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A Primer on Mixing Caffeine and Marijuana


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The news seems to be all good.

Caffeine is processed in the liver then released into the bloodstream, and so is cannabis when ingested, not smoked. But the two go to work in different parts of the brain, and neither seems to change the effect that the other would normally have. That gives coffee an advantage over alcohol, which has been shown toincrease the amount of THC—the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects—that ends up in the bloodstream. “Caffeine interacts with body cells in a less specific manner,” Tishler says. Bottom line: drink cannabis coffee correctly, and you shouldn’t have to worry about getting any more than you bargained for.

What you will get is reportedly quite a lovely effect. (I have no idea what it’s like, mom. Really. Thanks for reading my work, though.) “Coffee seems to counteract that sleepy effect that marijuana can have,” says Tishler. “It heightens the heady effect and increases the pleasant hallucinatory experience.” 

So coffee counteracts the sleepy, and makes the effects better.

Alcohol, not so much.

For those who don’t have the wherewithal to brew their own from scratch, a handful of companies in California and Washington are offering cannabis-infused coffee products. In January, California-based Ganja Grindz became the first company to sell their enhanced K-cups, filters, and beans in multiple states.

sounds great!  caffeine and cannabis for the win!

You can't just mix them willy-nilly. I'm sure some recipes are better than others!

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