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A Modern Spin on the Hippie Speedball

the wake and cook strategy – a well-known and smoker-approved method for those mornings when we need a little something to lift and level us up. When paired with coffee, this method is called the Hippie Speedball.

This creative way of describing the pairing of coffee and cannabis is a proven method of growing popularity in our American society which consumes over 400 million cups of coffee daily.

We’re not only the top coffee consumers on the planet, but about 25% of Americans regularly consume cannabis, according to a 2021 article in Forbes.

While coffee and cannabis seem like a heavenly marriage, coffee and its stimulating compound, caffeine, have been known to give its drinkers a racing heartbeat, jitters, anxiety, jitters and nervousness. perspiration.

Given that approximately 41% of medical marijuana patients use cannabis to treat anxiety disorders (according to New Frontier Data), associating cannabis with an anxiety-inducing stimulant is problematic.

As more and more people embrace nutrient-dense coffee alternatives, it might be time to give the Hippie Speedball a millennial makeover.

As legalization spreads across the United States, a major increase in cannabis-focused studies is giving us a better understanding of why popping that joint and taking a sip of freshly brewed coffee feels so good.

Even better, we can now assess how different strains of cannabis affect our bodies and provide various therapeutic benefits when combined with other substances like coffees, teas, herbs, etc.

To understand this more simply, let’s briefly break down the main compounds found in cannabis, how these compounds work together, and why they keep us on the couch, or stimulate creativity and concentration.

To start, let’s talk about cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are natural compounds found in Cannabis-sativa plant. There are about 100 of these compounds, some of the best known being delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Each of these compounds is responsible for causing certain effects in the body, and each has its own set of therapeutic properties to boot. But cannabinoids aren’t the only phytochemicals or plant-derived chemicals found in cannabis – there are over 500 of them – including substances called terpenes and flavonoids.

Terpenes are aromatic compounds responsible for the smell of plants.

Found in plants, fruits, and vegetables, terpenes aren’t just responsible for creating the delicious scents we associate with things like fresh orange peel or soothing lavender; for some plants, terpenes attract pollinators, others deter predators, repair damage to the plant, and boost a plant’s immune system.

Recent to research suggests that terpenes may have beneficial effects on human health as anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, anxiolytics, etc. So the next time you take an eighth of Lemon Haze, that sweet lemon smell and uplifting high will be due to a specific terpene profile.

In addition to cannabinoids and terpenes, another important group of phytochemicals found in cannabis are flavonoids. As their name suggests, flavonoids impact the flavor of a plant, fruit or vegetable.

But that’s not all. Flavonoids help regulate cellular activity and fight free radicals that cause oxidative stress on the body. Simply put, flavonoids help the body function more efficiently while protecting it against toxins and stressors.

All of these phytochemicals work together in what is called the entourage effect to get more significant benefits in the body. Since terpenes and flavonoids are present in all plant species, these substances also impact the effects of the coffee and teas we regularly consume.

There are over 1,000 chemical compounds in coffee, including caffeine, antioxidants, and diterpenes. Caffeine is a mild central nervous system stimulant found in about 60 plant species, the best known being cocoa beans, kola nuts, tea leaves and coffee beans.

In-depth research has shown that there are several beneficial effects of caffeine such as improving attention, alertness and physical performance, however, there may be adverse effects, such as sleep disturbances, nervousness and anxiety.

When consumed together, coffee and cannabis cause a variety of effects:

If you are someone who suffers from trouble sleeping, racing heartbeat, anxiety, or panic attacks, you might want to reconsider your morning routine.

When the compounds in cannabis work with those in coffee, an increased high could potentially lead to paranoia or many of the unwanted side effects of THC.

This experience is especially uncomfortable if they start settling in during your morning commute, or just when you’re about to hop on your first Zoom call of the day. Yeah.

For those of us who hold the Hippie Speedball in high regard, it’s hard to imagine an alternative to coffee with our morning jay.

