If you’ve been to a bar recently, you may have noticed that CBD has become a staple on cocktail menus. Breweries have also started adding CBD to their beer, claiming it enhances relaxation or negates some of alcohol’s negative effects.
What really happens when you mix CBD and alcohol? And is it safe?
Unfortunately, research is very limited. We know some of their effects, but we’re far from understanding all of the ways they interact together in the body.
The little we do know is complicated by the fact that everyone processes CBD a little differently, so the effect it has on alcohol consumption is not predictable.
However, there have been no instances of serious adverse effects from mixing the two (apart from the well-known risks of excessive alcohol consumption). And, some studies claim that taking CBD with alcohol may be beneficial.
In this article, we’ll explain the benefits and risks of taking alcohol and CBD together. We’ll also look at CBD as a potential hangover cure.
Table of Contents
- How do CBD and Alcohol Interact in the Body?
- The Benefits of CBD Oil and Alcohol
- The Risks of CBD and Alcohol
- Does CBD Help with Hangovers
- Is it Safe to Mix Alcohol and CBD?
How do CBD and Alcohol Interact in the Body?
Taking CBD oil and alcohol together initiates hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. Due to limited research, we know very little about these reactions, and when it comes to CBD, many are still a mystery.
Here’s what we know so far.
Alcohol inhibits your central nervous system, making you less sensitive to pain and other unpleasant sensations, but this also leads to poor motor skills.
Alcohol increases the happiness hormone dopamine, and it is a GABA agonist. When binding with GABA receptors, your stress levels plummet and your confidence rises.
As the body processes alcohol, it can significantly damage the liver, kidneys, and brain. Uncomfortable side effects are felt the day after excessive drinking in the form of a hangover.
CBD affects the body in some of the same ways as alcohol.
For example, CBD also binds with GABA receptors, causing a sedated, relaxed sensation. CBD boosts levels of hormones like dopamine and serotonin, both mood boosters. This has led some to believe that CBD and alcohol may amplify each other’s effects.
However, CBD may also negate some of the negative effects of alcohol. It could protect your cells from the stress caused by alcohol processing and prevent inflammation caused by excess alcohol consumption.
CBD is not known to have any serious side effects or cause damage to the body. It does not lead to dependency, even when taken in large doses.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits and risks of mixing alcohol and CBD.
The Benefits of CBD Oil and Alcohol
The Risks of CBD and Alcohol
- CBD and alcohol may cause extreme fatigue and drowsiness: Some claim to feel extremely drowsy after mixing CBD and alcohol, which may be caused by high GABA modulation along with increased serotonin and dopamine levels.
- CBD and alcohol may cause dangerous levels of intoxication: If CBD amplifies the effects of alcohol, it could cause higher-than-anticipated intoxication levels, especially for those who are not regular users of either substance.
- Mixing CBD and alcohol is unpredictable: There are at least seven mutations of the CB2 receptor (CBD binds to this receptor in the endocannabinoid system), which means people may experience the combination of CBD and alcohol in very different ways.
- Mixing CBD and alcohol is not well understood: Due to the lack of research on mixing CBD and alcohol, it is inherently risky to take them together.
Does CBD Help with Hangovers?
There is no evidence that CBD can “cure” or prevent a hangover. But there is evidence that CBD can reduce the negative symptoms of a hangover.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help to relieve discomfort from headaches and muscle aches caused by alcohol.
CBD has been found to effectively reduce nausea and vomiting, which could prevent stomach aches the morning after.
Alcohol’s effects on GABA can cause an excess of glutamate in the brain the next day. This imbalance can cause anxiety, nervousness, and jitters. CBD can boost levels of GABA back to normal, decreasing anxiety and moodiness.
Is it Safe to Mix Alcohol and CBD?
At the moment, it’s not possible to say whether CBD and alcohol are safe to mix. There isn’t enough reliable research to draw a conclusion.
There have been no serious complications or side effects reported from mixing CBD and alcohol. We theorize that it is likely safe to take them together if both are consumed in low doses because of this anecdotal evidence.
However, in this case, it may not be worth taking them together. In the above studies, many of the benefits of taking CBD with alcohol were only apparent when CBD was administered in high doses.
Low doses of CBD may not do anything but increase the price of your drink.
Due to a lack of research, we cannot recommend mixing high doses of either substance.
Though, if you drink a bit too much, we recommend taking CBD the morning after to help with hangover symptoms such as headache, nausea, and anxiety.
Charlotte’s Web’s CW Labs Announce New Scientific Collaboration Researching Hemp CBD Efficacy
Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Staci Gruber, Ph.D. is lead investigator BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF) Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (“Charlotte’s Web” or the “Company”), the market leader in hemp CBD wellness products, today announced a long-term scientific collaboration between McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and the Company. […]
Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Staci Gruber, Ph.D. is lead investigator
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF) Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (“Charlotte’s Web” or the “Company”), the market leader in hemp CBD wellness products, today announced a long-term scientific collaboration between McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and the Company. Funding and product support are provided by the CW Labs division of Charlotte’s Web Inc.
