Coffee News noticed this recent post from Live Science that looked at the ways in which the use of coffee and cannabis affected the biological effects of each drug. The analysis included expected results in the ways in which coffee activated xanthine and benzoate metabolism. Less expected where the coffee’s impact on the endocannabinoid, steroid metabolites (phytosterols), and fatty acids (acylcholines). This profile of biological interactions would indicate the possible for far more interactions between coffee and cannabis than previously considered.
Of course, this comes as little surprise to people who experience caffeine as a focus-inducing stimulant and who experience their cannabis as a soothing sedative. Still, the title is, if not misleading, at least an oversimplification. It’s not like these complex biological systems can be accurately viewed as simple “opposites,” although unquestionably they have both interacting effects that seem to be at odds with one another.
On the other hand, there is very little current evidence of the potential effects of the chronic use of both cannabis and coffee. To what extent is there a protective factor? To what extent, do these interacting drug effects lead to systemic risk and damage to essential body systems (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory)? Does the combination help people function on a day-to-day basis by moderating the acute effects of each drug while still creating long-term health risks?
Read the full, original article at Live Science.