If CBD has the potential to treat hangover symptoms, could it also help alleviate the harsh symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? Again, more research is needed to say for sure, but CBD may be able to help soften the dangers of alcohol withdrawal by treating symptoms and promoting internal balance.
CBD’s neuroprotective and antioxidant properties may also make CBD oil a viable option for nursing a hangover. Again, everyone’s body is different and will react differently to both alcohol and CBD. But it’s possible for CBD oil to treat some of the most notorious hangover symptoms.
CBD may be able to help soften the dangers of alcohol-induced withdrawal by treating symptoms and promoting internal balance. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Because both alcohol and CBD can be sedating in high doses, they may produce a higher level of sedation when taken together. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Does CBD oil help with hangovers?
So while CBD may affect a person’s blood alcohol level, it may not temper the immediate outward effects of alcohol use. In fact, because both alcohol and CBD can be sedating in high doses, they may produce a higher level of sedation when taken together.
As cannabis products seep into the beverage sector, cannabidiol (CBD) is popping up on a lot of drink menus. But what are the effects of mixing, for example, CBD oil or CBD gummies, with alcohol? Most importantly, is the combination of CBD and alcohol actually safe?
Not all CBD reactions are the same because not all human bodies are the same. There are at least seven genetic mutations of the CB2 receptor, for example, which may in turn alter the way one individual responds to CBD as opposed to another. As a result, how one person reacts to a mix of CBD and alcohol may differ significantly from another.
CBD binds to several receptor pathways in the body, including the most well-known cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. When the CB2 receptor is activated, for example, whether by endogenous cannabinoids or phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids from the cannabis plant), it may regulate immune responses, inflammation, and other functions.
In addition, Dr. Melanie Bone, a board-certified OB-GYN and medical marijuana specialist who practices in West Palm Beach, Florida, asserts that “CBD can be part of a harm reduction strategy to reduce problematic drinking. By reducing cravings and amplifying the body’s defenses, CBD may help individuals minimize the harms associated with alcoholism. For instance, CBD is shown to reduce liver toxicity associated with alcohol in mice.”
In the past when I caught myself wondering if I was drinking too much I figured the fact I was concerned about this as evidence that yes, I was drinking too much. So I'd take a break from alcohol for a few months to regain some perspective, kind of check things out.
I’m a big red wine drinker and I love the way it makes me feel. I can drink a full bottle of red wine and still get up and function the next day. I know this is bad for me and my health so I thought I’d try full spectrum CBD to try and get the same feeling but not with the bad side effects for my health. Unfortunately I’m just not finding that CBD is having the same kind of ‘nice’ effect that red wine does so now I am drinking a full bottle of red wine and adding in 33.33mg plus (1 dropper) of CBD plus every second night. So now I am an alcoholic and drug addict? Any advise would be very welcome.
If you can question your alcohol consumption that is a good thing.
Advice? Drop both the alcohol and CBD for a short spell to get in touch with the unadulterated 'you'. Once there then add just the CBD and see how it does you. Some folks need a few weeks to build up the levels in their system, others are up and running at full speed in a dose so don't lose hope if things are bit slow to respond at first. Vary the time between doses and dosage to find your sweet spots, knowing these may wander around over time.
Once I found CBD all the training I've had about alcohol being a depressant became more clear to me. CBD provides the chill, the quieted racing thoughts, and the ability to process normal daily stressors in a more normal manner and with a clear, not intoxicated head. CBD gives me what I was seeking in alcohol so now I don't drink. Like its been a couple years now and I have zero desire to drink as the times I have were not enjoyable. The mood swings, the loss of self control, and the depression while sobering up, fuck all that.
After the reset and CBD-only run make an assessment and adjust fire. I figure between now and Halloween you could learn quite a bit about where you are at with these things. 😉