While it is perfectly legal for most adults to drink alcohol in Texas, driving under the influence is against the law. That is, if your blood alcohol concentration climbs above 0.08% before you climb behind the wheel, you may find yourself sitting in jail.
As you likely know, Texas law prohibits most individuals from smoking marijuana or consuming THC in many other ways. If you choose to imbibe, though, you should know how marijuana consumption affects your BAC. Two studies from a researcher at Harvard University shed some light on the matter.
Smoking before drinking
According to the first study, if you smoke marijuana before you drink alcohol, your body’s metabolism may change a bit. That is, your intestines may absorb alcohol differently than they do when you are not high. As such, your BAC may rise slower after consuming marijuana than it otherwise would.
Drinking before smoking
The second study has some interesting findings. Choosing to drink alcohol before consuming marijuana, though, may have a different effect. While consuming marijuana before drinking alcohol slows intoxication, drinking before smoking may amplify your high. Said another way, you may feel more of a marijuana high after drinking alcohol than when you just smoke.
These two studies show how marijuana and alcohol interact inside the human body. There is a caveat, though. That is, everyone’s metabolism is different. You may have a similar experience to the subjects in the studies, or you may feel something entirely different. Therefore, you should not rely on marijuana to keep your BAC under control.
Driving under the influence of any substance is a bad idea. After all, marijuana and alcohol both can inhibit your ability to drive safely. Further, criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have serious consequences. Still, if you mix alcohol and marijuana, you should understand how each substance may affect your driving abilities and legal exposure.