It’s generally not a good idea to mix alcohol with virtually any drug. In fact, combining it with other medications—especially opioids and pharmaceuticals that depress the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines and sleep aids—can be fatal.
But, what about alcohol and cannabis?
The available evidence can be confusing because some studies argue that cannabis use reduces alcohol consumption while others argue that cannabis use raises blood THC levels. This increase in THC can cause a range of unpleasant physical symptoms including sweating, nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
Preclinical research shows that CBD may be able to lower alcohol consumption and possibly offer protection from the negative effects of alcohol, such as liver and brain damage1. How? It’s believed that CBD’s calming and anti-anxiety properties lessen the desire and need for alcohol. In addition, CBD reduces unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like nausea, seizures, and anxiety without causing sedation.
AVOID mixing THC and alcohol.
If you are looking to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume, CBD-dominant products are proving to be useful tools in reducing alcohol intake and minimizing withdrawal symptoms.
Please contact your healthcare practitioner or visit Alcoholic Anonymous if you find yourself dealing with concerns about substance use.