Many people use CBD oil to relax at the end of the day, and many people use alcohol to do the same. You might wonder whether it’s safe to consume them together. This is something that you should consult with your doctor about if you are considering trying it, because for some people it can be dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about whether you can use CBD and alcohol together.
Potential Positive Effects of Mixing CBD and Alcohol
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While CBD has some effects that are overall positive (like reducing anxiety, potentially lowering blood pressure, and perhaps even helping to control blood sugar issues in diabetics), most people agree that alcohol does not improve your health overall. As you probably know, when misused, alcohol can lead to a variety of problems like car accidents, addiction, and liver damage. When used moderately, red wine could have some heart benefits, however.
If you use alcohol and CBD oil together, it’s possible that the CBD can keep your blood alcohol levels lower than they would be if you were to indulge in alcohol alone, according to one study. CBD oil also could protect the liver from some of the damage caused by binge-drinking, found another study.
One other potential benefit is that some people claim that CBD can ease the symptoms of a hangover. While this is not the same as using the substances together, you might find that taking CBD oil (or one of its edible counterparts like gummies) the morning after a night of drinking makes you feel better.
Potential Dangers of Mixing CBD and Alcohol
Unfortunately, there are some dangers that accompany mixing CBD and alcohol. Most notably, combining the two could lead to sedation or a loss of inhibitions that you would not experience with just one or the other. Both CBD and alcohol are depressants; it’s why you feel more relaxed and mellow after a couple of of beers or after taking CBD oil. In this case, more might not necessarily be better. You might feel too drowsy, which can be an uncomfortable feeling. Depending on where you are and who you are with, you might be more likely to find yourself in a dangerous situation due to having fewer inhibitions.
More concerning, however, is mixing alcohol with THC, which is included in some CBD products. This is what causes the high if you were to smoke or eat products containing marijuana.. Alcohol will raise your absorption of THC, so when you combine the two, you could experience some uncomfortable side effects, including dizziness, nausea, paranoia, and vomiting. These side effects are sometimes referred to as a “green out” when THC is involved. Most of the time, eating something, drinking some lemon water, and staying close to a trusted friend will allow you to overcome these symptoms within several hours. If they persist or if you are very uncomfortable, you might need to seek medical care.
Important Considerations to Keep in Mind
If you’re thinking about trying CBD and alcohol together, there are some things you should think about first.
First, if you have not tried both of these substances separately (preferably on several occasions), you should do that before trying to mix them or use them together. You might have a reaction that you don’t like to one or the other, so you should know how you react to each individually before trying them together.
Consider the quantity of alcohol and the type of CBD you are taking. The more alcohol you are using, the stronger the effects will be. Similarly, if you are vaping, you will get a stronger hit of the CBD than if you choose sublingual CBD oil, and both are stronger than capsules and edibles.
Think about who you are with and where you are. Don’t take these substances if you are not in a safe place with friends who will look out for you if you end up with a stronger-than-expected reaction.
Finally, if you have any health issues at all or if you take prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medications, talk to your doctor before trying CBD and alcohol. Either one of these substances could interact with a variety of medications or make existing health issues worse, so it’s important to know whether it’s safe for you to try them.
Using CBD oil and alcohol might be something that you’d like to try. Be sure that you understand all of the potential side effects as well as the potential benefits, and talk to your doctor beforehand.