Here’s the question that seems to pop up everywhere we go lately – “can I drink alcohol with the drops”? My honest answer is, “well, I have a drink occasionally, and I’ve never had a problem”. But I think we need a better answer than that, so here’s what I found:-
We’re all aware that alcohol has a reputation for lowering inhibitions and promoting feelings of relaxation. Beta Caryophyllene (BCP) has comparable effects on your body. According to studies, it can lower anxiety and soothe your nerves.
There is a thought that taking alcohol and substances that affect our endocannabinoid system (ECS), like CBD or BCP together with alcohol could potentially exacerbate these effects, potentially resulting in increased sleepiness and sedation or changes in mood and behaviour. But it is believed that very high doses would be required for this to happen, so unless you drink the whole bottle of BCP at the same time, it’s unlikely this would happen. In saying all that, as we have discussed previously, BCP is considered a very safe compound, and it is generally believed to be safe even when taken in combination with alcohol. I found it interesting that BCP has been shown to have a protective effect on the liver, which also suggests that it may be safe to take with alcohol.
Studies have demonstrated that BCP can help prevent liver damage caused by alcohol consumption. Furthermore, BCP contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics, which may help minimise the long-term adverse effects of alcohol on the liver’s function along with other organs.
As with most things today, moderation is key when it comes to alcohol consumption. Even if BCP is being used, excessive alcohol consumption can still harm the liver and other organs.
In conclusion, BCP is generally considered safe to take if you drink alcohol, and may even have benefits in protecting the liver from alcohol-related damage. However, it is important to practice moderation when drinking alcohol, because, hey after all we’re taking our BCP to improve our health, and excessive alcohol might be harmful to that goal.
So cheers everyone (haha). Have a great weekend, don’t over do the drinks!
Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7115941/; https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7497056/ ; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-and-alcohol#recommendation
Disclaimer: The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice or personal research. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. Effects are provided as a guide only. Statements have not been evaluated by the TGA.