From a great article on herb.com:
Coffee and weed has long been a popular combo in the cannabis community. Formerly known as the “hippie speedball,” many swear by its ability to chill you out and keep you productive at the same time. But what’s actually going on when you mix coffee and weed?
Coffee and Weed Affects the Endocannabinoid System
A new study recently found a connection between the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) and coffee. The ECS is a system of neurons and receptors in our bodies that plays a role in regulating many bodily functions, including pain, appetite, mood, sleep, and immune function. Our bodies produce natural versions of phytocannabinoids, like THC and CBD, called endocannabinoids. Anandamide is one endocannabinoid thought to be the body’s version of THC. We also have endocannabinoid receptors, known as CB-1 and CB-2, all over the body, including in the brain, immune cells, GI tract, and even on the skin.
This recent study measured and compared metabolites in subjects’ blood relative to how much coffee they drink, from zero to eight cups per day. The researchers found a reduced amount of endocannabinoids in the blood when participants were drinking the most coffee, eight cups a day. In comparison, consuming cannabis products, raises the level of endocannabinoids in a person’s system.
Some cannabis researchers, like Dr. Ethan Russo, believe certain problems, from fibromyalgia and migraines to depression, are caused by a “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.” Researchers in the 2017 study were surprised by their findings and recommended further investigation into the relationship between coffee and weed.
“These are entirely new pathways by which coffee might affect health,” wrote lead author of the study, Marilyn Cornelis, assistant professor at Northwestern University.
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