Dear Stoner: A wake n' bake followed by a cup of coffee is my favorite way to start a Sunday, but I usually end up overdoing one or the other. How do I find a good balance between weed and coffee?
Dear Casey: Cannabis and coffee were long thought to counteract each other, with caffeine a stimulant and cannabis considered a depressant — but now we know that cannabis can be either a stimulant or a depressant, depending on the strain and how your body reacts to it. And of the little research that has been done, one study suggested that caffeine could actually enhance pot’s effects, not counteract them, while another demonstrated that caffeine and a low dose of THC worsened a mouse’s short-term memory more than high doses of THC alone.
That said, I love to start a Saturday with a few hits of Kush and a hot cup of coffee. Try to stick with a familiar strain for a morning session, but if you have a new one, start with coffee and then smoke about forty minutes later. It’s not quite as enjoyable, but the effects are much easier to gauge. Just don’t fall into the trap of increasing the consumption of one to balance the other. That’s one slippery toke.
Send questions to email@example.com.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.