If you follow health trends, you probably know that CBD offers a ton of positive effects on the body. CBD and alcohol are quite safe when taken together and may even be beneficial together in some ways. Here’s everything you need to know about alcohol and CBD, how they interact, and how you can try your own CBD cocktails at home.
Is it safe to mix CBD and alcohol?
Ultimately, yes. It is safe to mix alcohol and CBD. CBD is safely infused with all manner of topicals, edibles, tinctures, and vapes. These days, you can already find CBD-infused shots, beers, and other beverages in liquor stores, bars, and restaurants across the country. CBD is legal nationwide thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp.
Alcohol and CBD are known to help you release your inhibitions and feel more relaxed. Taking alcohol and CBD together amplifies these effects, although it tends to leave you more tired and sedated. Because CBD is non-psychoactive, it has no negative interactions with alcohol. Any negative effects, such as decreased motor function and changes in mood or behavior, come from the alcohol itself.
CBD protects against the negative effects of alcohol
Although the side effects of CBD and alcohol aren’t studied much because they don’t interact negatively, many studies have explored how CBD can actually counteract some of the harmful effects of alcohol.
CBD has cell-protecting properties and can help prevent cell damage and diseases caused by alcohol. Drinking too much can increase inflammation and cause cancer, pancreatitis, liver disease and brain cell destruction, while CBD can reduce these effects. CBD helps the body function optimally and find balance when taken daily.
CBD can also help reduce blood alcohol level. The more alcohol you have in your blood, the weaker you feel. One study found that people who took a high dose of CBD with alcohol had much lower blood alcohol levels than those who took alcohol with a placebo.
Finally, CBD has been shown to be therapeutic against alcohol addictions. Many researchers believe that CBD can help treat alcohol use disorders, as studies have shown that CBD reduces many symptoms associated with addiction and withdrawal. CBD can help reduce alcohol consumption, prevent relapses, and decrease motivation or interest in drinking alcohol.
Ultimately, the main side effect of CBD and alcohol is fatigue, but there are many benefits associated with taking alcohol and CBD together.
CBD and alcohol cocktails, and a recipe
Since CBD has been found to reduce some of the harmful effects of alcohol, many bars and restaurants are adding CBD to their cocktail menus. Typically, bars use full-spectrum CBD to achieve a range of effects from other cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes can help boost the effects of CBD while enhancing the scents and flavors of the cocktail.
Pattern Bar in the Fashion District has a ton of different cocktails, and you can add CBD to any drink for a nominal fee. You can also find CBD and terpene-infused cocktails and kombuchas at joke bar in Los Angeles. If you’re not looking to spend the money on bars and restaurants, you can also find CBD-infused alcohol at some liquor stores.
However, infusing CBD into your favorite cocktails is exceptionally easy. You simply prepare your favorite drink and add a shot of CBD oil to your mix. You can even add terpenes to help you modify your flavor profiles and increase the effectiveness of your CBD.
Try this CBD-infused Dirty Martini recipe.
To make your own CBD cocktail, you will need:
- 2 ounces dry gin
- 1/2 ounce extra dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce cocktail brine of green olives
- A pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
- green olive
- 10-20mg of full-spectrum CBD oil
- Optional: a line of water soluble b-caryophyllene terpenes for the flavor
To do it :
- Add ice to a mixing glass with gin, vermouth, cocktail brine and optional b-caryophyllene terpenes. Stir until cool.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Add CBD oil, olive skewers and black pepper for garnish.
The bottom line
Taking CBD and alcohol together may reduce the effects of alcohol, although there is not enough information available to determine the long-term risks of the combination. You should also keep in mind that CBD affects everyone differently, so effects may vary from person to person. If you decide to mix alcohol and CBD, start with small amounts of each to reduce your risk of negative side effects.
We would also like to reiterate that this information should not be construed as medical advice. We do not tolerate substance abuse. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this mixture if you have any concerns.
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