CBD Oil and Alcohol
Are you interested in taking CBD oils for various reasons? Worried about what interactions can happen if you mix CBD oil and Alcohol? Are you a person that likes to occasionally drink or go out and drink with friends? Don’t worry, many people who are just starting CBD oil have these same fears. Many questions follow these fears. I hope to use this article to help address any concerns and questions you may have. One of the biggest questions that has been asked is: Can you mix CBD oil and alcohol together?
What Are the Affects of CBD Oil and Alcohol?
You can drink alcohol while taking any CBD oil products. Some local drinking establishments even offer cocktails and beer products with CBD oil in them. However, those that decide to drink alcohol and take CBD products need to understand the affects of mixing alcohol and oils together.
Even though it is safe, you need to understand that if you mix these two things together, they can amplify each other’s affect on the person mixing them. This means, if you drink and take CBD oil, the CBD oil will hit you with stronger affects and make you more sedated. It’s always recommended to wait at least 4 to 6 hours before drinking after you take CBD oil products, so this doesn’t happen. If you cannot wait the recommended time, be responsible and make sure you have friends around.
Some people like wine with their dinner, and that’s okay. If taking CBD oil and drinking, as stated above, it will make you more sedate. This is a good combination for people who have trouble sleeping. Many people rather do this then take sleeping medications. Sleeping medications have many harsh side effects, where as CBD oils does not. Alcohol and CBD products are both made to relax you.
What Affects Does CBD Have on Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a growing problem in the world today. Many people who feel they have to much stress placed on them daily tend to turn to alcohol. They turn to alcohol because of the ability alcohol has to relax you. However, with this relaxation comes a chance of getting addicted or dependent on alcohol. This can cause many problems in a person’s life.
Alcoholism can cause permanent harm to the human body. Alcoholism can shrink the frontal lobes of your brain. It can also affect your mental clarity causing you to make very bad decisions. In addition, alcohol can cause blackouts and cause memory gaps in your brain. This causes you waking up and not knowing what you did while drunk. Plus, alcohol can cause a person to hallucinate.
The major problems of alcohol trauma are heart damage, better chances of getting cancer, liver damage, lung infections, malnutrition, and diabetes. There is a long list of side effects. However, CBD oil and Alcohol can be used together to help reduce the amount of drinking.
Did you know that CBD oil has been said to help people reduce the amount of daily alcohol dependency? It can also help protect your body. It was stated that CBD oil may provide idiosyncratic protection to the liver and brain. What this means is it provides protection against the damage alcohol can cause against the liver and brain.
People who consume large amounts of alcohol may develop liver diseases. CBD oil may help with reducing the chances of this happening. Conducted research showed that CBD Oil seems to have therapeutic properties for ethanol – induced liver damage.
CBD Oil and Alcohol vs THC and Alcohol
Do you know what the difference between CBD oil and THC? CBD oil comes from part of the Cannabis Sativa plant. This part of the plant is commonly referred to as hemp. CBD oil is a chemical compound that is extracted from this part of the pant. CBD oil contains no more than 0.3% HTC by law. Since the HTC rating is so low, it does not get you high. That’s why it is safe to drink it with alcohol. However, you should always keep in mind, CBD oil may have a stronger affect when used with the correlation of alcohol.
Tetrahydrocannabinol comes from the marijuana plants and contain much higher levels of THC, which causes you to become high. THC is illegal in many states. THC is psycho active compound found in marijuana that can cause many adverse side effects.
There are many sides affects to THC. A few of these are:
- Increased heart rate – THC speeds up the heart
- Coordination problems – You can fall due to being to “high”
- Dry mouth – THC can cause you to have excessive thirst
- Red eyes – THC causes increased heart rate which in turn causes your blood to pump faster, causing increased blood flow to the eyes
- Memory loss
- Slower reaction times – THC makes you sedate, and you are slower to reacting to things.
CBD Oil Side effects
CBD oil has almost no side effects. In fact, since it has such small amounts of THC in it, it does not a cause a “high”. The only thing you must be careful with is mixing it with medications that have a grapefruit warning. CBD oil has the same reaction with certain medications as grapefruit does. It can cause the medication to not act to its full potential. However, consult with a physician before taking “grapefruit warning” medications and CBD oil together.
On that note:
As you can see from reading this article, using CBD oil and alcohol together is safe, if you use them together responsibly. Although, they may be safe together, you still must make sure you aren’t to sedate to get home. In fact, always try to plan so you don’t have to worry about mixing them together. If you can, it is recommending taking your CBD oil hours before drinking to prevent increased potency of the oil.
You are interested about learning more on this topic? Please feel free to use the references I chose for my study. In fact, you are going to be amazed at all the information you can find on CBD and Alcohol and the many curing possibilities of CBD oils.
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