Is It Okay To Mix Alcohol And CBD?

Is It Okay To Mix Alcohol And CBD?

CBD’s recent explosion in popularity has led to its inclusion in a wide variety of different industries ranging from foods to cosmetics. One sector currently gaining steam is the market for CBD-infused alcoholic beverages. But what are the implications?

Infused cocktails can be found in upscale California bars, while Oregon’s cannabis-friendly culture has seen a steady rise in CBD IPAs. Moreover, Canada is set to join the CBD-infused alcohol party in October of 2019.

On a global scale, the trend of breweries partnering with licensed marijuana companies has experts believing that infused drinks will soon become a big part of the legal marijuana market.

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However, even if you consume CBD and alcohol separately, you can still expect them to interact. In fact, it is believed that even if consumed several hours apart, these substances will still affect one another. 

HOW DOES ALCOHOL AFFECT THE HUMAN BODY?

HOW DOES ALCOHOL AFFECT THE HUMAN BODY?

When alcohol is ingested, roughly 20% of it enters the bloodstream immediately through the stomach, while the other 80% is absorbed through the small intestines. Once it enters the bloodstream, it is transported to the liver for processing and metabolisation.

Alcohol has numerous effects on the brain and body in both the short and long-term. In the short-term, alcohol tends to cause cognitive impairment, poor judgment, loss of coordination, trouble concentrating, and mood swings. It can also cause visual impairment, high blood pressure, and nausea.

In the long-run, alcohol can cause chronic issues such as memory loss, depression, learning problems, liver fibrosis, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and several kinds of cancers.

HOW DOES CBD AFFECT THE HUMAN BODY?

HOW DOES CBD AFFECT THE HUMAN BODY?

After it is consumed, CBD is processed by a regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of cell receptors throughout the body that interact with cannabinoids and enzymes to produce effects. Researchers believe that the ECS is responsible for regulating homeostasis (internal equilibrium), as well as pain, appetite, mood, and stress.

Although CBD doesn’t have a high affinity for the ECS’ two main receptors, research shows that it interacts directly and indirectly with several other kinds of cell receptors. These include 5-HT receptors (5-hydroxytryptamine), PPAR receptors (peroxisome proliferator-activated), and TRPV1 receptors (transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1), among others.

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Clinical and animal studies show that CBD may have a range of therapeutic applications. By interacting with these receptors, cannabinoids like CBD can work to manage pain, reduce seizures, reduce stress, and improve sleep, to name but a few functions. However, because CBD works via such a complex physiological network, and because everyone is different, the strength of its effects may also differ from person to person.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ALCOHOL AND CBD ARE MIXED?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ALCOHOL AND CBD ARE MIXED?

Cannabis and alcohol are both depressants, and consuming them at the same time will most likely amplify their effects. Depressant drugs affect the central nervous system, causing sedative-like effects. When consumed in small doses, the CBD induces stimulating effects. However, when consumed in large doses, CBD also exhibits sedative-like properties.

A clinical study[1] from 1979 dosed human test subjects with both alcohol and a combination of alcohol and CBD. Researchers detected “few differences” between the two groups in terms of inebriation or impairment, with both groups showing a significantly reduced ability to function. Interestingly, researchers found that test subjects who also consumed CBD had lower blood alcohol levels than those who consumed just alcohol. This indicates that CBD may have some role to play in the management of blood alcohol level.

However, anecdotal evidence suggests that consuming both cannabidiol and alcohol at the same time amplifies the sedative effects of each. As your level of intoxication grows, you can also expect a greater loss of inhibition and motor coordination.

ARE THERE ANY ADVANTAGES TO MIXING ALCOHOL AND CBD?

ARE THERE ANY ADVANTAGES TO MIXING ALCOHOL AND CBD?

Some evidence exists to suggest that CBD may actually have some beneficial effects related to the consumption of alcohol.

For starters, researchers believe that CBD may be able to help prevent liver damage. A study[2] from 2014 found that cannabidiol was able to prevent alcohol-induced liver damage in mice. CBD was found to prevent the buildup of fatty acids that could lead to liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.

Furthermore, a study[3] from 2013 found that CBD was able to prevent alcohol-induced neurodegeneration in laboratory mice. Researchers found that transdermal CBD gel and injected CBD were able to reduce neurodegenerative damage by more than 50%.

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If nothing more, taking CBD after drinking may improve your hangover symptoms. It has been shown to limit nausea[4] and help with headache and migraine symptoms, both common to hangovers. Because alcohol and cannabidiol appear relatively safe to mix together, taking a dose of CBD near the end of your drinking session may give you a head start on that hangover.

Disclaimer:
We are not making medical claims. This article has been written for informational purposes only, and is based on research published by other externals sources.

External Resources:
  1. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  2. Cannabidiol protects liver from binge alcohol-induced steatosis by mechanisms including inhibition of oxidative stress and increase in autophagy - ScienceDirect - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0891584913015670
  3. Transdermal delivery of cannabidiol attenuates binge alcohol-induced neurodegeneration in a rodent model of an alcohol use disorder - ScienceDirect - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305713002104
  4. Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165951/