Excuse You Alcohol, Cannabis Coming Through

Generation Y has been full of surprises— we no longer wind down with a smooth cognac or whiskey neat, instead, we choose to be in lighter spirits. A new “no-drinking trend” has emerged as we move toward conscientious substance use. The negative impact alcohol has on our physical and mental health is at the forefront of our minds!

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid found in cannabis that produces the classic ‘high’. Those who use it have reported euphoria, unstoppable giggling and smiling, and even a sense of belonging. Cannabis is naturally metabolized by our bodies, unlike alcohol.

Alcohol’s reputation is less than friendly. When metabolized in our bodies it produces a toxin that damages our kidneys, liver, and brain. ‘Black-outs’ aren’t what you think they are— they are periods of ‘toxin-overload’ in which your brain checks out to protect itself from further damage. Not to mention, the ‘check-out’ is one of alcohol’s primary accomplices that cause 88, 000 deaths per year.

Combining alcohol and cannabis has increased in popularity, but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe. There are some things to know. Unless you’re an experienced user— I would stay away from this combination. Cannabis has been found to heighten the effects of alcohol and vice versa. That means if you’re smoking a doobie with your buds and had two beers, you can sure bet you’re as tipsy as if you’ve had four.

Cannabis has begun to usurp alcohol in our lives, and it’s no wonder: there are no hangovers, black-outs, or a dreaded feeling of regret over something you know you shouldn’t have said or done. Conscious recreational drug use is upon us, and cannabis is winning.