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The Truth About CBD and Alcohol

"Preliminary preclinical results suggest that CBD can attenuate alcohol consumption and potentially protect against certain harmful effects of alcohol, such as liver and brain damage." - US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

According to the World Health Organization:

CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile and there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.

CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment for epilepsy and there is preliminary evidence that CBD could be useful in treating a variety of diseases and disorders, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, anxiety, insomnia, pain and other serious conditions.

We encourage you to read the World Health Organization Report and a more recent article from the New York Times.

CBD in Alcohol

According to CBD Information Online, current information provides for the possibility of CBD becoming beneficial to those who drink alcohol. CBD seems to offer a level of protection from the damaging effects of excessive alcohol use, yet it will not help in minimizing intoxication. It should not be assumed that if you take CBD in combination with alcohol you are less intoxicated or possess the proper cognitive abilities and decision making needed to drive home safely. CBD has no effect in making a person less drunk. A study published in the 1979 issue of Psychopharmacology tested four groups of people on the effects of combining alcohol and CBD. They were either given a placebo, a drink consisting of alcohol only, a drink combining alcohol and CBD, and CBD alone. The study found alcohol continued to perform as a typical psychoactive substance, but CBD remained non-interactive when combined with alcohol. They concluded that although CBD did not alter the impairment caused by alcohol, the combination of CBD and alcohol actually resulted in lower blood alcohol levels compared to alcohol given alone.”

In 2014, a study was published in the Journal of Free Radical Biology and Medicine, which found that the presence of CBD in the bloodstream while alcohol is consumed protected subjects from developing fatty livers – also called hepatosteatosis. Researchers found that CBD induced and prevented the decrease in autophagy – a cell survival mechanism used to dispose of both excess and deteriorated organelles from the liver. Autophagy also reduces inflammation and liver injuries. CBD demonstrated its ability to stimulate autophagy to decrease liver cell “oxidative stress and fat accumulation by clearing damaged mitochondria and lipid droplets from hepatocytes”

Additionally, CBD acted as an antioxidant by lowering 4-HNE levels – protecting glutamate toxicity and neurotoxicity. 4-HNE, or Hydroxynonenal, is the product of lipid peroxidation, which is a chain of reactions involving free radicals that result in the deterioration of polyunsaturated lipids. Lipid peroxidation indicates oxidative stress or an “imbalance between the production of free radicals and the antioxidant system.” In this study, although alcohol typically increases 4-HNE, “CBD reverses this increase” in the livers of mice treated with CBD, thereby uncovering CBD’s qualities in protecting the liver during alcohol consumption.

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