CBD has recently skyrocketed and people are now mixing CBD with just about anything, included alcohol. Some brewing companies are selling CBD infused beer and bars in LA are offering CBD cocktails. However, is it really a good plan to mix alcohol and CBD?
CBD products are sold as edibles, vape juice, and oil and now it seems alcohol as well. In case you don’t know, CBD or cannabidiol is a compound derived from the CBD plant which has relaxing effects but no psychoactive effects like marijuana that contains THC, so you will not experience that “high”.
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According to James Giordano, professor of biochemistry and neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center, even if you do not combine CBD with alcohol in a drink, it can intermingle if you are taking them within four to eight hours of each other. So a drink with dinner and then CBD prior to bed can have a harsher effect than it would minus the alcohol.
Both CBD and alcohol can lower your inhibitions and relax you. When mixing the two the effects could last longer and be much stronger. CBD alone makes you mellow, chill and lighthearted, adding alcohol will make that even more intense. Some people will even become highly sedated. It is for that reason it is not recommended.
As does anything else, the more you increase doses, the more problematic it can become. You could have much more loss of motor coordination, control and inhibition. When combining the two, the more you drink you also increase your intake of CBD. The effect will be greater than just taking one or the other.
On the flip side of things, there could also be benefits to combining alcohol with CBD. Studies show that people who drank alcohol and added a capsule of CBD had lower blood alcohol levels than those that did not add CBD. However they did experience the same motor and cognitive impairments.
Also, further research showed that rodents ingested with CBD a half hour before given alcohol were less likely to have damage to the liver than those that did not take CBD; quite telling even though they were just rodents. CBD spurs damaged cells to be reduced, which in turn can counter alcohol effects.
So, in conclusion, the jury is still out regarding the effects of taking CBD along with alcohol. It is suggested that if you are going to combine the two start off with low doses of each and try each on their own to see the effects they have on you as an individual.