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This may be a question that you have been asking yourself since you started using CBD Oil. The short answer is yes. However, they do react with each other. Some experts believe that because both substances have similar sedating effects, they might actually amplify one another, making the overall experience more intense.

Let´s take a closer look.

While CBD may lower your blood alcohol level, it does not make it any safer to act rashly, consume more alcohol, or operate any kind of motor vehicle while under the influence.

If you are planning to go out for just a few drinks this weekend, can you still take your daily CBD? According to medical research, taking CBD while under the influence of alcohol appears to present limited compounded risks.

A study from 1979 published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology noted very few differences between test subjects administered CBD and alcohol, and those administered just alcohol. The study found that both groups demonstrated “significant impairments of motor and psychomotor performances” and “overestimations of time”. In other words, both groups seemed similarly inhibited and impaired

However, a difference became apparent when researchers looked more closely at the blood samples of both groups. Despite their similar levels of impairment, the group that received both substances had noticeably lower blood alcohol levels.

While CBD may lower your blood alcohol level, it does not make it any safer to act rashly, consume more alcohol, or operate any kind of motor vehicle while under the influence. As noted in the study, you can expect alcohol to affect you the same, if not more, when consuming it at the same time as CBD. Cannabidiol simply does not mitigate the risk of any negative side effects or consequences of consuming alcohol.

So what actually happens when you mix the two?

While CBD has no mind altering effects like its cousin THC, its mild sedating effects still mix with alcohol in a way that amplifies them. In general, you should notice that the alcohols effects are more intense if you have consumed CBD within 4-8 hours. The interaction of the two before that time will result in a greater loss of inhibition, a greater loss of control, and a greater loss of motor coordination. Simply put, the effects of consuming both at the same time will be more intense than those produced by just consuming one.

In general, you should notice that the alcohols effects are more intense if you have consumed CBD within 4-8 hours.

But doesn’t CBD mitigate alcohol damage?

Yes, it does. Researchers believe that CBD can help to mitigate some of the damage that alcohol causes in the body. Animal studies suggest that CBD offers protection from both neurodegeneration and liver damage. Research published in the journal of free radical biology & medicine studied the effects of CBD on alcohol-induced hepatic steatosis, otherwise known as fatty liver disease, in mice. Researchers found that CBD could prevent acute alcohol-induced liver damage, potentially due to its ability to prevent increases in oxidative stress and decreases in autophagy typically caused by alcohol.

Moreover, researchers believe that CBD may be able to help with alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcoholism. A 2019 review of animal and human studies found that CBD was able to reduce “cue-elicited and stress-elicited alcohol seeking” behaviour. Administration of CBD also resulted in a decrease of “withdrawal-induced convulsions” and an improvement in the ability to delay reward. It appears that CBD may be able to help decrease both the physical and mental triggers that result in alcohol cravings and relapses.

In conclusion

be careful and drink responsibly

Consuming alcohol is a social pleasure that we all indulge in from every time to time, however, it is a very dangerous thing to get addicted to. Moreover, for that reason we cannot recommend that any amount of alcohol is good for you. That being said though, if you were to go out for a few drinks with friends, there really isn’t any problem if you take your CBD beforehand, just be careful and drink responsibly.

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