Is it safe to take CBD and alcohol together or could it be harmful in combination? What research is available to help us determine if they are safe to take together?*
Alcohol may have a bad reputation as it is a legal drug that can alter a person's state of mind and is extremely addictive. Alcohol is also the third leading preventable cause of death in the USA at about 88,000 alcohol-related deaths per year. So why is alcohol consumed? It is generally consumed because of its reputation for relaxing the body and mind.
Legal CBD (CBD from the hemp plant that does not contain more than .03 mg of THC) has also been shown to have the similar positive effect of relaxation while not having the negative effects of alcohol, such as not altering a person's ability to reason or being addictive. On top of the positive effect of relaxation, research has also shown CBD may assist with anxiety, calm your nerves, and aid in reducing discomfort levels.
So the question needs to be posed, which is better for calming the mind and body? Should people switch from drinking alcohol and switch too CBD?
What does science have to say?*
Using 72 participants, one study showed that taking 25–75 mg of CBD daily for only one month reduced anxiety and improved sleep quality.
Another small study looked at the effects of giving participants 200 mg of CBD plus 1 gram of alcohol for every 1 kilogram of body weight. It showed that combining CBD with Alcohol might cause significant impairments in motor performance and alterations in reality. Participants did not experience the same effects when they took the same amount of CBD without Alcohol.
However, this study is outdated and uses a much higher CBD dosage than one would typically consume. A Normal dose of CBD usually ranges from 10mg to 50mg of CBD per serving. Anything higher than that dose range generally is not recommended.
CBD may protect against alcohol's side effects*
Not much is known about the impact of mixing CBD and Alcohol, but research is underway, and here are samples of a few of the early findings that show CBD may protect against some of alcohol's harmful effects:
Alcohol Addiction and CBD*
If we dive in a little further into the studies concerning alcohol addiction and the effects CBD may have on this, there seems to be promising research.
One recent study on alcohol-addicted rats found that CBD assisted in reducing alcohol consumption and even decreased motivation to consume alcohol.
Although research in humans is ongoing but very limited, there seems to be hope at the end of this fantastic CBD rainbow.
Should you take Alcohol and CBD together?
If there were an answer to this question, it would be worth a million dollars, but there is currently not enough research. Several studies in both humans and animals have shown that CBD may reduce alcohol side effects, as stated above. Although the research is limited, it does look promising.
Where real research lacks is whether taking CBD and Alcohol together may have adverse health effects. There is no evidence either way.
It is important to note that the effects of CBD vary from person to person. A person's weight, age, and activity play a part in determining CBD's results, the length of time it stays in the body, and more. Because of this, it isn't easy to decide if mixing CBD and Alcohol would affect humans in the same way.
If you decide to mix CBD and Alcohol, it may be best to consume low amounts of both to minimize the known and unknown side effects.
Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or health issues.