CBD products and CBD strains are all the rage in the health and wellness industry — as it should be! CBD has been shown to offer a huge range of benefits, treating everything from symptoms of diagnosed medical conditions to your daily aches and pains that come from, well, living life. But how does CBD interact, exactly, and how does it mix with other substances in your life? Particularly, how does CBD interact with alcohol?
Where do we Start?
Well, first and foremost, let’s look at what exactly CBD is, how it works, and then we’ll explore the interaction it could have with alcohol. It is important to remember that we aren’t doctors, and we can’t offer medical advice. Before you consume any substance that could alter or inhibit your body’s functions, like alcohol, CBD oil/hemp oil, marijuana, or medical cannabis, make sure to consult with your doctor. It is a wonderful resource, but it can affect your body differently than others, so especially if you have a diagnosed medical condition like Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease or you are on some sort of prescribed medication, consult with your doctor to see what kind of CBD product could be right for you and your lifestyle.
Remind me: what is CBD?
So, what is CBD? Well, Cannabidiol, or, CBD for short, is a chemical compound that is extracted from a cannabis plant or cannabis flower. There are different CBD strains. They are a nonpsychoactive compound, which means that it can’t get you high, even if you have a lot of it (which you probably won’t need, anyway.) There are over 100 chemical compounds that can be extracted from several different types of cannabis plants. Another compound you may be familiar with is THC, which is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol. This compound is psychoactive, which means it can get you high and is the active ingredient in marijuana/hemp. The structures are very similar chemically, but completely different in how they interact with your body.
How does CBD work?
We, as humans, have a regulatory system in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system, which regulates our mood, our memory, our nervous system, our immune system, and so much more. The endocannabinoid system has two receptors, CB1 and CB2. When we consume a product like CBD, it affects the CB2 receptor positively, and many report CBD being a key factor in helping to reduce inflammation, increase focus, anxiety, seizures, and much more. It can help you chill out, relax, bring you out of a dark place and take on what the day throws at you, no matter how intense.
How can I take it?
You can find CBD in all sorts of forms. Our easiest form is going to be in Gummies — they are portable, quick, and, let’s face it: so fun to eat. Our CBD gummies are 10 MG of CBD dosing, and we recommend taking between 1-3 gummies to do the trick. You may need to experiment just a bit to know what dosage is right for you. If you need a vegan option, our Vegan AF CBD Gummies are a great choice.
What are my other options?
Another way we suggest is through a CBD tincture or CBD oil. You can consume these in a variety of ways. We suggest taking it sublingually, or, under your tongue. Placing a few drops under your tongue and allowing it to absorb there for a few moments may give you the maximum benefit. But, if that’s not for you, or you don’t prefer the taste, you can always mix it into your favorite drink or recipe, or even rub it into your skin with a cream or lotion. Our Tincture will be a greater intensity of the oil, and it’s the most versatile in terms of how you can take it.
How does CBD mix with, say, alcohol?
But, just because you can mix CBD oil in with whatever you want may not mean you should. How does CBD mix with something like alcohol?
As always, it is important to remember that the body of research surrounding CBD is growing, but is still small. We’re still learning about the effects (both short term and long term effects!) of CBD and how it interacts with other substances and medicine. As always, be smart and do your research when integrating any substance into your daily routine.
CBD products, in small amounts, can be energizing and help you be super alert throughout your day. In larger doses, it can act as a sedative and help calm you down so you can rest well when you’re trying to get a full night of sleep. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a depressant to your system. So while it can help calm you down and take the edge off, it can also inhibit or impair your body’s regular functions. Putting them together may give you a wide range of new experiences — or, you may not notice anything different about yourself at all.
What if I combine them?
You may combine the two with various results — taking CBD with alcohol may amplify the benefits of them individually. So, you may feel more relaxed and calm than usual if you take a tincture in the afternoon before you hit up happy hour, and it might extend these feelings longer than usual. However, it may also extend or intensify the impact that alcohol has on your system. No one can say for sure. Most of the research that has been done about CBD, in general, has been conducted on the plant, not particularly on the extracted chemical or how it interacts with other substances.
You may notice no difference at all! Or, you may be very, very sedated for quite a long time. The jury is still out in terms of how the two exactly interact, and how long the effects stay depend on your body completely. As always, the more intentional you are about understanding your body and how it works, the better off you will be in knowing how different substances will interact with each other.