Weird Medicine

CBD And Alcohol: What Happens When You Take These Two Substances Together?

CBD (cannabidiol) doesn’t get you high. It can reduce your anxiety and calm your frayed nerves. But it won’t get you stoned. Neither will it intoxicate you unlike drinking beer or liquor.

But what happens when you combine harmless CBD with harmful liquor?

Yes, it’s all but certain some brave and hardy souls out there have had the nerve to go where few people have gone before. But were they the same persons after making this trip?

Science doesn’t have the absolute answer, unfortunately. There hasn’t been that much research done into CBD, or marijuana for that matter, because these substances remain illegal in many U.S. States. No one wants to land in jail for smoking a joint in the wrong place or being in possession of weed.

It’s well known, however, that CBD and alcohol both promote feelings of calmness and relaxation. It is then safe to assume that taking them together will amplify the effects. But that’s not exactly what happened in one such experiment.

The limited knowledge scientists possess indicates that ingesting CBD and alcohol together can cause increased sleepiness and sedation. It can also lead to changes in mood and behavior.

One of only a few studies to look into this association has been criticized for its flawed design, but its results, nonetheless, give us important clues as to what occurs when CBD and alcohol do mix in the human body.

This small study looked at the effects of giving volunteers 200 mg of CBD and 1 gram of alcohol for every 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of body weight. It revealed that combining alcohol with CBD significantly impaired motor performance and altered the perception of time.

The study said the volunteers didn’t experience these effects when they only took CBD. In other words, what occurred was a weird form of drunkenness.

The study was criticized for utilizing a much higher amount of CBD than most people typically use.

Alcohol A range of alcoholic beverages. Flickr/ Matthew (m_ship22)

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