In recent years, both the coffee and cannabis industries have been riding waves of public interest, research, and social acceptance.
As society grows more curious about these plant-based products, the National Coffee Association (NCA) has released a comprehensive guide that delves into the synergies, scientific correlations, and market trends of coffee and cannabis.
The Crossroads of Culture
Coffee and cannabis share a rich cultural history, rooted in ancient traditions and modern trends. The NCA guide presents the evolution of these two commodities as parallel, yet distinct, trajectories that have long been a part of human society.
Coffeehouses, originally appearing in the Middle East, and cannabis, with origins stretching from Central Asia to Africa, have both served as social hubs where ideas are exchanged, relationships are nurtured, and communities are built.
Science Behind the Synergy
One of the most compelling parts of the NCA guide is its focus on the science behind the surprising synergies between coffee and cannabis.
The two substances interact with the human endocannabinoid system in different yet complementary ways. Caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, tends to block certain receptors, making you feel alert and energetic.
Cannabis, particularly CBD, has anti-inflammatory properties and interacts with endocannabinoid receptors to bring about a sense of relaxation and well-being. Some preliminary research even suggests that the two substances may work together to heighten cognitive functions and creativity when used in moderation.
As legality issues surrounding cannabis begin to loosen globally, the NCA guide also explores the market dynamics involving coffee and cannabis.
Infused beverages that combine caffeine and CBD or THC are gaining rapid popularity as consumers seek to experience the best of both worlds. Specialty cafes offering cannabis-infused lattes or ‘cannabis pairing’ menus have started to emerge, carving out a niche that is forecasted to grow substantially.
Safety and Regulation
The NCA guide does not shy away from discussing the safety aspects and regulatory frameworks surrounding these substances. While both are generally safe for adult consumption, overuse or misuse can lead to health complications.
Furthermore, the lack of uniform regulations for cannabis products, especially those combined with caffeine, leads to a murky area that consumers need to navigate carefully.