Cannabis and Alcohol
While some teens may argue that cannabis is safer than alcohol, research shows that teens don’t typically use alcohol OR cannabis; they use both, often at the same time 1 – it’s a dangerous combination, especially behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The use of cannabis alone is enough to impair judgment. The biggest impact of mixing cannabis and alcohol is the significant increase in impairment of judgment. The level of intoxication and side effects experienced can be unpredictable. When cannabis and alcohol are used at the same time there is a greater likelihood of negative side effects occurring either physically or psychologically (panic, anxiety, and paranoia).2
The use of both alcohol and cannabis before driving can greatly increase the risk of getting into a car accident. This is similarly the case when mixing cannabis with other drugs.3
1 – Partnership Attitude Tracking Study 2013
2 – National Cannabis information and support Australia 2016
3 – Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) 2016