That being said, there are plenty of delicious and nutritious coffee alternatives on the market that will satisfy both our taste buds and our desire to feel focused. and balance.

Here are some examples of drinks that will be a great addition to your morning, while pairing well with your favorite AM cannabis strain.


Chocolate contains hundreds of nutrients, minerals and compounds, some of which react in the human brain to alter our mood. All chocolate is derived from the bean of the cacao plant, which is high in antioxidants and rich in nutrients.

However, we do not suggest drinking hot chocolate for breakfast. Raw cocoa has not been combined with sugars or dairy products. Cocoa contains caffeine as well as a similar compound called theobromine, both of which have stimulating and mildly anti-inflammatory properties.

Cocoa & Cannabis

POINT: Cocoa is naturally bitter. Add unsweetened coconut cream, agave, and spices like cinnamon to brighten up your morning cuppa. Choose a cannabis strain like Harlequin with balanced levels of cannabinoids for the best effects.

Adaptogenic drinks

Adaptogens decrease sensitivity to stressors and prolong stimulation. By ingesting adaptogens, instead of feeling exhausted, we will experience a higher level of balance, or homeostasis – essentially, adaptogens keep us balance. And that’s what we all ultimately aim for, isn’t it?

There are tons of adaptogenic drinks on the market today and most of them use mushrooms to create their products.

These mushrooms are not the same as psilocybin – hallucinogenic mushrooms, “magic” – rather, several species (reishi, shiitake, cordyceps, chaga and maitake) are part of a special category of herbs and medicinal compounds.

These mushrooms are non-toxic and are believed to support the body stress responsehelp maintain healthy metabolic levels, boost cognitive brain function, and help maintain a healthy gut microbiome.

There isn’t a ton of research on cannabis paired with adaptogens yet, but anecdotal evidence suggests that combining weed with adaptogens like mushrooms can actually enhance the effects of both adaptogens and cannabis.

Currently, there are several products on the market that combine CBD or CBN with adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms. Whether capsules, powders or drinks, this trend has been gaining momentum for the past five years.

POINT: Since many products tout the benefits of combining CBD with adaptogens, try it yourself with a CBD-rich strain like ACDC or Harle-Tsu.

Botanical teas

For thousands of years, teas have existed as high-end remedies in folk medicine.

Herbal teas like chamomile helps us sleep, green teas are high in antioxidants and energizing, black tea is bold with higher levels of caffeine.

When pairing cannabis with tea, we must first consider the effects of the tea, especially the caffeine content. If you prefer a heavily caffeinated black tea – think English Breakfast – you can reduce your buzz by choosing a heavier, more relaxing cannabis strain. If you’re sipping white tea or herbal tea, an energizing strain goes well.

Again, there is not much clinical research on the intersection of teas and cannabis at this time.

However, as interest mounts, the benefits of the so-called “synergistic” effect of pairing plants and plant compounds are beginning to reveal themselves. Synergy – from Greek synergies which means “working together” is essentially when the therapeutic effects are greater by combining herbs than by taking them alone, individually.

This theory holds true when we pair botanical teas with our cannabis. So if you’re looking to reduce your caffeine intake, choosing an antioxidant-rich tea as your morning brew may be right for you.

POINT: Pairing Rating – think about how you normally enjoy your tea. If you’re someone who prefers a slice of lemon in your cup, choose a lemony variety like Lemon OZ for the ultimate flavor combination.

Takeaway meals

There are hundreds of ways to enhance your Hippie Speedball, and most options offer tons of flavors and natural therapeutic benefits. It’s important to remember that each person’s biology is unique, so what might work for one person may not be the best for another.

Our mornings are sacred, as is our relationship with cannabis. Don’t suffer from stage fright and anxiety, or brain fog and lethargy – sip your morning bevvy and smoke your favorite preroll knowing that the combination you’ve created is working to keep you at your optimum, your highest vibrational self. raised.

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