Can I drink alcohol if I am taking CBD?

When starting to experiment with CBD you may be wondering how different it is to other cannabis products, including those containing THC, and whether you can take it safely with alcohol. This guide of do's and don’ts will take you through all the things you need to know about drinking alcohol whilst taking CBD.

Whether it be for the perceived health benefits of CBD or you are just looking to try something new, you won’t have to ask “can I drink alcohol and take CBD oil?” anymore. And even if you are still not sure about mixing CBD with alcohol after this article, there are still many other ways to take CBD including CBD alcohol free drinks.

Cross-buzzed not Crossfaded

Many people know that alcohol and marijuana do not mix very well. Combining the two creates what is known as a “crossfade”. A cannabis and alcohol-induced crossfade is caused because the effects of both are very different. North Point Washington Rehab explains:

  • "Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that profoundly affects the drinker’s motor skills.
  • Cannabis is a psychoactive mood-altering drug that primarily has cognitive effects."

These effects can mix and cause a lack of motor coordination, sickness, sweating and nausea, among many other things. However, when THC (the psychoactive component in marijuana) is removed from the equation, as it should be in all legal UK Cannabidiol (CBD) products, crossfades are significantly less likely as CBD products do not have any psychoactive effects.

In fact, many people will say that you will not notice a difference in your buzz at all. Combining CBD with alcohol should be perfectly safe and with the right tips, the experience can be even better. Read on to discover our do's and don'ts when it comes to mixing CBD and alcohol.

Do - Know the different effects of different CBD products

Before you start to experiment, make sure you know the difference in the various types of CBD products that are out there and how they work before mixing them with alcohol. One thing to understand is that CBD oil, CBD cocktails, tinctures and food products (to name a few) all work differently with your body. Before mixing CBD and alcohol, we suggest you know how your CBD product of choice works for you.

Don’t - Simply add CBD oil into your drink

If you’re opting for CBD oil, don’t add it to your drink as it has the same properties as any other oil, making it insoluble, meaning it will simply float on top of your drink. If you use CBD oil this way it won’t absorb into the body properly, making the effects subdued (that’s if you even experience any this way). If you want to mix it in a drink, it is a good idea to find a water-soluble CBD product, or try a specialised CBD drink.

CBD oil and glass

Don’t - Take a full dose straight away

When beginning with CBD and alcohol, don’t take a full dose straight away. You’re always better building it up so you can assess the best dose for you. Remember, this will be dependent on the product you use also. Although you may be comfortable with the amount of CBD you like to take, if you have yet to take CBD and drink alcohol, lowering your dose before a drink can be beneficial.

Do - Consult a doctor first if you are worried about medical implications

If you’re taking CBD for medical reasons, always consult your doctor before using CBD with alcohol as they may be able to advise you on what is best for your condition. And if in doubt, you can always try a good old CBD mocktail which can give you the experience of drinking without the booze.

Don’t - Drive after consuming alcohol

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t drive after you’ve consumed alcohol, even if it does include CBD. Studies show that CBD can lower a person's blood alcohol levels. It is true that this could reduce the risk of alcohol poisoning and overconsumption, however, it will still affect both motor and psychomotor impairment meaning it does not reduce the effects of alcohol, and will still allow you to get drunk while consuming it. Therefore, you should always remember to never drink and drive.

Alcoholic drink

Do - Make sure your CBD product is reliable

When buying a CBD product, make sure there is a certification of analysis on the bottle as it is important to know the purity and whether it’s safe to consume. This is especially important if you’re buying online. And always remember that a bargain isn’t always the best way to go. Compromising on price can sometimes be risky as you’re paying for purity, so if a bargain is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t going to give you the best experience.

The risk you face with a low-quality CBD is that it may contain levels of THC. Although only trace amounts of CBD is permissible by law in UK products, there are many CBD products that aren't as they seem. Buying a reputable product will ensure that you don't risk experiencing an unwanted crossfade.

The do's and don'ts of mixing CBD and alcohol:

  • Do - Know the different effects of different CBD products
  • Don’t - Simply add CBD oil into your drink
  • Don’t - Take a full dose straight away
  • Do - Consult a doctor first if you are worried about medical implications
  • Don’t - Drive after consuming alcohol
  • Do - Make sure your CBD product is reliable

When experimenting with CBD and alcohol you might think there is a lot to learn. But with these simple tips, you’re on your way to becoming a CBD connoisseur. The mixture of CBD and alcohol can bring you great experiences, and with the industry constantly evolving and bringing more great products like Kolibri drinks’ CBD alcohol free drinks, the future of CBD is unending.

About the author:

Kamila is a bestselling author of  “Bespoke. How to radically grow your bar and restaurant business through personalisation”, and passionate trend-spotter for the UK Eating Out market with thousands of followers on her widely popular blog

With a decade of hands-on experience collaborating with hospitality influencers and insight experts and background in setting strategies for leading brands, Kamila has become the industry champion for truly bespoke and guest-centric experiences.

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