Cannabidiol (CBD) and alcohol are both considered drugs by the government and have received unfair treatment from the government and media. This unfair treatment has caused a large amount of confusion about the two substances. The following article will clarify some of the misinformation that surrounds CBD and alcohol. Some of the misinformation involves the benefits of CBD, the true downfalls of alcohol, the usage of CBD, and the legality of CBD.

Positive Effects: CBD

CBD has quite a few positive effects with fairly limited negative effects. Some of the positive effects that CBD reportedly causes some users include pain relief, anxiety relief, nausea relief, potential to reduce seizures, and lowers the chances of diabetes. That lists just some of the positive effects of CBD. It may have even more positive effects not yet discovered.

Doctors in some states have the authorization to prescribe CBD for all the symptoms listed above. In fact, a handful of states only allow CBD if it is for a prescription for one of the conditions listed above.

Negative Effects: CBD

CBD does not appear to have any negative effects. The only potential for negative effects comes from CBD that contains a large amount (over 0.3%) of THC as this may cause psychoactive effects. It is extremely unlikely that someone will ever overdose on CBD as the amount required for an overdose is likely too large for a human to consume.

These psychoactive effects are known as colloquially as “getting high.” Fortunately, CBD that has no psychoactive effects can easily be purchased from online retailers and shipped to all 50 states.

Negative effects: Alcohol

Alcohol has some very severe negative side effects. In fact, alcohol has no actual positive benefits other than causing people to have fewer inhibitions at lower levels. The most severe negative effects of alcohol is death. If you drink too much alcohol, then you will die from alcohol poisoning. The amount of alcohol required to kill a person is easily drinkable in one night. However, if you don’t drink enough alcohol to kill you, then you still could die from drinking too much and choking on your vomit.

Other negative effects of alcohol include the infamous hangover, dizziness, nausea, mental and physical impairment, and even dependence. The exact cause of a hangover is unknown, but scientists do know that drinking too much alcohol will cause a hangover the next day. The typical symptoms of a hangover include a headache, drowsiness, nausea, and fatigue. These symptoms typically last for a few hours but may last up to 24 hours.

The negative effects of alcohol while drinking includes dizziness, nausea, and mental and physical impairment. Drinking two alcoholic drinks will cause some mild dizziness. Three drinks or more might cause nausea. Any amount of alcohol causes physical and mental impairment, so much that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The worst possible negative aspect of alcohol is the potential for addiction. While alcohol is not as addictive as other legal drugs, such as nicotine or morphine, it is still an addictive substance. The negative effects of alcohol addiction include liver damage, stomach damage, and an overall decrease in the living condition of those that surround the alcoholic person. Alcoholics will often have their entire life revolve around alcohol, and this slowly destroys their life.

Overall, alcohol has some extremely negative effects with absolutely zero positive benefits to drinking it. Fewer inhibitions is the only remotely positive benefit of consuming alcohol, but even that can have severe consequences depending on how low your inhibitions drop.

Usage of CBD vs. Alcohol

Most CBD view themselves as medicinal users. Some may have a prescription from a medical doctor, and the rest view themselves as treating their medical issues with a legal substance with little-known side effects. CBD is not typically viewed as a recreational drug by users or by law enforcement as the psychoactive effects are non-existent.

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Alcohol has no known medicinal purpose and falls entirely into the recreational drug category. Most of it is consumed during social events because it causes people to feel less inhibited, which makes social events more entertaining. However, too much alcohol can have negative effects as discussed earlier.

As you can see, CBD and alcohol have vastly different uses. Alcohol is an entirely recreational substance, and CBD is an entirely medicinal substance with no real recreational effects.

Legality of CBD vs. Alcohol

The most common misconception surrounding CBD is the legality. CBD manufactured from hemp that contains under 0.3% THC content is officially legal in all 50 states, but it has some inconsistent prosecution in four states. Those states define marijuana as anything substance that contains CBD or THC, but the enforcement remains rather inconsistent. In the other 46 states CBD is legal to varying degrees. Some allow for it with a prescription and the states with legal recreational marijuana allow for CBD with no limitations on the amount of THC.

Not much misinformation surrounds the legality of alcohol. Alcohol is legal in all 50 states. However, some counties have decided to ban the sale of alcohol on certain days or even ban the sale of alcohol entirely. These counties are known as “dry counties” and are mostly found in the Deep South cultural area of the United States.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article clarified some of the confusion that surrounds CBD and alcohol. Both substances are legal drugs, but they have vastly different uses, effects, and even laws surround their use. First, CBD has no recreational purposes while alcohol has no medicinal uses. The effects also wildly differ.

CBD has no psychoactive effects and only has physical effects on the body. Alcohol has both mental and physical effects that can cause severe harm if you consume too much alcohol. It also has a much higher likelihood of addiction.

The laws are probably the most similar thing between the two substances. Both are legal in all 50 states, but some restrictions in different states make the laws slightly confusing for both alcohol and CBD.

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