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Giving Your Coffee A Medicinal Boost

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Giving Your Coffee A Medicinal Boost

Nothing Touches The Soul Quite Like Cannabis and Coffee

The Current State of Coffee and Cannabis

      If you are like me, Coffee is an essential part of my every morning routine. When I have a cup that smells of pure bitter, fruity, perfection I know it’s going to be a great day. I am somewhat of a Coffee whore you could say. I never stick to one bag for too long, always jumping from bean to bean to see which kind of coffee really hits the spot. I’ve had cups of coffee that give me a tweaky feeling and I’ve also had cups that seem to make me feel even more tired. My preference lies somewhere in the middle. The only downside to my love of coffee is the way it makes my tummy feel. This being said, I have had stomach issues my whole life and I usually take a CBD tincture in the morning for the pain and uncomfortable feeling I have when I wake up. Now, I know what you’re thinking, this person is going to tell me to just drop my tincture in my coffee and call it good. NO! 

    I’ve tried this and all it did was make my coffee taste “herbal” and it weakens the strength of the tincture by putting it in more liquid. If you are in a pinch, or in a hurry, this may be your only option but its definitely not the best option, in my opinion. I just don’t feel right putting a $100 tincture into my coffee. 

    I know you have also seen “ CBD infused coffee”. This was something that I was stoked to get! I didn’t even mind paying $50 for the bag. ( double the price of most coffee I buy ) Let me tell you I have never been so disappointed in my life in a cup of coffee. This Peruvian CBD blend of coffee tasted of water and dirt. Shame on the lady who sold this to me. This was the last straw, I had to figure out a way to get some dang cannabinoids in my coffee. This had become a personal mission of mine. 

Dalgona Coffee & Cannabinoids

It’s Magic

    One day I came home from work and my significant other was watching a cooking show, and I had just picked up a syringe of 1:1 CBD:THC distillate for $40. During this cooking show the lady started talking about Dalgona Coffee. That’s when I knew this was going to be the perfect way to combine cannabinoids and coffee. 

Dalgona Coffee is only 3 ingredients: Sugar, Instant Coffee Crystals, and Hot water. Put these 3 ingredients in a bowl and use a mixer to start to mix. Once you can tell the mixture is starting to firm up add in your desired amount of CBD or THC distillate and allow the mixer to mix in the distillate to the frothy coffee goodness. 

Your end product will be a thick, frothy, coffee like Mousse. Now all you do is add your mixture to a cup of milk, stir, and enjoy!

I have found this to be the best way because I can very accurately dose my cup and the mixture is so sweet and bitter it totally covers up the taste of the distillate. I will put a link to a recipe for Dalgona Coffee below.

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

CBG Tops Clonidine for Opiate Withdrawal

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CBG Tops Clonidine for Opiate Withdrawal

If you’ve never experienced Opiate withdrawal thank God you don’t know Hell”

Opiate Withdrawal

  If you know the feeling, then I’m sorry to make you uncomfortable by having to explain it. My experience with opiates was through addiction, but whether you were prescribed or not the feeling is the same when that chemical starts to leave your body. I remember feeling a rush of anxiety followed by a big yawn and watery eyes. That’s when I knew it was on, most people will explain to you that it is like having the flu. Which it is, all the symptoms are exactly the same, only 100x worse. The body aches are so bad you want to shake your own legs off. Sleep doesn’t come and expect to have a six pack from dry heaving so much. Why do we feel this way when we abruptly stop taking opiates? Well, our brain has been accustomed to functioning with opiates and when we stop giving our brain this chemical it has to rely on natural functions again to produce Dopamine, Serotonin, and regulate Norepinephrine. 

 Now I know there is a lot more that goes into drug addiction and withdrawal than these few things but most of the pain of withdrawal that someone experiences are from a lack of Dopamine and Serotonin, and an over production of Norepinephrine. This happens because our brains can’t function regularly, there is a dis-regulation.

Clonidine Prescribed for Opiate Withdrawal

 Clonidine is the main drug that is prescribed to people who are going through Opiate withdrawal. Clonidine is primarily used as a blood pressure medication but has been shown to reduce the symptoms associated with withdrawal. It suppresses anxiety, agitation, flu like symptoms, cramps, and sweating. That almost covers all the withdrawal symptoms, but why does this non-opiate work at reducing symptoms? Clonidine works by binding to your Alpha – 2 Adrenergic receptor , this receptor is responsible for the output of Norepinephrine and regulating blood pressure. So when we take Clonidine we agonize the A-2 receptor which helps lower blood pressure, decongestion, and regulate body temperature. 

Did you know CBG has very high binding affinity to your Alpha-2 Adrenergic receptor?

Ditching Clonidine for CBG 

 I know what you’re thinking… how could something from cannabis possibly work better than a pharma drug?! (Sarcasm) Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the first cannabinoids formed in the maturation of a cannabis plant. CBGA is formed when Olivetic Acid and geranyl-pyrophosphate combine. Then through the process of decarboxylation or the plant maturing in the sun, the Acid falls off and we are left with CBG.
CBG work to combat the symptoms of withdrawal the exact same way Clonidine does! Since CBG is also a Alpha-2 Agonist it helps to slow the production of Norepinephrine. With the help of CBG we should see withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches, runny nose, cramps, and hot/cold start to subside. CBG also has another bonus medicinal benefit, it has binding affinity at your 5HT1A Receptor. This receptor is responsible for the production of serotonin. Therefor we can assume CBG will also help with additional withdrawal symptoms of nausea/vomiting, sleeplessness, and depression.

Supporting data: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3927969/

https://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/376/2/204

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6907020/

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