There are a lot of people who like to pair up cannabis and alcohol as part of their recreational experiment. However, odds are high that the majority are not going to feel positive the next day. This is not a rule that applies to all individuals; some have a high tolerance than others so there may be a few who do not experience any negative aspect of the combination.
This combination is a little under-researched so we can’t exactly say what properties apply to all consumers and what are valid only for some.
Nevertheless, here are 3 reasons why alcohol and cannabis shouldn’t be consumed together:
Alcohol can enhance your high
Two separate studies suggest that alcohol is more than capable of enhancing your high if you consume it along with cannabis. The reason behind this is that the former opens up blood vessels in your digestive system, which allows for more THC absorption.
More the alcohol you take while smoking that joint, more likely you are to wake up nauseated the next morning. This condition is informally referred to as ‘getting the spins’ or ‘greening out’.
The vomiting dilemma
When you consume too much alcohol, you sometimes (or a lot of times?) throw up. On the other hand, marijuana has an antiemetic effect, which means that it doesn’t let you puke, no matter what.
These completely opposite traits can make your situation worse as you will either not vomit (when you most wanted to) or you may end up choking on any vomit that’s produced somehow.
Even Edibles can lead to trouble
Leaving that joint and picking up those edibles isn’t a good option either. After all, THC is THC and no matter its source, it’s going to combine with the effect of alcohol anyhow.
Since edibles do not give you an immediate high, you end up taking a drink, which then leads to another drink, followed by another. And then when you are finally intoxicated with that eventual (gradual) high from edibles, you might find yourself on the floor rubbing your face against the carpet.
Even the website of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that using both at the same time can lead to greater impairment than when using either alone. Similarly, Alcohol(.org) states that consuming alcohol and marijuana together can result in highly-impaired judgment, increased dehydration, and anxiety.