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Cbd and drinking alcohol

So, the jury’s still out on the effects of combining alcohol and CBD, and experts can’t even seem to agree. If you’re going to take CBD and alcohol together, Giordano recommends at least keeping the doses low and trying both on their own first so you know how you react to them. “People who don’t drink or do CBD regularly, if they drink and do CBD together, good luck—that’s really going to be unpredictable,” he says. “If there’s any prediction at all, that prediction is, that person’s going to be pretty stoned.”

Jordan Tishler, president of the medical cannabis practice InhaleMD and the Association of Cannabis Specialists, on the other hand, says there isn’t enough research to prove any interaction between alcohol and CBD. He’s more concerned about people mixing alcohol with THC—this, he says, increases THC levels in the blood eightfold.

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But there could actually be benefits to taking CBD with alcohol, suggests Soyona Rafatja, a New York-based functional and integrative family medicine physician. One study in the journal Psychopharmacology found that people who had alcohol and a CBD capsule had lower blood alcohol levels than those who had alcohol alone, though they experienced the same impairments in cognition and motor coordination. Another study in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior found that rodents experienced less alcohol-induced neurodegeneration if they received CBD through a topical gel while the alcohol was administered.

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With CBD rising in popularity, it seems people are mixing it with everything, alcohol included. Los Angeles’ bar scene is spilling over with CBD cocktail offerings, and breweries are selling CBD-infused beer. But is mixing CBD and alcohol actually a good idea?

“Like anything else, as doses increase of either or both, you get yourself more into a problem,” he explains. “The more you drink, the more CBD you’re taking, you get a potentiated effect that's greater than the effect of either alone. The level of intoxication is going to be greater: greater loss of control, inhibition, motor coordination, and that becomes problematic.”

The effect this combination will have on you depends on what kind of drunk you are, though. “If you’re a happy drunk, then CBD could make you a happier drunk,” Giordano says. “If you’re an angry or violent drunk, the CBD may certainly disinhibit some of that.”

More research from Free Radical Biology & Medicine showed that 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. While they’re just animal studies, experts think they’re quite telling. “Alcohol decreases autophagy [degradation of damaged cells] in the liver, causing fat to accumulate in the liver and therefore cause fatty liver, inflammation, and hepatitis,” Rafatjah explains. CBD does the opposite, spurring damaged cells to degenerate, which can counteract alcohol’s effects.

For those who don’t know, cannabidiol [CBD] is a compound in weed with relaxant effects, but it’s not psychoactive in the way that THC is, so it won’t get you high. It’s sold as oil, in edibles, capsules, vape juice, and, apparently, alcohol.

Cbd and drinking alcohol

Further research needs to be done on how exactly it reduces the alcohol level in the blood. One theory suggests that it reduces liver inflammation, which helps the body to metabolize the alcohol quicker.

For example, one particular 2019 study found that taking 25-75 mg of CBD daily for one month improved sleep quality and reduced anxiety. Taking CBD and alcohol together could amplify these effects, potentially resulting in more sedation and sleepiness.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much rigorous research done on the interaction of CBD and alcohol. Currently, we still do not properly understand the interaction between CBD and alcohol. However, based on the above, we can make a few deductions.

Is It Safe to Take CBD Oil and Wine Together?

Alcohol, like wine, is known to cause mental and physical impairment, but it’s currently unclear whether or not CBD intensifies these effects enough to cause concern. Not nearly enough research has been done on how CBD interacts with alcohol – and more specifically, wine.

Moreover, the effects of CBD differ from person to person, so it’s hard to determine whether mixing CBD and wine would have similar effects on everyone.

Several human and animal studies have reported that CBD may reduce some of the side effects of alcohol. However, there’s minimal research on whether consuming CBD and wine together causes adverse health effects.

How CBD and Alcohol Interact with Each Other

However, other research suggests that CBD could help to protect against the toxic side effects of alcohol. A 2013 study tested the effects of CBD on rodents in an animal-based model of binge drinking. The researchers gave the animals either a CBD injection or transdermal CBD gel prior to giving them alcohol. Both methods of administration demonstrated an over 50% reduction in alcohol-induced neurodegeneration in the rats.

Technically, alcohol is a depressant because it usually depresses the central nervous system (but it can also have stimulating effects). CBD is similar – it has energizing and alerting effects in small doses. In larger doses, it has more sedative-like effects.