Seattle is widely known as the birthplace of Starbucks and the subsequent gourmet coffee movement but now, with marijuana legalization in place, caffeine and THC have converged into one glorious wake-and-bake experience. Colloquially known as the “Hippie Speedball”, Seattle brewer’s are starting to serve up coffee infused with cannabis butters and oils.
One Seattle shop called Trichome (pictured above) offers the complete Seattle experience in one store. Trichome is a hybrid of a headshop and a lifestyle store with one thing that sets them apart from the crowd: coffee that gets you baked. The shop has been hosting coffee tastings every Sunday where you can grab a cup of joe with a little extra zing from the cannabis oil that they add to the brew.
Similar to the situation in Colorado, on-site consumption is still not permitted in Washington state. Trichome operates by charging a $10 cover for the event with complementary cannabis. Stores like these must continue to operate in a grey area until state governments permit on-site consumptions as they have done with bars.
While Amsterdam-style coffee shops have yet to open up in legal states like Colorado and Washington, you can still get your Hippie Speedball on with marijuana infused drinks available over-the-counter. Mirth Provisions is a Washington-based edibles company offering up cold-brewed coffee (pictured above) by the bottle with 20mg of THC in each container. Their drinks range from black coffee to fruitier flavors like sparkling pomegranate.
This is a unique crossover between two very distinguishing sets of consumers, each with their own sets of idiosyncrasies. Just like different beans have unique aromas and effects, strains provide an arguably wider range of effects, aromas, and flavors. The combination of the two gives an almost infinite range of possibilities for those who want to experience the zing of caffeine along with cannabis.
As marijuana consumption becomes more common in places like Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, inexperienced consumers may feel comfortable reaching for more familiar products and settings. A cup of joe and the coffee shop setting might be the perfect combination for the curious cannabis consumer.