We Asked Experts What Happens To Your Body When You Mix Weed & Coffee
It’s a laid-back Saturday afternoon, and you want something extra to go with your coffee and 14th rewatch of The West Wing. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the dozen or so states (plus Washington, D.C.) that have legalized recreational cannabis, you may want to add a bit of a relaxing vibe to your morning buzz. But before you unearth that edible from the back of the cabinet, you might be wondering if it’s even safe to combine weed and coffee.
“THC and caffeine are two of the most widely used psychotropic chemicals in the world, and they also both have a very long history of use by humans,” says Rubin Torf, co-founder and president of Scientia Labs, a CBD producer, and Canapa, Scientia’s lifestyle brand. “Caffeine in the brain results in reduced drowsiness or fatigue and improves reaction time,” he tells Bustle. “THC results in a range of physiological changes and psychoactivity.”
Everyone’s body reacts differently to substances, of course, but in general, there are some norms to expect. “Caffeine use tends to energize most people,” says Dr. Gary Starr, MD, medical director of FOCUS, an international non-profit working toward developing cannabis quality management standards. “The effects of marijuana can vary, but many people use it to feel more relaxed.”
Some of those varying effects from pot include short-term memory loss, while caffeine is associated with the opposite (sharpening your brain in the moment). Even though those effects seem to combat each other, Torf tells Bustle that the chemicals don’t necessarily cancel each other out. Taken together, he says, “you’re still going to have short-term memory problems from THC, and still feel awake from caffeine.”
If having pot and coffee at the same time doesn’t bring you to a limbo space between hyper-alert and hyper-chill, then what does the combo do? The next time you want to spend an afternoon kicking back with a joint in one hand and a cup of joe in the other, there are four things you should know about how caffeine and weed do interact.
1. Caffeine May Increase Pot-Associated Memory Loss
It might seem logical to try and mix pot with caffeine to counteract THC effects like memory loss, since you know coffee can make you more alert. However, “a combination of caffeine and THC may adversely affect memory,” Dr. Starr tells Bustle. “Some research shows that caffeine and low doses of THC seemed to impair working memoryВ more than THC would on its own.”
Some of this research was published in 2011 in the British Journal of Pharmacology. The study found that combining coffee and weed can worsen memory problems. Though researchers focused on brain chemistry in rats, they speculated that the memory loss associated with pot might be especially dangerous when young people (whose brains are still forming) drink coffee and light up at the same time.
2. Low Levels Of Caffeine Might Prolong Your High
In a 2011 study conducted on monkeys and published in the journal Addiction Biology, scientists gave subjects a small amount (just 1 mg) of caffeine. Then, they gave them unlimited access to weed. Yes, in the name of scientific discovery, small monkeys were self-administering cannabis at will (via a lever, because they’re monkeys). When the critters were given the low amount of caffeine, though, they were less likely go for the weed.
This may well result from the fact that just a little bit of coffee can make a small amount of pot go a longer way. “Low levels of caffeine may enhance the high and result in the need to use less marijuana to achieve the same result,” Dr. Starr tells Bustle.
But don’t light up and chug multiple cups of coffee just yet. “High levels of caffeine, however, could have the opposite effect,” he says. In a 2018 study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers at Northwestern Medicine when you drink a lot of coffee (we’re talking four to eight cups a day), the level of neurotransmitters in your endocannabinoid system decreases вЂ” AKA, more coffee makes your brain do the opposite of what it does when you’re high. However, study participants were only drinking coffee (as opposed to having caffeine and weed together), so everything that happens chemically to human brains when the two interact has yet to be studied in detail.
3. Weed and Coffee Both Give Us Euphoria
A 2017 study published in the journal Annals of Neuroscience found that both caffeine and cannabis increase levels of dopamine (the happiness hormone) in the brain. On their own, both pot and coffee give you this euphoric boost, but the study concluded that the effects magnify when you combine the drink and the plant. “Since both chemicals increase dopamine levels, but through different mechanisms, the combined effect is an increased sense of euphoria,” Torf tells Bustle.
4. Both Pot And Coffee Can Increase Your Heart Rate
Before you leap into the dopamine-induced euphoria that can you can get from a coffee pot, make sure you’ve talked to your doctor about your heart health. “Both marijuana and caffeineВ are known to cause tachycardia вЂ” or an increased heart rate.В In people with underlying heart disease or problems with heart arrhythmias, consuming marijuana and caffeine вЂ” together or separately вЂ” could potentially put them at risk for heart complications,” Dr. Starr tells Bustle.
