Many weed enthusiasts love to start their day the same way, a fresh cup of coffee and a joint. Heck, now a days you can even find cannabis infused coffee. But why is combing coffee and weed such an amazing thing?
Some people would say the answer to this question is because the two compliment each other so perfectly when combined. The caffeine gives you a burst of energy, while the cannabis takes the edge off and creates a perfect balance. However, there’s more to this wonderful relationship than you may think.
The link between caffeine and cannabis has to do with your metabolism. A new study has found that the when you increase your coffee consumption, the that increased coffee consumption led to a drop-off of blood metabolites in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps regulate a lot of important bodily functions like mood, appetite, stress, inflammation, and sleep.
Marilyn Cornelius is the lead author in the study and she explains that the endocannabinoid metabolic pathway is an important part of how the body deals with stress. An increase in stress, like that which occurs from consuming large quantities of caffeine, results in the destruction of endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. Cornelius says this could be the body’s attempt to bring stress levels back down to equilibrium.
As you consume more caffeine and your endocannabinoid neurotransmitters deplete, less of them reach the ECS. This is because the ECS’s main goal is to achieve and maintain internal balance, within the body despite changes happening in the external world. Your body produces endocannabinoids naturally, which it then sends out to different parts of your body to make sure everything is balanced and functioning properly. In this way, your body’s endocannabinoids act like THC and CBD, but they have a much shorter and lesser effect than do actual, plant-derived THC and CBD.
When you use cannabis, the opposite occurs. The plant-derived cannabinoids that enter your body when you use cannabis act on the body by imitating the endocannabinoids your body produces naturally. These are the agents responsible for the recreational and medicinal effects of cannabis.
Whether cannabis use offsets the loss of endocannabinoids due to stress/caffeine intake is unknown, Cornelius says, but logic would suggest that it’s entirely possible this is the case. That cannabis and caffeine impact each other in some way is undeniable.