With Cannabis gaining more and more popularity and being legalized in more states, experts continue to explore the potential benefits, possible side effects, and how cannabis will interact with other substances in your diet.
Do caffeine and cannabis counteract each other?
Research on how cannabis interacts with caffeine is still in early stages, but it appears that by taking the two together there are different effects than when you take the two apart.
Caffeine normally acts as a stimulant where cannabis can act as a stimulant or a depressant. What does this mean? Caffeine is usually used to give people energy whereas cannabis is used to help someone feel more relaxed, but the effects may vary.
It is possible that cannabis can cancel out the effect of coffee and coffee can cancel the effects out of cannabis, but there is not any evidence to prove that the two actually counteracts with each other in any way.
What are the effects if I mix cannabis with caffeine?
As stated above there is no evidence to prove that they cancel each other out but 2 animal studies suggested that if the two are mixed it can enhance some of the effects that marijuana has to offer.
A different ‘high’
“A 2014 study trusted Source looked at squirrel monkeys who had been given THC, the compound in marijuana that produces the high. The monkeys had the option to keep receiving more THC. Researchers then gave them different doses of MSX-3, which produces effects similar to those of caffeine. When given low doses of MSX-3, the monkeys gave themselves less THC. But at high doses, the monkeys gave themselves more THC.”
What does this mean? It may suggest that consuming low levels of caffeine may enhance your high so that you don’t use it as much. But using more caffeine can lead you to use more cannabis. More research will have to be done on humans because the small studies that were performed were only done on animals.
What is your go-to when you wake up in the morning? Well for many people it is their cup of coffee. Caffeine helps you feel more alert and lets you feel more awake and can also help increase your concentration and some may even find that it helps to improve their working memory. But when it comes to marijuana it seems to give an effect on the memory that is less desirable.
“A 2012 study trusted Source looking at how a combination of caffeine and THC affected memory in rats. The results suggest that a combination of caffeine and a low dose of THC seemed to impair working memory more than a higher dose of THC would on its own.”
Keep in mind that this study was performed on rats only and we still don’t know what the results will be in humans.
Are there any immediate risks?
Up to this point, there have not been any cases of extreme risks or side effects reported by combining the two. But don’t think that they don’t exist. Remember people differ from each other some may be able to drink multiple cups of coffee and not feel a thing while others may drink one cup and feel jittery. When you want to combine marijuana and caffeine make sure to first try them on their own so that you know what effect they will have on you. You might be sensitive to marijuana and mixing it with caffeine can result in an extra high.
But if you decide two mix the two together please follow the following steps:
- Start small. Start by taking small amounts of each less than you will take of each on their own.
- Don’t rush. Give your body enough time to be able to adjust to the combination before you increase either one of the substances
- Observe your usage. It is so easy to keep on taking both of these substances and then lose track of the amount you are taking.
Overall make sure that you listen to your body. Reach out to your health provider if you experience any unusual symptoms
Cannabis + caffeine: What are the long-term effects?
Remember that the study that was done on rats found that increasing caffeine will minimize the effect that marijuana has but will let you take more than you usually would.
As time goes on using an increased amount of marijuana may lead to you developing a substance use disorder.
Please lookout for the following signs of substance use disorder
- When you develop a tolerance to marijuana this will mean you need to take more to achieve the effects
- If you continue to use marijuana even after you have experienced bad effects.
- When you spend a lot of time thinking about using marijuana.
- paying close attention to maintain a constant supply when it comes to marijuana.
- When you miss out on work or school because of marijuana use.
As stated above everyone’s reaction to caffeine and marijuana is different, but when deciding to take both please remember to start slow and if you don’t know what effect marijuana has on you please try it first on its own and remember to pay attention to the signs of substance disorder.
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