Mixing Alcohol and Cannabis
You probably know that alcohol is one of the most consumed substances in the world – and cannabis is not too far off. But did you know that alcohol can interact differently with various substances? And it’s no different when it comes to cannabis.
So, can you mix alcohol and cannabis?
Studies show that drinking before or after consuming cannabis can intensify its effects because alcohol increases the absorption of the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). What may not seem like a bad thing for many people can become riskier if you drink or consume too much of both substances, which can lead to:
According to research, other risks are associated with the mixing, such as a greater risk of dependence, impact on cognitive functions, and loss of motor coordination. It’s also interesting to observe how cannabis and alcohol affect you separately before using both substances together. Why? You may question… well, if you usually feel uncomfortable with any of them, the other substance will not fix this. Actually, it will probably just potentialize it. And no one wants that!
Wait, it’s not all bad news! There’s also an interesting study that shows that cannabis can help protect the liver against the negative effects of alcohol. According to the research, alcohol produces inflammation, which is what (over time) causes the liver to develop diseases like cirrhosis. And apparently, cannabis has anti-inflammatory power that can reduce this danger. Of course, it doesn’t say anything about drinking too much for too long, so no exaggeration, please.
What about alcohol and CBD?
In this study, they claim that mixing CBD and alcohol can intensify the effects of each other, resulting in changes in mood and behavior. Not to mention, it can cause symptoms such as drowsiness and sedation. Yet, this study is outdated and uses a much higher amount of CBD than most people do. Unfortunately, there’s very little research on the health effects of taking CBD with alcohol.
It’s important to point out that anything related to cannabis should be recommended by a doctor, who will be able to indicate the best treatment for your condition. And although you can’t get alcohol dosage recommendations (can you imagine?), being conscious about your drinking habits is always the best choice!
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