4 Things That Happen When You Mix Marijuana & Caffeine, Because It Definitely Affects Your High
Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix coffee and marijuana? With the marijuana industry booming, there are actually lots of products available if you want your coffee infused with weed. Of course, weed-infused coffee isn't the only way you can mix your favorite vices; you can, obviously, just drink a cup of coffee and consume marijuana at the same time. But what happens in your body when you combine the two substances? Is it even safe to smoke weed and drink coffee? Based on Google searches, it seems that a lot of people worry about mixing caffeine (a stimulant) with weed (a depressant), so let's take a closer look.
There's something to be said for wondering how mixing chemicals affects us; you may know how body reacts to coffee or weed when consumed individually, but is there an impact when they're consumed simultaneously? Are the chemicals in each substance reactive to one another? Luckily for us, there's actually some pretty interesting research being done on this very topic — although of course, as the legalization of weed spreads across the nation, I think more inclusive and wide-spread research on the subject is sure to occur.
As of right now, here are some of the most interesting research-based findings I've found on how caffeine and weed interact in our bodies.
1. Low Amounts of Coffee Cause Low Weed Cravings
In a 2014 study conducted on monkeys, scientists gave subjects a small amount (just one mg) of caffeine. Then, they gave them unlimited access to weed. Yes, in the name of scientific discovery, small monkeys were self-administering marijuana (via a levy, because they're monkeys, remember) at will. Anyway, when monkeys were given the low amount of caffeine, they were less likely to administer THC.
2. High Amounts of Coffee Cause High Weed Cravings
In the same study, when monkeys were given a higher dosage of caffeine (three mg) they chose to administer more THC. This aspect of the study suggests that caffeine and THC have similar addictive qualities, so once you reach a certain threshold of one, the neurotransmitters in the brain crave more. We know already that coffee is addictive, but the jury is still out on whether marijuana itself is addictive or not. This study suggests a correlation, but remember, correlation does not equal causation.
3. Weed and Coffee Both Give Us Euphoria
So, if we're still unsure about the addiction aspect, what gives? How come after a certain point, caffeine appears to make monkeys crave THC more than when they only had a small dosage? The science is unclear (and remember, they're monkeys, not people), but many researchers suggest another commonality between weed and coffee is that both substances provide us with a sense of euphoria. As Dr. Scott Krakower tells LiveScience, "Taking caffeine with marijuana would not cancel out the high induced by the drug," likely because of the substance-induced sense of euphoria. Coffee also won't help you sober up after you smoke a joint.
4. Drinking Coffee While Smoking Doesn't Necessarily Improve Your High
I know, I know. There are people who swear smoking weed while drinking coffee improves their high, and maybe for them, it does. But so far, the research doesn't necessarily support the idea of coffee making your high feel "better" or more pronounced." It does suggest, however, that drinking coffee while consuming weed may allow you to smoke less while maintaining your high, thanks to the caffeine dose. This implies that you're getting a better "value" for your high, perhaps, but not necessarily that the high is "better" in terms of enjoyment.
So, once all of this is said and done, how do coffee and weed interact? The research suggests it's all about how much of each substance you're consuming. So if you're going to light up with a cup of coffee, take note of how much you're consuming, and see if after a certain threshold your experience changes in some way. Or, leave the research to the scientists, and enjoy the euphoria.