Mixing Alcohol and Edibles Is Not the Smartest Idea

What Is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a substance produced through the fermentation and distillation of natural sugars and starches. It is one of the most popular psychoactive substances in the world. It can affect both your mental state and mood. It influences consciousness, impairs judgment, and lowers inhibitions.

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Alcohol and edibles

Alcohol and edibles creates a that has different effects depending on the dose: many people feel stimulated and strengthened at low doses of alcohol and edibles and even mixing a small amount of edibles and alcohol is not recommended.

How Will Edibles Affect Me?

The effects you’ll feel from ingesting edibles are unlike those of smoking and vaporizing. It’s good to know what to expect before trying edibles for the first time.

For one, the effects of smoking or vaporizing cannabis are nearly instant, while it’ll take 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects of an edible. 

The effects of an edible will also last much longer (3-14 hours) and be more potent. The time and intensity will vary depending on the dose, your last meal, any other medications you’ve taken, your tolerance level, and your body chemistry. Your experience level and body weight are also factors to consider here.

The psychoactive effects of edibles often seem stronger as well, so it’s highly recommended that you start slow and go slow. It can be difficult to control how much THC you consume when the amount in each edible product can vary. While 10 mg of THC is typically considered one edible dose, some products may come with several doses in one package. Read the label carefully to determine whether you should eat an entire handful of popcorn or just two kernels, one bite of brownie, or the whole thing.

As a rule of thumb, beginners with a very low tolerance should consume a suggested dose of less than 5mg to start with. Around 2.5mg will give you relief from mild symptoms and an increased feeling of relaxation without mind-altering effects. Anything from 3mg to 15mg would be better for MMJ patients looking for relief from more intense symptoms. Only veteran users should try a dose of 16mg and up. If you’ve had too many edibles, know that you cannot fatally overdose on cannabis itself. While there’s no way to immediately reverse the way you’re feeling, the effects will start to dissipate in a few hours. In the meantime, hydrate, rest, look for a distraction and stay with a friend. 

How to Deal With Edible Overdoses

Source: http://www.westword.com/news/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-story-among-colorado-pot-satires-some-take-seriously-5859984

The first thing to do if you ever find yourself suffering from an edible overdose is to focus on relaxing by sitting or lying down.

Focus on breathing slowly, deeply and rhythmically. Start meditating if you know how and then remind yourself of the incontrovertible fact that not a single person has ever died from an overdose of cannabinoids themselves.

Try breathing through a paper bag, a thick item of clothing or even your hands if you feel like you just can’t get enough air and keep doing so until your breathing returns to normal.

In the event of consuming too much edible, the Marijuana Policy Project reminds us to let anyone you’re with know that you’ve overdone it and that you need your friends to keep an eye on you.

And of course, do your very best to get some water and stay hydrated.

Caffeine also seems to help people as long as they aren’t already too anxious. Cannachef Julie Dooley suggests drinking orange juice to get your blood sugar levels up.

You will likely also start craving all kinds of sugary sweet munchies if and when any nausea you may have subsidies. Dooley also reminds us that foods rich in fat and protein will prolong the effects of cannabis in your body.

High Times magazine wisely recommends keeping CBD capsules on hand which will help counter the effects of an edible overdose. This is why some seasoned stoners will tell you, if you can believe it, to simply smoke more cannabis if you find yourself feeling dizzy and nauseous from an edible overdose.

These are precisely the kind of symptoms that CBD-rich strains like Charlotte’s Web are grown for. Just make sure that you smoke or vape it so that the Delta-9-THC and CBD cannabinoids soothe the panicking cannabinoid receptors in your brain into homeostasis.

A head high will help calm your mind down enough to relax into your body high from the edible and sleep it off. “I never put edibles, or any alcohol in my stomach for that matter without having a lot of pot to smoke on the side as my constant variable to keep my mind sharp and fresh no matter how good or how badly the body medicine may make me feel” says Harrison Tesoura Schultz, Co-Founder of Occupy Weed Street, a recreational cannabis legalization coalition in New York City. “I’ve watched people who smoke as much as I do every day hold off on smoking pot while eating edibles in order to feel more of the edible’s effects…only to throw up from the body high, but you can never smoke too much pot.”

How’s the High?

