Can cannabis be used with coffee? It seems counterintuitive, but the combination of the two might just be the trick to kickstarting your morning routine.
While coffee helps get all systems in gear, it can be a little jarring mentally. Monday’s always bad enough, no one wants to add caffeine-induced anxiety to it.
That’s where cannabis could come in as a ballast point to coffee.
While there isn’t a lot of research out there that deeply explores how cannabis in conjunction with coffee – and more precisely, caffeine – effects the human body, here is what we do know.
We know what coffee does
Just like you, we’re sentient beings. We know what coffee is and how it works.
But, contrary to popular belief, caffeine isn’t technically what causes you to feel that burst of energy (and the craving for more afterward).
But, contrary to popular belief, caffeine isn’t technically what causes you to feel that burst of energ
Caffeine works by blocking adenosine receptors in your brain. Adenosine is the chemical that makes you feel drowsiness. When people “crash” after having coffee or energy drinks (which usually have insane amounts of caffeine), it’s because the caffeine has worn off, and adenosine is now able to re-enter your system.
Okay, so what might this have to do with cannabis?
Well, studies out of Northwestern University early in 2018 have shown that coffee (which naturally has caffeine) reacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) contrary to the way cannabis does.
Humans are hardwired with the ECS, which allows us to experience the inherent effects of cannabis. If coffee consumption actually inhibits the ECS, then implementing cannabis can reverse that, right?
Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. After all, we did say that there is very little research in regards to this chemical combo. And while coffee is much more welcomed in society than cannabis is, the truth about its effect on human health changes just about every day as new articles come out to trump ideas that came before them. The same can be said for cannabis.
Still, it’s worth noting how coffee and cannabis have similar effects on the brain and the body. Logically, if coffee works to prevent drowsiness and cannabis can open up creativity and euphoria, then combining the two can result in an extended state of alert, happiness and inspiration.
But keep in mind, everyone’s body has its own way of reacting to things so take from this what you will. A lot of people cite that coffee gets them going, while cannabis removes the jittery, anxious feelings that too much caffeine can cause.
Until there is more research and information on the coffee and cannabis combination, people might just have to see for themselves if it would work for their morning routines. If you are interested in experimenting to see how you react to the combined effects of coffee and cannabis, there are some things you can try.
Firstly, Somatik makes cannabis-infused coffee already. So if you’re looking for something quick and easy, there you go.
Secondly, “bulletproof coffee” is created by adding butter to coffee. Cannabutter is a well-known and commonly used method to infuse cannabis into cooking and, ipso facto, coffee.
Thirdly, using tinctures is a very efficient and measurable way to infuse cannabis. You’ll know exactly how much you’re putting in per drop and it quickly blends in with the fat in the milk or cream you (might) add to your coffee.