This article by Zoe Biehl was originally published on The Cannigma, and appears here with permission.
Wine and cannabis have been enjoyed by people around the world for thousands of years, even in periods when both were illegal — both still are in some countries.
Both are used to relax at the end of the day, to take the edge off, as a social experience, and both have complex smells and flavors that make them ripe for pairing with food — and each other.
Similarities Between Wine & Marijuana
Though alcohol and cannabis affect us in different ways, they both alter our perceptions and are considered psychoactives. The high from cannabis results from its interaction with the human body’s endocannabinoid system. Alcohol enters the bloodstream and makes its way to the brain, which slows us down and causes us to feel drunk.
Both are also biphasic in the way they affect us, meaning a small dose can have a different effect than a larger one. With both alcohol and cannabis, having a little can make us feel great. But imbibe too much in either, and you will wind up feeling terrible.
While feeling high and feeling drunk are admittedly different experiences, they can have some overlap in symptoms, such as feelings of relaxation, euphoria, reduction in pain, and sleepiness.
Both cannabis and wine (red more than white) have been found to contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. (Shutterstock)
Both alcohol and cannabis are used by some to self-medicate physical and mental pain, from a sore back to anxiety and depression. As a result, both substances can be addictive. Studies suggest that one in eight drinkers are alcoholics, whereas fewer than one in 10 cannabis users develop a use disorder.
On the plus side, both cannabis and wine (red more than white) have been found to contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory …