Eating Adventures

Start Your Day With Pot-Infused, Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

Wait, so you're supposed to eat the weed and the coffee?
Wait, so you're supposed to eat the weed and the coffee? 1906 Edibles
It takes some planning to combine your morning coffee break and a wake-and-bake, two rituals widely practiced throughout the country that can produce widely opposite results. The folks at 1906, a cannabis-infused chocolatier based in Boulder, are ready to help you out with a new twist: consuming your cannabis and your coffee at the same time.

Partnering with Denver's hemp-loving Strava Craft Coffee, 1906 has created chocolate-covered coffee beans infused with CBD and THC. The new product, dubbed GO Beans, is supposed to offer a sweet, crunchy therapeutic jolt. Since pairing CBD and coffee is all the rage these days – a trend with which Strava is very familiar – it seemed like trying 1906's interesting take would be a fun morning mission.

And was it? I decided to find out this past Saturday.

According to 1906, the GO Beans are "scientifically engineered" to kick in within fifteen or twenty minutes. When I woke up, I ate five beans, each dosed with five milligrams of CBD and THC, and started cleaning up my house from a week's worth of degeneration. There was no need to make coffee – I'd just swallowed half a cup.

Grabbing five beans and popping them in my mouth like a handful of Skittles might've been too much, I thought. Generally, 25 milligrams of THC is easy for me to handle, but my limited experiences with CBD edibles have always ended in a docile escape to dream land. And what about the caffeine? I've always enjoyed judging people for drinking Red Bull-and-vodkas at the bar. Did I just do something even worse?

It took closer to an hour for the first wave to come, but the high quickly heightened after that. I could feel a tingling sensation rising up my body like an army of ants – a mark that the edibles were kicking in – and I braced myself for the upcoming ride. "This was going to be the funnest cleaning sesh ever," I thought. And it was, for about thirty minutes.

Midway through vacuuming my room, I felt jitters in my chest and stomach, like I was over-caffeinated. I tried sitting down and drinking water, but that did little to calm my fragile stomach. To counteract my jumpy guts, I took a dab and fell asleep. Four hours later, I woke feeling as if I had just gotten off a bender. And essentially, I had: I'd consumed fifty milligrams of cannabinoids and then taken a dab after that. I'd clearly approached these coffee beans like a rookie, even with 1906's attempted help (turns out it says on the label — which I didn't read — to start with two beans).

These magic beans weren't intended to get you "stoned"; they're designed to make you productive. Embarrassed by my frat-boy eating habits, I approached the next morning like an adult. Two beans would be enough for any slight pain or discomfort after a Saturday night on Colfax, I thought, and the ten milligrams of THC might even provide a small slice of euphoria.

This time, things went smoothly. Luckily, I don't have creaky bones or a bad back, but my normally jumpy morning stomach was subdued enough to crush a couple of Santiago's breakfast burritos (hot, not mild) from the gas station down the street, and I zipped through my unfinished chores like a child who couldn't go outside until they were done.

I was never high, per se, but neither was I slightly hung over and intolerable, like I'd normally be after a Saturday with the boys. The caffeine buzz was manageable, too: I wasn't shadowboxing and ghost-juking furniture like I normally do when I'm alone in the house after drinking coffee, but I still had more pep than I should've after a night out.

If you're smart enough to use 1906's GO Beans the way the company intended, you might never ingest coffee the same way again. This could be a recreational marijuana mocha experience, but approach it with a medicinal mindset.

You'll be surprised at how much you get done – and how good you feel doing it.
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