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Does Coffee Enhance Marijuana?

Low doses of caffeine decreased marijuana self-administration while high doses of caffeine increased marijuana self-administration. The cross-talk between brain systems ultimately makes avoiding that third or fourth cup of coffee even harder to accomplish. Read More

Damn. No wonder its so good

Great. So, I'm now addicted to pot, via overconsumption of coffee.
I've read that pot addiction eventually makes you paranoid. Great.
But when I've tried before to kick the coffee habit, I get terrible headaches. Damn. Can't win.

coffee and smokin

i have been a daily smoker for over a year now. i have lower blood pressure and was able to come off my bp meds. i also did not drink coffee before starting to smoke daily. i find that if i smoke i sometimes want a cup of coffee but when i drink a few comes i come down. so from my experience, im thinkin the monkeys stopped takin the thc because they realized the coffee brought them down and back to feelin normal

one point confuses me, though

THC, the psychotrophic chemical of marijuana, is supposed to make you feel relaxed and mellow (similar to alcohol) whereas the caffeine in coffee makes you feel energized and perhaps even hyper-alert.

How then are those two diametrically opposed arousal states both created by the same neural receptors, and exist at the same time?

I'm confused.

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Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University.

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