Buzz Kill: Only Few Combine Cannabis and Alcohol

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Buzz Kill: Only Few Combine Cannabis and Alcohol

It takes a strong stomach to deal with both cannabis and alcohol at the same time, and it would seem most people agree, as they steer clear of the combo.

Most of you know that using cannabis and alcohol at the same time can be a double-edged sword. For some, it can create a powerful double buzz while for others it can be completely overwhelming, inducing nausea and discomfort - killing off any buzz. Well, according to new research published in the journal Addiction, most people prefer not to take the risk and avoid mixing the two substances completely.

Researchers from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and the University of California surveyed both medicinal and recreational cannabis users to get a better idea of their habits. Participants were aged from 18 to 91 and based across multiple US states. It was found, irrespective of the reason for use, whether it was for medicinal or social purposes, the vast majority of people steered clear of mixing cannabis and alcohol.

According to the study’s authors, less than 1-in-5 recreational users combined cannabis and alcohol, with less than 3% of medicinal users following suit. While this is not going to be a surprise to most of you – especially those who have experience first-hand – it does give an interesting insight into developing trends.

For example, there is a great fear amongst one of the largest anti-cannabis lobbies - the alcohol industry - that legal cannabis would cause alcohol sales to drop. If this research is anything to go by, their fear may be warranted. It strongly suggests that if more people started using weed, they would probably avoid alcohol. Of course, this is not a forgone conclusion. Legalisation doesn’t mean more people will use cannabis. Also, currently, the legalisation in Colorado is thought to be working is synergy with the alcohol industry, actually boosting alcohol sales – showing how assumptions about cannabis and booze can be wrong.

For those of you who do like the mix, why not try interweaving your love of the two more closely by making your own cannabis-infused beer? It is pretty special, and apparently becoming quite a niche product in Colorado.



Written by: Josh
Writer, psychonaut and cannabis aficionado, Josh is Zamnesia’s in-house expert. He spends his days nestled out in the countryside, delving into the hidden depths of all things psychoactive in nature.

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