A steaming cup of CBD Coffee with the text "Does CBD Counteract Caffeine?" in the background.

There are some questions that we get at Sunset Lake CBD’s HQ that don’t quite fit in our general FAQ. One that we’ve been getting quite a lot (as our Farmer’s Roast CBD Coffee grows in popularity) is this: Does CBD counteract caffeine?

It’s a great and insightful question. After all, caffeine is the stimulant in coffee and energy drinks that help keep us awake (and a little too wired sometimes). Doesn’t CBD make you sleepy? If so, what’s the point of CBD Coffee?

It’s hard to explain what makes our CBD coffee unique, but I will still try in the rest of this post.

How Does Caffeine Work?

If you’re like this writer, who needs at least one cup of coffee to feel normal in the morning, you should also know how and why that is. Caffeine is a stimulant of the methylxanthine class that stimulates adrenaline release and mimics the form of the neurochemical adenosine, a chemical that makes us feel drowsy in the morning and at night.

When we consume caffeine, our body wholly and rapidly absorbs the chemical within an hour. It enters the bloodstream and our brain, where it blocks adenosine receptors, making us feel alert and awake. This feeling of alertness can turn sour, though, as caffeine use is generally linked with feelings of anxiety and jitteriness.

The other downside of caffeine use is the short-lived alert benefits. Because your body processes caffeine so quickly, you may feel like you need more and more coffee to stay awake and alert. The need for caffeine is where many folks turn to their second and third cups of coffee for the day.

CBD & Adenosine

CBD also interacts with adenosine, the neurochemical responsible for drowsiness. But, instead of blocking adenosine receptors like caffeine, CBD appears to prevent the re-uptake of the chemical leading to an excess of adenosine in your body.

All of those adenosine molecules need to go somewhere. Carrying an excess of adenosine in your body activates the different A-receptors around your body, leading to several other benefits. For more on those benefits, please see our CBD and Adenosine post here.

Counteraction or Complementary?

CBD and caffeine have different effects on your body and can counteract each other, but that isn’t the whole story.

Just because CBD and caffeine play tug-of-war with the adenosine neurotransmitter doesn’t mean that they don’t provide your body with other benefits, too.

Caffeine and Adrenaline

As we mentioned earlier, caffeine also stimulates the release of adrenaline, which can send the body into an alert and focused mode, a benefit most people want from their morning cup of coffee.

Adrenaline, often referred to as the “fight or flight” hormone, is a critical component of our body’s response system. When released, it increases heart rate, expands air passages in the lungs, and narrows blood vessels to direct more blood to the muscles. This heightened state of alertness and energy is why so many people rely on caffeine to kickstart their day and maintain productivity.

Caffeine and Movement

Not only will morning caffeine get you up and out of bed, but it will also get things moving. Caffeine stimulates blood flow and can stimulate gastrointestinal movements, helping keep you regular. This effect on the digestive system is particularly beneficial for those who struggle with regular bowel movements, making coffee a morning staple for many.

CBD and Caffeine

While we can’t make any medical claims about our CBD Coffee, customers who’ve purchased it seem to vibe with it. This writer can say that he enjoys CBD Coffee for two main reasons:

  1. The full-spectrum CBD does a good job of counteracting the jitteriness common with coffee and other caffeinated beverages. I usually have one cup (two if I’m feeling indulgent) and am able to get to work and organize my thoughts fairly easily.
  2. The taste. We’ve been spoiled by our friends down at Good Luck Coffee Roasters, who use only the best beans in their coffee. It’s hard to drink anything else now. Just give it a try, and you’ll see what I mean.

Our CBD Coffee offers a unique balance that allows you to enjoy the benefits of both CBD and caffeine. Many customers report a sense of calm focus that helps them manage their daily tasks without the crash that often follows regular coffee consumption. This combination can be particularly useful for those with high-stress jobs or anyone looking to enhance their productivity while maintaining a sense of calm.

Health Considerations: CBD & Caffeine

If you have any health conditions or are currently taking any medications, you’ll want to consult your doctor or your pharmacist before enhancing your morning caffeine with CBD. Only they can provide you with personalized advice based on your current situation.

Once you get the okay, feel free to experiment with CBD and caffeine. Neither affects everyone’s body the same way, as we’re all different. One piece of advice would be this: start low and slow. If you want to combine CBD’s calming benefits with caffeine’s boost, do so gradually.

Comparing Our CBD Coffee with Competitors

When it comes to CBD Coffee, the market has seen a surge in products from various brands. However, Sunset Lake CBD’s Farmer’s Roast stands out for several reasons:

Quality of Beans

Our partnership with Good Luck Coffee Roasters ensures that we use only the highest quality beans. This attention to quality is evident in the rich, robust flavor of our coffee, which many customers find superior to other brands.

Small Batch Roasting

We roast all of our CBD Coffee in small batches of less than 10 pounds. This small-batch approach allows us to maintain a high level of quality control and ensures that each bag of coffee is fresh and full of flavor.

Full-Spectrum CBD

Our coffee is infused with full-spectrum CBD, meaning it contains a range of cannabinoids that work together to enhance the effects of CBD. This full-spectrum approach can provide a more balanced and effective experience compared to products that use CBD isolate.

Customer Feedback

We consistently receive positive feedback from our customers, many of whom have switched from other brands to Sunset Lake CBD. They report that our coffee not only tastes better but also provides a more consistent and enjoyable experience.

Benefits Beyond the Cup

In addition to the immediate benefits of drinking our CBD Coffee, there are several long-term advantages to incorporating it into your daily routine:

Stress Reduction

CBD has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety. By combining CBD with caffeine, you can enjoy the alertness provided by coffee while mitigating some of the stress and anxiety that can come with caffeine consumption.

Improved Focus

Many of our customers report that CBD Coffee helps them maintain focus throughout the day. This improved focus can lead to increased productivity and better overall performance at work or school.

Enhanced Mood

The combination of CBD and caffeine can help enhance your mood, making you feel more positive and motivated. This mood enhancement can be particularly beneficial during the winter months when many people struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, while CBD and caffeine have seemingly opposing effects, they can complement each other in a way that provides a balanced and enjoyable experience. Our Farmer’s Roast CBD Coffee is designed to offer the best of both worlds: the alertness and energy of caffeine, combined with the calming and balancing effects of CBD.

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy your morning coffee without the jitters and anxiety that often come with caffeine, give our CBD Coffee a try. With its high-quality beans, small-batch roasting, and full-spectrum CBD, it’s a unique and satisfying way to start your day.


  1. Does CBD make you sleepy when combined with caffeine?

CBD can have calming effects, but it doesn’t necessarily make you sleepy when combined with caffeine. It may help reduce the jitteriness associated with caffeine.

  1. How does CBD Coffee taste compared to regular coffee?

Our CBD Coffee is roasted with high-quality beans, providing a rich and flavorful taste that many find superior to regular coffee.

  1. Can I drink CBD Coffee if I’m on medication?

Consult your doctor or pharmacist before consuming CBD Coffee if you are on medication, as they can provide personalized advice based on your health condition.

  1. How should I start incorporating CBD Caffeine into my routine?

Start low and slow. Begin with one cup to see how your body reacts, and gradually increase if desired.

  1. What are the benefits of combining CBD with caffeine?

Combining CBD with caffeine can help reduce anxiety and jitteriness while still providing the alertness and focus that caffeine offers.