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People often choose to combine their Hemp Oil with chocolate, in juices, food, and even alcohol. Colorful cocktails with CBD and CBD-infused beers are all the rage lately in restaurants and bars.
This is hardly surprising, as alcohol and Hemp Oil can have similar relaxing effects on the body. However, many are wondering whether combining these two substances may cause any health problems.
Most trials and research conclude that alcohol and CBD enhance each other’s effects. In moderate quantities, alcohol and CBD should not cause any problems. Larger quantities, however, could cause sedation and other side effects.
Aside from combining CBD with alcoholic beverages, there is growing interest in the use of Hemp Oil to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms and alcohol addiction. Since CBD displays few side effects, helping the body recover from alcoholism with Hemp Oil could be a step forward to kicking alcohol addiction.
How Does Alcohol Act on the Brain?
When we drink alcohol, several chemical actions happen in our brain.
The first thing that occurs is that dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter, is released. Alongside dopamine, serotonin is also released—another neurotransmitter responsible for mood, happiness, and wellbeing. Finally, alcohol also increases the delivery of GABA, which is a neurotransmitter tasked with improving our mood and relieving anxiety.
These three work to make us feel better and happier.
However, while alcohol helps the release of these neurotransmitters, it also manifests itself as a depressant that reduces brain stimulation. Brain cells communicate with each other at a slower speed, resulting in slurred speech, difficulty in standing upright, and loss of motor coordination. Our brain cells are not working at their normal speed and are not giving timely signals to the body.
Alcohol generally works as a tranquilizer or an anesthetic in our brain. It slows us down and brings a sense of relaxation and euphoria. However, this also means it impairs our cognitive function, movement, and understanding of time.
How Does Hemp Oil Act on the Body?
Unlike alcohol, Hemp Oil does not act directly on the human body. Instead, it has an indirect and gentle effect through the human endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is nature’s way to maintain homeostasis—our body’s natural balance. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping several bodily functions in harmony: mood, temperature perception, motor perception, reproduction, appetite, memory, and inflammation are a few of the responsibilities of the ECS.
Our ECS works with human cannabinoids that attach themselves to receptors and alert the body when something is amiss.
CBD has a close affinity to one of the human cannabinoids. Research suggests that CBD gently prods the receptors and the ECS to work more efficiently to fix problems. At first, it was assumed that CBD increased the overall level of cannabinoids but it would appear that it makes the existing human cannabinoids work better.
As a result, Hemp Oil may support people with anxiety, depression, insomnia, inflammation, appetite, and pain. Its potential effect is gentle, subtle, and calming.
Effects of CBD and Alcohol on the Body
CBD and Alcohol Intensify Each Other’s Properties
When taking CBD with alcohol, it appears that each other’s effects and properties are amplified.
The first and most noticeable effect of CBD and alcohol is the feeling of sedation and drowsiness. The two substances together intensify each other’s effects in terms of mood as they both affect our temperament and mental behavior. Mixing Hemp Oil and alcohol makes these mellowing and relaxing effects more intense and long-lasting.
Specific Effects of CBD on Alcohol Consumption
There is relatively little research regarding the combination of CBD and alcohol. Initial findings on small-scale trials showed that when Hemp Oil was consumed with alcohol, people still experienced the usual side effects of alcohol such as deterioration of motor perception and impaired perception of time. Test subjects who only took Hemp Oil did not experience these effects.
While Hemp Oil didn’t seem to prevent these side effects, there is some limited evidence that CBD may decrease blood-alcohol levels after consuming alcohol.
More importantly, CBD has antioxidant qualities that might be helpful with cell damage caused by alcohol. A significant side effect of consistent alcohol abuse is oxidative liver damage: fatty tissue builds up around the liver, as damaged cells cannot degenerate. CBD may help prevent the decay and death of these damaged cells, thus limiting the buildup of fatty tissue.
Likewise, CBD might assist with general cell damage caused by alcohol. Alcohol abuse can cause inflammation, liver damage, chronic diseases like pancreatitis, and even cancer. An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substance that could limit such damage will always be welcome.
Using CBD for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Another promising area of research is the potential use of Hemp Oil for treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms. People addicted to alcohol display a behavior that is centered around the consumption of increasing quantities of alcohol.
Addiction is generally characterized by people unable to stop drinking alcohol despite evident health problems. Alcoholics need to have a steady supply of alcohol and reject any suggestion they have an addiction problem. They will go to extreme behaviors to procure themselves alcoholic beverages.
Further complicating the problem, alcoholics require increased doses of alcohol as they slowly build up a tolerance to alcohol. Their bodies get accustomed to the presence of alcohol in the system. As a result, they need increasingly more alcohol to reach the euphoria they require.
Substance abuse expresses itself in three stages: intoxication, withdrawal, and relapse.
Alcohol-addicted people become intoxicated with alcohol; when alcohol levels drop, they experience the effects of withdrawal. As their body cannot deal with it, they drink more alcohol to experience the intoxication and satisfy their craving.