Source: http://forum.grasscity.com/apprentice-tokers/313088-delta-9-thc-11-hydroxy-thc.html

You simply cannot get the same kind of high that edibles give you by smoking or vaping cannabis. Activating or decarboxylating non-psychoactive THCA and CBDA cannabinoids, which naturally grow in the raw cannabis plant into active THC and CBD compounds, with combustion or vaporization is a completely different chemical process from ingesting cooked cannabis.

The THC goes on a fast, express trip in and out of your brain, as the specific chemical compound delta-9-THC, when you burn raw THCA and inhale it into your lungs. This is why you feel the effects of smoking pot within 10 minutes often lasting for 90 minutes to 4 hours at best…which, let’s face it, is never long enough.

Metabolizing edible cannabinoids in your liver creates a totally unique chemical compound called 11-hydroxy-THC, which is twice as strong and lasts twice as long compared to the delta-9-THC that old school stoners are accustomed too. The chemical differences between delta-9-THC and 11-hydroxy-THC are why ol’ Willie couldn’t give poor Maureen any advice about overdosing on edibles.

One other important thing to remember is that you won’t quite feel the different euphoric and sobering qualities that you would with sativa vs indica or THC vs CBD rich strains. The terpenes, which are known for their aroma producing qualities, tend to get lost before the oil makes it into the edibles, especially if the oil was extracted using CO2 according to Shellene Suemori, director of Science and R&D at Dixie Elixirs and Edibles.

Many patients consistently report more of a relaxing body effect than a cerebral head high which makes sense given the chemistry of smoking vs eating cannabis.

Many new Marijuana users like Maureen Dowd mistakenly assume that it is safer to eat edibles because they assume, like The American Lung Association does, that inhaling smoke of any sort, including pot smoke, is bad for the lungs. This is despite new studies confirming that long-term cannabis use is not associated with significant negative effects on lung functions.

The major advantage of smoking and vaping marijuana is that you have much more instant awareness and therefore control over how the THC and CBD affect you because the delta-9-THC goes directly to your brain.

This is why the tried and true saying “you can never smoke too much weed” is common among seasoned stoners in the cannabis community. However, the same common wisdom does not apply when it comes to edibles. Over consumption of edibles is no laughing matter.

Quotes [ edit]

“ ” Alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

—Homer Simpson[28]

“ ” Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness.

—Oscar Wilde [29]

“ ” I’m not as think as you drunk I am

—a random drunk

“ ” One evening in October, when I was one-third sober, An’ taking home a ‘load’ with manly pride; My poor feet began to stutter, so I lay down in the gutter, And a pig came up an’ lay down by my side; Then we sang ‘It’s all fair weather when good fellows get together, Till a lady passing by was heard to say: ‘You can tell a man who “boozes” by the company he chooses And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

The Pig Got Up and Slowly Walked Away, 1933 song by Benjamin Hapgood Burt

“ ” You can’t seriously want to ban alcohol, it tastes great, makes women appear more attractive and makes a person virtually impervious to criticism.

—Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby.

“ ” Trillian did a little research in the ship’s copy of THHGTTG. It had some advice to offer on drunkenness. “Go to it,” it said, “and good luck.”

—Douglas Adams

“ ” I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a pre-frontal lobotomy.

—Tom Waits

Alcohol Is Easily Abused

Unfortunately, alcoholic beverages are "foods" with great potential for abuse. They trigger cravings and compulsive eating and drinking as other foods do, but the health and social consequences are more drastic. The compulsive use and abuse of alcoholic beverages can be devastating to individuals and society.

There are many adverse health effects associated with heavy drinking or binge drinking. The damage is done by the toxic effects of alcohol, by nutrient deficiencies and by other adverse effects of the wrong food such as food allergy.

Heavy drinkers tend to "starve"—they eat little or have limited, inferior food choices. They have used up their nutrient stores and electrolyte depletion and vitamin and mineral deficiencies are just some of the negative health effects.

edibles Vs alcohol

Studies investigating the effects of drugs such as edibles and alcohol have shown that the potential for parasomnia (performing tasks in sleep) is dramatically increased when edibles and alcohol are combined. Severe and dangerous side effects can occur when medications are mixed in the system, and sleep disorders are a common side effect of taking alcohol and edibles together.

When a small to medium amount of alcohol is combined with edibles, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can occur. According to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most ER visits and hospitalizations caused by too much alcohol were associated with other substances such as edibles.

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