There are many drugs and medications that you should not drink alcohol while taking. For example, as alcohol is an example of a depressant, it can make antidepressant medication ineffective as a result. And drinking alcohol while taking some other types of medication can make side effects like nausea, vomiting, and dizziness more likely.
This begs the question, is it okay to drink alcohol while you are using CBD oil or any other CBD product?
Is it safe to drink alcohol while using CBD?
People are often warned against mixing marijuana and alcohol together because it can cause unpleasant side effects such as vomiting and dizziness. But CBD only contains trace amounts of THC, which means it doesn’t induce the ‘high’ caused by marijuana. From this, you’d assume that mixing CBD with alcohol would be safer.
While there hasn’t been much research into this topic, anecdotal evidence and some preliminary research have found no notable side effects or risks. One study found very little difference between participants who had consumed CBD and alcohol and those who had just consumed alcohol.
Some companies are even selling alcoholic drinks infused with CBD.
How do they interact?
So, it appears to be completely safe on a chemical level to consume CBD and alcohol at the same time, but is it advisable? And is it beneficial? Again, the field needs more research to be conclusive, but let’s look at some findings and assumptions so far.
People consume both CBD oil and alcohol for their reported relaxing properties, helping to reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress. So, it’s possible that these effects could be amplified when combining the two together. You may feel even more relaxed, but this could also lead to increased drowsiness.
Overall, it is thought that CBD and alcohol, when taken together, could intensify the effects caused by each other. You should bear this in mind and remember that you might not be able to drink as much alcohol as you usually would. The effects of alcohol, such as delayed reactions and impaired motor functions may be intensified. So, if you’d normally drive home after one or two drinks, you should definitely reconsider this if taking CBD at the same time.
There may be some positives that come from combining them due to CBD’s apparent neuroprotective benefits. Although more research is required, CBD could help to counteract some of the side effects of excessive alcohol consumption, such as cell damage in the brain and liver.
While there doesn’t seem to be much of a danger with mixing CBD and alcohol, you should always be precautious when doing so, especially for the first time. Start with one drink, and if you feel unwell, then stop.