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?
Likewise, overdo it with alcohol, and you’re going to pay an awful price. Maybe you get a little tipsy on a Friday night, then it seems like crazy fun to let it rip and pound a few more drinks 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 the throbbing headache, it hurts to lose hours of your day stranded in a place of general misery.
Fortunately, there is something you can do to help avoid the suck of 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.
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 could reduce alcohol-induced neurodegeneration 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 (jello shots, anyone?) in one night. So the crucial question we wish someone would research is: Can CBD actually help ward off a hangover?
Ask your friends about CBD
Again, because our government makes it nearly impossible to conduct research, no one can definitively claim (yet) that CBD prevents hangovers. And again, talk to your friends who use CBD. If they are also social drinkers, they will likely have some experience in having one too many. Maybe they can tell you if taking some CBD before or after a night of drinking helped them avoid unnecessary suffering.
Because whether we’re talking about THC, alcohol or CBD, that’s what it’s all about, right? In an ideal world we would all realize that moderation in all things is the wisest course. But in reality, we all sometimes seek to change our state, de-stress and have some fun through mild intoxication. Occasionally it tips over into, not gonna lie, extreme intoxication. And that can hurt. A lot.
When you know of an organic, plant-based way to reduce needless suffering — and it happens to be backed by about 40,000 years of human experience and experimentation — how many clinical studies do you really need?
Should you want to try CBD for these purposes, as with anything you put into your body, choose the best-quality CBD you can find. Elixinol has top-quality organic CBD in capsule form, as well as the X-Pen for sublingual delivery, both delivering 15 milligrams of CBD. Elixinol also has the new Respira tincture, which can be taken orally or by vaping. If you’ve already taken CBD for these purposes, please share your experience in the comments!