TO CBD AND DRINKING
With the buzz around the benefits of CBD the past few years, it goes to reason that many are curious to any potential side effects when drinking. Many Alcohol manufacturers have jumped on the CBD bandwagon, infusing all sorts of alcoholic beverages. So is it safe to drink CBD infused beer, liquor, or wine?
Are you currently taking CBD Oil and curious about what will happen if you go out for drinks? Can you have a glass of wine for dinner if you are currently taking cbd oil? What are the risks when taking CBD and Alcohol together?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring chemical found in the Hemp plant. It is one of around 113 identified Phytocannabinoids found in Hemp. Another popular phytocannabinoid is THC. The psychoactive chemical found in Marijuana that gives the user a “high” when smoked.
But unlike Marijuana, the Hemp plant contains 0.3% or less of THC, so it will never give the user a “high”. In fact, it might counteract the effects of marijuana.
For many the confusion lies between these two plants. Yes, they are both part of Cannabis Sativa family, but are more like cousins.Industrial Hemp is bred for 30-40% CBD levels and for it to be legal it has to contain 0.3% or less THC levels. Most Reputable brands will even filter this fractional amount out to make the CBD free of any THC.
Conversely, Marijuana is bred for 30-40% THC levels and relatively low amounts of CBD. Essentially, as far as CBD and THC is concerned, these two plants are complete opposites.
Again, Hemp CBD will never give you a buzz or a high
that marijuana will, no matter how much you take.
This is a relatively new research arena and the data is limited up to this point. However, most scholars agree that using CBD while drinking will amplify the effects of both.
Alcohol like CBD reacts differently to the individual user, it all depends on how much or little you are taking.
Further, too much CBD can make you sleepy, if you compound that with the sedative and depressant effects of Alcohol, which slow down the central nervous system and decreases cognitive function (your brain activity), then you might get into real trouble if you are behind the wheel or out at a party.
If you are on a daily CBD regimen and you have attained your correct daily dosage, then having a CBD Infused cocktail or other adult beverage then you should be fine.
In the case of CBD infused drinks, this CBD serving would count towards your daily dose and as long as you are aware of what you are drinking then you should be fine.
The problem lies when a new user doesn’t know their daily dosage and is just taking drinking and taking CBD without any guidance.
WHO ARE YOU WHEN YOU DRINK
Do you get sleepy or black out when drinking?
Do you have anger issues when drinking?
Are you a Binge Drinker?
Are you like Drunk Panda Boy?
CBD is neither a stimulant like caffeine, nor is it a depressant like alcohol. We like to refer to it as a regulator. It works with your homeostasis functions to work properly and at optimal levels.
However, many take CBD Oil because of the calming effects it can have, that is why many take it for stress or mood issues. So it is likely that if you are taking CBD it will intensify these emotions when combined with alcohol.
If you have a glass of wine or a CBD infused Craft Beer or two, the effects should not be as noticeable. However, if this is a concern and you are going to tie one on, we suggest not to take CBD for at least Eight hours prior.TAKEAWAYS:
- Know Thyself! Do not take CBD and then drink willy-nilly. Know what you are taking and how much of each
- Alcohol is a Depressant, CBD is a Regulator
- Combining CBD and Alcohol can amplify the effects of both
- Too much CBD can make you drowsy, when combined with Alcohol it could speed up this process
- If you are planning on drinking a lot, then it is best to wait 8 hours between your last dose of CBD and your Libation
- Like everything in life, combine in moderation
- Always discuss with your Doctor
Clinical of Cannabidiol for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Related Damages on the Liver and Brain.
PubMed.gov Clinical on Interaction of Cannabidiol and Alcohol in Humans.