improve the quality of your sleep. If you have regular sleep cycles, taking an appropriate amount of CBD induces a sedative state. CBD is also known to help stablise sleep cycles and prevent frequent awakenings, so adding CBD to your coffee will lower your chances of getting coffee insomnia and feeling groggy and tired the next day.
Have you ever said yes to that third cup of coffee on a Monday morning and instantly regretted it when you start getting the jitters? Caffeine can temporarily make you more alert, but too much of it would also make you nervous, anxious and lose focus. Yes, your energy levels might be boosted after that double espresso, but if you are jittery and can’t focus, you are not doing your productivity levels any favours! According to Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research and Brain Sciences (2018), CBD can improve attention control in users and can help you stay alert and in control, so you can have your coffee and not lose a minute of focus.
Just like a regular coffee, CBD coffee will boost energy levels and alertness, but it also counterbalances some of the negative effects of caffeine, which include insomnia and concentration loss.
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