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  • Alcohol and CBD: what you should know

    Alcohol and CBD
    Can I drink alcohol and use CBD oil? We hear this question again and again from customers. In this article, we therefore look at the interaction between CBD and alcohol and present various studies. But first of all, we need to understand what CBD is and how it works.

    What is CBD?

    CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. People all over the world take CBD as a dietary supplement for a healthy lifestyle or to treat various diseases and symptoms. CBD comes in many different forms, with CBD oils being particularly popular.

    How does CBD work? CBD interacts with the so-called endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a network of receptors that run throughout the body and interact with the central and peripheral nervous systems. CBD binds to these receptors and helps with homeostasis - that is, to maintain a balance of the physiological body functions.

    Cannabinoid compounds like CBD are usually not part of our natural diet. That is why we can take CBD products such as CBD oils or CBD creams as dietary supplements in order to guarantee the optimal functioning of the endocannabinoid system.

    How Safe is CBD Oil?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies CBD as safe. The organization found that CBD is generally well tolerated and that recreational use of CBD has no evidence of public health issues.

    Does CBD react with alcohol?

    The relationship between CBD and alcohol has not yet been fully explored. It is important to know that alcohol is a depressant and reduces the stimulation of the brain. CBD is more of a relaxant and brings a sense of calm. Therefore, CBD and alcohol may work together to increase their effects. This could either make you feel relaxed or cause side effects such as drowsiness.

    Why CBD could be useful when consuming alcohol

    Regular and heavy consumption of alcohol can cause enormous damage to the body - including damage to the brain, nervous system, heart, liver and pancreas, as well as increasing cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It could be that CBD oil can alleviate these negative effects. Two studies in particular suggest this:

    • According to a 2013 study (in the Journal of Pharmacology Biochemistry), CBD can "reduce alcohol-induced neurodegeneration".

    • According to a study from 2014 (in "Free Radical Biology and Medicine"), CBD protects the liver from excessive alcohol. It does this primarily by inhibiting oxidative stress and protecting the accumulation of damaged or redundant cells. That could even lead to a less intense hangover the next day. Finally, CBD can also help with many hangover symptoms such as headaches and nausea.

    Most studies point roughly in the same direction: CBD and alcohol do not interact negatively with each other. Nevertheless, further studies are absolutely necessary. It is currently not possible to say with absolute certainty what effects a glass or two of wine and CBD will have.

    What about "CBD-infused" alcohol?

    Many new CBD products have been developed in the past few years. Although the interplay between CBD and alcohol has not yet been fully explored, some companies have also fortified alcoholic beverages with CBD. The same concerns apply to such products: We don't know exactly how alcohol and CBD interact. Therefore always try out with caution!

    Tip: Only buy your CBD products from reputable and trustworthy CBD shops. Above all, the CBD products must not contain more than 0.2 percent THC, otherwise you are liable to prosecution if you buy them.

    Excursus: CBD and alcohol withdrawal

    According to various animal experiments, CBD can alleviate addiction and withdrawal symptoms. In one study, for example, rats were made addicted to alcohol and then fed CBD. The result? After regular consumption of CBD, the rats consumed less alcohol and the likelihood of relapse decreased. Another study found that smokers smoked 40 percent fewer cigarettes by using a CBD inhaler.

    Closing word

    Can you take CBD oil and drink alcohol? I guess that's not a problem. But keep in mind that the exact effects of CBD in combination with alcohol have not yet been researched.

    Besides, every person is different. A regular alcohol drinker will probably not feel the same effect from a bottle of wine as an occasional drinker who already feels tipsy after a glass. Likewise, people can react differently to CBD. Therefore, it is difficult to predict how you will react to the combination of CBD and alcohol.

    If you want to try CBD and alcohol, you should carefully approach this mix. You can minimize the risk by drinking alcohol responsibly and in moderation - and choosing a good quality CBD product from a trusted brand. Take a look at our shop and browse through our range of high-quality CBD products.