With CBD’s meteoric rise to popularity, it seems people are adding it to everything: bath bombs, pet treats, hair products, food and even drinks. Legal states’ bar scenes are spilling-over with CBD infused cocktails. But is combining alcohol and CBD even a good idea?
The short answer is YES! Let’s take a look at the factors and potential interactions between the two compounds.
To kick off, let’s take a look at CBD and alcohol. CBD is a compound found in cannabis plants with the potential to deliver a sense of calm, along with many other benefits. It’s non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high, but it may make you feel a little more relaxed. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a sedative hypnotic drug, which means it can suppress the nervous system at higher doses, and act as a stimulant with lower doses. It’s not particularly great for your health—hint: it’s a poison—but we tend to enjoy it because it can temporarily relieve stress after a long day.
Since both compounds work to relax you, it can only be assumed they would magnify each other’s effects. This is not necessarily the case, however, with multiple studies finding that CBD has the potential to negate some of the harmful effects of alcohol.
A study in Psychopharmacology found that people who took a CBD capsule with their drink had a lower blood alcohol concentration than those who just had alcohol alone. Other studies, which were conducted on rodents, found that CBD had the potential to reduce alcohol-induced liver oxidation when taken in tandem with alcohol. Yet another study found that rodents experienced less alcohol-induced neurodegeneration (brain cell death).
While testing on human subjects hasn’t yet reached a point where we can conclusively claim CBD can deliver all of these benefits in humans too, it is a promising sign. Given CBDs very low-risk of side effects, it’s fairly safe to assume adding a few drops of CBD tincture to your champagne won’t end in disaster, in fact, it’s likely to make that wind-down drink even more relaxing.