More Information on Cannabis

Q: What are the effects of mixing cannabis with alcohol or prescription drugs?

A: Mixing alcohol and cannabis together will more than likely cause greater impairment than when using one of the two by itself. This can result in a greater risk of physical harm to yourself or others. Cannabis can also change how prescription drugs work. It is important to discuss with your doctor any medications you are taking or considering taking and the possible side effects when mixed with other things, like cannabis.

Q: Has the potency of cannabis increased over the years?

A: The way cannabis is grown and processed has changed dramatically over the past decades. Cannabis-infused products, like baked goods, gummies, and beverages, are often stronger than smoking cannabis. Concentrates, such as hash oil or other extracts, have the highest amount of THC.

Q: Why do you get the "munchies" from cannabis?

A: Munchies refers to the hunger pangs people experience after ingesting cannabis. This is caused by the interaction between THC and CB1 receptors in the brain. This interaction causes heightened senses, which allows people to smell and taste things more intensely.

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By Stephen Freedman

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