Coffee infused with cannabis

Cannabis which is being gradually legalized all around the world has brought major changes to the food and beverage industry. The advent of cannabis derivatives like tinctures and oils are disrupting the food/beverages flavoring habits. They offer different types and varying degrees of psychoactive and pain-relieving effects. We now have gummies, butter and chocolate with cannabis but have you ever heard of coffee infused with cannabis?

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverage; around 2 billions cup per day all around the world. It is appreciated for its flavor, taste and also for its caffeine that provide psychoactive effects.

The caffeine present in coffee stimulate the central nervous system which make the drinker more alert and reactive. On the other side we have cannabis which contain THC (psychoactive compound) and CBD (therapeutic compound). How do we make coffee infused with cannabis? What are the effects and benefits obtained when coffee is paired with cannabis?

Preparation of coffee infused with cannabis

Cannabis-infused coffee is prepared almost in the same way as a simple traditional infusion; the weeds are added to boiling water. The difference is that the water is boiled with butter or coconut oil which catalyses the absorption of the cannabis.

Ingredients:

  • Coffee (Any flavor you like)
  • Coconut oil or butter
  • Water – 3 cups
  • 1/2 grams of cannabis

Step 1

First of all you have to break the cannabis into small pieces. This can be easily done using a cannabis grinder. Then heat the water until it is gently boiled, then add the butter or coconut oil.

Step 2

Sprinkle the cannabis pieces in the water and let it boil for around 35-40 minutes while stirring the mixture occasionally.

Step 3

After 35-40 minutes, use a sieve to remove the weeds from the mixture. Its almost completed! Now you can add your coffee to it and serve with some extras like sugar.

Coffee infused with cannabis- The effects of a cocktail of THC, CBD and Caffeine.

What is the effects of THC and CBD when mixed to caffeine? Studies which are still in early stages have shown that caffeine can enhance the effects of cannabis.

When you drink coffee, the caffeine block the receptors in your brain from having adenosine ( a chemical compound that cause drowsiness). The reason why after your first cup of coffee you tend to crave for another cup, is that these receptors are gradually unblocked and the drowsiness effect come back.

coffee infused with cannabis

 

In cannabis, we have THC and CBD which cause an increase in dopamine, connect emotion with thinking and memory processes and also increase the sensory perception. A combination of all these reactions create the euphoric feeling which is known to boost creativity, inspiration, happiness and a state of awareness. Hence, the addition of caffeine which increase alertness, will amplify and extend the euphoria that cannabis provide.

The prolongation of ‘high’ effect have been demonstrated by studies on monkey; to be precise it was more effective when the level of caffeine was low. This mean that a proper dosage of caffeine can help for an optimum consumption of cannabis providing magnified benefits.

coffee infused with cannabis

Depending on a person’s metabolism, cannabis coffee can help to improve physical performance; caffeine increase endurance while cannabis reduce the pain. Another interesting point is that many users have claimed that coffee with cannabis reduce the weeds hangover effects.

These symptoms like brain fog, headache, fatigue and dried eye often appear when the ‘high’ effects are worn out. Though there are no concrete researches, it has been noticed that these hangover effects are frequently caused by dehydration. Therefore, the presence of coffee reduce dehydration and mitigate these effects.

Popularity of coffee infused with cannabis

Though cannabis is gaining popularity due to its legalization in major countries, coffee infused with cannabis were not so popular due to the fact that it was time-consuming to grind the weeds. Nowadays with new derivatives like cannabis oils and tinctures it is more easy to prepare a cana-coffee by adding some quantity of these liquid directly to your cup of coffee.

coffee infused with cannabis

Besides, many coffee producers and weeds lovers have created cannabis flavored instant coffee with different variations; with THC, CBD or even decaffeinated! This definitely predict that there will be a rise in the consumption of cannabis coffee in the coming years.

For someone wanting to experience coffee infused with cannabis, it is recommended to start with a small quantity until getting acquainted with its effects. Depending on the results you want, you can vary the caffeine dosage (by choosing your type of coffee) and the amount of weeds.

What are your thoughts about coffee infused with cannabis? Have you ever tried it? We will be happy to your form your experiences and opinions!

 

 



Cannabis-infused foods and beverages: The new flavor

We have known the traditional joint and bong, with evolution in the industry we now have cannabis vaporization. But have you tasted cannabis-infused foods and beverages?

Cannabis-infused foods which are also known as cannabis-edibles, are food products that contain cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Another term for cannabis-infused drink is drinkable cannabis. However both foods and beverages with cannabis flavor are usually termed as edibles.

Most edibles contain considerable amount of THC that give sensation of ‘high’ and effects like relaxation, fatigue, euphoria and anxiety. The consumption of this category of foods are for recreational and medical purposes.

However the consumption of edibles containing smaller amounts of THC but higher CBD are for medical purposes only.

Foods and beverages infused from non-psychoactive cannabis are also termed as hemp foods.

Cannabis infused foods and beverages in the Indian Culture

Cannabis has been present in culinary culture since a long time ago, more prominently in India. Around 1,000 BC the Hindus in the Indian subcontinent prepared foods and drinks with bhang (a cannabis-infused Indian beverage like bhang lassi and bhang thandai).

