No, it has nothing to do with pot, THC, or CBD. However, this interesting scientific study discovered that coffee affects our ability to produce endocannabinoids. This is probably how we get the caffeine boost. This would also explain why many stress-related disorders are more prevalent while drinking coffee. No, I will not give up the stuff, if you ask me. I’ll just chill more.
Coffee’s Effect On The Endocannibinoid System
BUSTED! You saw “endocannabinoid” in the headline and you just came running. We’re telling your parents, Holden Caulfield. But while we’re totally ratting you out, we can also explain to your folks that new research finds a link between coffee consumption and a drop in the number of neurotransmitters in the endocannabinoid system, the opposite effect of those “tomato plants” you are growing in your closet that you told your mom are for the science fair.
Published in Journal of Internal Medicine, the study is the work of lead author Marilyn Cornelis, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. According to Science Alert, Cornelis et al took 47 coffee drinkers and had them quit consuming coffee for a 30-day time period. These 47 participants would then drink four cups a day for 30 days, followed by eight cups daily for another 30 days. At each stage of testing, researchers would take blood samples from the participants to measure and analyze “changes in biochemistry that result from consuming food and drink.”
The resulting profile revealed 115 metabolites were impacted by the consumption of coffee. A total of 82 of those chemicals were already known, and could be mapped to 33 metabolic pathways, a number of which were completely new relationships.
One of these noted effects was to the endocannabinoid system. According to the article, the endocannabinoid system affects everything from cognition to sleep to appetite. Consuming cannabis increases the number of endocannabinoid neurotransmitters, and in times of stress, the human body “tends to decrease its production of endocannabinoids.” This study found that coffee consumption had an effect similar to that of stress.
It may not be the coffee consumption per se causing the stress, but the drastic changes in consumption asked of the study’s participants. “The increased coffee consumption over the two-month span of the trial may have created enough stress to trigger a decrease in metabolites in this system,” Cornelis states. “It could be our bodies’ adaptation to try to get stress levels back to equilibrium.”
The study also found a link between drinking coffee and the metabolic pathway keeping steroid levels in check, which could have an effect on “everything from growth to sexual characteristics.”
Thus far, the study only goes to show that there is a link between drinking coffee and the endocannabinoid system; the exact interaction has yet to be established. The next step, according to Cornelis is to “delve deeper and study how these changes affect the body.”
So whenever your parents find the espresso machine hiding under your bed, let them know you need it to regulate your endocannabinoid levels. You’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes.
Alcohol is bad for you. Coffee is bad for you. Apparently NOT!
If you want to live a long life, you have to ditch alcohol and coffee. We heard that many times, and we ignored it or not. New research shows that if you want to live into your 90s you should not give up on coffee and alcohol.
Well, the research shows that people who have two alcohol servings per day and two cups of coffee get to live more. In all fairness, we don’t know if alcohol and coffee are the cause, or the fact that we better genes help us drink more of the stuff. Anyway, the research is interesting…
Cheers! And hell yes – a new study has found that consuming moderate amounts of both caffeine and alcohol may help you live into your 90s.
After you’ve finished jumping up in down in celebration, and then running to the store to buy wine and coffee, here’s some more information:
According to researchers at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, drinking two servings of alcohol daily decreased chances of premature death by 18 percent, while drinking two cups of coffee each day decreased premature death by 10 percent.
The study, called the 90+ Study, has looked at information from over 1,600 nonagenarians since 2013 in order to determine what may contribute to longevity and long-term health. All of the participants (called “the oldest old”) see a doctor twice a year, answer questions about their lifestyle and health, and undergo a number of physical and neurological tests. And this latest finding is freaking amazing.
“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Dr. Claudia Kawas, one of the study’s lead researcher, said at a recent scientific conference.
And that’s fine with us – we don’t really care why it’s true.
If you can even believe it, this wasn’t even the only good news to come out of the 90+ study so far. Researchers also found that people who were moderately overweight in their 70s were much more likely to live into their 90s than those who weighed less.
The study has also found that while a little extra padding can help you enjoy a long life, regular exercise is also key to sticking around on earth. So is having a regular hobby to keep you mentally sharp and healthy. Specifically exercising for 15 to 45 minutes each day reduced the risk of early death by 11 percent, while those who spent 2 hours on a hobby daily had 21 percent reduced risk of early death.
In other words: if wake up and drink coffee, spend some time doing something you love, make sure to go on a walk, eat a cookie, and have some wine with dinner, you can basically live forever.
One thing to note: all of these findings involve the word moderate. Heavy drinkers didn’t fare well, and neither did drinking tons of coffee. And while a few extra pounds makes your heartier in your 70s, being obese wasn’t connected with a longer life.
Of course, not all of the findings are great. One of the tidbits discovered by researchers is that living into your 90s might not be the greatest thing ever, because over 40 percent of those who get past 89 suffer from some form of dementia, while almost 80 percent are living with a disability (and the numbers are even higher for women).
And another little warning: while drinking caffeine and alcohol in moderate amounts may be a-okay, drinking caffeine and alcohol together might not be the best thing in the world. Why? Coffee can mask the depressant aspects of alcohol, making people more alert as they drink and perhaps allowing them to drink more than they would. Also, it’s a myth that coffee helps sober you up if you’ve been drinking. So, maybe space out your morning and evening mind-altering beverages.
Finally – the 90+ study is looking for more participants. If you know someone who might be interested, they can call 949.768.3635.