New study shows CBD can help to lower you alcohol intake

CBD use shown to reduce alcohol intake

If you’re looking to reduce how much booze you consume, you may want to try a non-liquid alternative: CBD.  A study from researchers with the University of Colorado at Boulder found cannabidiol, or CBD, reduces alcohol intake rates in many drinkers. 

The researchers surveyed 120 alcohol users’ consumption habits while also assigning them one of three different cannabis strains. One strain was predominantly CBD (a more relaxing cannabinoid derived from hemp), one predominantly THC (the more traditionally intoxicating cannabinoid known for its “high”) and the last a mix of the two. 

The subjects assigned to the CBD strain “drank fewer drinks per drinking day, had fewer alcohol use days, and fewer alcohol and cannabis co-use days compared with the other groups,” according to the researchers. No pattern changes were found among the subjects assigned to the other strains. 

Alcohol abuse is responsible for over 95,000 deaths in the US annually… Exploring the benefits of CBD on alcohol consumption could be significant for reducing these numbers.

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This correlates with other studies. A recent study by Colorado State University and the CU Boulder team looked at subjects enrolled in an alcohol treatment program and found “individuals drank approximately 29% fewer drinks and were 2.06 times less likely to have a binge-drinking episode on days cannabis was used compared with days cannabis was not used.”

Alcohol abuse is responsible for over 95,000 deaths in the US annually, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Exploring the benefits of CBD on alcohol consumption could be significant for reducing these numbers. 

“Experimental data underline that CBD offers multiple therapeutic prospects in patients with AUD (alcohol use disorder),” a 2019 review of preclinical data by French scientists concluded. “CBD seems to facilitate drinking reduction, making CBD an interesting pharmacological option in AUD treatment.”

Furthermore, the review found that it reduces alcohol-related steatosis, or buildup of fats in the liver that are major risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as several other negative side effects associated with AUD like brain and tissue damage.

These promising results come at a time when the CBD industry is exploding. What was roughly a $3.1 million market in 2018 is predicted to surpass $20 billion by 2024, according to Forbes

Separate studies have shown CBD may help thwart cravings for other controlled substances, like heroin and tobacco, too.

Sydney Fordice is a photojournalist (student; University of Georgia). She's a contributor with the The Red & Black, the student-run newspaper in Athens, Ga. In her free time, she's a spin instructor and loves to travel.

Sydney Fordice is a photojournalist (student; University of Georgia). She's a contributor with the The Red & Black, the student-run newspaper in Athens, Ga. In her free time, she's a spin instructor and loves to travel.

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