As with anything cannabis-related, there needs to be more research about how weed and caffeine interact, so be cautious. “It’s important to create your own dosing plan which works for your unique body and lifestyle,” says Valerie Sakota, co-founder of cannabis startup Babari. “If you’re new to testing out THC and caffeine, we recommend taking it for a spin on a morning when you’ve got a productivity goal but no meetings or deadlines. Start with a small dose вЂ” a few puffs of a joint or pipe, or a 2.5 mg of a tincture or edible with your morning joe.” Then, take the next few hours to be extra mindful of how you feel.
Readers should note that laws governing cannabis, hemp and CBD are evolving, as is information about the efficacy and safety of those substances. As such, the information contained in this post should not be construed as legal or medical advice. Always consult your physician prior to trying any substance or supplement.
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Rubin Torf, co-founder and president of Scientia Labs and Canapa
Dr. Gary Starr, MD, medical director of FOCUS
This article was originally published on Feb. 18, 2016
It’s a laid-back Saturday afternoon, and you want something extra to go with your coffee and 14th rewatch of The West Wing. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the dozen or so states (plus Washington, D.C.) that have legalized recreationalвЂ¦
How to make coffee with cannabis
How to make a cannabis coffee
For some people, this is the most enjoyable way to start or end the day, combining two products they love: coffee and cannabis; the science concludes that coffee consumption increases the desire to consume cannabis. We discuss how to prepare this combination and its effects, among other things.
A few days ago, I met a friend on the street. He barely noticed I was there. He was painting one of his paintings, but with particular dedication. I didn’t want to disturb him, but I was curious to know what he was painting. The first thing he said to me was when I approached him: God bless coffee with cannabis!
Cannabis coffee? I didn’t understand anything. He and I share our passion for cannabis, so the first thing I thought was that it was a new product he bought. Finally, he told me that he had tasted cannabis coffee for breakfast and that he felt really inspired.
Then I understood everything. Some time ago, a common friend told us about the benefits of having breakfast or finishing the day with a cannabis coffee. I had tried to take cannabis herbal teas (How to Make Marijuana Infusion), but it wasn’t the same thing.
The fact is that between the two of them, I was curious to investigate cannabis coffee and its effects, as well as the methods of preparation according to what I was looking for at the time with marijuana, and I want to use this post to explain it to you as well. Do you want to? Come on, let’s go!
Tell me, when do you usually have coffee? in the morning? in the afternoon? at night? Probably, if you like it very much, you will drink it several times a day and almost certainly there will also be a specific goal for each of these cups, even if you don’t know it consciously.
I explain myself. Usually, when we drink coffee in the morning, it’s usually to cool our minds, as well as after lunch, when you’re knocked out or in the middle of the morning, when you’re hungry or feel that if you don’t drink it, you won’t be able to continue your chores.
Something similar happens with cannabis. If we smoke it in the morning, or at least if we do it during the week, we always try to use one that activates us, a sativa. If we also carry out artistic works, as was the case with my friend, we will also seek to achieve this effect.
If you’ve ever read the stories of Sherlock Holmes, you’ve probably heard this sentence:”There’s nothing like a cup of coffee to stimulate brain cells,” but you know as well as I do that there’s something else. Isn’t that correct? 😉
Am I wrong or am I on the right track? Well, I’ll keep going. If we smoke at night, we usually use an indica, which helps us to relax and fall asleep. Like when we were having decaffeinated coffee.
And another question: how many social cafes do you have? That is, how often do you meet for coffee? In such cases, the objective is different. Usually to have a good time. Like when you smoke cannabis with a laugh and date friends.
But since I know that you also like to drink coffee, don’t forget its flavour, because depending on the type of roasting you choose (light, medium or strong), it would also be advisable to choose one type of cannabis or another.
Par exemple, pour les cafés torréfiés légers qui sont généralement beaucoup plus acides, mais au goût plus sucré, une variété de Skunk, comme Cheese, sera excellente parce qu’elle rehaussera la saveur du café, mais contrebalancera l’acidité. Ce pourrait être une combinaison parfaite pour commencer la journée, car elle vous apporte bonheur et créativité.
