Coffee and Cannabis Super Foods Connection 


Coffee is a complex substance and its metabolic interactions are equally complex. Coffee influences the same regions of the brain as cannabis. Researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, took a detailed look at the impact of coffee consumption on our internal chemistry. Their findings were published this week in the Journal of Internal Medicine.


The ECS helps to modulate a whole host of metabolic activities — including blood pressure, cognition, addiction, immunity, appetite, sleep, and glucose metabolism. With increased coffee consumption, blood metabolites involved in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) drop off. So, if coffee influences this overarching system, it will open up many new research avenues.

Researcher Marilyn Cornelis wants to “delve deeper and study how these changes affect the body, and therefore new pathways in which coffee affects our health. For instance, the endocannabinoid system is believed to influence eating behavior. As Cornelis says, this helps explain “the link between cannabis use and the munchies.” Conversely, coffee has been considered a potential weight loss aid and may reduce type 2 diabetes risk. The study also found that drinking more coffee was also found to increase metabolites from the androsteroid system. This infers that coffee speeds up the excretion of steroids. And, because steroids are involved in a number of conditions — notably cancers — coffee could, potentially, play a part here, too.

This study was the first to have demonstrated such a depth of metabolic interaction between coffee and the endocannabinoid system. While these new learnings will form the foundations of future research into a range of conditions, more work will be needed to understand whether the observed changes were due to caffeine or one of the myriad other compounds in those cups of delicious black gold.


Read the full article at Medical News Today