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May 29th 2015

By:
Laura Donovan

Marijuana has been shown to be good for one's mental health, and coffee can help maintain your cardiovascular health, so the combination of a lifetime has arrived: weed-infused coffee.

Some West Coast distributors have begun selling marijuana-infused coffee, tea, and other accompanying items for those who want the best of both worlds in their morning routine. Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, which is based in marijuana-friendly Washington state, sells Fairwinds Manufacturing weed-infused products at the store. But if you live outside Washington state, where medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, you're out of luck. Uncle Ike's Pot Shop will only accept customers from Washington state and writes on its website that the products must be consumed in Washington state.

“I liken it to a Red Bull and vodka,” Uncle Ike’s sales manager Jennifer Lanzador told Yahoo News. “I had more energy, but I still had the relaxation you get from cannabis.”

Marijuana-infused coffee and tea products could be extremely helpful for medicinal users who find smoking pot a painful experience for the throat. According to a 2014 survey published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 6 percent of medicinal marijuana users in Hawaii reported a cough or throat irritation from using the substance. Even though most don't experience pain from inhaling marijuana, those who would prefer not to smoke anything can use weed-infused coffee products as a substitute.

The California-based House of Jane sells weed-infused coffee products as well and only accepts order inquires from California Residents ages 21 and over with approved medicinal marijuana licenses.

Emily Paxhia, a California asset manager focused on marijuana-related investments, told Yahoo that these products could potentially generate more interest in weed among the masses.

“[T]he more that cannabis can be consumed in forms that are familiar to broader populations, the more interesting it’s going to become to a mass market,” Paxhia said.

As earlier stated, marijuana can also be helpful for those suffering from certain mental illnesses. Earlier this year, researchers at University of Buffalo’s Institute on Addictions found that THC, the active compound found in weed, could lower the effects of depression caused by chronic stress.

“Using compounds derived from cannabis – marijuana – to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression,” Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane, the study’s lead researcher, said in a press release.