What Happens if You Mix CBD and Alcohol?
Since CBD has exploded in popularity more and more people are trying to jump on the bandwagon and profit from its notoriety.
For example, even alcohol companies have started offering CBD-infused alcoholic drinks.
But is this a good idea? And what happens if a person takes CBD and drinks alcohol at the same time?
We’re going to discuss the mixing of CBD and alcohol in this article. Let’s start out by defining what CBD is.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and it is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, which includes both marijuana and hemp.
In marijuana, CBD is actually the second most abundant cannabinoid trailing only tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users their “high.”
In hemp, the order is reversed and CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid and THC is kept at levels of .3% or below – that’s why hemp does not deliver a “high.”
In addition to relieving pain, CBD also relaxes us. More specifically, in our bodies there is a series of receptors that make up what is called the Endocannabinoid System.
CBD is thought to interact with these receptors, more specifically it is thought to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
Scientists, while still not fully understanding CB1 receptors, believe they may play a role in the release of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that is important to our mental health.
For example, low serotonin levels are common in people with depression and it is also thought that low levels of serotonin can cause anxiety.
In other words, CBD offers those suffering from stress and anxiety a safe, all-natural way to relax and feel better.
Experts believe that the two substances may enhance or amplify each other’s affects.
CBD relaxes us and reduces the anxiety we feel. Alcohol is known to promote feelings of relaxation as well as reduce inhibitions.
Together, CBD and alcohol may do more of the same and ultimately lead to feelings of sleepiness and sedation. They may also, in some people, result in changes in mood and behavior.
Participants in a study that received 200 mg of CBD with 1 gram of alcohol for every 2.2 pounds of body weight experienced significant impairments in motor performance and alterations in time perception.
Participants who took CBD alone did not experience any of these symptoms.
In other words, while the number of studies is very low it is currently advisable not to take CBD and alcohol together.
Besides in the absence of alcohol, another often confusing issue involving CBD is whether full spectrum CBD or CBD isolate is better for users.
CBD isolate only contains CBD while full spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
Preclinical data is clear on this one – multiple cannabinoids are much more effective at relieving pain than a single cannabinoid.
Researchers believe the reason for this is that cannabinoids work together to produce stronger, more beneficial effects. This is called the “entourage effect.”
That’s why users need to look for organic, full-spectrum formulations that contain multiple cannabinoids.
These other cannabinoids also produce beneficial health effects themselves so by increasing the number you are receiving you will also naturally increase the health benefits you enjoy.
A leading provider that produces products with full spectrum CBD is Sarah’s Blessing.
This London-based CBD supplement manufacturer offers a full line of full spectrum CBD products that includes three flavors of tea, candy, a skin cream and CBD oil.
Each product contains pure, pharmaceutical quality CBD, the same amazing substance used in all those clinical trials.
Sarah’s Blessing’s CBD is also grown in Switzerland, which has quickly become known for producing the highest quality CBD. The CBD in Sarah’s Blessing’s products is organic, alcohol-free, pesticide-free and non-GMO.
Those who suffer from anxiety and insomnia
Harvard Health Publishing reports that CBD “is (now) commonly used to address anxiety (in humans and pets)” and for “patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.”
Those who are in pain
A recent study from the European Journal of Pain showed that CBD may also be an option for treating different types of chronic pain.
In the animal study, CBD applied to the skin was shown to help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another recent pain study actually showed the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which happen to be two of the most difficult types of pain to treat.
Those with cancer
Healthline reports that those with cancer symptoms may also benefit from taking CBD.
In a study entitled, “Multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of THC:CBD extract and THC extract in patients with intractable cancer-related pain” researchers determined that study participants suffering from cancer-related pain experienced a significant reduction in their symptom when they received CBD and THC compared to those who just received THC.
Those with acne
Another study has shown that those with acne, which is about 9% of the world’s population, may benefit from treatment with CBD oil.
In a study entitled “Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes instes” researchers found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of “pro-acne” agents like inflammatory cytokines.
Those wanting a healthier brain
Another potential benefit attributed to CBD is that it may have positive neuropathic effects.
At a time when many are worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease or just experiencing a worsening memory as they age these positive effects could be of real interest to many.
A study entitled “Cannabidiol can improve complex sleep-related behaviours associated with rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder in Parkinson's disease patients: a case series” showed that CBD treatment improved quality of life and sleep quality for people with Parkinson’s disease.
In other words, CBD could potentially help a lot of different people – particularly those who suffer from stress and anxiety as well as many other conditions. And don’t forget it may also help pets who suffer from anxiety.
To learn much more about Sarah’s Blessing and its CBD products, please visit www.sarahsblessing.co.uk.
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