October 23, 2019 5 min read

Drinking coffee is a multi-facetted experience that reflects willpower, intention, aspirations and personal style. Just think of all the times you’ve been faced with a daunting mental wall, until you make your cup of coffee and quickly see your path restored with perfect clarity.

The question here is: can CBD make coffee even more effective, enjoyable and represent your stylish touch?

Yes, CBD can add some extra jazz to your cup of coffee. But you’re going to need to prepare it correctly in order to get the experience you desire.

Here we will explore the following topics:

  1. What Is the Coffee / CBD Relationship?
  2. How CBD Coffee Should Be Made.
  3. Our Favorite CBD Coffee Recipes!

This guide was an absolute pleasure to create for you, combining two of our favorite things. Please share with your fellow coffee and CBD lovers if you’ve found value here.

The Coffee / CBD Relationship

The caffeine in coffee increases your perception of energy because it temporarily blocks creation the transmitter adenosine. Less adenosine means more energy.

On the other-hand…

The CBD from hemp may promote a non-psychoactive change of state because it upregulates the endocannabinoid system. Increased exogenous cannabinoids may restore balance to a depleted endocannabinoid system.

Does caffeine and CBD play nicely together?

It would appear that CBD and/or endocannabinoids are essential to the “maintenance and recovery of caffeine reinforcing behavior” [2]. A more direct study suggests that endocannabinoids may allow caffeine to have a stress-reducing effect [3]. However, when cannabinoids are low, the rug may be swept out and greater levels of stress may occur from caffeine consumption.

From our perspective, opting for CBD coffee may be mentally akin to l-theanine's body-effect relationship with green tea. Meaning, CBD may be able to optimize the effect of caffeine by buffering against stress caused by endocannabinoid depletion. While in l-theanine’s case, excessive heart rate variance and elevated blood pressure.

CBD and l-theanine will likely make a great tag-team duo in the future for savvy coffee hackers.

How CBD Coffee Should Be Made

CBD infused coffee has been rising in popularity, shining the spotlight brighter on the positive union coffee and CBD can share.

However, a few facts are overlooked which is why KANIBI doesn’t infuse our CBD oils directly into coffee beans.

The potential problems with CBD Infused beans:

  • Inaccurate standardization. Each coffee bean is unique, yet CBD infused coffee beans are prepared in bulk. This invites varied CBD dosages across beans, servings, and batches.
  • CBD temperature denaturization. CBD is not immune to high temperatures, and it is unclear how much CBD is altered or destroyed during the coffee brewing process [1].
  • Open-air oxidization. Unlike a well-sealed glass bottle or embedded gel capsules, coffee grains spend a lot of time exposed to air. This invites further deterioration of CBD oils.

Unless extreme measures are taken to ensure standardization, temperature control during brewing and proper storage – CBD infused coffee may not be nearly as effective as it should be. Do you get a discount for this? Not likely.

The right way to make CBD Coffee:

We believe that CBD should be added to coffee after the brewing process and not before. This will ensure that your CBD is not exposed to the peak temperatures involved in the brewing process (which varies machine to machine).

How to add CBD Oil to coffee – blend your CBD oil with your creamer or milk of choice and then add this blend to your coffee. You can use unflavored or your desired flavor of CBD tincture.

Since CBD Oil is a fat, it is best to first blend it with like-fats. This will give you a better standardization which can then be homogenized as one into your coffee.

What about black coffee?

No harm, no foul. For black coffee, you can add your desired dose of CBD directly to your cup, or take separately alongside.

CBD will naturally separate from coffee over time.

Since CBD is an oil, it will rise to the top and separate from coffee if given the opportunity. This is natural and completely fine. You can either drink as-is or re-blend (homogenize) into your coffee.

Our 3 Favorite CBD Infused Coffee Recipes

CBD infused coffee doesn’t need to be fancy – a dash of full spectrum CBD oil tincture in a cooling cup of black will do just fine. However, for those of you looking to enjoy a cup of coffee like your first hot chocolate on a snow day, here is a fine selection.

#1 CBD Infused “Bulletproof” Coffee Recipe

If you are interested in adding CBD to your coffee, it’s likely because you want to further optimize the energy and productivity that coffee offers.

Making this CBD Bulletproof coffee (or CBD Fat Coffee) is likely just what you’re looking for. And don’t worry, there is nothing unpleasant about the taste or texture.

Ingredients for CBD Bulletproof Coffee:

  • Coffee: Brew your desired caffeination of coffee.
  • Fat: 2 tsp grass-fed butter/ghee OR 2 tsp coconut oil/MCT oil OR 1 tsp of each.
  • CBD: Start with 10 mg KANIBI Choco Mint flavor CBD Oil Tincture.
  • Flavoring (optional): Use low-carb flavoring agents if desired, but AVOID SUGAR.

Directions for CBD Bulletproof Coffee:

  1. Brew your coffee as desired, leaving room for added ingredients.
  2. Gently melt and mix butter and/or coconut oil and blend your desired CBD dosage to this mixture.
  3. Add your CBD/Fat blend to your coffee and homogenize as desired.
  4. Add flavoring agents as desired.
  5. Enjoy and re-mix as needed to reduce oil/coffee separation.

Compared to regular coffee, CBD bulletproof coffee can extend the clean energy effect of coffee. Though, sugar and carbs will reduce the effectiveness as they block the clean metabolism of the added fats.

#2 CBD Infused Cappuccino Coffee Recipe

Cappuccino is for those who want to enjoy their coffee experience as much as possible. For you, we’ve made a delectable though less energy-bearing concoction.

Ingredients for CBD Infused Cappuccino:

  • Fresh strong-brewed coffee.
  • 1 cup milk or dairy alternative.
  • Cinnamon for light topping.
  • Cocoa Powder for topping.
  • Optional: One dollop whip cream.

Directions for CBD Infused Cappuccino:

  • Brew your strong coffee.
  • Heat your milk to near boiling, then immediately whisk (froth).
  • Add your CBD to the heated milk, and quick whisk again.
  • Gently poor the hot milk/CBD into your coffee so that the foam is gently added last.
  • Place a dollop of whip cream if desired, and dust the top with cinnamon and cocoa powder.

If desired you can add additional sweetener and flavoring to this CBD Cappuccino. However, that may reduce the overall energy effect. This is an ideal drink for cool winter holiday afternoons!

#3 CBD Infused Peppermint Chocolate Espresso Recipe

If you like your coffee short, sweet and powerful – this CBD infused peppermint chocolate espresso recipe may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Ingredients for CBD Peppermint Chocolate Espresso:

  • Freshly brewed Espresso single-shot.
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened chocolate syrup OR cocoa powder.
  • ½ tsp cane sugar, maple syrup or preferred sweetener.
  • 1/4th Cup creamer, milk, or vegan milk alternative.
  • Desired dosage of KANIBI Choco Mint CBD Oil Tincture.

Directions for CBD Peppermint Chocolate Espresso:

  1. Freshly brew your espresso single shot.
  2. Add chocolate and sweetener first and mix well.
  3. Add creamer / milk / alternative last and mix well.
  4. Enjoy the chocolate espresso with subtle hints of mint.

This specialty CBD espresso is simple to make and guaranteed to impress. Start with about 10 mg of CBD and work up to your desired dosage.

Infusing your coffee with CBD is an experience worth testing

There isn’t a guarantee that CBD coffee will solve all your problems, but it is a nice detail to life worth experimenting with and enjoying. As you make delicious coffee creations, we recommend starting small around 10 mg of CBD. From there, you can increase as need be, but be sure to enjoy the process, your routine, and life.