Some research findings suggest that Hemp Oil may be a possible treatment for withdrawal symptoms as CBD appears to reduce the intensity of the euphoric sensation associated with abuse. It also seems to decrease the extent of the symptoms.
Furthermore, preliminary findings suggest that CBD may be helpful in preventing relapse by reducing cravings and decreasing the desire to consume more alcohol. Breaking the vicious circle of alcohol consumption is crucial to restarting a healthy life.
This, of course, does not mean that people may freely consume large doses of CBD-infused beverages in the mistaken belief that Hemp Oil will protect them from any addictive alcoholic behavior!
Can Hemp Oil Cure Hangovers?
What Is a Hangover?
In a sense, a hangover is a withdrawal symptom. The sense of hangover occurs when blood alcohol levels start to drop and the body begins to have withdrawal symptoms. Excessive drinking causes our brain to lose its circadian rhythms, making us feel sleep-deprived. Some people suffer from migraines, others feel dizzy, while most feel nauseous and experience bouts of vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Nursing a hangover is not a pleasant thing. Headaches, nausea, and a general feeling of exhaustion and dizziness are annoying and disturbing. They may also be dangerous if, for example, you wish to drive or operate heavy machinery.
Sleeping it off is a good initial instinct after a night of drinking.
Getting plenty of fluids is another helpful step: alcohol causes severe dehydration because it triggers excessive urination. Taking in non-alcoholic fluids helps the body faster recover its balance.
Eating a healthy breakfast filled with carbohydrates also helps. A reason for the feelings of tiredness and exhaustion after a hangover is that drinking lowers our blood sugar levels. To elevate them gently, it’s good to eat carbohydrates that provide the body with the energy it needs and slowly return our blood-sugar levels to their normal state.
Headaches and migraines can often be attributed to low blood-sugar levels, therefore eating something healthy could help on that front as well.
Finally, taking vitamins, particularly vitamin B and zinc, have been shown to help with overcoming a hangover.
The whole complex of vitamins B is essential as they give back nutrients and restore the body. Because drinking causes excessive urination, a lot of vitamin B flows out.
Vitamin B helps the body to turn carbohydrates into energy. Likewise, vitamin B has an important role in brain cell regeneration. As the brain gets hit by alcohol consumption, vitamin B can help it recover.
We have prepared a post addressing directly “Can I Take CBD for a Hangover?”
Can Hemp Oil Help with Hangover?
There is very little research regarding the potential of Hemp Oil when it comes to hangovers.
During a hangover, our cannabinoid receptors get out of balance. With a gentle nudge, Hemp Oil may help restore homeostasis faster.
Because Hemp Oil has antioxidant properties, it may also help with liver cell regeneration and calm down an upset stomach caused by alcohol.
CBD has been researched for its potential to alleviate nausea and vomiting. It might be helpful in the aftermath of binge-drinking when you are trying to keep anything in your stomach.
Hangovers are also associated with anxiety and depression. As blood-alcohol levels bottom out, we are left feeling depressed. Hemp Oil may help us relax and gently settle back into a more positive and alcohol-free routine.
Seeking Help for Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is a severe condition that requires professional attention and care.
Alcohol abuse causes brain damage and also affects our nervous system, heart health, liver, and pancreas. People who regularly consume large quantities of alcohol often suffer from high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels.
Alcohol abuse also leads to chronic diseases like pancreatitis, hepatitis, and even cancer.
Treating alcohol addiction with Hemp Oil has not been fully analyzed and there is no definitive research proving that CBD is effective with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. However, some trials showed that CBD prevented relapse even when subjects were presented with stressful events that could act as triggers for their alcohol addiction.
Also, we do know that Hemp Oil may help treat withdrawal symptoms in three ways:
- During the intoxication phase, Hemp Oil appears to reduce the euphoric sensation.
- During the withdrawal phase, Hemp Oil seems to appease the severity of symptoms.
- During the post-withdrawal phase, Hemp Oil may protect people from relapse.
If you feel you have a drinking problem, it’s best to contact a specialized professional who can offer physical and mental help for your addiction.
CBD and Alcohol: Ongoing Research
Many alcoholic beverage producers have turned their attention to Hemp Oil and there is an abundance of new alcoholic beverages that are CBD-infused.
Consuming Hemp Oil with alcohol may augment each other’s sedating and calming effects and make them last longer.
Initial evidence suggests that Hemp Oil may support liver cell regeneration thanks to its anti-oxidative properties. It may also help lower blood alcohol levels.
While the World Health Organization has found that CBD is not addictive and is generally well-tolerated by the human body, we are still exploring the ways in which it reacts with alcohol in our system when consumed together.
Hemp Oil may help support alcohol withdrawal symptoms as it appears to reduce the extent of the intoxication and prevent alcohol relapse. It may also be helpful with alleviating hangovers and their aftermath, namely nausea, headaches, migraines, and depression.
With more research being conducted, we should soon have reliable answers about Hemp Oil’s effectiveness with alcohol withdrawal symptoms, hangovers, and alcohol addiction.
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