We're often asked if it's OK to have a glass of wine or a couple of beers either before or after taking CBD oil. Is it safe? What effects should one expect? The short answer is that you can generally drink alcohol while taking CBD oil but there are some potential interactions to be mindful of.
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Mixing Alcohol and CBD May Increase Their Effects
The primary potential concern with mixing CBD and alcohol is that they may amplify each other’s effects. Alcohol is known for being sedating and relaxing. The same is true for CBD. Mixing the two together in significant enough amounts could amplify these effects and cause excessive drowsiness or sleepiness.
Additionally, some believe that the two mixed together may amplify your emotions as well. Chill, happy drinkers may get happier. Angry, depressed drinkers may get angrier.
Potential Benefits of CBD Oil When Consuming Alcohol
There is some evidence to suggest that CBD may be somewhat beneficial when mixed with alcohol. In one small study where volunteers were given CBD combined with alcohol, blood alcohol levels were significantly lower than when only alcohol was consumed. This study is quite old, and used a fairly large dose, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Based on input from users in our CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook, some people report that they consume less alcohol while taking CBD oil. While entirely anecdotal, multiple users have told us that CBD made them want to drink less alcohol.
Does CBD Oil Help Hangovers?
Some users even report that CBD use reduces their chances of developing a hangover the morning after. Others have said that it can help treat symptoms when they do get a hangover. Nausea and headaches, two of the most common hangover symptoms, are commonly being treated through the use of CBD. Giving CBD a try for your next hangover may be just what you need.
More Scientific Research is Needed
Much more research is needed on this subject, especially as CBD-infused alcoholic beverages continue to increase in accessibility and popularity. In any case, use caution when mixing the two until you know how it impacts you. Even if you are not consuming a beverage that contains CBD, taking CBD separately and consuming alcohol soon after could cause interactions.
Also be especially mindful if you are taking pharmaceuticals while mixing CBD and alcohol. Taking all 3 together or too close to each other could have unwanted effects. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist with any concerns about interactions.
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