Weed and alcohol are essentials for any weekend gathering. Each one offers a unique way to indulge, turn up, and enjoy your surroundings. Which one, however, reigns supreme?
We get it, there will always be those that prefer one over the other for more or less the same reasons - it makes me feel good, I'm more social, I'm more functional - the list goes on.
The true answers aren't always as simple as you might think, though. Read on as we compare the two most popular party favors to see which one should be your go-to turn up tool.
For lots of folks, alcohol is their go-to for most social occasions. Whether it's catching happy hour at the local bar, making a Costco run for those massive handles of vodka for a weekend trip out in the countryside, or even stocking up on a few 30-packs for the upcoming game on Sunday, alcohol has historically been the move for just about anything related to people gathering around.
In the same breath, however, alcohol can be extremely unhealthy for you, especially when you forego the moderation aspect of it. See, alcohol is a depressant, which means that it increases the activity in certain parts of our brain, called GABA neurotransmitters. The brain is a trippy organ, but, you can think of these neurotransmitters as the brakes for our nervous system. And upon drinking a heft amount, they slow down communication between the brain and the rest of our body. This is why we see slurred speech, slower reaction times, and uncoordinated movement in those that can't seem to lay off the sauce.
How we behave once we're drunk isn't something we can necessarily predict or control. Depending on your mental state, you being under the influence of alcohol can potentially lead to dangerous behavior. Whether that's acting out in a fit of rage, or isolating yourself in a depressive hole, whatever might be going through your head sober tends to reveal itself in an amplified intensity.
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Cannabis and alcohol may seem similar, but really, they couldn't be more different. Pulling out the science intellect we wish we had, alcohol is a toxic byproduct of a chemical reaction that consists of one type of molecule. Cannabis, however, grows naturally from the earth and is a much more complex substance that interacts with our nervous system in a few different ways.
The chemical in weed that makes us feel high is THC. THC enters our body and bonds with the receptors called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). These are different from the GABA neurotransmitters that alcohol interacts with. And while both the ECS and the GABA neurotransmitters can produce similar effects in that chronic overconsumption of either substance can affect memory, thinking, and coordination, cannabis' effect on the ECS still produces a fair amount of good to your body as opposed to alcohol.
To help trigger the various effects throughout your body, the ECS relies on both the CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout your body. And depending on the strain you are consuming, effects such as the munchies, couch-lock, an increase in alertness and productivity can all happen throughout your experience.
Although it's much less common than alcohol over-consumption, there is a such thing as cannabis over-consumption. Cannabis doesn't cause an overdose the way alcohol does, but it can lead to acute psychosis, hallucinations, and delusions. Just be careful out there. Make sure whatever weed you are choosing to consume is clean, potent, and you inherently know what your limits are.
ROLLING (UP) WITH THE HOMIES
The stoner corner of the party usually has a different vibe than the rest of the room. We almost always end up outside, but it's cool, cause this helps to keep all the extra heads off our blunt, plus, it's a great environment to get to know someone better, like your crush or someone cool you met at the function.
Stoners, while sometimes a little out of it, can hold conversations much better than someone who's drunk and lost their ability to read social cues. The introspective nature of weed keeps us from getting belligerent (most of the time), but can sometimes go to the other extreme and make it hard to communicate what's goin on in our heads, and can even sometimes exacerbate social anxiety.
The best ways to avoid the negative effects of cannabis are to pace yourself - go slow, savor your bud, and enjoy it! Unlike drinking, where it's an unspoken rule to race each other to see who can pound the most amount of alcohol in the fastest time, weed is almost like a really nice and expensive scotch. Take a hit, chill on it, start floating away. True enjoyment for a chiller experience.
Another unique advantage of weed are the different kinds - or strains - that have different effects on both your mind and body. We touched on this a little above, where depending on what strain you are consuming, you can either find yourself raiding the fridge for snacks to alleviate your munchies, couch locked with the rest of the stoners that are simply too lit to move, or you could find yourself the life of the party chatting away to heart's content.
While these effects aren't exclusive to cannabis, there are three main strain styles to be aware of. Indicas tend to have a more sedative effect and are great for relaxation and sleep. Sativas are known to have a more uplifting and energizing effect. Hybrids are a mix of both indica and sativa. Then there are the indica- or sativa-dominant hybrids, where the hyrbid isn't a perfect 50/50 split. Depending on what vibe you're trying to achieve at the function, strain selection is key!
Our Suge Kush and Nana Split Disposables are the perfect party favors, leaving you feeling happy, relax, and uplifted. Nana Split is made from Runtz, a popular and super stick strain known for both it's potency coupled with its sweet flavor, making the entire experience from toking up to coasting off the buzz amazing. Take that, booze!
WE HAVE TO MENTION IT: THE NEXT DAY
We don't care who you are or what your tolerance is, the next day after a party is usually a coin toss as to whether you'll feel amazing or absolutely terrible - and there is no in-between.
How you feel the day after stands as the biggest difference between alcohol and cannabis. A night of heavy drinking can leave you feeling like you've been hit by a truck the next day, complete with a pounding head, body aches, tremors, nausea, and hefty amount of dehydration.
Weed, on the other hand, doesn't do any of those things. Overdo it, however, and you may find yourself a little groggy. This is often referred to as the weed hangover. Now, don't be alarmed. A weed hangover doesn't last nearly as long, isn't as intense, and quite frankly, if you wake up, take a shower, chug some water, and eat some breakfast, you'll be back to your normal self in half the time as if you were hungover off pounding 26 beers last night.
Nevertheless, overconsumption of either weed or alcohol (or both if you're a madman) can ruin your night and leave you with a nasty vibe come the morning after. There is, however, a relatively popular alternative to alleviating the not-so-pleasant effects of alcohol overconsumption - and that's called hair of the dog. Typically, despite every ounce of you resisting it, simply smoking a little after a night of heavy drinking can actually ease some of your hangover woes.
Cannabis inherently possesses anti-nausea properties that can help you keep some food down so your body has fuel to filter out all the booze. It can also help with the horrible dizziness that comes with a night of drinking, and can help you fall asleep more easily to give your body a chance to recover from the night before. Check out our Scoop'd Disposable pen for a sleepy, relaxed, and happy high that'll soon be your go-to hangover therapy.
WE LAID IT ALL OUT FOR YOU
We laid it all out for you, not it's time for you to decide! Drop us a line to see what your go-to party favor is. Are you Team BLUNTZ or Team BOOZE?