A good blend

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Ngaio Bealum is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at ask420@newsreview.com.

Is mixing CBD bud and THC bud a good idea?

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Yes! I think it’s a great idea. There is no rule that says you have to smoke one weed at a time. Blending weed, like blending wine, is a good way to find the effects and feeling that you like.

We know CBD is effective for a few things. It is an anti-inflammatory, it can help with anxiety and depression and may even lower your blood pressure. Recently, CBD has been hailed as a wonder drug, and companies are all aboard the CBD train as they rush products to market.

However, THC also has some great qualities. It is a euphoric, an anti-inflammatory and a bunch of other stuff. People tend to forget that THC was the “wonder drug” long before scientists figured out that CBD was also cool. Plus, we love the “entourage effect” around here.

One of the reasons that cannabis is effective, is that it’s not just the CBD or the THC, but the THC and the CBD (plus a whole bunch of other cannabinoids and terpenes that also have their own effects) that work together to create the perfect buzz. Studies show that CBD is most effective when combined with at least a little THC. So don’t be afraid to mix it up a little. And remember: CBD is a sort of THC inhibitor, so it can keep you from being uncomfortably high if you accidentally overdo it with some sort of high THC strain.

Does drinking coffee counteract pot?

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Great question! Plenty of stoners enjoy a good dose of caffeine while under the influence of cannabis, so much so that the coffee and weed combination has come to be known as the “hippie speedball.” Especially with a strong indica, coffee is great for keeping you awake enough to enjoy that couch-lock.

I figured it was just the caffeine counteracting the drowsiness, but it turns out there may be more to it. A few scientists at Northwestern University took a look at what happens when people combine weed and coffee, and they found that coffee has an effect on the human body’s endocannabinoid system. The folks that drank more coffee showed a decrease in the blood metabolites that are the neurotransmitters to the endocannabinoid system. We already know that THC increases endocannabinoid neurotransmitters.

So, yes, you could say that coffee does indeed counteract the effects of weed. I don’t think coffee is a better “cure” for being too stoned than CBD, but one time, I was hella faded (judging the Emerald Cup will do that) so I had a cup of CBD-infused coffee. Not only was I sober in like 15 minutes, I couldn’t get high for the rest of the night. And believe me, I tried. Someone should host a coffee and weed pairing party. I bet a hit of Chocolate Hashberry would go very well with a nice dark roast.