However, if you opt for strong roasted coffees, there’s nothing like Blueberry, whose fruity flavor will go wonderfully well with this type of bitterness. If you also choose a variety with touches of chocolate or nuts, the result will be epic. How about a Blueberry 99 to start the day? It will bring you happiness and inspiration and make you enjoy your first cup of coffee of the day as never before.
In the case of medium roasting, it is also advisable to choose a sweet-tasting cannabis, but it all depends on how you like coffee. The fact is that combining the softness of one with the other could be excessive if you don’t manage to do it properly.
🚀 Cannabis Coffee Recipe
And now, yes, take note of the cannabis coffee recipe, because if you haven’t tried it yet, I promise you will have a hard time getting rid of it once you’ve tried it. To do this, you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 cups of water
- butter or coconut oil
- half a gram of cannabis of your choice
Cannabis Coffee Ingredients
Once you have everything, these are the steps to follow:
Step 1. Crush the cannabis. If you wish, you can use a grinder to make things easier.
Crush the cannabis
Step 2. Once you have crushed it well, heat the 3 cups of water I indicated above and bring them to a boil. Don’t forget to add coconut oil or butter. Whatever you want.
heat the 3 cups of water
Why is that so? Because this product will absorb the cannabinoids lost in boiling marijuana. Otherwise, we would not achieve the desired effect or to a much lesser extent.
Step 3. Add the crushed cannabis to the water and leave on for 40 minutes, but stir occasionally.
Add the crushed cannabis
Spend that time, strain the mixture into a strainer. Prepare the coffee with the water obtained. Tip: To complete the mixture, you can mix it with a blender.
Strain the mixture
Ready! Now you can enjoy your hot or cold cannabis coffee. Whatever you say. However, keep in mind that with coffee like when you eat marijuana: the effect is much longer to appear, about 40 minutes or an hour or two depending on the person and the variety used, so go slowly. You better take advantage of it, don’t you?
👾 What are its effects?
I will now tell you something that may not be entirely agreeable, but until there is conclusive data, that’s all I can tell you. At this stage, coffee and marijuana, and the combination of the two, have very different effects for different people.
How? Yes. As you see fit. Just look around or see it for yourself. You can be one of those who drinks coffee at any time and sleeps like an angel or, on the contrary, you can only take one cup of coffee a day and the rest decaffeinated, because this stimulates you strongly.
It also happens with cannabis, as you know. Cannabis coffee follows the same pattern. That is why it is very important not to take it in large quantities and, above all, to wait for it to take effect and not to go forward and take more if we believe that too much time has passed and that it does not work for us, because it will.
For some, coffee with marijuana reinforces the effect of marijuana. That is, if, for example, you drink coffee to wake up and use a variety that makes you happy and inspires you, it will happen like my friend: a total inspiration.
This is something that science has not yet been able to certify, but what some studies have concluded with regard to the combination of these two products is that the higher the amount of coffee we drink, the greater the desire to consume cannabis and this will decrease if the volume of coffee is reduced.
⭐ Coffee with milk and cannabis
Since I haven’t told you yet, you may be wondering if cannabis coffee should be used as a coffee only or if other ingredients like milk can be added to make a recipe for coffee with milk and marijuana. The answer is clearly yes..
Café au lait et cannabis
However, you will have to use whole or semi-skimmed milk, because they are the ones with fat. If you don’t tolerate this feeling, you can use others, but you should add fat, such as butter. It’s not the best option, but health comes first.
The steps to follow are the same as in the recipe above, only at the end you add the milk. To soften it, there are people who add cinnamon and even honey. It’s a matter of taste. Of course, you can also use sugar, although I encourage you to eat it without anything, so that you can enjoy coffee and marijuana on the palate.
And that’s all I had to tell you about the coffee. On the one hand, what must be taken into account when preparing the recipe itself (with and without milk) and, finally, the effects of combining the two products.
Remember that, just like when you eat it, in this case, cannabis will also take time to act, so be patient, enjoy the moment and its effect will be felt. Also, remember that each organization is different and its impact will be different. Don’t forget this, especially with the amount of cannabis you use.
Finally, I would like to know whether you think that I left something in the inkwell that you want us to discuss together or whether you have something to bring in so that we can all take it into account when making coffee with cannabis
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