Is Coffee Making You Anxious?

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One of the most frequently asked questions that pops up on our live chat is “which CBD product do you recommend for anxiety”. As much as we’d love to help with this question, we can’t legally make any medical claims about our products.

However, before deciding to spend money on something to deal with your issues, it could be worthwhile exploring if removing something from your life could fix them.

Bad news – it could be coffee.

 

Coffee & Anxiety

 

There’s no denying that for many of us, coffee is one of life’s great pleasures. The rich aroma and flavour and the stimulating effect make it a firm favourite for millions across the world.

But caffeine, the compound that gives coffee its stimulating effect, can be problematic for people who are prone to anxiety and stress.

Caffeine works by interfering with the brain’s chemistry and blocking the chemical adenosine, which is responsible for making you feel tired. It also simultaneously promotes the release of adrenaline, which is the famous ‘fight or flight’ chemical that serves to keep you alive in dangerous situations.

For those who are sensitive to caffeine, this alteration in the brain’s chemistry can lead to anxiety, as observed in this study –  Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine. Furthermore, coffee is well-known to reduce sleep quality, which can also exacerbate anxiety issues.

This effectively makes caffeine a double-edged-sword against the well-being of people with anxiety issues.

However, the anxiogenic effects of caffeine seem to be more pronounced at higher doses. And sleep issues can be mitigated by only drinking caffeine in the morning. So even reducing your daily consumption could be beneficial.

 

Should I Quit Coffee?

 

If you are experiencing uncomfortable levels of anxiety, then reducing or even quitting coffee could potentially help. But coffee also has benefits such as increased productivity and high antioxidant content.

At the end of the day whether you should quit or cut down on coffee depends on whether the pros will outweigh the cons for you as an individual.

But if you do decide to quit coffee, proceed with caution. Caffeine is a highly addictive drug and stopping ‘cold turkey’ can lead to intense fatigue and headaches.

It’s advisable to slowly reduce your intake, perhaps by swapping coffee for black tea, then for green tea, and finally to white tea over a period of weeks before stopping completely. Even doing so, you could still experience withdrawal symptoms.

The video below by Cole Hastings is a great case study for some of the additional benefits of quitting coffee.

Can CBD Help?

 

If the pros of drinking coffee outweigh the cons for you, then CBD could potentially help with this.

Many people anecdotally report that using CBD can help to mitigate some of coffee’s more undesirable effects. So instead of quitting coffee, some people might find reducing caffeine intake and upping CBD intake could provide some benefits for wellbeing.

This could be either with standard CBD drops held under the tongue or with our water-soluble cbd, that can be mixed directly into any drink.

Optimal wellbeing is highly personal and the best approach is always a holistic approach, but for some people, stopping and reducing caffeine can be life-changing!

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