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But there could actually be benefits to taking CBD with alcohol, suggests Soyona Rafatja, a New York-based functional and integrative family medicine physician. One study in the journal Psychopharmacology found that people who had alcohol and a CBD capsule had lower blood alcohol levels than those who had alcohol alone, though they experienced the same impairments in cognition and motor coordination. Another study in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior found that rodents experienced less alcohol-induced neurodegeneration if they received CBD through a topical gel while the alcohol was administered.

Jordan Tishler, president of the medical cannabis practice InhaleMD and the Association of Cannabis Specialists, on the other hand, says there isn’t enough research to prove any interaction between alcohol and CBD. He’s more concerned about people mixing alcohol with THC—this, he says, increases THC levels in the blood eightfold.

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Even if you’re not slapping the two together in a drink, CBD and alcohol can interact if you take them within four to eight hours of each other, says James Giordano, professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center. This means that if you have a drink with dinner then take CBD dab before bed, the CBD could have a stronger effect than it would without the alcohol.

With CBD rising in popularity, it seems people are mixing it with everything, alcohol included. Los Angeles’ bar scene is spilling over with CBD cocktail offerings, and breweries are selling CBD-infused beer. But is mixing CBD and alcohol actually a good idea?

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“Like anything else, as doses increase of either or both, you get yourself more into a problem,” he explains. “The more you drink, the more CBD you’re taking, you get a potentiated effect that's greater than the effect of either alone. The level of intoxication is going to be greater: greater loss of control, inhibition, motor coordination, and that becomes problematic.”

More research from Free Radical Biology & Medicine showed that rodents that ingested CBD 30 minutes before ingesting alcohol were less likely to experience alcohol-induced oxidative damage in the liver than those that didn’t have the CBD. While they’re just animal studies, experts think they’re quite telling. “Alcohol decreases autophagy [degradation of damaged cells] in the liver, causing fat to accumulate in the liver and therefore cause fatty liver, inflammation, and hepatitis,” Rafatjah explains. CBD does the opposite, spurring damaged cells to degenerate, which can counteract alcohol’s effects.

Cbd drunk

Generally, the effects of alcohol will be more intense if you consume it within 4-8 hours of using CBD. Allowing wine and CBD to interact results in a greater loss of motor coordination, greater loss of inhibition, and greater loss of control. Essentially, when consuming both at the same time, the effects will be more intense than when you consume just one of the substances.

Furthermore, some experts believe that because both substances have similar sedating effects, they may actually amplify each other. This means the overall experience could be more intense.

What Happens When You Mix CBD and Wine?

Since cannabis and alcohol are both depressants, the numbing, relaxing, sedative-like effects of both substances often increase when you use them together. Although CBD isn’t mind-altering, its subtle sedative effects still mix with wine in a way that amplifies them.

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This is where CBD comes in. Studies show that mixing CBD and alcohol can reduce the alcohol level in the blood, which may reduce damage to the brain cells and organs. However, it doesn’t reduce the effects of alcohol.

How CBD and Alcohol Interact with Each Other

Basically, we do not know as much about the effects of occasional and moderate consumption. For this reason, you should be wary when using CBD and wine together, especially if you’re unsure about how either will affect you.