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September 2019

Cannabis or Alcohol: Which One Brings the Fun on the Vegas Strip?

Every year, around 40 million people visit Vegas. Although so-called “Sin City” has more to offer than just partying, for many visitors, consuming their favorite substances is part of the attraction.

Now that weed is legal, Vegas tourists have a choice: cannabis, alcohol, or cannabis and alcohol at the same time?

However, there’s more to making the decision than you might realize at first glance. Cannabis and alcohol don’t always mix well. And when it comes to deciding between the two, the best choice might surprise you.

We’ve put together this guide to help you have the time of your life in Vegas. Keep reading to learn which substances will help you have the most fun with the least worry!

What’s Worse: Alcohol or Weed?

When you consume recreational substances, you’re usually doing so under the assumption that you’re causing some harm to your body. After all, hangovers certainly show that your body doesn’t love lots of alcohol.

But are alcohol and weed equally bad for you? And if not, what’s the difference? Let’s break it down by taking a look at how the two substances impact you. 

How Does Alcohol Affect You?

When you drink alcohol, it gets metabolized by your liver. But your liver can only handle so much, so fast. So if you drink more than one drink per hour, you’ll typically start to feel the effects of intoxication.

Of course, for a lot of people, the intoxication is the whole point. Alcohol’s effects often feel positive, especially when you first start drinking. 

You’ll notice that you feel more relaxed and confident, with lowered inhibitions. Your reaction times gradually slow down as you drink more (that’s one major reason drinking and driving aren’t safe). 

As you continue drinking, you’ll also become more clumsy, and you might slur when you talk. Physically, your skin may become red and your pupils might dilate. You’ll probably feel tired as you drink more and more, and your senses will become less clear.

That’s why drinking feels great when you first start but has fewer pleasant effects as you keep drinking more and more. However, because it has the power to lower your inhibitions and reduce your good judgment, it becomes harder to recognize that it’s wise to stop after a certain point.

The day after you drink, you’ll suffer the consequences of the alcohol even more. A hangover is mostly caused by serious dehydration. 

However, alcohol also comes with more serious effects than poor judgment calls and hangovers. Drinking too much in one night can lead to alcohol poisoning or even death. And drinking lots over a long period of time can have negative long-term effects, causing liver damage, cancer, and more. 

How Does Weed Affect You?

Now, let’s take a look at how weed compares.

Like alcohol, the effects of weed grow as you consume more of it. However, the amount of time it takes for you to process cannabis isn’t as easy to measure as with alcohol. It depends on how much you take, and the form you take it in.

That’s why it’s usually advised to start with a small dose and see how you feel before consuming more. 

However, it’s pretty easy to limit how much weed you consume, as long as you start with a small dose. Although it might slow your reaction time and impair your judgment, it won’t lower your inhibitions as alcohol does. Once you feel high enough, you can easily decide not to consume more.

As you get higher, you’ll often find that you have difficulty with your memory (like with alcohol). You may also feel less depressed or less anxious than you did before. However, some people respond to THC with more anxiety, rather than less, so it all depends on the strain.

Since some strains have more THC, while others have more CBD and other compounds, the effects of weed can vary depending on what you smoke. THC gives you the “high” feeling, and CBD can offer relief from pain, anxiety, and other issues. It’s less clear what the other compounds in marijuana do.

Getting high can actually increase your sensory perception, while alcohol decreases it. It also stimulates appetite and can help reduce nausea. 

One of the best things about using cannabis is that even when you smoke a lot, there’s no hangover. At worst, you might feel a bit more drowsy than usual the next day. But if you consume moderate amounts, you’ll feel nothing at all the day after.

Weed also doesn’t have the same short- and long-term risks that alcohol does. No one has ever overdosed and died from weed. And in the long term, marijuana use isn’t associated with any troubling health effects.

The primary risk of smoking marijuana often is that smoking isn’t great for your lungs (although weed is better than tobacco). However, you can also use cannabis without smoking it. 

Mixing Weed with Alcohol: What You Need to Know 

As you can see, cannabis is the clear winner when it comes to treating your body well. But what about mixing the two together?

Typically, when you use both alcohol and weed, the effects of both will be enhanced. There’s no rule that says you can’t mix the two, but you should be careful because the effects will be stronger.

