The jury is still out on whether or not mixing alcohol and marijuana is really a good idea. If you’ve ever been “twisted” before, you probably know that there can be some side effects of mixing the best of both worlds.

Against this backdrop, the burgeoning recreational weed market in Canada is rising—fast, with the potential of the industry unquestionable. This recreational market has subsequently attracted the attention of the beverage sector. Big-name beer distribution companies like Constellation Brands and Anheuser Busch, for instance, have invested big bucks into the cannabis industry and are aiming to make cannabis-infused beverages the next big thing.

Nevertheless, questions have been raised about the potential pairing of alcohol and cannabis. So let’s take a look at some of the effects of mixing alcohol and marijuana, and whether or not it should be considered a good idea.

Can I smoke weed and drink and not get sick?

Is it possible to not get sick after a cocktail of marijuana and alcohol? Sure. However, it’s pretty commonplace to feel nauseous when you mix the two substances.

Getting “twisted,” or otherwise known as a “crossfade” can sometimes be too much for one to handle at once. Both, technically, are considered depressants, but tend to produce different effects in the body. And according to a 2015 study, alcohol can actually amplify the effects of THC in the body. However, this only occurs when you drink alcohol first.

Per the study conducted by Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, Scott Lukas, alcohol can open up the blood vessels in a digestive system, which can help THC get absorbed quicker. This, in turn, leads to more intense highs. This could also lead to some amplified combined effects of both marijuana and alcohol. Anxiety, nausea, and, to a lesser extent, depression, could result from excessive drinking and alcohol use.

“Individuals may go pale and sweaty, feel dizzy with ‘the spins,’ nauseous, and may even start vomiting. This is often followed by the need or strong desire to lie down,” addiction specialist Constance Scharff said in a column published in Psychology Today.

However, there are a couple of ways to prevent some of these unwanted side effects. Earlier studies from Lukas determined that if you smoke cannabis BEFORE drinking, it actually has the inherent ability to lower blood alcohol levels in the body.

Another huge determining factor in mixing alcohol and marijuana —the strains you choose. Let’s go over what marijuana strains mix best with booze.

Which cannabis strains mix best with booze?

So if you are planning on mixing the two, it’s imperative that you get the right cannabis strains to mix. When it comes to mixing alcohol and marijuana, it’s better to use a sativa dominant strain, as opposed to an indica.

For those not familiar, sativa strains give head highs. They create much more of a euphoric, energetic high, making it less likely to pass out and get the spins. While indicas are good for quiet, couch-ridden nights, sativas are more ideal for day drinks, a night at a bar, or just socializing, in general.

I find that sativa-heavy hybrid tend to be the best way to go. It gives you a little bit of both, but you’re energized enough for a night of drinking.

List Of Strains That Mix Well With Booze

Fire OG is a strong sativa-heavy hybrid, which makes it perfect for day drinking purposes. It has a pretty citrusy aftertaste, though. So pairing it with a nice Blue Moon and orange makes for a great combination.

Pineapple Express is known for it’s energetic, euphoric highs. You won’t have to worry about crashing after smoking this strain, making it ideal for social situations, or just casual drinking in general.

Maui Waui is a classic sativa strain that breeds some indica-like results. The high often lasts in short little spurts, but you’ll be a ball of energy during those “high” points. Where it shows some similarities to an indica is that it lowers stress and makes you feel relaxed. Except, with all of the couch-lock effects typically associated with that kind of strain.

Blue Dream, while technically a sativa-dominant hybrid, probably contains the most indica effects of this particular group. However, it still gives the user a buzzy, cerebral high, which is perfect to pair with a nice cold adult beverage. I wouldn’t suggest drinking anything too strong, however, as it already contains THC levels of around 27 percent. If you do choose to mix, smoke this before drinking to avoid sickness.

Which alcoholic drinks mix best with pot?

Conversely, you might be wondering—what are the best types of alcohol to mix with your sativa? Well in order to avoid some intense levels of the notorious spins, your best bet would be to just stick to beer. Drinking liquor and smoking weed is basically a recipe for disaster. However, the additional liquid in beer coupled with the increased level of carbohydrates, should help keep your THC levels at bay. You might want to even opt for a light beer, as the higher water content could help avoid any potential nausea. But IPAs, stouts, and heavier beers should still be OK, regardless. Cocktails, to a lesser extent, are fine too, but if you want to play it safe, stick to the beer.

Mixing Alcohol and Marijuana: Some Additional Tips

We have covered choosing the right strain, sticking to beer, and smoking before, as opposed to after drinking. There are also a few “veteran” tricks that can help you maintain a comfortable level of crossfade-ness. One trick, which builds on my last point, is to keep hydrated. This is sort of the case with any night of drinking, but more so when you’re mixing alcohol and marijuana. It’s easier to dehydrate and feel the effects of the vaunted “cottonmouth.” So drinking a glass of water every hour or so will definitely help.

Also, monitoring your drinking as a whole can be vital to the whole operation. Again, this is a rule of thumb for drinking in general, but even more so when mixing substances.

Mixing alcohol and marijuana, clearly, has its pros and cons. But if you’re smart about it and use the proper discretion, it can lead to some pretty euphoric nights, to say the least.