Cannabis Mixed With Tobacco Will Not Make You Feel Higher!
Have you ever smoked a spliff? Most likely at some point along your journey you were told that cannabis mixed with tobacco in a joint will get you higher. Well, new research out of University College of London reveals that mixing cannabis with tobacco will not make you feel higher, however, it may help prevent memory loss.
With no real idea of where this myth came from, a simple google search will show you a number of forums and threads that have some pretty intense and lengthy debates that will make you question if the mixture is in fact an effective way to enhance and strengthen your high. The general reaction is that it does, however, a “different” feeling doesn’t necessary mean an enhanced high. In this herb article, it states, “here’s a reason why spliffs are so popular. Nicotine causes spikes of opioid “feel good” chemicals in the brain, it is instantly relaxing and gives you a pleasant, lightheaded feeling. You also feel all of these sensations with cannabis, but with more powerful, psychoactive and muscle relaxing effects. When you combine the two, you get a different experience altogether.”
The UCL study “Acute memory and psychotomimetic effects of cannabis and tobacco both ‘joint’ and individually: a placebo-controlled trial” was published in Psychological Medicine.
Using 24 healthy experienced, but non-dependent cannabis and tobacco users, they each joined 4 different smoke sessions where each joint was mixed differently. 1 session was a combination of cannabis and tobacco, another was cannabis and a placebo, the third was tobacco and a placebo, and the last one was just the placebo. The results were similar to previous studies that showed how cannabis may slightly impair the participant’s memory. But as a result of mixing it with tobacco, they saw the amount of memory loss reduced, which they believe relates to previous findings of nicotine helping to improve concentration.
“In a previous study, we found that the large majority of cannabis users in Europe smoke cannabis with tobacco. Tobacco’s ability to reduce the memory-impairing effects of cannabis may be part of why people add it to their joints,” said the study’s lead author, Chandni Hindocha (UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unity). “Surprisingly little research has been done on how tobacco might alter the effects of cannabis. As cannabis gets legalized in more countries, it is essential that any changes in cannabis policy consider their interrelationship”.
“In conclusion, this study found that cannabis impaired working and episodic memory. We found preliminary evidence that tobacco co-administration may offset the effects of cannabis on episodic memory. We characterized the acute subjective and cardiovascular effects of cannabis and tobacco administered together through a shared route of administration (i.e. joints) and found that these effects were similar to cannabis alone. There was no effect of tobacco on cannabis induced psychotomimetic effects.”
In a recent study, researchers revealed that cannabis can help people dealing with epilepsy by reducing seizures.