Cannabis Patients Shouldn’t Drink Coffee

I can’t remember a morning that has gone by where I haven’t enjoyed a cup of coffee and some cannabis. It just seems like the perfect way to wake up and get your mind right for the obstacles of the day. Little did I know, that the coffee, was working against the cannabis.

Your mind might first think that the effects of the cannabis are suppressed by the effects of the caffeine.  However, many cannabis strains tend to “perk you up” in a similar way that caffeine does.  The science between the correlation between coffee and cannabis is much deeper than that.

According to a new study, coffee may have an effect on your endocannabinoid system. People who drink between four to eight cups of coffee a day have seen a decrease in metabolites found in the endocannabinoid system.  Coffee could suppress the endocannabinoid chemicals that smoking marijuana boosts. Which could mean that coffee could have an opposite effect on the endocannabinoid system.

Granted the research only looked at the rise and fall of chemicals in the blood after coffee consumption. Only proving that there is a negative correlation between the two substances.

“What we’re seeing here is that the systems that are impacted by coffee and cannabis overlap,” Marilyn Cornelis said.

Cornelis is an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and led the research. For example, stress tends to inhibit the endocannabinoid and caffeine causes stress. Further research is needed to see if the correlation between the two substances is chemical or not.