Cannabinoids, on the other hand, interact with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which is a complex nervous system and network of receptors inherent throughout our minds and bodies. Cannabinoids bind to our ECS receptors and the resulting biochemical reactions from these interactions essentially lead to reduced pain, inflammation, nausea, anxiety and a number of other health benefits we’ve come to expect from marijuana.
You could say that caffeine is an inhibitor, while cannabinoids like THC or CBD promote activity in certain areas of the brain and body. So what do these very distinct compounds do to your body when you consume them together? Many stoners love the idea of combining cannabis and coffee, but they might be afraid of the idea that coffee is an upper (wakefulness, cutting down on sluggishness), while cannabis is typically consumed as a downer (relaxing, sleep-aid, calming an overactive mind, etc). These concerns are valid, and it is important to point out that combining any chemicals – even if they’re plant-based – needs to be carefully managed to avoid any adverse reactions.
When it comes to how cannabis infused coffee makes you feel, it depends on the strength of the caffeine and the potency of THC, CBD or both. Some proponents of CBD advocate for Cannabidiol infused coffee because it can help to take the edge off (less coffee jitters), or put your mind in a state of calmness that will amplify the effects of the caffeine (meaning you can consume less, for the same effect). Alternatively, a lot of bud baristas brew coffee with THC-dominant strains to “enhance their high”. As long as you’re a savvy stoner and you know how marijuana impacts you, combining coffee beans and cannabis can lead to a stronger high with more noticeable psychoactive effects.
Just like certain coffee grounds suit certain situations, you wouldn’t want to drink a medium roast coffee (high in caffeine) with a superchill, couch-locking hybrid like Northern Lights. You can play mad scientist and mix the coffee and cannabis that you like best, but just always keep in mind that uppers and downers don’t mix well, so try not to dabble with competing kinds of java and ganja. When you get right down to it, the combinations of marijuana infused coffee are almost endless and they will depend on the person who is sipping on it. Your personal caffeine and cannabis tolerances might be vastly different to others, so until more research is done on the relationship between cannabis and coffee we’ll have to keep experimenting for ourselves.