The crossover between the alcohol and CBD industry is still in its infancy, but it shows there’s significant interest in the influence of CBD. When you consider that roughly two billion people drink alcohol, it presents a market of infinite possibility.
Based on their findings, you can expect alcohol to affect you the same when consuming it alongside CBD oil. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough data to tell if cannabidiol can mitigate the risk of any adverse side effects from consuming alcohol.
The growing interest in CBD-infused beers
Whether it is relaxing after a tough day or heading out with friends, for many, a few drinks is an excellent way to unwind. But, if you’re taking CBD oil at the same time, you may be concerned about the two interacting, and how that will make you feel.
Taking both substances at face value, you might think the balancing effects of CBD could limit the impact of alcohol. However, the reality is, we don’t know exactly how the two interact.
CBD-infused beers are marketed as a convenient and straightforward way to incorporate CBD without disrupting your routine. There has even been interest from leading beer conglomerate Constellation Brands, whose portfolio includes dozens of beer, whisky, and vodka brands.
While researchers are undecided on the specific outcomes of CBD and alcohol, a slew of CBD-infused beers and cocktails have appeared in numerous markets. Brewers from all over the world are keen to understand how the two substances complement each other.
If CBD has the potential to treat hangover symptoms, could it also help alleviate the harsh symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? Again, more research is needed to say for sure, but CBD may be able to help soften the dangers of alcohol withdrawal by treating symptoms and promoting internal balance.
A few animal studies have also shown that CBD may mitigate neurodegenerative and oxidative liver damage associated with alcohol use. A 2013 study from the “Journal of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior” administered CBD gel and injections to rodents, which were also given alcohol. Both the CBD gel and injection proved effective in decreasing the rate of neurodegeneration in rodent models.
As cannabis products seep into the beverage sector, cannabidiol (CBD) is popping up on a lot of drink menus. But what are the effects of mixing, for example, CBD oil or CBD gummies, with alcohol? Most importantly, is the combination of CBD and alcohol actually safe?
Does CBD oil help with hangovers?
With that in mind, we can still make a few general assumptions based on existing research — namely that mixing CBD and alcohol may lower blood alcohol levels while reducing some of alcohol’s toxic effects on the liver.
CBD binds to several receptor pathways in the body, including the most well-known cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. When the CB2 receptor is activated, for example, whether by endogenous cannabinoids or phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids from the cannabis plant), it may regulate immune responses, inflammation, and other functions.
A 2014 study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine supports Dr. Bone’s assertion that CBD can reduce liver toxicity associated with alcohol in mice. The study, conducted by researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, found that CBD protected the livers of mice from binge alcohol-induced steatosis (fatty liver disease). More research is needed to illuminate if there are any similar protective effects in people.
However, based on the limited amount of research available to us, there’s no way of telling whether a glass or two of CBD wine could potentially lead to any adverse health effects, and more evidence is needed to give a definitive answer.