Can you mix CBD with alcohol? 

Will it be OK to take CBD alongside your pint?

Becky Spencer-Davies

Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming increasingly popular in the health and wellness space. New products are being made and sold in health food stores and online. CBD products include oils, e-liquids, bath bombs and bath soaks, protein shakes, creams, edibles and more.

Amongst the new CBD products is CBD infused beer, gin and other boozy drinks. This has lead people to wonder, can you mix CBD with alcohol? Will there be any adverse side effects of this cocktail? Then we look at how CBD might actually help the symptoms of the morning after the night before.

What is CBD?

First up, let’s look at exactly what CBD is. CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It has been used for thousands of years as alternative medicine. However, more recently it has become mainstream as people start to see the benefits themselves. You might feel benefits if you are suffering from a number of conditions, including anxiety, depression, nausea, migraines, MS, back pain, nausea, sleep disorders, epilepsy, cancer symptoms and more. 

Now is the time to tell you that CBD is legal. This is because it doesn't contain quantities of THC, which is the psychoactive part of the plant.   

Can you mix CBD with alcohol?

Nothing quite like a cold beer or large glass of red after a hard day’s work to really relax you. CBD also is known to help relax you and reducing anxiety and promoting restful sleep.

In one study there were 72 subjects taking 25-75 mg of CBD a day for 30 days. As a result, they found that this reduced their anxiety and helped them to sleep better.

As both CBD and alcohol have similar effects, you might notice that they are amplified. Leaving you feeling super chilled and ready for bed! This intense mix has also been said to be mood and behaviour altering. 

There’s not a massive amount of research into whether you can mix CBD with alcohol. Although, there is some interesting information on how it can help with the hangover and help prevent the nasty effects of one too many drinks. 

How could CBD help with my hangover?

CBD may help reduce anxiety 
THE BEER FEAR! We all get it. That feeling of “oh no, why did I say/do that?” The sinking feeling in your stomach as you look over your phone pictures from the night before. Or worse, when you are tagged in pictures from the night before! This is where CBD may come in handy. CBD has been found to reduce anxiety and promote feelings of calmness.

Stop you feeling queasy 
When you wake up in the morning and feel like you’re going to see last night's kebab again CBD could help. CBD has been found to help reduce nausea naturally.   

Ease that pounding head
If drowning yourself in pints of water isn’t shifting the headache then try CBD. CBD helps to reduce pain and inflammation by working with the human endocannabinoid system and cell receptors.

So while there isn’t a huge amount of research into taking CBD with alcohol, there is some promise to it helping with your hangover!

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