Many are questioning the combination of alcohol and CBD and here you can find some answers. So, to make it clearer for you we will explain what you need to know regarding CBD and alcohol. We will start by giving useful information about CBD and then move to the combination. The main objective is to give light to the effects of alcohol and CBD intake at the same time.
You may be familiar with the buzz, even though it is not just a buzz anymore. We are talking about CBD, of course, which has taken the health and wellness world by storm. Nowadays CBD is part of many kinds of products, and you can find these products at natural health stores anywhere. So, CBD or cannabidiol has a significant role in health and wellness industries in particular. There are CBD products such as CBD oil, CBD creams, CBD-containing food supplements, etc. Lately, just to link a bit with our topic, alcohol manufacturers are producing CBD-containing beers, shots, and other alcoholic products. And while all of this is happening, it is normal that people are questioning the safety of these combinations.
CBD as an all-natural and legal cannabis ingredient
Long story short, CBD is a cannabis plant’s ingredient with plenty of therapeutic properties. It is safe to use and legal because it is different from THC, which is not safe to use. THC is not safe because of its psychoactive properties, while CBD does not include such abilities. That is why CBD is legal and also plants that contain CBD are legal as long as these plants do not contain too much THC. But what is too much THC, really?
So, plants like Marijuana, which is a Cannabis Sativa strain, just like Hemp, have more than 0.3% THC. By federal law in most countries around the world, any plant that contains more than 0,3% THC is not safe to use, thus illegal. This is with the exception of Switzerland who allows up to 1% THC in products. This European country is the perfect example of quality regarding CBD oil products. But since Marijuana contains more than 20% THC, how come is CBD gained legally?
By cultivating Hemp that may contain up to 20% CBD and less than 1% THC, we can legally produce CBD. The demand for CBD is continuously increasing and it is important that this Sativa is cultivated. The research on CBD and its therapeutic properties suggests that CBD can reduce pain, maintain healthy skin, manage anxiety, and much more.
What happens when alcohol and CBD mix?
As you know, alcohol has the ability to promote relaxation, just like CBD. We say that because CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, stress, or depression and in return calm your nerves. So, if you take 20-70 mg of CBD daily for a month, you improve the quality of sleep. But, taking alcohol and CBD together can amplify this effect, thus increase sleepiness. This is not true in every case, because there are claims that the CBD-alcohol mix can intensify each other’s effects. Since these diversions are claimed, more research is needed on the health effects of mixing alcohol with CBD.
But, CBD may protect users against some of alcohol’s negative side effects. Alcohol can damage cells, which can result in many health problems. And CBD on the other side can protect against this cell damage by alcohol. While alcohol increases blood alcohol levels, CBD has the ability to reduce these levels. And last but not least, since alcohol causes addiction, CBD fights it. CBD has the ability to fight and reduce symptoms of addiction and withdrawal.
Should we mix CBD and alcohol?
CBD is able to reduce some of the alcohol’s negative effects but more research would make it clearer. And the effects vary individually, so it is very difficult to state that mixing CBD and alcohol affects all people equally. While we do not have a clear answer to the question, we recommend you avoid mixing the two.
In conclusion, if you still decide to mix CBD and alcohol together, we recommend you start with low amounts. That way you minimize the risk of any negative side effects. If you see that it only does good to you, then fine, otherwise make sure you consult your doctor for any concerns.