Coffee and Weed: Should You Mix and Match?

Coffee is the third most commonly consumed beverage in the world.

The history of this plant dates back to the ancient coffee forests in Ethiopia, from where it spread to the rest of the world. The first credible evidence of coffee consumption dates back to the 15th century on the Arabian Peninsula.

Coffee made its way to the European continent in the 17th century. Around the same time it was brought to New Amsterdam (New York) by the British. It didn’t take long for the whole world to fall in love with this delicious beverage.

Coffee consumption dates back to the 15th century, and today it’s the third most consumed beverage in the world.

Today, coffee is grown worldwide, and it is the second most traded commodity in the world, right after crude oil.

But, what is the relationship between coffee and weed, should they be taken together or not?

In this article, we will sort out the current findings and known facts about these two nuggets.

Coffee, Caffeine & the Effects

Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in coffee. It is considered the most consumed psychoactive substance in the world, as it is found in coffee beans, cocoa beans, tea leaves, kola nuts, guarana berries and maté.

Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in more than 60 plants.

Since caffeine can be found in the mentioned plants, and it’s known to be a naturally occurring substance in more than 60 plants, it’s no surprise that many products that people consume on a daily basis contain caffeine. These include coffee, tea, chocolate, and soft drinks.

Besides coffee, caffeine can be found in tea, chocolate, and soft drinks.

In its purest form, caffeine is a white, bitter powder. However, it is also present in many food products in its synthetic form.

How Does Caffeine Work?

Caffeine is considered to be a stimulant. It is known that caffeine, as a compound, stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, and muscles.

Caffeine is a stimulant known for elevating alertness and clear thinking.

Caffeine has a chemical structure similar to adenosine, the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter. Adenosine increases during the day, and caffeine works by binding to adenosine receptors in the brain. Therefore, caffeine is blocking adenosine effects, producing alertness and clear thinking.

Adenosine is not the only neurotransmitter caffeine has effects on. While inhibiting adenosine, caffeine boosts dopamine, also known as a feel-good neurotransmitter, and consequently elevates your mood.

Caffeine inhibits adenosine and, at the same time, boosts dopamine production.

The onset time of caffeine is rather short. Its effects can start within 30 to 60 minutes after consumption.

Caffeine stimulates the brain, enhances performance and prevents the onset of tiredness. It promotes a state of arousal and focus.

Is Cannabis a Depressant or a Stimulant?

The first question that needs to be answered regarding mixing coffee and weed is: Is marijuana a stimulant or a depressant?

The answer is, it can be both.

Indica strains are believed to produce a full body relaxation, while Sativa strains offer an energizing and stimulating high. By taking this as a general rule, we could think that Indicas can be classified as depressants, while Sativas would be stimulants. However, the general rule does not apply.

Cannabis can be classified as both a stimulant and a depressant.

Even though the two main types of cannabis (Indica and Sativa) produce different effects, labeling them as a depressant or stimulant would be a misconception. Another thing to remember is that many strains out there are Indica-dominant or Sativa-dominant hybrids, which means that they have characteristics of both.

Whether a strain will be classified as a stimulant or a depressant depends on many factors. 

There are dozens of different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that take part in its effects. While THC is the most abundant psychoactive compound, others play an important role, as well. For example, CBD can lower THC effects in some strains. And, let’s not forget terpenes, the naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis, that also contribute to each strain’s effects.

When talking about marijuana effects, it’s important to mention that the effects also vary from person to person. The same strain can make one person relaxed, and the other one energized.

How Do Coffee and Weed Mix?

Though many people engage in a wake and bake, which includes mixing coffee and weed in the morning, the connection between these two is still rather unknown.

Researchers have conducted studies to find out how coffee and weed interact. One study done on squirrel monkeys came to a conclusion that low levels of caffeine can enhance the high. At the same time, high levels of caffeine may increase the use (self-administration) of marijuana in squirrel monkeys.

Results of another study, done on rats, showed that a combination of caffeine and low amounts of marijuana has more impact on working memory than high dosage of marijuana taken alone.

The relationship between coffee and weed should be further investigated.

Previous research showed that both marijuana and caffeine boost dopamine production. A 2017 study on mixing caffeine and cannabis in rats revealed that, when taken together, the effects could compound.

The mentioned studies are done on animals only. Research about the interaction between caffeine and weed is still in its early stages, and further investigation is needed to establish the relationship between coffee and weed.

What we know so far is that mixing coffee and weed may produce different effects than taking them separately. If you, however, enjoy your morning ritual of mixing coffee with cannabis, the general rule is to start low and go slow.

Summary

  • While caffeine generally acts as a stimulant, marijuana can act as either a stimulant or a depressant
  • Experts still aren’t certain about the full extent of the interaction between caffeine and marijuana
  • Effects vary from person to person

References

  1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/292595/global-coffee-consumption/
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/284620486_Coffee_Second_to_oil
  3. https://www.ncausa.org/about-coffee/history-of-coffee
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-caffeine
  5. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/caffeine
  6. https://www.discoverynj.org/is-marijuana-a-stimulant-or-depressant/

Studies

  1. https://ift.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01561.x
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18088379/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24806674/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3423236/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5448447/ 

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It all started in 1979 on a small Hawaiian island, with a group of promising students and athletes that would hang out after school, riding in a Volkswagen van.

This group of friends loved to indulge in Pakalolo (noun: the Hawaiian word for cannabis) – or as locals called it: Choom. They named themselves the “Choom Gang” and would go on to influence our world as successful lawyers, entrepreneurs, and even the 44th president of the United States.

But back then, it was never about the future, it was about good people sparking ideas, sharing adventures, and cultivating good times.

Disclamer

1. Please consume responsibly.
2. When canning any food at home (e.g. cannabutter or canna-oil) you should be very careful since there can be a risk of the appearance of toxin that can lead to botulism, a very serious illness. This happens when food is canned, processed, stored or handled. Bacteria that cause botulism can very quickly grow in cannabis edibles that are made at home. Bacteria can cause botulism poisoning which is a very serious illness that affects the body’s nerves and produces serious health consequences.

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