CBD and Alcohol

In researching CBD and Alcohol, there are generally a small few (albeit very different) motivations for wanting to find out more about how these two substances interact and impact on one and other.

Typical questions from our customers include; 

  • Can I drink alcohol and take CBD oil at the same time?
  • Can I drink alcohol if I am taking CBD on a daily basis?
  • Is CBD oil an alternative to alcohol?
  • Can CBD oil reduce my reliance on alcohol?

Let’s start by taking a look at the two substances and how they impact our system.  

Alcohol is effectively a toxin, and a known depressant. It impacts our central nervous system in several ways (providing both positive and negative experiences to the user), which can result in changes to your mood, movement, speech, coordination, and many others. Additionally, the more alcohol you consume or the higher the percentage of the alcohol, the greater the effects are going to be.

CBD has a much more balanced and healthy influence; it impacts our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in a positive way, promoting homeostasis. Your body knows how much CBD you need and where to execute it, it only uses what it needs to create that balanced wellbeing. 

The two substances are incomparable from a health perspective, but of course are both part of people’s lifestyles and diets. The two, unfortunately, have not been extensively researched and studied together, but we understand CBD and alcohol do not interact with each other in the body. There are brewers worldwide starting to produce CBD beer and CBD spirits and wines.  

Can I drink Alcohol and take CBD Oil at the same time?

Many people mix their CBD Oil dosage with their favourite tipple, but the sensible way of taking your CBD is by placing 3-4 drops under your tongue and leaving them there for 60 seconds to allow rapid absorption into your blood stream. If you are new to CBD you may not have a complete picture of how CBD is impacting you yet, so it is best to be sensible with any therapeutic intake, and talk to your GP if you have any concerns. CBD actually protects the body from alcohol induced cell damage, and so could be considered a proactive step in balancing your lifestyle, if you do enjoy a drink in the evenings. Taking CBD and alcohol together in high dosages can certainly make you drowsy and should be avoided.

Can I drink Alcohol if I am taking CBD on a daily basis?

The above answer is still valid here. But as a regular daily user of CBD you will be more conscious of how it affects you, and be better placed to make informed decisions about your alcohol intake.

CBD Oil an alternative to Alcohol?

CBD does not give you a “high” because it only contains miniscule amounts of THC. It is not a viable alternative to drinking alcohol in that sense. However, many of the reasons that people take alcohol, for example to de-stress or reduce anxiety, get to sleep more easily or unwind, can actually be better performed by taking CBD.

Can CBD Oil reduce my reliance on Alcohol?

CBD and addiction is quickly becoming a widely researched area with many case studies demonstrating that CBD can have a huge positive impact on addiction (in all its various forms, including smoking addiction). Coupling the addiction serving qualities, with the function of counteracting alcohol induced damage – CBD has quite a compelling case for use in managing alcohol addiction.