How do you usually start your day? And how do you boost your productivity, regulate your stress levels, or stay awake when needed? In many European countries as well as in the US, people often start their day with a strong cup of coffee, while in some South American countries, like Argentina, Uruguay or Paraguay, people rely on their daily dose of tea infused with yerba mate to feel alert. Another increasingly popular substance used to boost energy levels and stay alert are CBD infused drinks, such as CBD teas.
While coffee and mate drinkers rely on the caffeine these drinks contain, the effect of CBD tea is caused by the substance called cannabidiol – short CBD – which impacts the human body differently than caffeine.
To decide which of these substances is the right one for you, let’s look at their pros and cons:
The benefits of coffee
1. Coffee contains antioxidants
While several berry types such as blueberries and goji berries are known for their high content of antioxidants, a less famous source of this important compound is coffee. In fact, coffee seems to be one of the most important sources of powerful antioxidants, which help to disarm free radicals in the human body and fight aging, oxidative stress and possibly even cancer.
2. Coffee boosts alertness
One large benefit of drinking a cup of coffee is the pleasant energy boost it causes. Apart from that, coffee also enhances brain activity and fights tiredness, although these effects are only temporary, and humans can develop a tolerance against them.
3. Further health benefits
Apart from containing healthy antioxidants, coffee can also help prevent Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and fight liver diseases.
The cons of coffee
1. Coffee can affect your sleep
If your mum used to tell you not to have coffee too late in the evening, she might have had a point. The feeling of alertness that a cup of coffee causes can lead to a lack of tiredness and, therefore, to temporary insomnia if the drink is consumed just a few hours before bedtime.
2. Addictions and withdrawal symptoms
The term “caffeine junkie” exists for a reason. While coffee is obviously not as addictive as “official” drugs, it can indeed lead to a mild addiction. Regular coffee drinkers can even experience withdrawal symptoms if they lack their daily cup(s) of coffee. These often include a light headache or increased tiredness.
3. High blood pressure
Another negative effect of drinking coffee can be higher blood pressure, although this is usually only a temporary effect.
The pros of yerba mate
1. Regulation of blood sugar levels
Since yerba mate is known to improve insulin sensitivity, it often has a positive effect on blood sugar levels and can help with type two diabetes.
2. Increased energy and performance
Just like coffee, yerba mate is often used to increase energy, boost performance, and enhance brain activity. Unlike coffee, though, yerba mate contains not only caffeine but also theobromine and theophylline that cause this benefit.
3. Improved immune system
Thanks to its high content of vitamin C and E as well as selenium, yerba mate is likely to have a positive effect on your immune system.
4. Weight loss
Since yerba mate can help control your appetite, it has proven to benefit weight loss, as studies have shown.
The Cons of Yerba Mate
1. Reduced caffeine sensitivity
Just like coffee, yerba mate contains a high amount of caffeine, which regular drinkers can develop an immunity against; consequently, they will be less sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
2. Possible risk of oesophageal cancer
Studies show that regular drinkers of yerba mate infused teas are more likely to develop oesophageal cancer. However, it is not clear whether that risk is caused by substances contained in yerba mate, or rather by the traditional consumption of mate teas at very high temperatures.
3. Possible risk of liver disease
When consumed in large amounts, yerba mate may increase the risk of liver diseases. So, before using yerba mate in large amounts or as a supplement, it is recommended to consult your doctor about possible risks.
Pros of CBD tea
1. Increased productivity and alertness
Just like its competitors, CBD infused drinks are known to increase energy and alertness, thus helping you feel awake and be more productive.
2. Countless health benefits
There’s a reason why CBD is used for therapeutic purposes. Besides reducing anxiety and the effects of ADHD, CBD also fights inflammation and pain; which makes it a remedy for osteoporosis and arthritis. Furthermore, thanks to its anti-anxiety effects, it can also help fighting insomnia.
3. Healthy skin
Apart from curing diseases, CBD also has the nice little side effect of recovering skin elasticity and containing acne outbreaks, which is a real beauty hack!
4. CBD is safe and won’t cause a high
Although CBD is often associated with marihuana, it is completely safe and has no psychoactive effects. So, there is no need to worry – it will not make you high.
Cons of CBD tea
1. High doses may lead to sleepiness and lethargy
Although CBD boosts alertness and makes you feel awake at a certain dosage, it can also do the opposite when consumed in high amounts. Therefore, the dose should always be carefully chosen and adapted to the wanted effect.
2. Effects may vary from one person to another
Since every human body has its own sensitivity levels when it comes to certain substances, it is hard to predict your specific reaction to CBD tea. It is important that you figure out the right amount of CBD contained in your tea.
Now that you understand more about the positive and negative effects of these drinks, you can see that especially in the case of CBD teas, the benefits definitely outweigh its downsides. And if you don’t want to limit your choice of CBD infused drinks to CBD tea only, you may alternately try adding a couple drops of CBD oil into your normal tea.
Have you already toyed with the idea of trying a CBD tea? Visit the website of CBD shop Essen-Werden and you will find all necessary information on how to drink CBD tea correctly.