There are many schools of thought on the viability of weed and alcohol. While some marijuana purists say absolutely not, others are on the fence. Here are some important things to consider if you are going to indulge in this intoxicating combo platter. Firstly, few studies have been done about the combination of marijuana and alcohol, so there’s not a lot of scientific proof of how the two substances interact. While you may be fine, combining the two substances, your friend could quickly find themselves feeling too high, and be losing their “ish”. Each person’s body chemistry determines how their body manages alcohol and marijuana and no two people are alike. That said, there are some truths we all can agree on.
Alcohol Can Add To Your High
If you’re going to try both substances simultaneously know that one is very likely to enhance the effects of the other. Studies have shown that if you smoke cannabis after drinking, it’s likely to increase the amount of THC that makes it into your bloodstream. This is because alcohol opens up the blood vessels in your digestive system, which allows for increased THC absorption. Be cautious, drink too much before smoking, and it can lead to the spins, or “greening out.” Trust me, no one wants that.
Take It Easy On The Edibles
Edibles unlike smoking or vaping, release their effects into your body gradually. This means that it might take hours to feel high after ingesting an edible and that the high from an edible can last for hours, as your body continues to metabolize the cannabis. For some, it’s tempting to drink while you wait for the high to take effect. However, given the indeterminate wait period, one drink can easily turn into four, and you can even foolishly consume more edibles than you intended, because alcohol can open up your appetite. This can lead to the worst green out ever.
Something Bad Might Happen
Listen, we’re not here to freak you out, but it’s worth mentioning the worst thing that can happen. One of the great things about cannabis is that it has an an tiemetic effect, meaning it makes it more difficult for you to vomit. For medical marijuana users suffering from nausea, this is a great benefit. However, if you’re a binge drinker this can present a big problem. As you may have experienced before, drink too much alcohol, and you will want to vomit. However, the combined effect of too much cannabis and too much alcohol may prevent you from vomiting, causing you to choke on any vomit that’s produced.
If that doesn’t scare you enough, just keep in mind the disastrous feeling of being too high. It is extremely unpleasant. Not to mention using both marijuana and alcohol at the same time can result in greater impairment than when using either alone. So, sometimes it’s valuable to pick your poison. If you ask me, I’m always going to say cannabis, because the recovery time is far less taxing.