Many cannabis users have long enjoyed spicing up their morning routine with a wake and bake followed by their favorite cup of joe. Arkansans with medical marijuana cards can even get tinctures from a local dispensary and drop THC right into their morning cup of go-juice!
While cannabis and coffee are a popular combination, many studies are only just now coming out with information about how these substances interact together.
In this article we’ll cover some of the current science behind mixing cannabis with coffee, so grab a cup of your favorite blend and let’s get started.
What Makes Coffee and Cannabis So Similar?
Coffee is one of the world’s most circulated resources. With over 2 billion cups being consumed every day and dating back to the 15th century, coffee has made its way into the homes and hearts of people across the world.
Coffee is praised for its energetic and focusing effects and has become the go-to morning booster for people in America. You can find it everywhere, in stores and gas stations, and if you live anywhere near a city, you’ll likely see a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, or maybe a few.
But while coffee is so widely available, it’s not actually thoroughly understood. It is a very complex substance with many different properties that have not all been fully investigated.
Coffee contains a psychoactive (yes, that’s right) compound called caffeine that enters into your bloodstream, and travels to your brain to interact with your neurotransmitters.
This should sound awfully familiar. THC and caffeine are both psychotropic chemicals, though THC takes a different route to get to the brain, the fundamental process is very similar.
In fact, coffee and cannabis share several similarities:
Cannabis contains terpenes, and coffee has diterpenes. Two of these aromatic compounds in coffee being cafestol and kahweol.
Cannabis and coffee are both used socially, recreationally, and even medically.
Coffee even interacts with the endocannabinoid system, though the effects appear to be possibly the opposite of cannabis.
And though they are similar medically, we naturally associate coffee drinkers with high performance, and cannabis users as lazy even though we know neither of these stereotypes are true.
While coffee and cannabis have some pretty comparable properties and pretty different social implications, what about combining them?
Mixing Coffee and Cannabis in Arkansas
While advanced and thorough studies are still being done to discover the properties of cannabis and coffee both, there are some known facts about mixing the two of them together.
For starters, we know everyone’s biological profile is different. One person will not interact with coffee or cannabis the same way as another, and so it goes without saying that one individual might experience very different effects than another when combining cannabis and coffee together.
Those who favor a wake and bake with their cup of coffee will be pleased to hear that the combination of THC and caffeine is in most cases perfectly fine.
There have been no reported instances of serious health complications from combining THC and caffeine.
In some cases, mixing the two may even be complementary to each other.
Low levels of caffeine could prolong your high, THC and caffeine both give us euphoria, and of course they both taste amazing.
Both substances might increase your heart rate, and the combo could potentially promote short-term memory loss (at least in rats). If you suffer from a heart condition, combining the two might not be the way to go.
While we wait for more studies and in-depth research to become available, the current understanding is that while coffee and cannabis can interact with each other, there doesn’t seem to be overwhelming negatives associated with the cocktail of java and ganja.
The effects can be very relative, though we know coffee can be an energetic stimulant, mixing coffee with different strains of cannabis will produce different effects. Some of those will be preferable and complementary, and some of them will be undesirable depending on your circumstances.
You might not want to fight the urge to sleep if your brain is ready to go from the caffeine, or you might not want a surge of energy right before you take your nightly dose of cannabis.
But perhaps you need an extra boost of sativa with your cup of coffee, or maybe you want to enjoy the hyperawareness of indica effects with the dialed-in focus your coffee provides.
The truth is, it’s really based on your preferences and your body.
But you can pretty much guarantee pouring a cup of joe and taking a chocolate edible will make your morning routine a little more exciting, and certainly more tasty.
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Cannabis and coffee lovers can rejoice, their favorite flower is a fine choice with their preferred brew. Even though we are just now breaking into the advanced medical understanding of these two substances, people have been enjoying them together for years.
Become an Arkansas Medical Marijuana patient today to enjoy them together yourself!
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