Imagine you're at a party, you’re pretty tipsy and someone offers you a joint. What would you do? If you do end up smoking it, you’re in for a turbulent night. It’s a general belief that cross-fading can completely alter your high. But, speaking from a purely scientific point of view, what long-term and short-term effects do crossfading have on your body?
What happens if you consume alcohol before smoking marijuana?
The effects of cannabis can be amplified if you drink before you use it. This is because alcohol promotes the absorption of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the euphoric component in marijuana (THC).
This usually results in a more powerful high. While this may be appealing to some, it may lead others to green out. This is a term that describes a variety of unpleasant bodily symptoms that might occur as a result of a strong high.
What is greening out?
Greening out is a set of symptoms that can occur after consuming too much cannabis, including nausea, uneasiness, and other unpleasant feelings.
Greening out is frequently followed by dizziness, vomiting, and intense anxiety, however, the symptoms vary from person to person. According to the research of cannabis' pharmacological effects, greening out can also raise heart rate and lower blood pressure by dilatation of blood vessels caused by THC.
What happens if you consume marijuana before you drink?
While there is little research on the consequences of drinking alcohol before taking marijuana, there isn't much on the reverse. The studies that are available are generally outdated and inconclusive.
For example, 15 subjects in a 1992 study smoked a placebo, a high dosage of THC, or a low dose of THC three times. After consuming a high quantity of alcohol, marijuana appeared to decrease the increase in blood alcohol levels.
THC's effects are amplified: For starters, taking alcohol with any drug causes the substance to stay in a person's system longer than it would otherwise. Because alcohol is processed first by the liver, this is the case. Regardless of whether or not other substances are being consumed at the same time, the liver prioritizes the metabolization of alcohol. The liver can process around one ounce of pure alcohol per hour on average.
This means that other compounds in the body remain relatively unaltered until the alcohol in the system has been digested. The THC in a person's system would stay there until it could be fully digested, and the effects would continue to mount until it could be properly metabolized.
Why is crossfading a bad idea?
People can react to the same amount of alcohol and marijuana in quite different ways. When you're out with a group, one person's reaction may be extremely different from yours.
There is limited study on the long-term effects of drinking alcohol while smoking weed or any other form of marijuana. However, here are some potential outcomes of mixing the two.
1. Altered judgment
Doing just of these things is good enough to alter your judgments, but crossfading can really intensify these results. When taken together, weed and alcohol can cause blackouts, memory loss, and an increased chance of participating in dangerous behaviors.
According to research, people who mix alcohol and cannabis are more prone to participate in sensation-seeking behavior than those who solely drink alcohol. The desire to seek out new and varied emotions, feelings and experiences is known as sensation-seeking, sometimes known as thrill-seeking or excitement-seeking.
Because alcohol is a diuretic, it causes people to generate more urine. They may get dehydrated if they lose more fluid than they take in over a period of time. This effect could be amplified if you combine alcohol and cannabis or indulge in crossfading.
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which produces extreme nausea, vomiting, and dehydration, is an uncommon side effect of persistent marijuana use.
3. Cognitive impairment
Marijuana usage, especially in the developing brain, has been linked to cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and reduced IQ.
Long-term use of both alcohol and marijuana can produce structural abnormalities in the brain, with the effects of the two drugs compounded. Researchers discovered that heavy marijuana users who also consume marijuana had poorer cognitive performance than those who only consume alcohol.
According to the authors of a 2017 review, persons who mix alcohol and marijuana consume more of both drugs. This increased consumption may increase the chance of developing a dependence on alcohol, marijuana, or both.
When a person quits using a drug, their body experiences “withdrawal,” which is a set of physical and emotional symptoms that can range from minor (if the drug is caffeine) to life-threatening (if the drug is alcohol or opioids).
5. Mental Illness
According to research, there is a link between heavy drinking and poor mental health, including psychological distress and low life satisfaction.
The American Psychiatric Association warns in a 2018 reference paper called Opposition to Cannabis as Medicine that cannabis usage can exacerbate or accelerate the onset of psychiatric diseases.
There is always the risk of overdosing with any substance. According to the research, persons who use both alcohol and marijuana at the same time consume more of both. Overdosing is more likely when consumption rates are high.
Effects of crossfading
Both marijuana and alcohol have a long list of negative consequences. Alcohol interacts with the central nervous system, which can lead to a loss of bodily control. Marijuana has an effect on cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which can cause weariness, memory problems, and an increase in hunger.
Other alcohols and marijuana side effects include:
7. Speech problems
9. Relaxed muscles
11. Difficulty generating thoughts due to a distorted sense of time
12. Difficulties with body movements
13. Difficulties with memory
14. Mood depression and changes in one's sense of well-being
15. Hazardous conduct is on the rise
16. When the two medications are combined, the side effects of each agent are amplified
Some people may also have a faster onset of side e