The Holidays are right around the corner, and despite their wholesome connotation, everyone is looking forward to getting lit. However, as tempting as it may be to spark up a blunt and also pound a glass of wine with friends and family, that’s not a good idea. Here’s why.
According to Psychology Today, new information shows that using one substance can cause users to also rely to heavily on the other.
While smoking cannabis in itself is not dangerous and can’t kill you, and alcohol is easy to moderate if you don’t have a drinking problem, things change when you drink stoned. It is easy to overindulge, which can result in alcohol poisoning.
Even cannabis sources agree the combination can be dangerous. Green State explains, “Unfortunately, most don’t realize this potent combination can lead to ‘synergistic’ effects you wouldn’t get with either substance alone. “Synergistic” means 2+2 does not equal four; it equals 10.”
This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a drink while stoned, but like anything else, use moderation and common sense. If you are going to mix the two, have the designated driver or sober person at the party keep an eye on you and monitor your intake. That way, if they notice you knocking back too many drinks while stoned or see you acting funny, they can intervene.
And, of course, never drink and drive, especially if you are also stoned. Drivers who think they can navigate behind the wheel after a toke or two are increasing their risk times ten if they have also been drinking.
This Holiday season, deck the halls, keep it merry, and stay lit, but only in moderation.