From beer to chocolate to barbeque sauce, manufacturers of fine food and beverage products manage to find a way to sneak coffee into everything. Nowadays, you could say the same for cannabis, an ingredient that has even infiltrated the bottled water industry. It’s inevitable, then, that coffee and cannabis should meet. A company that has been generating plenty of buzz this year has created Keurig-compatible pods called Brewbudz, which are filled with different potencies of marijuana infused coffee, ranging from 10 mg to 50 mg of THC content. You can choose between a sativa or indica-infused caffeinated or decaffeinated roast of Arabica. Currently, they’re only available in Nevada.
More Developments in Marijuana Infused Coffee
There are a few other companies out there who are putting their cannabis into coffee pods so that consumers can get their Joe and Jane with just a press of a button. Canyon Cultivation, a Colorado-based edible company, has a product called, simply, “The Coffee,” which is a bottle of concentrated coffee meant to be served cold in shots. Each shot contains a modest 10 mg dose of THC per each 110 mg serving of caffeine.
You could also reach for a trifecta of cannabis, coffee, and chocolate. Kiva produces a bar of dark chocolate tinged with espresso that contains 60 grams each of THC and CBD, with a serving size of 15 mg. Colorado-based 1906 offers chocolate covered, cannabis-infused coffee beans that contain 5 mg of THC a pop.
Coffee and Cannabis Interaction
It’s hard to tell how palatable cannabis infused coffee really is, since mixing drugs — caffeine and THC — can have unpredictable, not necessarily pleasant effects on different people. Despite an ever-crowded landscape of cannabis and coffee products, anecdotal reports online often feature reports from consumers who are completely caught off-guard by an intense, jumpy high.
Herbert Fuego of Westword consumed 25 mg of THC via 1906’s chocolate covered beans — an amount of THC he was accustomed to consuming through edibles — only to describe his experience as a jittery bender. On his second try, he took in only 10 mg of THC and had a much more productive, balanced experience with caffeine and cannabis.
In an interview with Vice, COO of Canyon Cultivation Timothy McMurray explained the theory behind why coffee-cannabis products seem to heighten the psychostimulant effects of THC. “Caffeine does get your digestion working, which ensures the THC gets processed faster, resulting in what some say is a harder-hitting THC buzz.” There aren’t studies available to prove this, but it sounds like it makes sense, right? You’ll just have to trust the manufacturer on this one.
Preliminary Research between Cannabis and Coffee
On the other hand, there are studies available that highlight the potential downside of cannabis infused coffee. The conclusion of one of the only peer-reviewed studies related to THC and caffeine was complicated, but clear. When given a small dose of a caffeine-like drug, squirrel monkeys who were addicted to THC had reduced cravings for THC while the monkeys who received high doses of the same caffeine-like drug had a heightened craving for THC. This only suggests that caffeine may modulate our reaction to THC in a way that we don’t fully understand.
The authors of the study also cited evidence from past research that caffeine amps up the negative cognitive effects of THC — namely, memory impairment. Both of these conclusions were based on animal studies, so a study on human subjects would have to confirm their findings. Of course, if you’re ready to use yourself as a test subject, next time you make a batch of cannabutter, mix in a drop with your coffee to see what happens.
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