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What Is Crossfading? | Effects & Dangers Of Being Drunk & High

Published on August 25, 2021
What Is Crossfading? | Effects & Dangers Of Being Drunk & High

When a person is cross-faded, they experience overlapping effects from being drunk and high. This is also known as crossfade.

The term “crossfading” is not to be confused with the smooth transition technique used in audio engineering to fade out certain audio and other playback options. This crossfading includes combining cannabis and alcohol to experience the different effects. 

This type of impairment can cause problems with your mental and physical health due to the fact that the active ingredient in alcohol, ethanol, may increase the absorption of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cannabis. 

Likewise, drinking alcohol can affect your blood vessels, absorbing more THC along the way. 

Dangers & Effects Of Crossfading

Combining two drugs or substances can result in a number of serious side effects. Cannabis is the most common drug used when drinking alcohol (with the exception of tobacco), according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Crossfading can also be referred to as “greening out,” which is the feeling of dizziness. One can become pale, nauseous, and begin excessively sweating. 


The THC in marijuana affects the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. This is how cognitive effects are produced from cannabis. 

People can consume cannabis through the use of edibles or may smoke cannabis by using a joint or bong. Smoking excessively can cause problems with lung health. 

Some of the other effects of cannabis include:

  • lowered inhibitions 
  • distorted sense of time
  • impaired judgment
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • drowsiness
  • increased heart rate
  • nausea
  • increased appetite

When cannabis is combined with other substances, you may experience a wide range of mild to serious symptoms. The combination of alcohol and cannabis can lead to a number of anxiety problems, including paranoia and panic attacks.


While cannabis targets the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, alcohol targets a person’s central nervous system and can affect motor skills as well.

Alcohol can be dangerous, especially for those partaking in heavy drinking or binge drinking. Some of the dangers of alcohol include:

In addition to this, you may also experience:

Combining these effects with cannabis can cause you to experience heightened inebriation. Not only will you lose even more motor functions, but you’ll also be more cognitively impaired, which can lead to mental health concerns.

Inability To Vomit

Those who use cannabis and alcohol together may experience unpleasant feelings and physical problems. Cannabis has an antiemetic effect, causing an inability to vomit. 

Because of this, those who drink alcohol and take cannabis may consume an excessive amount of alcohol without fully realizing the effects of alcohol on your body. For many, drinking too much alcohol results in vomiting. This is a clear sign that you have imbibed too much ethanol. 

Since cannabis can inhibit the ability to vomit, people can become more susceptible to alcohol poisoning or even potential blackouts due to high toxicity levels of alcohol in the body. 

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Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
This page does not provide medical advice.
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