Thursday November 27th 2014

Mixing marijuana with alcohol

Is marijuana addictive or not? Absolutely.  In fact, what makes marijuana addictive is euphoric effect.

While some people are tempted to drink and smoke weed at the same time, using more than one drug simultaneously can often lead to unwanted results.  When you’re feeling high, and reach out for another drug, you risk multiplying the regular effects of both drugs. So when you smoke weed and drink at the same time, the result is either a high level of intoxication, risky behavior and/or intensified stimulant or depressant effects.

More here on what to expect when mixing alcohol with marijuana use. And then, we invite your questions about smoking and drinking or even marijuana dependence symptoms at the end. We try to answer all legitimate questions personally and promptly.

Marijuana and alcohol effects

Marijuana is a drug that comes from the cannabis sativa plant and affects the sections in the brain responsible for thinking, pleasure, memory, concentration, sensory and time perception, coordinated movement etc. A combination of all these centers affected at the same time results with the feeling of getting high and other effects.

Alcohol on the other hand, is also considered to be a drug, because of its chemical structure and a lack of nutrition values. A combination of both marijuana and alcohol effects taking place at the same time is what we consider to be polydrug use. And while you may have a high tolerance for marijuana, alcohol can produce unexpected results when you mix the two.

Dangers of mixing marijuana and alcohol

Drug users think that it is OK to down a couple of drinks and then smoke a joint, or two. What often happens is that the drug user at the end of night is not actually aware of the amount of drugs and alcohol taken, which can result with intoxication.

Alcohol and marijuana act enter the body through different paths and may act differently, but their effects can overlap. Feeling kind of numb, a bit dizzy, losing track of time and space…Both drugs symptoms complement each other. But when combined, weed and alcohol can result in high rate of errors and accidents due to real time functioning and rational thinking impairment on specific tasks. The combination of alcohol and marijuana can results in major impact on the central nervous system (CNS). Here is a list of the most common symptoms:

  • changes in emotional behavior
  • compromised judgment
  • concentration severely drops down
  • decreased attention, perception and memory
  • impaired motor coordination, thinking and problem solving
  • memory loss

How alcohol enhances marijuana – Perhaps it’s obvious, but alcohol acts as a sedative.Alcohol has the ability to act as a depressant of the CNS. Administered orally, it is rapidly absorbed by the gastrointestinal tracts and enters the bloodstream. The alcohol in the blood stream, makes the blood vessels absorb the THC found in marijuana, the active ingredient in cannabis, the one causing intoxication. This action is often the cause for extensive enhancement of marijuana effects. This is why yu may recognize a user turning pale, sweating and vomiting after drinking and smoking marijuana.

How marijuana enhances alcohol – Marijuana, on the other hand, can be administered orally by eating or by smoking. In both cases, the effects vary between individual. What happens is that marijuana doesn’t affect the alcohol absorption in the body, but the alcohol supports the marijuana use effects.

Marijuana and alcohol overdose

There’s really no safe dose that’s suggested when combining marijuana and alcohol. The biggest issue in general is dosing, mostly because both are easily accessible on a daily basis, and users tend to mix weed and alcohol without considering the consequences.

We would advise you to think twice before you decide to drive under the influence of both marijuana and alcohol. The effects of moderate doses combined, for certain individuals, may result with serious levels of impairment.

Marijuana and alcohol deaths

The numbers are going up when it comes to counting victims of mixing marijuana and alcohol, mostly those that occur as the result of car accidents. Innocent people are paying the price for other people’s risky behavior. The burden is extremely high when it comes to involving other people’s lives too. Many users of marijuana for medical treatments are advised to wait for several hours before driving or having a drink.

One of the areas to target is prevention of drug use. The adolescent use of both of alcohol and marijuana has been the subject of much recent research and indicates that chronic use of drugs occurs after early initiation of either marijuana or alcohol use.

Drinking and marijuana questions

Still have questions about mixing marijuana with alcohol? Please leave your questions in the comments section below. We do our best to respond to you personally and promptly.

Reference links: NHTSA: Marijuana and alcohol impairment
NCBI: The effect of cannabis compared with alcohol on driving.
NCBI: Cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, other risk behaviors, and American youth.
NIDA: FAQs about marijuana

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7 Responses to “Mixing marijuana with alcohol
Akhil
6:56 am November 12th, 2013

Excellent article. I will be avoiding the mix in the future.

Francisco
9:11 am November 14th, 2013

Both considered soft drugs, young people they don´t really know the risk they are taking.

poll
4:19 pm September 30th, 2014

7months back i did the same mistake i had overdosed weed and alcohol- the next day when i woke up everything became blurred, i had panic attacks and anxiety.
From that day onwards life has changed. NO feelings left memory loss feel as if iam stuck in deep hole and cant reach out for help no emotions its like dead end for me
cant think or concentrate on anything i have forgotten completely forgotten myself Please advice what do i do now

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:41 pm October 2nd, 2014

Hi Poll. Why don’t you get checked by a doctor? I’d suggest going to counselling which can help with the psychological aspects of your problem. While time needs to pass until your brain returns to normal, you can find some memory-improving exercises online.

Sans
3:23 am October 30th, 2014

My male friend just confessed he uses marijuana about half a stick and about 2 glasses of gin mixed with water and ice every night. He calls it his martini time. He claimed it makes him feel good and more relax. He’s been doing this for years. He’s a responsible , retired, financially stable 62 years old man

Derek
10:07 pm November 1st, 2014

I have a friend who buys a bottle of gin and then places two matchboxes of weed in the bottle. This is left to soak for a few days and then it is drunk. What could all the possible side-effects of this mixture be.

Thank you kindly.

Derek

Alex
9:35 pm November 12th, 2014

Last october, I made the mistake of getting drunk and succumbing to peer pressure to smoke week. I don’t remember anything from that night except puking on the side of the road. Not sure how I got home that night .

I learned my lesson.

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