Getting pleasantly chill is one thing, right? But with THC — flower, concentrates or edibles — it’s easy to go too far, and suddenly get the feeling that things are definitely not OK. When you’re in that state, you can tell yourself it’s only a matter of time till it wears off. But still, being more wrecked than you want can make you anxious, paranoid, and massively uncomfortable. And who needs that? CBD counters the effects of THC, but what about alcohol?
The price to pay for a night out..
- Overdo it with alcohol, and you’re going to pay an awful price. Maybe you get a little tipsy on a Friday night, and the next thing you know you have an excruciating Saturday-into-Sunday hangover. It’s usually more physical than psychological (unless you can’t remember the embarrassing things you did/said). But besides a throbbing headache, it hurts to lose hours of your day stranded in a place of general misery.
The relationships between CBD and alcohol
- Fortunately, there is something you can do to help avoid the bummer both of these scenarios. Non-psychotropic cannabidiol (CBD) may help mitigate the state of being too high, and it may protect your brain from the toxic effects of too much alcohol. In at least one study in humans, “the combination of alcohol plus CBD resulted in significantly lower blood alcohol levels compared to alcohol given alone.”
Your endocannabinoid system
- Let’s start with a little science: Everything with a backbone has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS governs mood, memory, sleep and appetite, and helps us maintain homeostasis. While we naturally secrete our own cannabinoids, the semi-magical resinous cannabis plant produces an abundance of these compounds, for which we have receptors in our brains and bodies. Among the 113 known cannabinoids is CBD. In simple terms, CBD blocks THC from binding with the receptors in your brain, therefore putting a damper on the high you get from consuming cannabis.
- Clinical trials involving cannabis are still hard to come by in the U.S., so ask your friends or your bud-tender about their experiences with THC and CBD. Odds are you’ll get some anecdotal evidence on how CBD seems to even out the effects of too much of a good thing.
Wait, they got rats drunk?
- What about alcohol? We know that it’s quite literally a poison that can cause damage to your brain with chronic use over time. In a 2013 study, researchers at the University of Kentucky showed that giving rats CBD alcohol-induced neurodegeneration reduced by almost 50 percent. From that study:
“Excessive alcohol consumption, characteristic of alcohol use disorders, results in neurodegeneration and behavioral and cognitive impairments that are hypothesized to contribute to the chronic and relapsing nature of alcoholism. Therefore, the current study aimed to advance the preclinical development of transdermal delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.”
- We’re not party rodents though. Many of us are social drinkers, more concerned about what happens when we consume too many beers or cocktails in one night. So the crucial question we wish someone would research is: Can CBD actually help ward off a hangover?