Ever had a bad experience with drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana? Well, you’re not alone. Most people mix both cannabis and alcohol and while it’s sometimes done because they can’t think straight anymore, others do it just to experience a better “high”. Regardless of why you do it, the effects may not be pleasant, especially if you’re not a regular user. Many people have the habit of mixing both drugs regularly, but instead of using both at the same time, it’s best to pull back and use one at a time.
So, what exactly happens when you mix both? Science has answers, but like everything else in the world of marijuana, it’s not clear. We need more research to comprehend the effects, but based on the studies that are already done, it will suffice to say that cannabis is the lesser evil of the two. Alcohol is much more dangerous than cannabis. In fact, millions of people die due to alcohol and studies show that cannabis hasn’t killed even a single person, but what happens when you mix the two?
The effects of alcohol
There are many studies that focus on the effects of alcohol after smoking marijuana, which was grown under the best led grow lights. As usual, the results are not clear and need more evidence; however, two out of four studies show that alcohol tends to increase the levels of THC in the blood by at least 50 percent!
One particular study detailed that the more the alcohol, the higher the THC! In fact, it’s stated that the levels of THC in the blood double when the substances are mixed. So, why does this happen? People who enjoy edibles will understand how this works. Basically, cannabis contains liposoluble elements, which means that CBD and THC will dissolve in ethanol, oils or any kind of fat.
The fact that you cook cannabis with butter to make cannabutter is evident that THC dissolves in fat. Now, since the liposoluble elements like THC and CBD are mixed with alcohol, they dissolve faster and that produces more THC when you drink. Note that this study used small quantities of alcohol, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what would happen if a lot more alcohol was consumed. To put it simply, cannabis doesn’t behave the same when you mix it with alcohol.
When an individual mixes both cannabis and alcohol, he has to worry more about the risks of alcohol. Remember that the effects may not be same for everybody because we are all different. Also, the user’s gender, age, tolerance, and weight will determine how both the substances affect them.
As the THC dissolves, it becomes more long-lasting, and since this is something you don’t want, it’s better to stick to cannabis alone. Also, you tend to consume/smoke more cannabis under the influence of alcohol. Since cannabis doesn’t raise the alcohol levels in the blood (in fact, it lowers it!) like alcohol increases the THC levels, you’ll fare better by relying only on marijuana.
Assuming that the studies were based on small amounts of marijuana and alcohol, it’s interesting to find out what would happen if you were to consume alcohol as a regular cannabis user. Generally, people who drink start slowly with single shots and later as time goes by, they increase their tolerance and consume more.
Scientists who wanted to study the effects of cannabis and alcohol when combined made mice run on a spinning rod. When drunk, the mice had very little motor coordination, but incredibly, they performed better when they consumed alcohol and cannabis daily! In other words, one drug is increasing the tolerance of another drug – known as cross-tolerance – and this happens with humans too.
Simply speaking, people who used cannabis regularly had no dizziness after drinking alcohol while occasional cannabis users felt dizzy. With time, regular cannabis users may not be affected by alcohol as much as it used to affect them earlier. This doesn’t mean that you can drive after drinking because the time you take to react to situations also increases and that’s definitely not a good sign when you’re driving or doing something else that needs your complete attention.
It’s very normal for people to mix alcohol and cannabis nowadays, and since there aren’t many studies to back any claims, it’s not possible to be sure of the exact effects; however, if given an option, it’s recommended that you only enjoy cannabis and stay away from alcohol as it’s not a good idea to mix the two.