Weed then Beer, You’re in the Clear: The Perils of Crossfading

by | May 27, 2020 | best, Wellness | 0 comments

Anecdotal experience suggests that if you do want to mix cannabis and alcohol you should follow the golden rule, because as we all know, crossfading can be a very slippery slope…

Firstly, mixing different psychoactive substances is not something we can recommend, especially because for each person, the experience will differ! An experienced cannabis user may find they have a greater tolerance to the combined effects, whereas an inexperienced cannabis user may easily struggle to enjoy what they just signed up for Crossfading—mixing cannabis with alcohol—has led many people to finding themselves in a very unpleasant place to say the least.

The spins”, “greening out”, and “pulling a whitey” are all expressions that describe the nauseating effects that often come with crossfading. While there is a lack of conclusive evidence that explains what the hell is happening, we have some pretty viable theories.

Smoking after drinking:


  • Alcohol is metabolized by the liver. Whilst the body is metabolizing alcohol, other substances are not being broken down, resulting in the psychoactive effects of say THC continuing to increase, thus the feeling of getting too high begins.


  • Alcohol and THC are both vasodilators, meaning they widen blood vessels, increasing blood flow. A doubling up of blood flow and an increase in heart rate could explain the increase in absorption of THC and therefore the oh-so-familiar intoxicating effects. 


  • You know when you are at a higher altitude and you seem to feel an increase in the effects of alcohol? This is likely to be due to less oxygen rather than actually being more intoxicated. In chronic cases, ‘blood sludging’ can occur; once the alcohol has entered your bloodstream, it causes your red blood cells to clump together. Sludged blood reduces the amount of oxygen in the body. As oxygen levels affect the processing of chemicals in your body, this may be a factor in why the psychoactive effects of both alcohol and THC feel stronger. 


Smoking before drinking alcohol:


  • If you want to avoid the unpleasantries of the spins and ruining what could be a wonderful time, the common view is that you should smoke first, then drink. The research is inconclusive but the suggestion is that cannabis slows down the absorption rate of alcohol.


CBD & Alcohol:


  • As CBD is non-intoxicating, you do not have the same issues that crossfading THC will have. However, we also feel that, similarly to the effects alcohol can have on other medication and the potential for issues with metabolizing, it’s better to avoid drinking alcohol if you want to feel the full benefits of oHHo!


Our website services, content, and products are for informational purposes only. oHHo does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We do not advocate crossfading or combining any psychoactive substances. If you feel like you are abusing these substances, contact a medical or addiction professional to learn what options may be available to you.