Two distinct clinical trials will be overseen by lead researcher/investigator Dr. Staci A. Gruber, Ph. D, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the MIND program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. These two studies will investigate the efficacy of a custom-formulated, hemp-derived high-CBD product. Clinical trial results are to be published in 2022. Dr. Gruber is also conducting a number of other studies, including a longitudinal observational study of Veterans who use a Charlotte’s Web product.
Dr. Gruber’s Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) Program, established in 2014, is the first of its kind, and is dedicated to studying the long-term impact of cannabis and cannabinoids for medical and adult use which utilizes various clinical and cognitive tools as well as multimodal neuroimaging techniques.
We are honored to be working with Dr. Gruber, Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital on these important clinical trials. Charlotte’s Web remains dedicated to supporting third-party research on hemp CBD investigated by some of the country’s top scientists.
Tim Orr, President of Charlotte’s Web’s CW Labs divison
For More Information About the MIND Program: https://www.drstacigruber.com/
About the MIND Program:
In 2014 Dr. Staci Gruber launched the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) program at Mclean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. The MIND program is the first program of its kind designed to clarify the specific effects of medical cannabis use and is designed to support a wide range of study designs that generate ecologically valid, empirically sound data to close the gap between policy and science. MIND utilizes valid, robust research models and supports numerous projects designed to address the impact of medical cannabis on important variables such as cognition, brain structure and function, mood, conventional medication use, quality of life, pain, sleep, and other health-related measures. Through observational longitudinal investigations, survey studies, and clinical trials of custom-formulated cannabinoid products, MIND aims to examine the unique and synergistic effects of cannabis and its constituents to determine the efficacy of cannabinoids for specific conditions and diseases and to clarify the overall impact of cannabinoid-based treatments on physical and mental health. MIND is poised to improve patients’ overall wellbeing by striving to harness the therapeutic potential while minimizing harms of cannabinoid-based treatment.
About Charlotte’s Web and its CW Labs Division
Charlotte’s Web Labs (“CW Labs”) is the research and development division of Charlotte’s Web, advancing science around hemp-derived phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoid compounds. CW Labs is headquartered at the Hauptmann Woodward Research Institute on the campus of the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and The Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences, and is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 national and international research and medical institutions.
About Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc.
Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc., a Certified B Corporation headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is the market leader in the production and distribution of innovative hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”) wellness products under a family of brands which includes Charlotte’s Web™, CBD Medic™, CBD Clinic™, and Harmony Hemp. The Company’s premium quality products start with proprietary hemp genetics that are 100-percent American farm grown and manufactured into whole-plant hemp extracts containing a full spectrum of naturally occurring phytocannabinoids including CBD, CBC, CBG, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial hemp compounds. Charlotte’s Web product categories include CBD oil tinctures (liquid products), CBD gummies (sleep, stress, inflammation recovery), CBD capsules,CBD topical creams and lotions, as well as CBD pet products for dogs. Charlotte’s Web is the number one CBD brand in the USA and distributed through more than 22,000 retail locations, select distributors and online through the Company’s website at www.CharlottesWeb.com.
Charlotte’s Web was founded by the Stanley Brothers with a mission to unleash the healing powers of botanicals through compassion and science, benefiting the planet and all who live upon it. Charlotte’s Web is a socially and environmentally conscious company and is committed to using business as a force for good and a catalyst for innovation. The Company weighs sound business decisions with consideration for how its efforts affect employees, customers, the environment, and diverse communities. The rate the Company pays for agricultural products reflects a fair and sustainable rate driving higher quality yield, encouraging regenerative farming practices, and supporting U.S. farming communities. Management believes that its socially oriented and environmentally responsible actions have a positive impact on its customers, suppliers, employees, and stakeholders. Charlotte’s Web donates a portion of its pre-tax earnings to charitable organizations.
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Is cbd oil worth it’s price or should I stick to flower?
Tldr- bud or bottle?
So, I have been smoking high quality outdoor/greenhouse CBD/CBG from Beleafer. Now, my problem is, I dont really feel effects anymore, like, I use my cbd flower to mix with normal high potency weed and it works great, I feel less paranoia, thats all well, but as I say, if I smoke cbd alone its really like im doing something for nothing, this could be because I only get ounces from Beleafer as they last me months, but I probably have a tolerance with each strain by the time I finish it.
My issue is this. I need relief badly(psychological and physical issues), and when I used a high quality cbd oil, it helped, at low 5% dosage, but it was a pretty penny.
When I look at the cbd I want to get now its 129€ for 40% or I can get 2x 20% for the same price. They are 10ml bottles.
HOWEVER, I can get an ounce of indoor cbd for a similar slightly less price, only issue is shipping times, AND – IS SHIPPING OF CBD FLOWER STILL POSSIBLE OR TOTALLY STOPPED? This is probably my only issue now thinking about it.
I digress, basically I can get good strong cbd to smoke for months, or I can get a bottle of oil that could last a month depending if it works and if I stick to dosages instead of just start doing drops all day.
I enjoy cbd and it does work, I just dont know if I have a high tolerance now and it means I have to only fork out on high potency stuff.
Oh, the point of this post is that with smoking cbd, I cant say I feel any health benefits like pain relief etc, however when I used oil I think it definitely helped in more ways than just one (relaxed after a bong)
What would you do in this case? Bud or bottle?
Oh im in France so this makes it difficult with certain brands that dont ship intl.
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