Delta 8 THC gummies are becoming more and more popular due to their possible therapeutic advantages and mild psychoactive properties. Meanwhile, alcohol remains one of the most widely consumed recreational substances worldwide.
So, we’re here asking the hot question: what happens when you use both together?
With increasing interest in Delta 8, it is essential to understand the potential interactions and effects when combining D8 with alcohol.
This article aims to explore the relationship between Delta 8 THC gummies and alcohol, focusing on potential effects and safety.
Understanding Delta 8 and Alcohol
Delta 8 is a psychoactive compound found in cannabis which is a popular choice for those seeking the benefits of THC with reduced intensity compared to Delta 9, a similar compound.
It is generally known for its milder psychoactive effects, including relaxation and a milder ‘high’. Meanwhile, alcohol consumption has varying effects on the central nervous system, leading to relaxation, euphoria, impaired judgement, and coordination.
Alcohol is generally used more openly, and often more socially than Delta 8, and is used for a large variety of reasons.
BOTH trigger the dopamine reward system – which is why they can feel so good when combined.
So what happens when they are used together? The good news is that there is no clear evidence of an interaction between the two that raises major concerns. Both are well-tolerated by the body in mild to moderate doses.
However, not a whole lot of research has been done on Delta 8 and taking it alongside alcohol. It should also be noted that every individual will react differently.
Are There Benefits to Using Delta 8 THC Alongside Alcohol?
The combined use of Delta 8 and alcohol can result in unique experiences for some individuals. Some people may find a moderate combination of the two substances offers a sense of relaxation and mild euphoria without the intensity of Delta 9.
More Enjoyment (in moderation)
For some, it might bring an extra layer of enjoyment to their parties and gatherings, fostering a livelier atmosphere. It may also facilitate an increased social interaction and relaxation, allowing people to unwind and connect with others on a deeper level.
Whether for leisurely enjoyment, or building stronger connections, crossfading (the commonly used term for mixing weed and alcohol), as it is known, has the potential to enhance various aspects of social life.
Delta 8 may also help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with alcohol consumption such as nausea or anxiety.
Since cannabinoids are antiemetic, meaning they may prevent vomiting, it can help some people not get nauseated with their alcohol consumption.
This can be helpful in many situations, but also has the potential to be undesirable if too much alcohol is consumed. Vomiting can be valuable if you’ve consumed too much, so this isn’t always a benefit.
Medical benefits are possible, as there is some research to suggest that the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis could be a new way to treat liver disease.
Even moderate alcohol use can cause inflammation in the body, especially of the liver. Using Delta 8 THC alongside alcohol could theoretically help this, due to the well documented anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis.
Since Delta 8 THC behaves similarly to cannabis, it can be assumed that it can help with inflammation in a similar way.
Reduced Alcohol Cravings
There have also been some suggestions that Delta 8 could be used to reduce alcohol cravings and even withdrawal. There is not enough research for it to support this purpose.
However individual users do report that this is the case, so despite a lack of research, it is still possible.
A noteworthy aspect of this is that Delta 8 may have a temporary impact on reducing blood alcohol levels, potentially influencing the body’s alcohol metabolism efficiency.
This effect can be attributed to its interactions with the metabolic processes responsible for alcohol breakdown in the body.
Are There Risks to Using Delta 8 THC Alongside Alcohol?
Combining Delta 8 THC and alcohol does carry certain risks. Both substances can potentiate the effects of the other, leading to:
- Increased impairment
- Altered judgement
- Uncomfortable sensations (like paranoia or anxiety)
This heightened impairment can pose safety risks, so it is vital to be aware of these if you’re considering combining these two substances.
Never drive when under the influence of any substance and consider the length of time it will take you to sober up.
Another concern is overconsumption, as it can result in adverse side effects. The interaction between Delta 8 and alcohol can vary widely among individuals, making it challenging to predict how someone will react.
The lack of comprehensive research on the combination further underscores the importance of caution and moderation when considering combining the two, particularly for those with little prior experience with either substance.
As such, understanding one’s own tolerance levels and being mindful of potential risks are essential for anyone considering using Delta 8 alongside alcohol.
How to Combine Delta 8 and Alcohol Safely
While both Delta 8 and alcohol can have intoxicating effects, it is possible to consume them together responsibly.
Getting crossfaded has been enjoyed for decades, so this isn’t a new phenomenon. Having discussed risks and benefits, there are some additional factors to consider if you want to try crossfading.
Drinking Alcohol Before Taking a Delta 8 Gummy
“Booze before weed gets you higher indeed.” – Giordano
James Giordano, a professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center coined the above rhyme. Due to the way that alcohol increases THC absorption, you will need to take less Delta 8 than you may be used to.
For an individual who uses Delta 8 gummies more frequently, they will likely need less than they are used to. For someone newer to Delta 8, they will need to be aware of ‘greening out’.
This is an unpleasant experience and is akin to overindulging in alcohol, characterized by symptoms like nausea, vomiting, sweating, shivering and anxiety. Paying close attention to the consumption amount will help you avoid this unpleasant experience.
Taking Delta 8 THC before drinking alcohol
“Weed before drink – you’ve had more than you think.” – Giordano
If you consume Delta 8 before drinking, it may lead to a reduction in the absorption of alcohol. This can create a deceptive feeling of sobriety, even when there are high concentrations of alcohol in your bloodstream. This situation has the potential to be risky, so again, be aware of the amount that you are drinking and what your aim of combining substances is.
It’s advisable to discuss with a trained healthcare professional when considering combining and/or using substances.
Both Delta 8 THC and alcohol have the potential to affect certain medications, so always speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you choose to use delta 8 and alcohol together.
What Kind of Alcohol are You Drinking?
The choice of alcohol to consume alongside Delta 8 can significantly influence your overall experience. Distilled spirits have a higher alcohol concentration, so can lead to a more intense state of intoxication when paired with Delta 8. Meanwhile, beer and wine, with their lower alcohol content, tend to offer a milder and more sociable experience with Delta 8.
Ask yourself, what are you aiming for?
Mindfulness of what alcohol to pair with your Delta 8 will set you up for better success!
Final Thoughts on Delta 8 and Alcohol
Before considering the combination of Delta 8 and alcohol, it’s crucial to understand the effects of each substance on your individual response and be well-acquainted with your personal tolerance levels.
Once you feel confident about how you react to these substances individually, you can cautiously explore their combined effects. Safety remains paramount to have an enjoyable experience.
It’s advisable to have a trusted friend, a sober companion or someone you can rely on with you during the experimentation. Make sure you are in a secure environment and refrain from any activities like driving.
Starting with lower doses of both Delta 8 and alcohol, even below your typical tolerance levels, is a prudent approach when combing them, especially for the first time.
Once you have a clear understanding of how your body responds, you can further explore the effects of this combination.
The combination of Delta 8 THC and alcohol is a hot topic for many, as it offers the potential for a unique and intensified experience.
Ultimately, the key to a positive experience lies in responsible consumption, awareness of potential risks, and a commitment to maintaining personal safety.
If you are looking to amp up your fun and experiment (safely!) with this exciting combination, take a look at what’s on offer in our shop.