Can You Take CBD and Drink Alcohol?

While alcohol and cannabis aren’t the ideal pairing, what about CBD? CBD (i.e. cannabidiol), the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis is credited with supporting sleep quality, emotional wellness, and more, so it must be a different story, right? After all, bartenders are now infusing it into cocktails.

Well, the first thing to keep in mind is that the interactions between alcohol and CBD haven’t been extensively researched. But based on the recent studies that have been done, it doesn’t seem like there are any immediate adverse effects of mixing the two popular substances on a one-off basis.

Interested in learning more? Healist is here to help. Read on to learn everything you need to know about mixing CBD and alcohol.

But First, What Exactly is CBD Anyway?

CBD is a compound naturally found in the cannabis plant -- think of it as the non-psychoactive cousin to THC. CBD can’t get you “high.” Instead, CBD gets to work on your body’s endocannabinoid system in a more subtle way. 

The endocannabinoid system is your built-in regulatory system in charge of things like regulating sleep patterns, appetite, general mood, and so much more. It’s important to note that our body already produces cannabinoids in its regulation of emotion and sleep, which is why adding in cannabinoids like CBD through oils and gummies can be so helpful in supporting your body’s natural balance and equilibrium. 

Generally, CBD fans describe the popular ingredient as having a calming effect, producing relaxing results. 

There is an increasing number of studies being done around CBD and its effects on the body which will continue to inform our understanding of this powerful plant. 

What Are the Effects of CBD? 

The most commonly reported effects of CBD are a sense of relaxation or calm, relief from discomfort or restlessness, as well as an overall improvement in mood

Here are the effects most CBD users seek most:*

  • Comfort
  • Tension relief
  • Relaxation or calmness
  • Stress relief
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sleep

There are a few different methods of consuming CBD. The most popular methods include:

Sublingual

You can purchase CBD tinctures if you want to take CBD sublingually. Healist’s CBD oil tinctures can be enjoyed in peppermint and citrus flavors -- all you need to do is place a few drops of the oil under your tongue and hold it in your mouth for about 30 seconds before swallowing.    

Ingestion (Edibles/Chews)

Edibles are one of the most rapidly growing methods of consuming CBD in terms of popularity. Why? Because they offer convenient and tasty ways to consume CBD -- our on-the-go, great tasting vegan Calm Chews blends U.S. grown organic broad-spectrum CBD and clinically backed natural ingredients including ashwagandha, L-Theanine, and a custom calming terpene blend to help you cope with signs of stress and unease. 

Topical Applications (Balms/Creams)

Topical application refers to using creams, ointments, or balms on your skin. This popular method works really well for sore muscles and body discomfort.

We love our Joint Relief Balm here at Healist -- a powerful blend of the highest quality U.S. organically farmed CBD and other soothing ingredients, including Menthol, Arnica, Camphor, and a healing blend of moisturizing botanical oils created to soothe tired and sore muscles as well as joint discomfort. All you have to do is apply it to the area of discomfort throughout the day and night and you’re officially working to boost your overall wellness.

What About Taking CBD With Alcohol?

CBD has been deemed to be safe by the World Health Organization (WHO), with the organization finding that “CBD is generally well tolerated” and also noting that “there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” 

With that being said -- is CBD okay to take with alcohol?

While CBD is deemed to be safe for consumption, and mindful consumption of alcohol is okay, there is still limited research on the effects of the two together. Alcohol is a depressant, meaning that it reduces brain stimulation. CBD, on the other hand, can be described as a relaxant, meaning that it brings a feeling of calm. 

There are some concerns that both CBD and alcohol could intensify each other’s effects, and therefore lead to drowsiness or behavioral changes in the user. But at this time, it’s really difficult to fully understand what the combo of CBD and alcohol really means due to the lack of scientific exploration at this stage -- so it’s wise to err on the side of caution. 

Regular consumption of alcohol can have a major impact on your body, including causing damage to the brain, heart, liver, nervous system, and pancreas, as well as increase blood pressure and cholesterol. 

Wait -- What About CBD-Infused Alcoholic Drinks?! 

Due to the major surge in popularity of CBD in recent years, it has been used to create novel ways to ingest, including tasty CBD-infused treats and sweets. Despite the unknown entities surrounding CBD and alcohol, many companies have combined the two to create CBD-infused cocktails or beers. 

But the same concerns apply -- it’s tough to know what the combined effects would be from person to person. 

As with any product, particularly one containing CBD, we would always recommend caution before you try. Check that the company you’re buying from is reputable and trustworthy (or save yourself the trouble and get your CBD from Healist Naturals) and if you do decide to taste test, do so with care and consideration, and start small. 

Healist is an innovative company that sees the powerful potential in nature and the ingredients it gives us -- like CBD. Through cutting-edge science, we have the ability to unlock this potential, push it beyond its known possibilities, and create solutions that actually work. 

Bottom Line 

So, can you take CBD and drink alcohol, you ask?

Well, from what we know so far, it’s tough to say precisely how mixing CBD and alcohol will make you feel. This uncertainty, however, hasn’t stopped CBD from finding its way into numerous alcoholic beverage lines -- especially beer -- where it’s enjoying a steady tenure all around the world. 

CBD has been known to heal and support balance in our bodies. It’s completely natural, which makes it more appealing as a holistic remedy to defend your wellness.

Healist is driven by our  belief in the body’s innate capacity to heal itself. Healist views well-being as a daily practice to cultivate and create solutions to work with these incredible processes and restore balance when life ultimately interrupts. 

Wellness is a human right -- and Healist is here to defend it. 

Sourced from nature, check out Healist today and see the difference 100% clean and natural ingredients can make on your health… you just might be surprised!

 

Sources:

https://www.nature.com/articles/npp20116

https://www.foodandwine.com/cocktails-spirits/cbd-cocktails

https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/supporting-your-mental-health/71704/#:~:text=It%20seems%20that%20CBD%20can,maintain%20a%20healthy%20emotional%20state.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/cbd-and-sleep#:~:text=Early%20studies%20indicate%20that%20high,(mg)%20increased%20sleep%20duration.

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf