There’s a lot of excitement around CBD and for a good reason. Over the past few years, interest and research in the use and benefits of CBD have increased. Many people are waking up to the realization that there’s so much more to CBD than they had been aware of. Given that there are many ways you can use CBD, different varieties of consumables are coming up, and it was only going to be a matter of time before someone raised the discussion about alcohol.
Can you, or rather, should you mix CBD into your favorite drink? This applies especially to those who enjoy exotic cocktails. There’s sufficient research to admonish the idea of mixing alcohol and psychoactive cannabis. However, does this also apply to CBD? Should you mix the two because a lot of people are already doing it? What really happens when you do?
CBD and Alcohol
For a fact, alcohol and CBD do go hand in hand. Alcohol, as a stimulant, has a depressing sensation, depressing your CNS. On the other hand, CBD helps you stay alert and gives you energy, especially when you consume it in small doses. If you consume a lot of CBD, it can induce a sedation effect.
Several studies have been conducted on the use of alcohol and CBD. One such test revealed that using CBD and alcohol can be beneficial, in that CBD can help ward off some of the side-effects that are associated with alcohol consumption. CBD can help reduce neurodegeneration by up to 50%. What most of the studies reveal is that the interaction between CBD and alcohol can yield positive results.
Dealing with Alcoholism
If CBD can help reduce neurodegeneration, one of the side effects of alcoholism, then is it possible that it can also help manage or cure alcoholism altogether? A lot of studies have actually shown that this might be possible.
Most of these studies have attempted to show that CBD can be used to manage and help patients recover from addiction. One of the biggest addictive concerns that people have is alcoholism. Addiction to alcohol happens over time, and the stimulant interferes with the neurotransmitter balance in the brain. This balance interferes with the level of dopamine and serotonin.
As a result of the imbalance, the desire to drink more increases, and the more alcohol you consume, the slower your brain can pass information across neurons. Over time, the brain has to compensate for this lapse in communication by producing more neurons. When you suddenly stop drinking, the presence of excess excitatory neurons creates a state of hyperactivity, which essentially makes you desire more liquor to calm the neurons down.
The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in managing and treating addiction. It’s the endocannabinoid system that interacts with CBD. One of the roles of the endocannabinoid system is to influence communication between neurotransmitters, cravings, and emotions. This is how CBD helps you manage alcoholism.