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How Does Cannabis Interact With Alcohol?



Can You Mix Alcohol and Marijuana?

Many medical cannabis users still take advantage of other social activities in life, one of which is consuming alcohol. But this poses the question, is it safe to drink while taking your medicinal marijuana?


Studies from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) show that consuming alcohol causes a significant increase in the blood’s THC level. So is drinking harmful when consuming cannabis? Here’s what you need to know!


Cannabis and Alcohol: The Risks


Using alcohol with cannabis can be risky for a number of reasons. First, drinking before consuming cannabis can intensify the ‘high’ effects. This is because alcohol increases the absorption of marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient, THC. Therefore you can consume your typical amount of cannabis, yet when drinking, the effects on your body will significantly increase. This can produce a ‘green out’ effect, which is a severe reaction to alcohol. Symptoms are often sweating, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and, of course, the even worse hangover the next day.


Consuming marijuana before drinking alcohol can also minimize the effects of alcohol making you feel less “drunk” than you actually are. This increases your risk of becoming overly intoxicated.


Overall, you should be cautious while using any drug or medication while also drinking alcohol. Always consult with your doctor if you have questions about possible drug interactions. Marijuana is a complex plant with numerous interactions with the body which change based on strain, terpenes and the cannabinoid system.


If you are an Arkansas resident suffering from a medical condition you think may benefit cannabis, you're likely eligible for medical marijuana treatment. Click here to learn more about what Arkansas Marijuana Card's state-certified medical marijuana doctors can do for you, or give us a call at (844) 249-8714. Our friendly support team can walk you through the entire process and schedule you for an evaluation appointment.

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