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Coco Puffs – Why Are People Mixing Cannabis and Cocaine? 

coco puffs
Written by Alexandra Hicks

If you grew up in the late 1990s or early 2000s, you may have heard of coco puffs, which is a term used to denote the combination of cannabis and cocaine, usually rolled into a blunt and smoked. But does it actually do anything? And if so, what are the effects? Is it safe? Let’s take a closer look.  

What are coco puffs? 

As explained above, coco puffs (also referred to as cocoa puffs, chewys, or primos) is referring to a blunt, joint, or bowl laced with cocaine. Cocaine is a popular, yet risky, central nervous system stimulant made from the leaves of the coca plant, native to South America.

Initially, the term “coco puffs” was used to describe a cigarette whose end was dipped in coke, typically by dabbing the tip of the cigarette against the mirror, tray, or whatever else was used to do lines on in order to pick up the residual leftovers. Some people still use the phrase this way. However, a growing number of people are calling their coke laced weed, coco puffs now. Whenever I heard the term in my teen and early adult years, it was always in reference to cannabis and cocaine.  

Since I no longer experiment with party drugs, I honestly can’t say how common the mixture is these days. During a quick reddit search I was able to find some subreddits analyzing whether it works or not, how it feels, best methods, etc. Most of these threads were older, some dating back 10 years, but I found a couple from within the last few years and one as recent as 7 months ago. So it does seem like this was a more popular topic of discussion around the time I knew it to be trending, but clearly people are still trying it.  

Does it work? 

Although cannabis and cocaine are both drugs that produce unique and noticeable highs, that doesn’t mean that “coco puffs” is the best method for consuming them together. It seems easy and convenient, but not all drugs are meant to be smoked.  

Take shrooms for example… when you eat them, you get high, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Plus, mushrooms and cannabis go great together. If you eat some mushrooms and smoke a nice blunt afterwards, I assure you, you’ll be on cloud nine. However, if you were to smoke magic mushrooms by grinding them up and mixing them in with your weed, you wouldn’t feel a thing because exposing shrooms to direct flame degrades most of the psilocybin in the plant. It can also expose the smoker to a possible fungal infection. 

The same goes for cocaine. Powder cocaine will burn before it vaporizes, so smoking it will have very little (if any) effect at all. People who want to smoke cocaine cannot do so with the HCl Salt, so they convert it to a freebase form, otherwise known as crack which is much more dangerous and addictive (seriously, don’t smoke crack). So, mixing cocaine with your weed is basically just a very expensive waste of time.  

Can person get high by the placebo effect?

Although many swear that they do feel some effects from the popular combo, they’re most likely just psychosomatic. A psychosomatic condition is one that is characterized by the occurrence of physical symptoms lacking a medical explanation or root cause.  

There are quite a few situations in which a person can experience psychosomatic symptoms. At one end of the spectrum, we have hypochondria, a well-documented disorder in which a long-term and intense fear of having a serious health problem can lead to the onset of physical symptoms. At the other end of the spectrum, we have the placebo effect, when a person’s physical or mental health seems to improve after taking a placebo or ‘dummy’ treatment. 

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Discussions of the placebo effect are usually in the context of medical treatments, but it can certainly apply to recreational drugs as well. There have been several famous experiments in psychology where control groups have shown symptoms of being drunk after taking a placebo because they believed they actually drank alcohol.  

As a matter of fact, a study from McGill University published just a couple of years ago in Psychopharmacology suggests that, in certain situations, some people can even experience hallucinations and other “psychedelic-like effects” from placebos alone. In their research, a total of 61% of participants reported some “effect on the consciousness” after consuming the placebo. 

Final thoughts

Inside the human mind is a beautiful and complicated place. It’s crazy to think that our brains can make us sick, heal us, and even get us high, but it is possible, and that seems to be what’s happening in the case of this strange, fluctuating trend. To sum it up, mixing cannabis and cocaine is pointless. But if you’re intent on combining cannabis and cocaine in some way (although we’re not condoning it, once again, cocaine is dangerous and addictive), your best bet is pass on the coco puffs and just use them separately.

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About the author

Alexandra Hicks

Managing editor at Cannadelics and U.S based journalist, helping spread the word about the many benefits of using cannabis and psychedelics.