CBD has brought a revolution in the health and wellness industry, with more scientific studies supporting its medical benefits and the government slackening the strict regulations that existed previously on the production and sale of CBD products. Alcohol manufacturers are making use of the popularity of CBD by introducing drinks infused with CBD. In this article, we will explore the effects of mixing CBD and alcohol.
Is CBD Useful For Preventing The Negative Effects Of Alcohol?
From what is known from current studies, the following could be the results we can expect on mixing CBD and alcohol.
Amplifications Of Each Other’s Effects
Alcohol is popular for its ability to reduce inhibitions and make you feel relaxed. CBD can have similar effects on our bodies. Studies have shown that it can calm your nerves and reduce anxiety. In a study involving 72 participants, 25-75 mg of CBD was given to the participants every day for a month. The study noted a reduction in anxiety levels of the participants and they reported a significant improvement in their sleep quality. Taking CBD with alcohol could amplify each other’s effects and may cause symptoms like drowsiness and sedation.
Prevents Cell Damage And Disease
Excessive consumption of alcohol may damage the body cells and thereby, increase the risk of inflammation and chronic diseases like liver disease, pancreatitis, and certain types of cancer.
Several animal studies suggesting that CBD may offer protection against cell damage resulting from cell consumption, seem to be promising. Another animal study revealed that applying CBD gel to the skin of rats caused a 49% decrease in brain-cell damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
Helps Handle Alcohol Addiction
Many people find it hard to quit alcohol due to the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol addiction. Some studies have suggested that CBD could be effectively used to treat alcohol addiction. A recent study analyzed the effects of CBD in alcohol-addicted rats and found that CBD contributed to reducing their alcohol intake and decreased the urge to consume alcohol.
Research regarding alcohol addiction and CBD intake in humans is limited. However, a study in 24 smokers found that using CBD contributed to reducing their cigarette use by 40%. These results indicate that CBD could be useful in controlling addictive behaviors, which include alcohol addiction.
There is limited research on the effects of taking alcohol and CBD. If you are planning to mix CBD and alcohol, take low amounts of both to reduce the risk of side effects if any.