Can you Get High and Get Drunk at the Same Time?
Get high and get drunk? Some people may have experience smoking weed and drinking alcoholic beverages at the same time. It may be an enjoyable experience or it might get you puking in the bathroom, swearing that you will never ever mix the two ever again!
Have you ever wondered what happens to our body when the result of getting high and getting drunk are mixed up in our system? Well then, we could provide you with a reason why.
Scientifically, the combined effect or “getting cross-faded” is not that explored but the intoxicating effects of alcohol and marijuana have been widely studied. Technically, marijuana contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which acts on the brain’s cannabinoid receptors while alcohol on the other hand, depresses the central nervous system. A professor of psychology and neuroscience at Ohio State University named Gary Wenk stated that comparing the two substances isn’t even like comparing apples and oranges. He said that “It’s apples and vegetables. They are very different drugs.” Based on the effects, THC largely affects our cognitive skills, like getting paranoid and you may notice that you are on a time zone warp while alcohol affects our motor skills, which gives you a hard time walking straight and making your speech unclear.
Scott Lukas, who teaches at Harvard Medical School, conducted a research regarding the interaction of various drugs and in 2001, he found that after individuals smoke marijuana and drank a large dose of alcohol, the equivalent to a couple of shots, the THC levels in their blood plasma nearly doubled compared with people who smoked weed and consumed a placebo drink. The effects of marijuana on those who drank alcohol got stoned sooner than those who only smoked it and marked their experience as subjectively “better”. This means that getting drunk causes more THC to reach the brain through the bloodstream within the few minutes of absorption, it is also said that alcohol may cause changes in blood vessels that increases the absorption of inhaled THC in marijuana. Lukas also stated that he is not worried that the combination of both substances could be lethal but getting cross-faded could be riskier than just getting drunk or high alone because the effect of both will be much stronger which means that accidents are most likely to happen. He also points out that the amount of drugs that he used for his research were lower than the levels that people often use while on a party.
Well, I guess, if you are planning on getting high and consuming alcohol at the same time, you need to be very cautious of what you are doing. Know when to stop and control things. Or better yet, indulge yourself to it so you would know on what limit your body is able to handle the effects of both. Based on my own experience, when I start to drink and I have that feeling that I’m getting tipsy then I smoke a joint, I ended up puking in the bathroom. But when I started to smoke a joint, then drink after getting high, I ended up feeling just fine which makes me enjoy doing both at the same time. All is for you to find out!!!