The Dangers of Combining Alcohol and Marijuana
Using pot and alcohol together can lead to injury, illness, and even death.
Posted May 06, 2014
Alcohol and marijuana are two drugs commonly used by people at the same time. New information indicates that combining the two may cause individuals to overuse both substances, which in some cases can result in death.
Greening out is a term used to describe a situation where a person may feel sick after smoking marijuana. The individual may go pale and sweaty, feel dizzy with “the spins,” get nauseous, and may even start vomiting. This is often followed by the need or strong desire to lie down.
Smoking marijuana and then drinking alcohol can lead to death. When recreational drinking and smoking are combined, it is easier to drink excessively and risk alcohol poisoning, which can kill you.
According to Northeastern University, marijuana has an antiemetic effect, meaning that it makes it more difficult for the body to vomit.
Usually, when a person drinks too much alcohol, the body responds by vomiting in order to rid itself of the excess alcohol. Since marijuana helps prevent vomiting, the body may be unable to rid itself of dangerous toxins, or an individual may choke on the vomit that is produced.
Used together, alcohol and marijuana can also create paranoia, causing people to make flawed or even fatal choices. Alcohol and marijuana are both depressants, which work by slowing down the central nervous system. An ingredient of marijuana is THC, which is absorbed into the blood faster when alcohol is also present. The magnified effects of using these substances together can be very unpredictable and may cause panic, anxiety, or terror for people who use both substances in the same period.
Little research has been done on combining alcohol and marijuana, but the indications are that there can be major risks. No matter what substances you are using, please consult a physician before combining them, and please always use substances responsibly.