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Let’s start with what you probably already know: Alcohol is a depressant, but in low doses it causes emotional release and lowers inhibitions. Marijuana is also known for its relaxing qualities, but can produce very different results depending on how much and what strain of it you smoke. So what happens when you mix them together?
I rarely mix weed and alcohol—otherwise, I become more silent than a hermit crab floating in space.
“Marijuana does a unique thing to your small intestine that alters the motility [the way things move through your intestines] of your GI tract in such a way that it causes your blood alcohol levels to actually be lower than…if you had just consumed alcohol by itself,” Lukas says.
The first thing to know: “Not everyone responds to alcohol and marijuana the same [way],” says Scott Lukas, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Lukas would know: He’s now done two studies in which he got people high and observed their reactions.
But pursuing the high that results from combining the two drugs—known as a “crossfade”—isn’t uncommon. Researchers, however, are still delving into the science behind this blissed-out state of mind—and why so many people seek it out.
Using common sense will go a long way: Lukas says there aren’t many side effects that come from mixing the two drugs that won’t also be true if you do them independently. Just be careful not to overdo it, and always err on the side of caution.
But in the second study, Lukas found that alcohol actually has the inverse effect on THC: If you drink first and then smoke, it causes the levels of THC in your plasma to skyrocket, intensifying your high. That’s because alcohol opens up blood vessels in your digestive system, which helps THC get absorbed—a finding confirmed in a more recent study done in 2015.
“Individuals may go pale and sweaty, feel dizzy with ‘the spins,’ nauseous, and may even start vomiting. This is often followed by the need or strong desire to lie down,” wrote Constance Scharff, an addiction specialist in California, in a column for Psychology Today.
As most recreational marijuana users can attest, however, there are limits to this feel-good effect: Drink too much before you smoke, and you run the risk of “greening out”—a nauseous sensation that kicks in when you feel sick and overwhelmed after getting too high. (Trust me, it’s no fun.)
Researchers now understand the science behind the crossfade.
“ Beer before liquor, never been sicker” —by now ( and probably from personal experience) we all know this rule to be true. But when it comes to alcohol and weed , where’s our helpful rhyme?
D rink too much before smoking, however, and you may end up feeling nauseated or especially uncomfortable from the combination; this is sometimes referred to as “greening out” or “the spins” (and you do NOT want that).
There’s also the possibility that combining both will just get you really, really high. As noted on the CDC’s website , using both at the same time can result in greater impairment than when using either alone. Alcohol.org warns of effects like overall decreased judgment, anxiety, and increased dehydration.
Before you grab a beer and a joint, make sure you know that one will likely boost the effect of the other. According to two separate studies, if you smoke cannabis after drinking, there’s a good reason to believe the alcohol will actually increase how much THC makes it into your bloodstream . This happens because alcohol opens up blood vessels in your digestive system, allowing for more THC absorption—in other words, yes, alcohol can make you feel even higher.
Again, given the paucity of research, many organizations warn of possible side effects but have insufficient evidence, so we end up sounding like your mother: Something bad might happen!
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As Vice writes, every person copes with alcohol and cannabis differently, so while you may be fine mixing both substances, your friend may be tripping balls in the very same room. While the subject of cannabis and alcohol’s combined effect is largely under-researched, there are a few things worth knowing before diving under the influence.
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“Beer before liquor, never been sicker”—by now (and probably from personal experience) we all know this rule to be true. But when it comes to alcohol and weed, where’s our helpful rhyme?