CBD has been mixed with coffee, smoothies, butter, and many other foods to make them tastier and healthier. Since the side effects of CBD are very mild and as many do not find it displeasing, people thought of adding it to alcohol. The topic is still being researched. Based on the results so far, mixing the two is not a bad idea.
To understand CBD and alcohol interactions better, you need to first know how they interact with our bodies alone.
CBD In Human Body
Once CBD enters our system, it will be absorbed directly or might go through the digestive system (depending on the mode of intake). Once it is absorbed, it interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system which includes the receptors in the central nervous system and the brain. The endocannabinoid system consists of two types of receptors- CB1 and CB2. CBD indirectly leads to creating a soothing effect during anxiety and depression, reduces pain and inflammation, and many other benefits.
Alcohol In Human Body
When alcohol is taken in initially, it is absorbed from the small intestine into the bloodstream and is broken down by alcohol dehydrogenase- secreted by the liver- into vinegar, water, and salt. It flows along with the blood throughout the body until it is broken down. It makes the brain release a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid that dampens the body’s response system. It starts by slowing down your response and then delays the stimuli from the external environment reaching the internal receptors.
So, what will happen when you have alcohol and CBD together?
As you can see, CBD and alcohol both have kind of the same effect on our bodies. It makes us feel sleepy and relaxed. According to scientists, that’s what will happen- but in more intensity. Alcohol and CBD will enhance each other’s effects.
However, there is a bright side to this experimentation.
CBD has proven to reduce hangovers. You will no longer have to live through the head breaking pain after consuming too much alcohol. Hangover symptoms like loss of appetite, body aches, and nervousness- can all be treated by CBD. Moreover, CBD is a natural pain killer. You can add CBD to a drink (like a smoothie) during the hangover to hydrate yourself while taking CBD.
CBD And Alcoholism
Those who are having a hard time sleeping after restraining themselves from drinking alcohol can have a CBD drink to help them relax and sleep. Additionally, CBD can be taken at any time during the day- which will help control the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.