Anyone could agree, coffee is the most prominent flavored drink in the whole world. Its main composition, caffeine can be found in most food as well. It’s your best friend when you want to keep your brain spontaneous and active. It helps us to focus and stirs up our mood. As they say, you are never fully awake, until you’ll get a cup. But what happens when you accompany this stimulant with a depressant? Will caffeine anchor you down as you sail your way to Neverland? Or is it the pixie dust that will help you fly, as you go with your happy thoughts?
The Brain on Caffeine
Caffeine is the main substance in our coffees. It stimulates the release of some neurotransmitters like the serotonin, noradrenaline and of course dopamine. The release of these “feel good/happy hormones” contributes to the coffee being addictive. But more than that, caffeine places a big roll in tricking the brain as an adenosine, the chemical known for making us feel tired and sleepy. Adenosine slowly builds up through the day, leaving us all sleepy and tired by night. Since their structure is similar to that of caffeine, receptors mistake them as adenosine. Thus, if the brain releases 10 drowsy signals, only 2 or 3 of them are real, depending on how much coffee we had. The more caffeine is tricked into our brain and the lesser adenosine reacts in it. And so the faster it is for the brain to respond to any neuro-signal, making us more alive and attentive.
The Brain on THC
Believe it or not, humans has its own version of THC production in our brain, it’s called Anandamide. It is concentrated to function in certain cognitive activities and pleasure. In the process, this chemical breaks down as manipulated by the brain, so that we will not be overpowered. But when a human takes in THC which has the same molecular composition as Anandamide, it hijacks some of its receptors, thus amplifying our thoughts and fantasy.
Given this information as to how each chemical operates separately, there is no fact to support that coffee is improving your high. Despite that, it is quite obvious as to how one can complement the other. Coffee may not improve your high, but what it does is it prolongs it. Since caffeine is taking the spot of your “feel-tired hormones” it's allowing you more time to enjoy your herb without wearing out easily than you normally do.