Coffee and cannabis: do they help or hinder each other?

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…

  • What does the research say?
  • Does consuming coffee and cannabis together hinder or help the effects?

Coffee and cannabis: a match made in heaven

Let’s Compare the Similarities Between Coffee and Cannabis

If you haven’t noticed, coffee and cannabis have more in common than you think. For God’s sake, the process is almost identical!

The Product

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.

coffee and cannabis
coffee and cannabis

The Vessel

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!

coffee and cannabis
coffee and cannabis

The Grinding

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.

coffee and cannabis grinder
coffee and cannabis grinder

The Loading

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.

coffee and cannabis portofilter

coffee and cannabis pipe

The Extraction

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!

coffee and cannabis espresso
coffee and cannabis lighting

Similarities Aside, How Do Coffee and Cannabis Effect Each Other?

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?

Coffee and cannabis: a match made in heavenFunny you should ask!

Studies show: “Caffeine reinforces the effects with THC, potentially making it more pleasurable.

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.

Coffee and cannabis: a match made in heaven

Knock Off the Stigma: Coffee and Cannabis Are Both Drugs

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.

Cameron Rexroat is the creative director of Just Another Jay. Having worked in the cannabis/marketing industry for several years, he has created a unique approach to the lifestyle of marijuana. When Cameron isn’t toking up with his favorite strains, he enjoys walking his pup, constant coffee breaks and being in love with his partner.

Cameron Rexroat is the creative director of Just Another Jay. Having worked in the cannabis/marketing industry for several years, he has created a unique approach to the lifestyle of marijuana. When Cameron isn’t toking up with his favorite strains, he enjoys walking his pup, constant coffee breaks and being in love with his partner.

2 Comments

  1. Bess

    November 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I absolutely LOVED the photo comparisons. So cute!!

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