How Does Cannabis Interact With Alcohol?
Updated: Jul 11
Many medical marijuana users partake in other social activities, such as drinking alcohol. This may leave you wondering: Is marijuana safe to use with alcohol? Here’s what you need to know.
Cannabis and Alcohol: The Risks
Using alcohol with cannabis can be dangerous for a few reasons. Recent studies from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) show that consuming alcohol causes a significant increase in the blood’s THC level. This will intensify the ‘high’ effects because alcohol increases the absorption of marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient, THC. This can produce a ‘green out’ effect, which is a severe reaction. Symptoms are often sweating, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
Consuming marijuana before drinking alcohol can minimize the effects of alcohol, so you may drink more, risking becoming overly intoxicated. Driving under the influence of these two combined substances is not only illegal but extremely dangerous.
Overall, you should be cautious while using any drug or medication while also using medical marijuana. Marijuana is a complex plant with numerous interactions with the body which change based on strain, terpenes and the cannabinoid system therefore always consult with your doctor if you have questions about possible drug interactions.