Although cannabis has many antiemetic (prevention of vomiting) benefits, it may be the reason one might find difficulty in vomiting. Severe alcohol intoxication typically causes vomiting — the body’s first line of defence. However, the disruption in one’s ability to purge excess alcohol from the body can lead to a dangerously high risk of alcohol poisoning.
If you´ve ever smoked marijuana after a night of binge drinking, you´ll know the potential for a “Green Out” (we call it a “whitie” in Scotland on account of the colour in your face disappearing). The term ‘greening out’ refers to what happens when one goes overboard with consuming an alcohol and cannabis combination.
While drinking and smoking may seem like a budget way to stretch your cannabis high, the physical manifestations of greening out are sickly. During a green out, one may experience dizziness, excessive sweating, the spins, or nausea and vomiting. As such, apply your common sense and go slow!
Cannabis can Help With Substance Abuse
For people suffering from alcohol addiction or substance abuse, achieving total abstinence can prove to be extremely difficult. Alcoholism includes a host of discomforting withdrawal symptoms, including increased blood pressure, hallucinations, and seizures amongst a variety of others. To curb drug and alcohol addiction, it’s commonplace for doctors to prescribe drug addicts or patients undergoing addiction treatment drugs such as benzodiazepines; however, they also pose many dangers and side-effects.
On the other hand, there is some evidence that cannabis could offer potential as an addiction treatment and might be helpful for those struggling with alcohol abuse and or substance use disorders.
While some theories suggest that cannabis is a “trigger” and increases the risk of relapsing, this idea seems to be flawed. Studies have shown that cannabis use has proved immensely useful at providing relief from withdrawal symptoms and emotional ailments caused by alcohol addiction (which is the main reason for relapse) — all without an increased risk of withdrawal and addiction symptoms.
Summing it up, is it safe?
Plenty of cannabis users consume both cannabis and alcohol at the same time, and there are undoubtedly safe ways to do that. Having some common sense and knowing your limitations is vital. While drinking and smoking can be a highly enjoyable experience individually, there are certain risks of combining alcohol with cannabis, particularly if you are drinking spirits or binge drinking and consuming cannabis strains with high levels of THC.
It is important to remember that while THC and alcohol are safe to mix in small doses, regularly combining marijuana and drinking alcohol may be linked to a decline in cognitive function and increases the risk of dependence. While it might seem harmless and fun, there are certain dangers and bad reactions when combining the two, particularly if this practice is repeated over a prolonged period.
While a bad reaction to mixing weed and alcohol will usually pass within a few hours, it can be difficult to determine if you’ve suffered a green-out, or something more serious like alcohol poisoning, which can be life-threatening if not treated.
As such, it is important to consider all of these factors before mixing alcohol and cannabis or cannabis products.