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Both alcohol and cannabis have the most mind-boggling effects. They both have the capacity to relieve stress. They can make a person feel good and happy. With a sip or simple puff, anxieties can easily go away, which explains why they can be quite addictive.

According to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2% of adults suffer alcohol use disorder in the United States. For marijuana, a research in 2016 reveals that at least 4 million people meet the criteria for marijuana use disorder.

However, addiction is not the only problem with alcohol and marijuana use. Because of a lack of research or study over the subject, people often overlook that using them together could pose far more significant damaging effects on the body.  

Here’s the problem with taking cannabis and wine or other forms of alcohol.

Pairing Cannabis with Alcohol

In reality, people typically use marijuana and alcohol together to induce greater, far better relaxing or sedating effects. It’s understandable, with absolutely little research, who’s to say they wouldn’t work together? Well, for one thing, alcohol mixed with drugs and other similar substances creates a prolonged effect.

Alcohol is always first metabolized by the liver before any other substance. So while the liver is at work at metabolizing alcohol, the effects of marijuana stay for more extended periods. Here are some of the potential problems based on recent data:

●     Overdose potential

Though we still do lack some research linking cannabis and alcohol mixing to overdose, we have enough studies to prove that it is possible to happen. Considering that alcohol mixed with cannabis increases the effects of both the mixture is potent and has the capability of causing alcohol poisoning or even an overdose.

In fact, an overdose is even more likely to happen due to the effects of cannabis. According to the British Journal of Pharmacology, cannabis has the ability to suppress vomiting due to nausea, and chemotherapy, among others. It thus prevents the body to expel what it normally believes is toxic entering the body. 

Undoubtedly, the effects of cannabis and wine or any alcohol mixed together, especially in high doses don’t only increase the chances of an overdose, but also prevent the person from naturally expelling excess alcohol from the body in cases of alcohol poisoning.

●     Side effects

Cannabis and alcohol have their negatives. With every intake, there are always potential side effects. However, with taking them both, you increase not only the likelihood of these side effects occurring but the intensity and period of time they would affect your body.

By taking both marijuana and alcohol, a person tends to be more tired and more dehydrated. They would hallucinate for longer, have reduced cognitive function, and would have no means of judgment. For others, especially people with anxiety, this feeling could even be more heightened. Allergic reactions can even potentially increase when you use the two together.

●     Psychological effects

Smoking THC or marijuana overtime can cause a greening out or known as an uncomfortable, almost sick feeling. In addition, a person may also experience extreme panic and paranoia. 

While more studies are necessary to confirm these effects, existing studies show that marijuana use can contribute to the development of some mental health issues. These conditions include psychosis, sleep disorders, depression, and eating disorders, among others. It can also increase the risk of psychotic disorders, especially for those who have marijuana use disorders. Smoking cannabis when drinking alcohol will only tend to increase and prolong this feeling even more.

According to a 2001 Journal on Drug and Alcohol Dependence, people who drank while smoking marijuana had almost double the effect of THC than those who don’t. This makes it almost inevitable to develop some form of disorder from constant use.

●     Sedative effects

Cannabis and wine, like most alcohol, are both sedatives. Alcohol calms down the central nervous system causing the person drinking to calm down and fall asleep eventually. For cannabis specifically, one can also experience sedative effects that physically relaxes its user.  In one study, it was revealed that THC actually initiates the production of melatonin – a hormone in the body that promotes sleep.

By taking both, it is clear that its sedative effects would last longer. For people under emotional or mental stress, it can be an excellent gateway to both drug and alcohol dependency.

Your Body and Substance Use

It is important to note that at the end of the day, neither substance is inherently bad. Drinking wine moderately is heart-healthy because it provides antioxidants that are beneficial to the heart. Marijuana helps alleviate chronic pain among patients.

Generally, there is nothing wrong with cannabis and wine in moderation. What is essential is that you make informed decisions on the choices you make. Mixing cannabis and alcohol may seem like fun and games, but with very little study, all of which show only negative effects, it’s best to avoid the idea altogether and stick to using one at a time. 

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Jackie Siegel’s New Premium Brand, Queen Of Versailles Coffee Is A Luxurious Coffee Delight

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Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and brand partner Michael Glovaski

I was invited to an intimate tasting of a fabulous new premium brand coffee co-hosted alongside Queen of Versailles Coffee’s Brand Partner, Michael Glovaski. I headed to 8 East 48th Street to Benny John’s where socialite, actress, model and philanthropist turned entrepreneur, Jackie Siegel — AKA, ‘The Real Queen of Versailles’ brought her new venture Queen of Versailles Coffee to New York’s influencers.

Jackie Siegel

The ground coffee and espresso beans are picked, sorted, and specially blended on-site in the volcanic mountaintops in Acatenango, Guatemala. The flavor has a rich taste of sweet honey, warm vanilla, and smooth bourbon notes. It was truly the best coffee I have ever tasted.

American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, and Suzanna Bowling

Adam Weiss and Angela Gorman

On site was also American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the writer of the new musical Queen of Versailles Lindsey Ferrentino, Gordon Winston, Italian restaurateur and master coffee blender Matteo and Pilar.

Jackie Siegel and Gordon Winston

Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Siegel, alongside Miami-based Glovaski and the Italian-Guatemalan Droccos, are introducing an unmatched level of luxury to the coffee industry. Catering to the modern connoisseur, the brand provides not just a superior coffee experience, but an escape into the world of supreme elegance with every canister.

The event was well done, serving treats but most of all, a taste of this exquisite coffee, that you will be addicted to once you taste it.

Available at https://qvcoffee.com/

#jackiesiegel/ #qvcoffee/ # queenofVersaillescoffee

 

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Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch

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Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY www.kintsuginyc.com 646-983-4616
@kintsuginyc

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips

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Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.

 

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In Need Of Some Chinese Food and Culture…Try The Dragon Fest

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Dragon Fest is a annual outdoor Chinese food & culture festival with experiential activities, tastings, and market fairs that showcases the vibrant food, art and cultural traditions from China. It is a cultural platform that connects people in New York to Chinese restaurants, food vendors, artists and local communities.

The event happens on different days and places. Today is the opening and the fest will happen at 828 Broadway, between 12th – 13th Street from 10am – 6pm.

Expect tasty food and drink options, experiential activities and market fairs showcasing local artists and cultural traditions.

Dragon Fest attracts over 200,000 attendees.

You can check out the full lineup at the Dragon Fest website, as well as the calendar for the other festival dates and locations below. Score free tickets to the April 6th opening event on Eventbrite, taking place at 828 Broadway from 10am to 6pm.

 

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