Have you ever wondered to yourself, do coffee and weed work together? Or are you putting yourself in a bad situation possibly causing the opposite effect of each? Step inside of a dispensary or look online and you find that there are a variety of infused coffees for sale.
So what’s the deal really? Let’s look into the science behind mixing coffee and cannabis.
What are the Effects of Mixing Coffee and Weed?
Mixing coffee and cannabis changes depending on many different factors. You see, cannabis has different strains that have a variety of elements to it. You want to find some weed from your marijuana dispensaries with the same effects.
Cannabis comes in a variety of different strains that all have varying effects to them. The effects of different cannabis strains can have an effect depending on a person’s unique endocannabinoid system. Some strains can mellow you out while others act as a stimulant and are more energizing.
Talk to any budtender or cannabis advocate and you might hear the buzzing words sativa and indica. Sativa strains of cannabis commonly give you an energetic, uplifting high with social productivity. Indica strains on the other hand are known to mellow you out and give you that relaxing, couch-lock feel.
It’s important to note that similar to a sativa strain, coffee acts as a stimulant. If you are looking to help improve the effects of caffeine a sativa or hybrid might be a better option than the mellow indica strains.
Looking Beyond Cannabis Strains
However, in more recent research, studies show that terpenes are crucial to the effects of cannabis beyond just sativa versus indica strains. Different concentrations of terpenoid provide different effects that pair well with the natural boosts from coffee.
For example, limonene gives cannabis the zippy, citrusy notes. Limonene also improves mood and reduces stress. On the other hand, Pinene provides a pine-like fragrance and helps boost memory and reduce pain within the body.
Another factor that determines the effect of cannabis is the ratio of THC present. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the psychoactive compound in your cannabis. It’s important to note that people process certain compounds differently. While some people might need higher does to feel their desired effects of cannabis others might need just a tiny bit to feel its full effects. We always recommend easing in slow and steady especially if looking to mix with another stimulant aka coffee.
Risks of Combining Weed and Caffeine
Mixing caffeine and cannabis has no reported extreme risks. People have varying reactions to both, so combining them should be considered on a case by case basis. If you’re not normally good with handling caffeine from coffee, adding cannabis especially those with strains with higher THC content could create feelings of anxiety and paranoia.
However, if you enjoy your regular cup of brew adding cannabis to your morning routine might just enhance its energizing effects. We recommend starting with your regular cup of joe and ease into a smaller dose between 1mg – 3mg.
Give yourself 30 minutes before you decide to add a higher dosage. If you’re not feeling pleasant, stop at this point or reduce the amount of caffeine entirely.
It’s a great idea to track your use. Write down what time of day you combined the two, how much and add the adjustments you made. It’s best to follow the changes in your intake.
Tracking your experiences allows you to reflect on how you feel both during and after. You can analyze if the combination of coffee and cannabis is a match made for you or if you’re better off keeping the two seperate.
How to Mix Your Coffee With Cannabis?
There are different ways to incorporate your cannabis with your caffeine. One of our favorites way to enjoy a good cup of espresso is with a freshly packed bowl or a tightly rolled joint. Another great option is a vaporizer if you aren’t too keen on the smell.
Crunched on time in the AM? Why not try a infused coffee blend!
Coffee & Weed Like PB&J
If you’re anything like us, starting your morning with a regular cup of coffee is something you just can’t imagine life without. Once we discovered how that cup of coffee along with a wake and bake session impacted our productivity tenfold, we never looked back.
This coffee-canna-connection might not be for everyone but we do have to say that the two pair quite nicely just like a peanut butter and jelly. Looking for more information on how to reduce coffee and weed anxiety? Check out this article.