If you’ve ever smoked marijuana, chances are you’ve experienced the cross-effects of coffee and cannabis together.
Some call if “euphoric”, some think it’s “anxiety-inducing”… No matter what: coffee and cannabis have a long history of use together.
Now, I love cannabis. And I love coffee. Mixing the two for me results in an awe-inspiring euphoria, full of energy and creativity.
That being said, we can’t rely solely on personal anecdotes…
If you haven’t noticed, coffee and cannabis have more in common than you think. For God’s sake, the process is almost identical!
Both coffee and cannabis start whole. Both are pungent, nostalgic-inducing, and both have endless different varieties. Just like your aunt is stingy about her Ethiopian blend, your Uncle Jim isn’t gonna smoke Alaska Thunderfuck.
The next step is to pick your “vessel”. Just like some coffee drinkers prefer espresso, you might prefer a geometric pipe (or your trusty bong!). Each method is based off of user preference. Do you prefer strong flavor? Balanced? You choose!
Grinding your product is (not surprisingly!) a near identical process for both coffee and cannabis. Choose a high-quality grinder that won’t get stuck, deposit metal into your goods, or break after a week.
After your product is nice and ground, it’s time to load that baby up! Take your vessel, pour the goods in, and press that goodness down until it’s nice and beautiful. An even loading process produces a smooth extraction, without any unnecessary drawbacks.
Lastly, we come to the best step in any coffee and cannabis session: the extraction. Spark that lighter, pull that espresso, and get those good vibes started!
Now, we know that coffee and cannabis are pretty much made for each other… (I mean, it’s practically the same process!).
But what does science have to say about THC and caffeine?
Funny you should ask!
Why does this matter?
Caffeine allows you to smoke less while still achieving the same effect!
In fact, caffeine increases the effects of psycho-stimulants, including THC. The researchers concluded that cannabis’ effects, as well as any other substance that releases dopamine, are increased by caffeine.
So sip some coffee, get a little stoned, and still have an amazingly productive day.
Lastly, I just want to highlight a double-standard that kills me.
Caffeine is a drug.
Care to argue? A drug is defined as:
A medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.
So, get off your high horse, Linda. That coffee you’re drinking is just as “mind-altering” as my cannabis.
Now is the time to work together to change society’s stance on marijuana. A group at a coffee shop is considered “socializing”, but friends enjoying a smoke session are “unproductive stoners”?
Cannabis is just as “normal” as coffee. It simply depends on the walls we choose to break down to make Ms. Mary Jane the new social norm.