Some combinations are just unmistakable, including the combination of coffee and weed. For many, consuming one without the other is not an option. This is also exactly why there are so many coffee shops in our country! In this article, we’ll address why this combination is so popular.
WHAT ARE THE SEPARATE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA AND CAFFEINE?
Before we get into how this combination works, we need to understand what marijuana and coffee do separately in the body. Then we’ll see how they complement each other.
Many people use cannabis for recreational purposes, but some also take it to feel better about themselves. In both cases, marijuana interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Specifically, THC in marijuana binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain. This triggers short-term changes in brain chemistry that users experience as a “high.” This is characterized by feelings of euphoria and relaxation and less inhibition.
Whether you like to enjoy a cup of coffee or energy drinks, both contain large amounts of the well-known stimulant caffeine. Whatever you choose, there is no denying that caffeinated beverages are very popular. Yet these drinks do not give you real energy. This is because caffeine inhibits the transport of adenosine to the brain. This is a chemical compound that makes you feel tired and relaxed. In addition, caffeine increases the amount of dopamine, norepinephrine and glutamate. Because of this, caffeine drinkers do not notice that they are tired. However, they experience a “dip” when the caffeine dissipates and the adenosine regains access to the brain.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMBINE CANNABIS AND CAFFEINE?
We’ve looked at the separate effects of marijuana and caffeine. But what happens when you combine them? Where caffeine acts as a stimulant, cannabis mitigates this with a more relaxing effect. Some users wonder if combining the two can lead to overstimulation. However, both involve a unique mechanism, so you don’t have to worry about them enhancing each other. However, if you take too much of both, the combination can lead to a nervous feeling, paranoia or an increased heart rate. Therefore, it is important that you find the right balance for yourself and it is best to start with a small dose. This way you can discover what works best for you. It is also good to give your body some time to adjust before increasing the dose.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE CAFFEINE AND MARIJUANA?
There are several ways to combine caffeine and cannabis. Whether you want to start your day with it or enjoy it on your lunch break, here are a few suggestions.
WAKE ‘N BAKE
There’s nothing like a good wake ‘n bake. Get up in the morning, make some coffee and light your favorite strain: a true classic when it comes to combining coffee and cannabis! But first you need to determine which strains give you the best experience. Once you’ve found your favorite strain, take one puff and one cup at a time. This way you can find your sweet spot and then continue to enjoy it.
USING A COFFEE GRINDER TO MAKE CANNED COFFEE
Another method is to simply grind decarboxylated cannabis with some coffee beans. Then prepare this combination, pour it into your favorite coffee mug and the enjoyment can begin. Keep in mind that the taste is a bit stronger. This is because you will taste both the notes of the coffee and the cannabis. You can also make it more fun by combining different flavors. Choose fruity or sweet strains, for example, to lighten the flavor profile. Or go for strains that smell of coffee and chocolate themselves! For quick results, it’s best to use a coffee grinder, especially in the early morning when you’re still a bit sleepy.
MAKE CANNABIS COFFEE OR TEA BY HAND
Of course you can just grind the buds with the coffee grinder, but you can also make more powerful cannabis coffee with cannabis butter or cannabis coconut oil. To do this, put a blob of cannabis butter in your morning cup and stir well to mix the fat with the hot drink. You can also use cannabis butter or coconut oil to compose your own tea. Especially if you’re looking for a milder boost, making cannabis tea is incredibly convenient and easy. Put the contents of a bag of your favorite tea into a mixture of butter and buds and mix everything together. Then put the tea weed butter mixture back into the bag or into a tea ball. Then let it steep for a few minutes in a teapot with water and pour it into your tea cup.
CBD AND COFFEE
So far, we’ve mostly focused on the combination of a potent THC strain and coffee. But CBD is also a good candidate for in morning drinks. Whether it’s CBD-rich cannabis butter or a few drops of CBD oil, it’s never been easier to add cannabidiol to your food and drink. You won’t get high from CBD, making this combination ideal for those who want to have a cup of coffee or tea in the morning before work or school.
THE BEST CANNABIS STRAINS TO COMBINE WITH COFFEE
As we said, there is no “perfect” cannabis strain to pair with your coffee. It all depends on your own preference. However, there are two important things to keep in mind when choosing a strain. Whether you want to complement the flavor of roasted coffee beans or achieve a specific effect, keep the following in mind.
Both coffee and cannabis are loved by connoisseurs for their distinct and wide range of flavors. For this very reason, many cannabis coffee drinkers try to match the flavor profile of a particular strain with their favorite coffee beans to bring out the best notes of both. You can break down the roast of coffee into different regions and growing styles, but in general there are three categories.
LIGHT ROAST COFFEE
Lightly roasted coffee is great when paired with a spicier variety. For example, Cheese makes the coffee taste less acidic. It also enhances the overall aroma and brings out the opposite notes in the coffee. This creates a delectable combination of aroma and flavor. You can also supplement your coffee with coffee flavors. To do this, add Choco Haze to bring the deepest notes of the lightest roast to the forefront.
MEDIUM ROAST COFFEE
Those looking for a strain to complement a more bitter, slightly darker roast should try a sweeter option like Lary Bird Kush. This is a fruity, sweet and slightly spicy strain that goes incredibly well with coffee. Want to enhance that sweetness even more? Then there’s no better choice than Gelato.
DARK ROAST COFFEE
Are you craving rich, dark-roasted coffee? Then consider a strain that’s sweet as candy, like Runtz. This strain offers fruity and sweet sensations that add great flavors to your strong coffee. Runtz is not too overpowering and offers a relaxing high that pairs beautifully with a delicious cup of comfort. This combination will please you at any time, whether you enjoy it in the morning or in the afternoon.
In addition to the taste, the feeling that your coffee-weed combination gives you is also an important point to keep in mind. Again, choosing a strain is purely about your own preference. But depending on the experience you’re looking for, there are a few general guidelines you can follow.
As you probably know, indica-dominant strains often provide a high that leaves your entire body relaxed. When combined with strong coffee, this makes for a more balanced psychoactive experience. Many users even report that indica strains can counteract the nervousness of caffeine. If you opt for decaf, you can enjoy this combination in the evening as well!
Sativas are for the coffee-drinking stoners who love an adrenaline rush. Get yourself a sativa as soon as possible if you want to “blast through” some jobs or assignments. Of course, it’s best to take this combination in the morning, unless you’re a decaf drinker. The combo makes you feel upbeat and energetic for the day ahead. However, it can also sometimes make you feel a bit tense and nervous. So build up slowly and keep an eye on how you feel.
THE EFFECTS OF CANNABIS AND COFFEE DIFFER FROM PERSON TO PERSON
Ultimately, many things affect how you experience the combination of coffee and cannabis. In addition to the type of cannabis and the degree of roast, other factors will also determine how you feel when consuming both coffee and cannabis. In addition, you don’t necessarily have to choose coffee. Have you ever considered natural alternatives to coffee? So whether you like dark coffee beans or tea, the combination of caffeine and cannabis is an area that is ready to be discovered. You’ll be surprised at how this combo can improve your life, or at least your morning!