According to a study by Northwestern University, marijuana and coffee affect the same part of the brain, but in opposite ways.
Marilyn Cornelis, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine had a goal of finding out the impact coffee has on metabolites, the chemicals made or used when your body converts food and drink into energy.
The fact that she discovered the link between coffee and marijuana was not intentional.
As part of the study, participants drank no coffee for the first month, then four cups a day in the second month, and eight cups a day in the third month.
As intake went higher, the levels of over 100 of the 733 metabolites that Cornelis was looking at had changed drastically.
She had also then discovered that the metabolites known as endocannabinoids had decreased.
Many do not know that the body naturally produces endocannabinoids which are neurotransmitters that regulate appetite, sleep, and mood.
Cornelis has hypothesized that by drinking coffee one may be able to cancel out the effects of marijuana.