Your brain on coffee, wine and weed
Here in Seattle, we’re serious about 3 wildly popular (and legal!) substances: coffee, wine and cannabis. They play their roles in the life of a career oriented individual, each serving a different purpose. Thanks to Wine Folly, we now actually get to understand how these 3 things affect our habitual tendencies.
First, let’s start with a little background information.
Coffee has caffeine, duh. Caffeine is similar to our own naturally produced adenosine which makes us sleep. When we drink coffee, the caffeine and adenosine link together which makes our brains think, I’m awake! The more coffee we drink, the more adenosine our body makes to normalize.
Half life: about 6 hours
Wine is well received because it tastes good and is alcoholic. Alcohol stimulates the hypothalamus, the “primitive brain.” The hypothalamus controls our “simple” functions like hunger, body temperature, fear, etc. Too much alcohol is poisonous and will cause your body to shut down, which most of us learn the hard way.
Half life: 1 hour per drink
THC in cannabis is a chemical that ultimately slows down neurotransmitters which has several effects. One benefit of THC is that it leaves the reward and motivation system on so you having feels of happiness and positivity. Alternatively, it can inhibit communication with the hypothalamus and tricks us into thinking we’re hungry and afraid, hence the munchies and paranoia.
Half life: 36 hours
Now, here’s your brain on coffee, wine and weed in fun infographics (just in case you’re too buzzed to read):
Now I’m curious to know what happens when you mix and match!