If you want to use alcohol and weed at the same time, start slow, such as with a small drink and a low-THC strain. Give yourself time to feel the full effects before you keep drinking or smoking. 

And, if you want to play it safe (and avoid alcohol), just stick to cannabis solo.

Making Cannabis and Alcohol Part of Your Vegas Trip

You don’t have to have a Vegas trip with cannabis and alcohol—but for many people, the “vices” are part of the fun. We encourage you to get high and enjoy yourself. Just remember that if alcohol is in the mix, you need to treat it with more caution than weed alone. 

Looking for the cannabis products to help you get the buzz you want? We can help — learn more about ordering here.

Bake and Bake: How to Bake Pot Brownies

Are you longing for the benefits of legal cannabis but aren’t wanting to smoke it? Are you curious to know how edibles are made and if you can learn how to make them at home? If you are, then you’ve stumbled across the right page.

Edibles like pot brownies are a great way to take in all the benefits of legal cannabis without having to smoke the product. This is awesome news for people wanting to use legal cannabis but who don’t smoke for their own reasons. What’s the best thing about it?

Eating edibles gives you a longer-lasting high. Wait no more, here are some tips for making the best cannabis-infused brownies! Continue reading to learn more!

Ingredients

For the best pot brownies, you’ll need to use the best ingredients. This means sticking to high-quality products. You’ll want to use your favorite brownie mix or a brownie mix that you make yourself. 

You’ll also want to use the best cannabis for transforming into cannabutter. Here’s what you’ll need for homemade brownie mix and cannabutter. 

Brownies:

    • 3 minced mint leaves (optional)
    • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
    • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
    • 1 3/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
    • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup of chopped infused-chocolate (we recommend the Incredibles Sin City Chocolate Bar)
    • 3/4 cup butter

 

 

You can also try mixing chocolate ganache with cocoa powder for a super fudgy and moist brownie. 

Some recipes also recommend using cannabutter. Which you can do by purchasing a jar at our dispensary or make your own at home with strains like Blue Alien by Green & Gold or Cherry Cheesecake from Pistola, but for ease, we recommend using infused chocolate edibles as your chocolate chips. This way you get pre-measured dosages and don’t need to slave over the stovetop to make the perfect cannabutter the first time. We recommend using the Incredibles Sin City Chocolate Bar. You can also find a wide selection of edibles on our menu to find your preferred flavor!

Making the Brownies

When making the actual brownies, a good tip is to use ingredients that you favor. This includes not only your favorite cannabis but your favorite brand of chocolate as well. To begin, preheat your oven to 350°. 

You’ll then want to use cooking spray to grease a glass 9×13 inch baking pan. Take a large-sized glass mixing bowl and dump the chocolate inside. Melt the chocolate inside the bowl using the microwave. 

Once the chocolate is melted, add the butter and mix well until completely combined. Next, add coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt. Keep mixing.

Add in the eggs one at a time while mixing between each egg. Last, mix in the flour with the mint and walnuts as well. Remember, the mint and walnuts are optional so only add in if desired. 

Now that your batter is complete, pour it into the glass baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. When it’s done, let it cool before cutting pieces. You can store the brownies in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer for a couple of months! 

Making the Purchase

Before diving into the pot brownie baking experience, be sure to purchase only the best cannabis-infused chocolate. You can even have these wonderful products delivered to you or ready for pickup for all your edible baking needs. And for those who may not have the bakers touch, don’t worry, we have our very own pot brownies available for you.

Choose from the Qualcan Brownie Bites and more. Each edible is unique in its own flavor, but always ready to please! Choose the kind that sounds the most scrumptious to you, and you won’t be disappointed. 

But don’t let the fun stop there. We offer a variety of fun and yummy edibles for purchase. There are all sorts of options for those who love savory-sweet to those who love tart and sour. 

The options are endless!

A Yummy Ending

For those wanting to bake the best pot brownies for the best bake and bake, follow these awesome tips above. You’ll want to use your own homemade cannabutter and brownie mix. You’ll also want to be sure to follow the recipe.

But keep in mind that baking your own pot brownies isn’t the only way to try some of the best edibles. Legal cannabis offers us some amazing benefits, which can be found in many types of delicious edibles. 

Whether that’s by finding you high-quality cannabis or high-quality edibles, we’re here to help.