Is it Safe to Mix Weed and Alcohol?
Two of the substances people most regularly use are alcohol and weed, but what about if they’re used together? People may use an alcohol and weed combination to get more of an effect for both, or to combat side effects of one or the other, but it can be risky.
An alcohol and weed combination is one of the most common polydrug mixes seen in the majority of people.
Is it safe to mix weed and alcohol? In short, no it isn’t. Below are details as to why the alcohol and weed combination isn’t a good one.
Marijuana, which is derived from the cannabis plant, impacts certain areas of the brain including the ones that are responsible for memory, sensory and time perception, thinking and pleasure, among others. Alcohol is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. Both THC, which is in marijuana, and alcohol are psychoactive. THC acts on cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which is why so many of the symptoms of being high are cognitive.
Alcohol heavily impacts motor skills on the other hand, because of how it influences the central nervous system.
When someone uses an alcohol and weed combination, they might start to notice they feel the effects of one or both much more quickly than they would otherwise, and in a more pronounced way.
When people drink and then smoke weed afterward, they have also been shown to have much higher amounts of THC in their blood as opposed to people who didn’t drink.
The reason for this appears to be because alcohol widens the blood vessels in the gastrointestinal tract, allowing for the faster absorption of the THC.
While most people who use an alcohol and weed combination report a “higher high,” the lows can also become amplified. For example, increased heart rate and impaired judgment symptoms are more obvious.
Some of the symptoms of using marijuana on its own can include coordination problems, nausea, headache, increased appetite, tremors, breathing problems, anxiety, sleepiness and memory troubles. Other symptoms of marijuana use may include paranoia and hallucinations.
- When you use an alcohol and weed combination, your body will absorb more THC, which can lead to adverse side effects.
- Using a combination of alcohol and weed is more likely to cause psychotic symptoms such as paranoia and panic.
- When you combine alcohol and weed, you’re more likely to experience “greening out” which is a sick feeling following the use of marijuana.
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