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CBD Oil and Alcohol Consumption: Everything You Need to Know

CBD Oil and Alcohol Consumption: Everything You Need to Know

CBD Oil and Alcohol Consumption: Everything You Need to Know


What is CBD oil and what are the potential benefits?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant, these hemp plants contain high levels of CBD which we’ve made full use of over recent years. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are both found in the Cannabis plant and interact with the human body and brain via the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. The ECS is responsible for regulating bodily functions like sleep, immunity and mood. Evidence suggests that CBD can be used for its calming and anti-inflammatory benefits, THC, on the other hand, may overstimulate the brain causing psychoactive activity. Although both CBD and THC are found in the same Cannabis plant, they are completely different molecules and have different effects on the body entirely, not to be confused with one another. 


Available in many forms, CBD products are widely available in the UK, well known for their potential effects and therapeutic benefits on the body. However, it’s important to have all the facts especially when it comes to mixing CBD oil and alcohol, whether it’s CBD gummies, the oil itself or capsules.

How long after taking CBD oil can I drink alcohol


CBD and alcohol both affect our body and mind in different ways. The FDA warns that using alcohol and CBD together or within a short space of time may increase the effects of alcohol such as sleepiness, shifts in mood and drowsiness when used together. Essentially you might feel more intoxicated and experience heightened effects when mixing the two substances. As a result, it may not be advisable to drink alcohol soon after consuming CBD. It’s thought that using the two substances may intensify the effects of each other.


It’s unclear how long after taking CBD oil you should wait to have a drink. It all depends on the quality and strength of CBD as well as the dosage consumed, the alcohol drunk and personal factors such as height, weight and tolerance. Therefore, it’s advisable to play it safe and wait at least four to six hours after taking CBD oil to drink alcohol. Allowing the body time to fully absorb and process the CBD.

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Can I drink alcohol while taking CBD oil?


With limited research around the effects of alcohol and cannabidiol on blood alcohol levels in humans, one study, in particular, looked at blood alcohol concentration change in individuals who consumed both alcohol and 200mg of CBD. However, this is already over the recommended FDA amount of CBD per day and without proper research in addition to risks of drowsiness and reduction in cognitive function, it’s not advisable.


Can you mix CBD and alcohol and are there any side effects?


There isn’t really enough research at this stage, what happens when you mix CBD and alcohol is still unknown, we’d say it’s not advisable to mix the two substances. However, if you do happen to have a glass of wine and use CBD shortly after or vice versa we would recommend sticking to a small amount of CBD and a low alcohol intake to minimise the dangers of experiencing adverse effects. Excessive alcohol consumption mixed with CBD can result in the experience of side effects. This is dependent on the amount of alcohol drunk and the strength of THC present in the ingested dose of CBD. The effects of CBD and alcohol could include symptoms like drowsiness, dehydration and dizziness or vertigo.


Is CBD oil a good replacement for alcohol?

There has been some research into the use of CBD oil as a replacement for excessive alcohol consumption or alcohol dependence, indicating a reduction in alcohol withdrawal symptoms has been observed. A reduction in cravings associated with alcohol use as well as helping individuals in reducing their alcohol dependency has been observed when using CBD oil. 


Alcohol acts as a depressant and can have harmful effects on our bodies, CBD oil offer a complete alternative, balancing the endocannabinoid system as well as reducing anxiety and depression without the hangxiety and without suffering the side effects of the night before! Unlike alcohol, CBD can improve calm and relaxation without the psychoactive effects alcohol consumption can cause. Making it a safer and healthier option, allowing you to make a positive change in your drinking habits when unwinding or socialising. 

Is CBD healthier than alcohol?

We know CBD doe not have the intoxicating or negative effects alcohol does, of course, similarities between both can be observed in terms of their relaxing benefits. CBD definitely seems to be the safer option in this case.  CBD can encourage you to feel socially comfortable and relaxed in moments of anxiety or stress.

How to take CBD oil 

If you’re wondering how to use CBD oil it’s recommended that you start low and slow and increase your dosage over time when you need to. Use the pipet dropper to measure your amount of CBD oil, remembering to check the label for the recommended CBD dosage and daily amounts.


The best way to take CBD is directly under the tongue, holding it there for about 90 seconds. Holding CBD oil under the tongue allows for maximum absorption, fast-tracking the oil into your bloodstream. You could begin to feel the benefits of the CBD from around 30 minutes to an hour depending on the dosage, your tolerance, height, weight, metabolism and so on. 


We’re spoilt for choice with so many different products on the UK CBD oil market including CBD bath bombs, CBD gummies, CBD softgels, CBD drinks, massage oils and so much more, it’s hard not to find something you’ll love. And most importantly it’s about finding something that works for you and your routines!


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