CBD and alcohol: A great cocktail or dangerous concoction?

There are pros and cons to mixing CBD and alcohol together, and these need to be understood. Experiments and research have shown that when mixing CBD and alcohol, the negative side effects of alcohol are reduced. 

CBD has recently taken the world by storm because of its medical abilities. Because of this, people want to learn everything they can about cannabidiol and its uses. Alcohol manufacturers have jumped on this opportunity, creating CBD-infused beers and spirits. However, many question the safety of combining the two. 

What is CBD?

Before we get into what happens when alcohol and CBD are mixed, it is important to understand what CBD is. CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is a compound found in the well-known cannabis plant. Unlike THC, the psychoactive part of cannabis, CBD does not make users feel ‘high’. Instead, CBD allows patients and users to gain its benefits of pain relief and anti-sickness without affecting their psychological state.

For this reason, CBD has become incredibly popular over the last few years, even forcing the legalisation of medical cannabis in some states and countries. It comes in many forms including oil, vape juice, creams, and even make-up. Many patients take it to reduce pain, relieve anxiety and depression, and to help stop sickness and nausea.

CBD and alcohol

Alcohol is known to affect how the body and mind work. Different amounts of alcohol will have a variety of effects on different people. For some people, drinking alcohol will make them calm, relaxed, and sleepy. For others, it can cause laughter, happiness, or even aggression. 

Taking CBD can have similar effects, but more often than not it will cause users to become relaxed and calm. Because of this, research has shown that when using CBD and alcohol at the same time, they can reduce each other’s side effects. Some people claim that taking the two together can change mood and behaviour. 

How CBD can affect alcohol

Unfortunately, not much is known about how CBD and alcohol affect one another. However, some studies have shown that taking CBD can lower the dangerous side effects of drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol can have many long-lasting negative side effects such as cell damage, addiction, and liver disease. 

Many animal studies have shown that taking CBD can protect against cell damage and diseases caused by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. One study showed that applying CBD to the skin decreased brain cell damage by 49%. Another showed that injecting mice with CBD protected them against fatty liver disease.

Research is still being carried out to see what CBD can accomplish, but some studies have shown that taking CBD can help with the recovery of alcohol addiction. Research in animals has shown that CBD helps to treat withdrawal and relapse symptoms, while research in humans found that using a CBD inhaler reduced the desire to have a cigarette by 40%.

Takeaway 

A lot more research is needed before a result can be concluded about whether taking CBD and alcohol together is dangerous. But so far, studies have shown that when taken together, the two can reduce negative side effects.

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