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Delta 8 And Alcohol – What You Need To Know
Delta 8 is the newest cannabinoid to join the cannabis industry and its gaining popularity due to its similar characteristics to delta 9. Delta 8 THC has psychoactive properties that can help one to achieve a high similar to a delta 9 high, but less intense.
THC and alcohol have been popular party substances for decades and even centuries. Some report that the euphoric sensations of delta 8 THC bring extra life to a party.
Consuming delta 8 at a party may no doubt be more fun but is mixing it with alcohol a good combination? Will it induce a stronger euphoric sensation, or is this a bad combination?
This article aims to demystify any questions you might have about consuming alcohol and THC together.
What Is Delta 8 THC?
Delta 8 is a minor phytocannabinoid that naturally occurs in cannabis plants. It possesses similar qualities to delta 9 THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis known to cause a high.
Users report delta 8’s psychoactive effects as mild, smooth, and mellow, and it doesn’t come with the negative side effects like the paranoia that comes with taking regular marijuana.
Combining Delta 8 THC And Alcohol
There isn’t much research available on mixing alcohol and delta 8, but there has been some research on mixing delta 9 THC with alcohol.
Based on this research, we can draw some educative conclusions on the effects of combining alcohol and delta 8 since delta 8 and delta 9 possess similar psychoactive effects.
Is It Safe To Combine Delta 8 And Alcohol?
Mixing marijuana and alcohol isn’t something new; it is popularly known as crossfading and has been around for decades. Generally, consuming both alcohol and THC can stimulate each other's effects.
However, the effects can differ for everyone depending on factors such as personal tolerance levels, the potency of the THC, the amount consumed, and the order in which the two substances were consumed.
Although some people have combined the two without dangerous side effects, you should still tread carefully when combining these two substances because there is a likelihood of adverse effects.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the effects of combining alcohol with delta 8.
Delta 8 THC May Prevent Vomiting
Delta 8 THC is known to have antiemetic properties. It is very effective for preventing nausea and stopping vomiting. However, this is not always a good thing, especially in cases where one consumes a lot of alcohol, and it becomes necessary to throw up some of the toxins from the body to prevent alcohol poisoning.
Alcohol May Increase THC Absorption
As stated earlier, the order in which you consume the two substances will play a role in their effects. Studies show that alcohol usage before ingesting marijuana increases THC absorption into your bloodstream, and this can cause a very intense green out. Green out can cause you to feel nauseous, vomit, sweat more than usual, shiver, feel paranoid, or even cause anxiety.
THC May Delay Drunkenness
A 1992 study showed that taking THC before drinking alcohol will slow down the increase in the level of alcohol in your blood. You might feel sober even after consuming high doses of alcohol. This might cause you to drink more than your body can handle, increasing the chances of alcohol poisoning.
Precautions To Take When Mixing Delta 8 THC And Alcohol
Alcohol is a sedative that has predictable effects when consumed alone, but when combined with THC, it can surprise you in a not-so-pleasant way. It is, therefore, advisable to take the following precautions when mixing alcohol and delta 8.
- Start with small quantities of the two substances, and wait for them to take effect before deciding to increase the amount.
- Know your limit so you can consume only what your body can handle to prevent alcohol poisoning or greening out.
- Don’t drink and drive or operate machinery since the effects of the alcohol can be delayed by the delta 8.
If you decide to mix THC and alcohol, try to ensure you are around people you can trust or in an environment that you are comfortable in.
Is Delta 8 Good For Hangover?
Delta 8 may reduce post-alcohol discomfort, although there is no scientific evidence to back this up. However, delta 8’s benefits support this theory. Delta 8 can help reduce fatigue, soothe headaches, and stimulate appetite, which is useful in fighting a hangover.
Delta 8 And Alcohol - Takeaways
Some people successfully combine delta 8 and alcohol without major negative side effects, but for others, there may be a bad reaction to the combination resulting in unpleasant experiences.
The effects of combining THC like delta 8 and alcohol depend on a range of factors like your tolerance level, the potency of the THC, and the order in which you consume THC and alcohol.
If you want to add some life to your party, we recommend trying our high-quality delta 8 edibles. Remember to always start with a low dose if you are combining them with alcohol.
Disclaimer: You should always consult with a physician before taking delta 8 with any prescription medications. Please contact your local poison control centers or emergency line for any medical emergency.
Clayton is a Senior Content Specialist, researcher, and holistic healthcare practitioner. Having been in the supplement industry for more than 15 years, Clayton brings a wealth of experience to the delta 8 space. His publications include alternative therapy, stress and coping, and alternative health.