 The consumption of bhang is especially during the Hindu festival ‘holi’. As per the sanskrit recipes before mixing the cannabis with other ingredients it has to be sautéed in ghee .
Traditional bhang shop in India
The cannabis infused mixture was used for both medicinal and spiritual purposes.  If bhang was taken in proper quantity it was believed that it could help to cure fever phlegm, digestion problem and alleviate Arthritis.

Modern culinary culture and cannabis

Alice B. Toklas, with the contribution of her artist friend Brion Gysin introduced cannabis-infused foods in modern culinary culture in her publication The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

In this book she shared the recipe of a haschich fudge. However the cake was more a sort of smashed raw ball than a baked fudge. To prepare the mixture you had to mash cinnamon stocks, coriander, black peppercorns, almonds, peanuts, dried figs and cannabis sativa.

It was then mixed with butter and sugar and cut into pieces, hence giving it the texture of a traditional brownie.

The hippie culture accentuated the misunderstanding of brownie pot through the movie I Love You Alice B. Toklas by actor Peter Sellers. He played a lawyer who after eating haschich brownie on his wedding day, left his bride to run away with a hippie girl.

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book
The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

This is how the ‘pot brownie’ erroneously became notorious in counterculture and hence as the ideal food to add cannabis. 

It is difficult to estimate if eating cannabis edibles provide the same effect as smoking. There is a process known as decarboxylation, where Tetrahydrocannabinol (THCA) is converted into THC through heating. Decarboxylation can happen both while cooking or smoking cannabis .

It is interesting to note that  natural(raw) cannabis does not contain a consequent amount of THC.

Cannabis cooking in gastronomy

Nowadays cannabis-infused foods are not only the ‘pot brownie’ or gummies, but it has also moved onto dinner tables.

 Many gourmet chefs have mastered the concept of cannabis-infused foods and the process of decarboxylation. This resulted in cannabis present in gastronomic foods like in lamb with Bordelaise sauce or a carpaccio of charred octopus.

 

Cannabutter
Cannabutter: Blend of cannabis and butter used to make edibles

The presence of cannabis in mainstream cooking has led to many cannabis-infused foods derivatives like the cannabutter, sugar, cooking oil, chocolates, hot sauce and honey. We also have it in beverages like sparkling waters, beers and even coffee.

It is important to note that cannabis cooking requires a good knowledge of the decarboxylation process. This is because if there is a wrong dosage or an inadequate temperature when heating the cannabis flower, it will not unlock its psychoactive elements. At worst it will damage the bud completely.

Sales of edibles has impressive increased in U.S states where cannabis has become legal. The growing concern is that children and unknowledgeable consumers can easily eat/drink too much edibles without knowing they are ingesting cannabis-infused foods and beverages. 

Furthermore there have been many claims since 2008 of dog poisoning due to ingestion of edibles.

The future of cannabis-infused foods and beverages industry

Cannabis-infused foods and beverages are gaining popularity as they are a new way of exploration for recreational users. The pleasure that gourmet foods provide is being magnified with the cannabis flavor and its ‘high’ effects. It is obviously a potential billion dollar industry which is luring many multinational companies to invest heavily in research and development.

With more countries gradually legalizing cannabis, it is certain that edibles will become presents further than in the counterculture. Maybe it can be the catalyst that will make cannabis more acceptable in different cultures as a soft way for therapeutic and recreational usage.



How Vaporization of Cannabis is Becoming Trendy.

Vaporization of cannabis

Initially the role of the vaporizer was to substitute cigarettes. And today this device has become popular for the vaporization of cannabis.
Vaporizers are considered to be practical for its soft smell and ‘easy to hide’ characteristics.
 As many countries and U.S states have legalized cannabis, different cannabis products are becoming available on the markets. These are mainly cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oils.

CBD and THC

CBD which is not a psychoactive compound have therapeutic properties. Its consumption provide a sensation of well-being which make it appealing for those who are seeking relief from mild health conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation and epilepsy.
However cannabis contain another compound which is psychoactive and called THC . It is the prominent element which gives the sensation of ‘high’ often associated with the smoking of marijuana.

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Pros of cannabis vaping

Vaporization of cannabis involves using vaporizers that heats up the CBD/THC juice and create a vapor containing cannabinoids for inhaling. A vaporizer make the user feel the effect of CBD or THC at a faster rate. As it get quicker to the bloodstream and do not break down the cannabinoids unlike when it goes through the digestive system when consumed as edible version of cannabis products.
 
Another major benefit of vaping is that the user have the same pleasure of smoking cannabis flower without inhaling the carcinogens and tar which is created during traditional combustion with a joint or bong.
 
Furthermore according to drug researchers respiratory problems like cough, phlegm, and chest tightness are mild among vaporizer users. Vaporizer manufacturers are developing devices that create vapor at specific ranges of temperatures, which enable capturing more active ingredients in the cannabinoids.
 
Finally the industry of cannabis vaporization is becoming flourishing and attractive to many big investors. Countries like the Canada have created a precedent for legalization of cannabis and the debate has started in other countries. So the marijuana economy and vaporization of cannabis have a very big future.