What Happens When You Mix Coffee and Marijuana

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

Millions of people consume caffeine every day, especially in the morning and as a pick-me-up in the afternoon. Caffeine is the world’s most used drug to encourage brain activity and keep you alert. Caffeine doesn’t give you energy, but it does block receptors in your brain from receiving adenosine which is the chemical compound that causes your brain to relax and get sleepy. Because the chemical compound of caffeine is so similar to adenosine, this switch is seamless, but after 6 hours the effectiveness of coffee decreases by 50 percent. Whether you drink one cup of coffee or five, however, your caffeine buzz could influence the level of another buzz — marijuana. According to a recent study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, drinking large amounts of coffee may enhance your high and increase the likelihood of marijuana addiction.

Weed-infused coffee isn’t the only way you can mix your favorite vices; you can, obviously, just drink a cup of coffee and consume marijuana at the same time. But what happens in your body when you combine the two substances?