Alcohol and cannabis share some common histories and cultural relationships. Both have been around for thousands of years and have been met with acceptance and rejection by society, as well as government prohibitions. Both have also been used for celebra on, recrea on, and medica on.
The increasing acceptance and availability of legal cannabis increases the user’s ability to combine it with swamp alcohol, which is what Dr. Amanda Rayman calls a “synergistic relationship.”
Dr. Rayman is Vice President of Public Policy Research at New Fron er Data, a Washington, DC-based data, college and technology specialist in the global cannabis industry. She is also an internationally recognized public health researcher and cannabis expert.
Dr. Riemann explains that a “synergistic relationship” means that when alcohol and cannabis are added together, they “affect each other’s effects. It’s a scenario of one equals four, not one one equals two. This is really where people have to be careful. As The order in which you consume it makes a difference.”
Her best advice is to avoid using both 琀me at the same time, or even switch from one to the other with some tight me in between. But Dr. Riemann knows that people don’t always do what’s best for them, especially after they’ve taken a substance — whether it’s alcohol or cannabis — that can relieve inhibitors and alter behavior.
But what happens when cannabis is produced first, followed by alcohol?
Dr. Riemann says there isn’t much research on this order of use, “but what we do know is that canna bis can delay the effect of alcohol. So, you might have a sip, or maybe take a drink and say, ‘I don’t really feel drunk.'” And you have more, but it may hit you later,” she says.
She also warns against eating hearty foods and alcohol within two hours of each other, explaining that you “really want to know the effect of that food before adding alcohol.”
Given the choice between using alcohol or cannabis, Dr. Riemann intervened in the latter, a conclusion based on re-research and her study of medicinal plants.
She notes that no one has ever had a fatal overdose of cannabis, while excessive alcohol consumption can cause death. Alcoholism can also cause physiological damage, such as life-threatening hepatic obstruction, hypertension, and other life-threatening illnesses.
Dr. Rayman says there is scientific evidence to show that cannabis can help treat people trying to reduce or eliminate alcohol dependence by reducing the effects of withdrawal symptoms, such as cramps, irritability and insomnia.
“Cannabis is not a vice, and I think it’s important to say that because I consider alcohol a vice,” she says. “I think alcohol provides relaxation and can help with sleep, which are specific therapeutic uses, but I don’t think alcohol is a medicine. I think cannabis is a medicine. And even for people who use it for what we might call ‘recovery purposes’ it will provide therapeutic benefits, I think it belongs to the field of traditional tool.
She strongly cautions young people against indiscriminate cannabis use, saying “there is the potential for it to affect the way the brain develops in the teen years.”
For adults over the age of 21, Dr. Riemann says cannabis use can impair short-term memory, but “from a research perspective, we don’t see any long-term effect.”
[NOTE: Recrea琀onal cannabis use is il legal in Florida.]
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