What Happens When You Put Weed in Your Coffee
In the name of public service I sampled a few java-ganja products to observe their effects on my cognitive and motor functions.
There’s a common misconception that if you combine two drugs you’ll get the best of both worlds. It’s the same thinking that gave us the vodka & Red Bull, the spliff, or the club kids special known as XECK (xanax, ecstasy, crystal-meth and ketamine, ground up together and snorted). Fixing yourself a drug salad, however, typically results in an unpredictable, synergistic effect that is often greater than the sum of its parts.
This is likely the case with mixing coffee and cannabis, an increasingly popular trend for marijuana companies in legalized states.
In my home city of Denver, there are intense prohibitions against alcohol being combined with cannabis, either in products sold at dispensaries or any bar allowing pot to be consumed on their property, the idea being mixing the two can make you a danger to yourself and others. But there is no regulation for marijuana products infused with caffeine.
In fact, coffee houses are about to become the premier venue for cannabis consumption in Denver, after the city council banned any venue that sells alcohol from participating in the recently passed social use initiative. Unlike marijuana, caffeine is definitively shown to be chemically addictive, yet is used by 83 percent of America and carries virtually no stigma.
It’s already common for people here to combine cannabis and coffee (I’ve heard it referred to as a “Colorado speedball”), either by pairing a joint with espresso, dropping a little THC butter in a cup of coffee, or picking up an infused edible or cup of coffee available at one of the seven hundred dispensaries in the state (more dispensaries than Starbucks!).
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