CBD and Alcohol: Do They Mix?
If you’re currently using CBD products and wondering if they can be mixed with alcohol, we have you covered. This guide will go over what CBD is and if it should be mixed with alcohol (the short answer is no due to a current lack of research), along with info on how both affect the body.
After this guide, you will be able to better understand the impact of both and have a list of questions to present your doctor with before using CBD in general (or with alcohol).
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What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from the hemp plant and classified as a type of cannabinoid. While these chemicals are commonly found in marijuana, CBD derivatives do not contain the psychoactive properties. This is due to the lack of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what produces the “high” feeling.
Before deciding if CBD is for you, it’s best to understand the types of products including:
- Broad-Spectrum - Has no THC and multiple naturally found cannabinoids
- Full-Spectrum - Contains THC and all naturally found cannabinoids
- Isolate - Contains only CBD and no other cannabinoids
Is It Safe To Consume CBD And Alcohol Together?
Not much is known about the mixing of CBD and alcohol. While this isn’t exactly comforting to hear, it shows how the research is limited in certain areas. We may understand individually how both impact the body, but together proves less than fully researched for right now.
It may be best to discuss your alcohol consumption with your doctor before taking a CBD product. They will be able to discuss the benefits and downsides of using the two together. Remember, it’s great (and safe) to lean on medical professional advice rather than taking the task into your own hands! For now, perhaps continue exploring various CBD products or even check out our BATCH blog to learn more about the cannabis industry and CBD use.
How Long After Taking CBD Oil Can You Drink Alcohol?
Much of this depends on the strength of the CBD oil and the type of alcohol you are consuming. While we do not know if they are necessarily bad to mix together, you should always take care to do your research beforehand. This includes discussing your habits and medical history with your doctor. Your doctor may even be able to better explain the effects of alcohol on the system, especially when combined with a CBD product.
What Would Happen If You Mix CBD And Alcohol?
There isn’t enough research to provide a definitive answer for what happens when you mix CBD and alcohol. However, as it stands alcohol can be seen as working to reduce inhibitions when consumed. This means that alcohol has a similar effect to that of CBD, which also is meant to relax without the “high” feeling found with THC based products.
CBD And Alcohol In Your Body
According to Healthline, there is a 1979 study that’s mentioned in which participants were given alcohol and CBD together. A small sample was given 200 mg of CBD along with 1 gram of alcohol for every 2.2 lbs of body weight. The results found that combination of CBD and alcohol caused impairments with motor skills and participants’ perception of time.
However, the Healthline article does mention that this is an outdated study and most likely used more CBD than most traditionally use today. Despite a lack of research on the combination, there are numerous studies on how CBD impacts the body as seen with a few below:
- Cannabidiol Use And Effectiveness: Real-World Evidence From A Canadian Medical Cannabis Clinic
- CBD And Postmenopause-Related Disorders
- CBD Use For Parkinson’s Disease
- CBD-Enriched Cannabis For Autism Spectrum Disorder +
What Shouldn’t You Mix CBD With?
Harvard Health Publishing put together a guide to understand what you should not mix CBD with and included:
- Not mixing with OTC or prescription medication
- Specifically to not mix with substances that make you feel sleepy (opioids, antidepressants, antihistamines, and even herbal supplements like melatonin)
- Taking with stimulants can lead to decreased appetite as well
They also mentioned serious interactions with blood thinner medication, heart rhythm medication, thyroid medication, and some medications for seizures. This is not meant to scare or deter using CBD, but you should always discuss your medication and CBD use with your doctor before mixing or taking at the same time. This will ensure that a qualified medical professional is aware of your medical history and can offer advice on whether it’s safe or not to take CBD.
The Bottom Line
It’s tricky figuring out new products, especially when they are still being developed in a changing cannabis landscape. However, rest assured that there are companies that treat transparency and safety as paramount in the CBD experience. BATCH is committed to providing quality CBD products, but we also back that with our Lab Reports.
Testing our products is critical to providing safe and effective solutions to your daily life. You can click on your product of choice on our lab report page and a test result PDF will load automatically. Products are tested at an ISO 17025 accredited 3rd party lab in addition to our own internal HPLC.
We’ve also provided you with a list of questions to ask your doctor about CBD use and alcohol before starting on your own like:
- Based on my medical history, lab work, and prescriptions is it safe for me to use CBD at all, let alone with alcohol?
- Can you explain how alcohol and CBD interact in the body?
- What medications should not be taken with CBD products?
CBD For Me? BATCH Has You Covered
We got you covered here, even if you’re not on board with consuming alcohol and CBD products. You can of course safely consume alcohol, especially after discussing habits with your doctor. And while the research of using CBD and alcohol is limited, you shouldn’t fear the prospect of CBD!
At BATCH we have a variety of CBD oils, gummies, topicals, and even a softgel product for whatever your preference is! To get started today, check out our range of CBD products like the Original CBD Oil Tincture (this is our OG blend) or our Gold Reserve Blend (a tincture made specifically for CBD connoisseurs).