CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is a type of chemical found in the cannabis plant. It has recently become famous amongst athletes and exercise enthusiasts because of its healing and soothing abilities. Benefits associated with CBD include curing inflammation, better sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, and healing pain. Alcohol is another such substance that has been known for causing feelings of numbness and euphoria and is a prominent substance used for curing diseases like anxiety and stress. Seeing that CBD is a substance that helps heal muscles and nerves, arguments have emerged over the effect of combined usage of alcohol and CBD. One of the primary concerns of this article is to analyze the impact of CBD in reducing alcohol concentrations in the blood. Scientific studies and research on this issue have not yielded exact results yet; however, certain studies have taken place which have hinted that a certain quantity of intake of CBD Edibles can reduce the blood alcohol concentration to a certain extent. Nonetheless, the exact impact of CBD on alcohol concentration in the blood is yet to be determined. This article attempts to study the effect of CBD on the concentration of alcohol in the blood.
What is CBD?
CBD Edibles contain small quantities of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is an active ingredient in cannabis, but it does not have psychoactive properties. On the other hand, CBD Edibles have many therapeutic benefits. So CBD has become very popular in recent years. CBD Edibles are available in tablets, oil, tinctures, sprays, etc. The alcohol industry has spotted its success and has started providing CBD mixed in alcohol. The impact of CBD on the human body when it is consumed with alcohol is still uncertain.
What is Alcohol?
Alcohol, scientifically known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol, is an ingredient that is common in drinks like beers, wine, whiskey, scotch, etc. The production of alcohol involves the use of sugar extracted from different plants. Alcohol is considered a sedative-hypnotic drug. It affects the central nervous system of the body. The consumption of alcohol in small quantities can induce feelings of euphoria. However, the usage of alcohol in excess leads to feelings of “drowsiness, respiratory depression, coma or even death.”
Effect of CBD on Alcohol
The essential quality of alcohol is to induce feelings of relaxation and inhibitions. CBD Edibles have a similar impact. CBD Edibles help in reducing anxiety and calming muscles and nerves. Certain studies have taken place that has shown that controlled usage of CBD for a month has “reduced anxiety and improved sleep quality.” Since the effects of CBD and Alcohol are similar, if taken together, they can be of severe concern since the combined impact of both substances on the body could be harmful. So it is unwise to consume CBD and Alcohol together. However, some benefits of CBD over blood alcohol have come to notice.
When alcohol consumption is in excess, it becomes harmful. It affects the cells and can lead to certain chronic diseases, and cause some forms of cancer. Animal studies have shown that when CBD Edibles are consumed, they can help cure the inflammation and damage caused to cells by alcohol. It has been observed that the application of CBD Gel, which is another form of CBD Edibles, on the skin of a rat, decreased the damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption by up to 49%.
Blood Alcohol concentration (BAC) measures the quantity of alcohol present in the bloodstream of a person. The excess consumption of alcohol leads to a higher concentration of blood alcohol. It also leads to severe damage to the cognitive functions of the body. Although CBD may cure the cells, its direct impact on reducing the blood alcohol level is uncertain.
One study showed that people who drank alcohol with CBD had lower blood alcohol levels than when they consumed alcohol with a placebo. However, certain other studies have shown negative results on the impact of CBD in reducing blood alcohol levels. It was noted that CBD did not reduce blood alcohol concentration when administered to animals alongside alcohol.
The issue of hypothermia which is caused by ethanol, is also curable by CBD Edibles. However, CBD is not very effective in reducing the amount of alcohol in the blood. The process of the body to maintain stable conditions necessary for the survival of the person is called homeostasis. The area with which CBD contacts is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). One of the purposes of ECS is to maintain good homeostasis between the biological processes of the body.
When alcohol consumption is high, it negatively impacts the ECS, affecting healthy homeostasis that causes loss of balance and cognitive skills. But when CBD Edibles are taken after alcohol, they contact ECS and direct it to produce more of its naturally occurring endocannabinoids. This influx of additional cannabinoids in the blood helps the body regain its consciousness and maintain homeostasis. So consumption of CBD lowers the impact of alcohol on the body, but whether it reduces the blood alcohol is not exactly confirmed.
CBD and alcohol, if taken together, can intensify the effects. This could lead to severe intoxication and sedation. The cells which get damaged by alcohol consumption are easily recoverable by CBD. It also, suggestively, helps in reducing the blood alcohol concentration, alcohol addiction, and withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, most of the studies conducted used high doses of CBD. So the impact of a usual quantity of CBD on blood alcohol is quite unclear. It is wise to wait until further research is made available. Until then, let’s agree with the popular notion that CBD is safe to use and has certain benefits. CBD can thus help in curing alcohol-related damage to the body. Also, though affirmative, it would be unwise to say that CBD reduces the blood alcohol concentration in the body.