One is legal, and the other is not. Both are considered a drug, yet society has determined them as unequal only due to our inability to separate ourselves from a long history of calculated propaganda. But science has always pushed boundaries and sought answers, from introducing the fact that CBD may not be statistically as harmful as alcohol, to now, formally recognising it as a powerful medicinal herb. The Cannabis plant has always had us discovering new ways of using its amazing properties, now even combining it with alcohol. But hang on, aren't those two mutually exclusive? Let us take you through the journey, which culminates in early 2019 when The Cannabis Co.'s Myrcene Hemp Gin came second in the world's spirit competition in San Francisco.
"Beer before grass; you're on your a***. Grass before beer you're in the clear."
First, we need to establish that this does not apply to CBD as it doesn't contain any THC, which is the psychoactive compound in Marijuana that makes you “high”. What you hear all around you is that cannabis is a miracle plant, comes primarily from the contributions of CBD! Anti-inflammatory effects, natural pain relief, treats anxiety & depression, epilepsy & seizures, nausea, vomiting and eating disorders, and the list goes on. If you're interested in further reading how CBD treats these issues, our eBook Easy CBD The Ultimate Australian Guide to Cannabidiol has everything you need to know.
Now, why are THC and alcohol not good to mix? It's because alcohol increases your body's ability to absorb THC. Resulting in an intense high you might not be comfortable with, and to others, the effects are so adverse it's nicknamed - "Green out". It refers to the symptoms many experience when mixing THC and alcohol, which can cause dizziness, nausea, sweating and vomiting.
What are the Effects of CBD and Alcohol Then?
Mixing alcohol with prescribed CBD is never recommended. Alcohol impairs your motor and psychomotor performance and can interfere with the effects that CBD can have on your body. CBD can make you feel significantly more relaxed, and with alcohol, this feeling is reinforced by sluggishness. The more you drink, the greater the chance you will lose the ability to handle yourself appropriately. So please, for one night keep that bottle of wine in the cupboard if you've taken your prescribed CBD medication. Give your body proper rest and let the plant do its magic all by itself.
The Experts Say
In a recent video, Chris Emerson Ph.D. (a cannabis scientist) weighed in on the topic: “There’s a lot of synergy between alcohol and cannabis, so when you mix them you tend to potentiate (sic) the two. So, scientifically, alcohol inhibits one of the enzyme’s not only the exogenous cannabinoids you introduce through smoking or edibles, but also endogenous cannabinoids your body produces.”. Chris is the Chief Scientist at Levels, a California based lab working on cannabis products.
In simple terms, any cannabinoids you put in your system are processed by a protein made by the body. When you ingest alcohol, the alcohol is processed in a way that blocks those proteins from processing the cannabinoids. Essentially, you’ll end up with a more drawn-out “high”. The cannabinoids don’t metabolize as quickly, so they stay in your system longer!
”I would stay away from en edible if this is your first time trying it.” He laughs. Of course, edibles are already processed quite slowly by the liver, so alcohol may only lengthen the experience and cause a fair bit of discomfort for someone mixing the two for the first time.
However, alcohol and cannabis have completely different effects when it comes to the brain. When cannabis hits your body, the endocannabinoid system is stimulated, in your brain, this means specific receptors are active and the limbic system expresses itself. Usually, this plays out as people feeling happy and docile. Alcohol will obviously often affect you in a similar way, but in different parts of the brain. More so the base centres like the brain-stem, responsible for alertness and your sleep, and your cerebellum, responsible for your balance. It’s a depressant after all.
“Of course, there’s also a feeling of happiness for some who chronically drink. When you drink alcohol, there’s (actually) certain parts of the brain connected to the memory circuits, that shrink.” Says Neurosurgeon Remi Nader M.
The New Age: CBD Infused Alcohol
Confused? Don't worry, sit back and enjoy the ride of a new era. It all started with CBD infused beer, trickled down to wine and is now making a lasting impression with its use in spirits. This idea of infusing the two started with the successful marriage of beer and CBD. The hops of the beer and cannabis are actually cousins, originating from the same plant family Cannabaceae. But since the cannabis plant has historically been considered illegal, hops continued as beer and the cannabis plant stayed in the dark. However, with the rise of cannabis and the use of the non-psychoactive CBD, things started to change. Reuniting these two long lost cousins gave way to the emergence of an exciting new taste that opens up an unexplored territory for beer flavour profiles. However, what's recently been on the rise are CBD infused spirits, and it all started here at The Cannabis Co. with the release of the world first cannabis-infused gin, "The Myrcene Hemp Gin". Grabbing itself a silver medal from the San Francisco's World Spirits Competition in 2019! So, who else is better placed than us to learn more about cannabis-infused spirits?
The Myrcene Gin starts with the wonderful work of terpenes. They work together with cannabinoids CBD and THC to create a synergetic effect greater achieved than all these compounds alone - Known globally as "The Entourage Effect". The Myrcene Gin stands out because it uses elements of the whole plant to be distilled in the spirit, ensuring the different therapeutic terpenes found in the entire plant can be experienced in one sip. But what gives the gin its true signature taste is the use of the terpene Myrcene, which is also found in hops – see how things start to connect?
Myrcene is understood to represent nearly 50% of the total terpenes found in individual strains of cannabis. Strains dominated by the terpene often is reported to produce joyous and euphoric effects coincided with relaxation. The utilisation of therapeutic properties found in terpenes has opened up new safe opportunities to combines your favourite things. Creating exotic flavoured cannabis cocktails and introducing a new form of enjoying your drink.
The Myrcene Hemp Gin celebrates the therapeutic benefits of Myrcene. A terpene is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, antipsychotic and anti-spasmodic. Terpenes help cannabinoids to be absorbed more efficiently, which allows them to bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Most often releasing an analgesic response which with the help of Myrcene, creates a painkiller effect that destroys harmful bacteria, lowers glucose levels in the blood and may reduce swelling.
There is a reason why the Myrcene Hemp Gin is an all-time favourite and a best-seller here at The Cannabis Company.
If you haven't tried it yet then hurry up because stock is always going fast.
The Myrcene Hemp Gin is a favourite amongst so many that The Cannabis Co. has made two additional Hemp Gins to give you a range of inspiring flavours. Jilungin Dreaming Hemp Gin introduces you to a blend of native Australian botanical with the cannabis terpene Limonene to create a palate of exotic notes of spice with deep earthy undertones. High Seas Hemp Gin is for the real daredevils. 116 proof alcohol combined with fresh tones of grapefruit blended with ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. A total of 13 exotic botanicals have been combined with β-caryophyllene (one of the most beneficial terpenes in cannabis) to create a smoothness you weren't aware was possible with 58% strength gin.