CBD and Alcohol is a combination that a number of people are discussing due to a concern over the interaction with one another. Cannabidiol is a hemp-derived compound that we use as a daily regimen, while alcohol is something we often partake in for the enjoyment.
The question is, how do the two mix? To keep you informed and worry-free, we're going to answer just that in this article reviewing the effects of drinking alcohol while taking CBD.
Brief Summary: What Is CBD?
For those that aren't familiar with CBD or haven't been following the guides that we publish in our blog section, we'll quickly provide a brief summary explaining what CBD is.
Cannabidiol, often referred to as CBD, is a naturally occurring compound derived from the cannabis plant. It is more dominant in hemp, a plant part of the cannabis family. CBD is used in a variety of products directed towards providing relief of many conditions. Refer to our Comprehensive CBD Benefits List for more information.
CBD and Alcohol
Would you be surprised if we told you that bars are making CBD cocktails and breweries are selling CBD-infused beer? Wild, right? But that isn't all that they're doing with CBD, which is why the market is booming with products. So, if they're selling CBD-infused beer, then you've got the all-clear, right?
According to James Giordano, a professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, mixing an alcoholic beverage and CBD can interact with one another within four-to-eight hours of each other.
Both alcohol and CBD relax you. When they're combined together, the effects can become even stronger and last even longer. This sounds great because you may be able to drink less or even take less CBD to get those satisfying, relaxing effects. However, mixing the two could potentially cause symptoms of sleepiness and sedation.
Unfortunately, a small study published in the journal of Psychopharmacology gave participants 200mg of CBD and 1 gram of alcohol every 2.2 pounds of body weight and noticed it caused significant impairments in motor performance, along with alterations in the perception of time. However, the study is outdated and obviously taking 200mg of CBD is well beyond what the average person would take.
The truth is, there isn't tons of research on the topic but the most you will find will tell you that the effects are amplified on both ends of the spectrum. We don't have all bad news to share though. In fact, there are some benefits of taking CBD with alcohol, according to the study previously mentioned. It shared that people who had alcohol and a CBD capsule had lower blood alcohol levels than those who had alcohol alone. The drawback is they experienced the same impairments in cognition and motor coordination. And then there is also more research published by Free Radical Biology & Medicine, which presented rodents that ingested CBD 30-minutes before ingesting alcohol were less likely to experience alcohol-induced oxidative damage in the liver than those that didn't have the CBD.
If you are going to take CBD while drinking an alcoholic beverage, at least keep the dose low so that you know how the two interact with you. More research on this topic is certainly needed, so it's best to stay safe than sorry.