Wine has become a household staple for many–it feels like a natural addition to various situations, whether it’s to add a touch of class to a luncheon or to unwind by the fireplace. However, with the surge of CBD’s popularity, some are considering whether they should make the switch away from wine (or combine the two).
Unlike wine, CBD does not contain intoxicating or sedative properties. It works naturally with your central nervous system to provide relaxing, mood-boosting effects without the negative side effects that can come with wine.
So, how does CBD compare to wine, and can you safely combine the two? We’ll dive into such inquiries so you can proceed with confidence!
Can You Drink Wine With CBD?
Some risks come with drinking wine while using CBD
The jury is still out on whether drinking wine while taking CBD oil is completely safe. There is some evidence that CBD can help treat alcohol over-use by limiting cravings, decreasing liver damage, and reducing inflammation. However, there are still too many unknowns to say that there aren’t risks when it comes to drinking wine while using CBD. The combination of CBD and wine could lead to an increase in drowsiness, sedation, and possibly liver damage.
It is not only unclear what results you might have when combining these two, but you must also consider some other potential variables. For example, everyone processes alcohol and CBD differently depending on metabolism, weight, and food intake to name a few factors. While not enough to create an intoxicating effect, the presence of THC in CBD may cause interaction issues when combined with alcohol.
CBD may counter the negative side effects of drinking wine
Some preliminary studies suggest that CBD may counteract some of the negative effects of drinking wine and other alcohol. Although the interaction between using CBD while drinking wine is still up for debate, one thing is for sure – CBD can help curb the side effects after consuming alcohol.
Whether it's nausea, a headache, or morning-after anxiety, CBD can calm your nervous system, ease your pain, and help settle your belly. So even though they might not be the safest combo, you can use CBD to help in the aftermath.
It is recommended to talk with a doctor about what is considered appropriate alcohol and CBD consumption for your health. When it comes to combining the two, be mindful of the potential risks and drink responsibly.
Wine vs CBD
How they compare health benefits
Studies suggest that both have potential health benefits, but there is a clear champion in the battle between CBD and wine. And it’s CBD.
Drinking red wine in moderation may have some health benefits such as boosting heart and brain health due to its antioxidant and lipid-improving properties. Despite these potential positive aspects, the overuse of alcohol can also contribute to increasing your risk for cancer, heart disease, and mental health issues. It can also lead to substance abuse for individuals at risk for addiction.
CBD on the other hand is much safer than alcohol, with no major negative effects or addictive qualities. With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, CBD helps you relax by working with your central nervous system to regulate your body. It is not addictive or intoxicating, therefore a much safer and healthier choice than alcohol.
How wine vs CBD impacts relaxation and sleep
It’s safe to say that although alcohol’s sedative properties help you fall asleep, the quality of sleep and the aftermath make it not worth it. Unlike with CBD, wine consumption can worsen sleep quality, let alone produce hangovers, headaches, and just plain make you grouchy the next day. Why is this? Well, alcohol impacts your REM sleep, aka the deep, restorative portion of your sleep. The result of this can cause sluggishness, mood changes, and even disrupt mental effectiveness.
CBD, on the other hand, not only causes none of these negative side effects but can also combat them. Although there is no “proof” that CBD is the ideal anti-hangover remedy, its natural anti-inflammatory effects combined with pain relief, and calming properties make it an effective tool for coping with hangovers.
CBD may help improve sleep by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which regulates various physiological processes, including sleep-wake cycles. It has been suggested that CBD can reduce anxiety and stress, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation that can aid in falling asleep. Additionally, CBD's potential to alleviate chronic pain and discomfort may contribute to better sleep quality for individuals experiencing pain-related sleep disturbances.
In short? CBD delivers on all those empty promises made by wine.
Our Takeaway? Enjoy Your Wine but Trust Your Wellness to Botanika Life CBD
When the clock hits happy hour time, you may want to turn to CBD to help with relaxation while reaping health benefits at the same time. Why not help your body maintain balance and calm your nervous system, with no hangover afterwards?
Trusting your health to Botanika Life means relying on plant-based products free from chemicals, toxins, and additives. With powerful naturally derived ingredients and powerful full-spectrum CBD, products like the Elite Elixir can be ingested for full body relaxation and also applied to your skin to calm inflammation, rejuvenate, and restore skin. Add a few drops of Elite Elixir into your favorite non-alcoholic drink to achieve that chill vibe and relaxation you are looking for.
By Emily Wegener
With a unique background as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Masters Degree in Teaching and experience in Psychology, Emily spends much of her time researching and trying out new holistic healing modalities.