Coffee vs. Cannabis
Posted on March 5th 2019
Coffee vs. Cannabis - Which is Better?
Monday morning. Ugh.
Sometimes, you wake up in the morning, full of energy, practically bursting out of bed, ready to tackle the new day.
Some days not so much. Definitely going to need some reinforcements.
The options are a cup of coffee or some cannabis. Which is it going to be? Which should it be?
Why Coffee is good in the Morning
Coffee gives a quick and fairly sustained burst of energy and focus. If you don’t drink coffee that often, you may get a lot of mileage out of just one cup.
Also, doing complex tasks isn’t impaired after coffee, as opposed to cannabis. This is particularly true of driving.
Why Cannabis can be good in the Morning
For most, coffee is great...for about two to three hours. Then comes the crash. Why not have a second cup?
Good question. Unfortunately, a second cup doesn’t do some people any good. It just amplifies the jitters from the last cup. Makes some people more distracted and hyperactive than before.
But you know what can help come down from the coffee jitters?
You guessed it. Cannabis. Particularly the high-CBD strains.
An energizing sativa strain that doesn’t cause you to be in your head, works just as well, maybe better than a second cup of coffee.
As well, many people don't have a major crash afterwards; the “high” feeling just wears off.
Coffee and Cannabis - a Winning Combination?
Some people swear by this combination.
Both caffeine and cannabis are powerful psychoactive substances, and research suggests that caffeine can actually enhance the power of cannabis.
But researcher Dr. Sergi Ferre counsels against combining them because studies suggest that consuming THC and caffeine together could increase the likelihood of addiction and memory problems in the future.
That being said, Dr. Gary Wenk, a professor of psychology, neurology and molecular virology at Ohio State University, says that there’s not enough research to conclude either way whether combining these two substances is actually bad for you. He argues that each person is unique, and the combination of cannabis and coffee will affect people differently.
Caffeine and cannabis together may be an “In-Case-of-Emergency-Break-Glass” kind of thing. Maybe a cannabis-coffee combo is best under special circumstances only, and not a daily habit.