Wondering if delta-8-THC and alcohol can be safely mixed? You’re in the right place!
As you probably know, delta-8-THC is the new kid on the cannabinoid block. (It also goes by the names delta-8 and D8, in case you haven’t heard…)
D8 comes in the form of products like delta-8 gummies. For many folks, it’s become the life of their party. Which might bring up questions about mixing it with booze.
Usually we’d scoop up the latest science on the subject. But when it comes to D8 and alcohol, there aren’t research efforts we can point to just yet.
However, we can draw some educated conclusions based on delta-9-THC — that’s “regular” THC. We’re doing just that in this article (drawing educated conclusions, that is), plus sharing guidelines for using D8 responsibly.
Read on to get the 411 on D8 and alcohol.
To understand how D8 interacts with alcohol, it helps to know what it is and how it compares to delta-9-THC. We’ll define D8 while measuring it up to delta-9.
Let’s start with the similarities.
Now, let’s look at what makes D8 and delta-9 different.
You can think of delta-8 as THC-lite. That said, it’s still related to THC and shares properties with delta-9-THC. Knowing this, we can connect some dots re: D8 + alcohol.
Although delta-8 has lower THC concentrations than delta-9, both have similar effects on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Fair warning: We’re going to get a teensy bit (okay, a lotta bit) sciency for a second to break down why the ECS matters. But you’ll be a more educated D8 consumer for it!
Whether you consume CBD, CBG, D8, D9, or any of the other many cannabinoids, they interact with your ECS.
The ECS has a big job. It helps your body’s systems communicate and regulate essential functions like sleep, immune response, and appetite. (Important stuff!)
When cannabinoids are introduced to the ECS, they can have effects that benefit the body and mind.(1) And when THC mingles with the ECS, it results in euphoria and other psychotropic experiences.
Based on what we know right now, it appears that D8 interacts with the ECS in a similar fashion to delta-9-THC.
That means mixing delta-8 with alcohol may not be so different than mixing marijuana with alcohol. Which ultimately means that we have a different question to answer...
Alcohol is a sedative that depresses your central nervous system. It has predictable effects on its own. But with THC involved, it can become surprising in not-so-fun ways.
Getting crossfaded(the term for mixing weed and alcohol) is fun for some folks but miserable for others. This is at least in part due to personal tolerance.
Interestingly, research hints that the order in which you consume the substances might play a role in the outcome.
Keep in mind that the studies these results came from were small. Plus, everyone has a unique tolerance to cannabinoids and alcohol. There are no hard and fast rules here.
Since there are no studies focused on D8 and alcohol, it’s unknown if the risks are the same. Ultimately, it’s smart to exercise caution when combining any substances.
Learn what the science says about mixing CBD and alcohol in our articleCBD + Alcohol: Here’s What We Know.
There hasn’t been much research on the long-term effects of using alcohol and THC, but available information might help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Being responsible about your delta-8 usage can help you and others stay safe. Whether you’re combining delta-8 with drinks or not, follow these best practices.
Drinking alcohol and taking THC could increase the risk of a green out or alcohol poisoning. A green out isn’t life-threatening, and can often be remedied by eating, hydrating, and relaxing in a safe space.
Alcohol poisoning can be life-threatening, though. If you or someone else is experiencing the following symptoms, seek medical help.
Be open with first responders and medical professionals about any substances that are involved when someone has alcohol poisoning. The more they know, the better they can help.
Until science suggests otherwise, delta-8-THC should be treated like regular THC when mixing it with alcohol. That means knowing the facts about mixing alcohol and THC is key to responsible usage.
If you do choose to mix D8 with alcohol, learn the potential risks and how to respond in the event of a bad reaction.
Of course, you can always enjoy delta-8 and its benefits without booze. It could result in a better, more predictable D8 experience.
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