Winding down for the evening with a glass of wine isn’t anything new. Women have been doing it for generations. Because you earned it, right? Now, many women are introducing CBD (cannabidiol) into their wellness routines for better sleep, sex, and stress relief.
As cannabis products become more mainstream, we’re realizing alcohol isn’t the only (or best) way to take the edge off. CBD and alcohol are used for similar effects, but create much different outcomes.
How CBD Interacts With Your Body
CBD will work and interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, a system in your body that plays a big role in appetite, sleep patterns, and overall mood. Many people who take CBD report that it produces calming, relaxing, and soothing results.
CBD is a naturally occurring part of the cannabis plant. Unlike its cousin THC, which is known for its psychoactive effect that gives that "high," CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound. Therefore, CBD will not give you the "high" that THC does.
So instead of getting you high, CBD can help relax your nervous system and focus on what you need, especially when paired with quality active ingredients like L-theanine.
How alcohol impacts sleep
Alcohol isn’t all bad. Moderate alcohol use does have its health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, ischemic stroke, and possibly reduced risk of diabetes. But routinely consuming alcohol has been shown to damage your REM cycles of sleep, causing you to fail to get the deep sleep your body needs and craves.
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So why are 20% of Americans using alcohol to help fall asleep at night? When it comes to your sleep, quality and quantity both matter. Instead of reaching for your nightly pinot grigio, try reaching for some CBD oil infused with melatonin instead.
Combining CBD and alcohol
TL;DR: It’s safe to consume CBD and alcohol together. In fact, CBD can slow down the process of neurodegeneration, a negative side effect of heavy alcohol consumption or binge-drinking.
While research is still catching up to understand these effects, there are dozens that show a positive relationship between CBD and alcohol, with CBD lessening the impacts of a night of drinking.
You can take CBD and still enjoy a drink or two socially or with dinner. Unlike with THC, the properties that come with CBD aren’t psychoactive. This means you won’t face any unwanted “cross-buzzing” symptoms.
How CBD works
In general, CBD acts as a subtle, pleasant compound that provides relaxing and calming effects. Alcohol is considered a depressant. Both provide relaxing benefits, but only one is long-lasting (spoiler: it’s CBD).
Change up your nighttime routine
Chances are you have woken up in the middle of the night post-drinking wondering if you will be able to get back to sleep that night. Whereas alcohol only temporarily makes you feel sleepy (thanks, sugar), CBD has a long-lasting, extended-release impact on your body. It also won’t leave you with any intrusive headaches the next morning.
Ladies: drink if you enjoy it. There is no shame here. However, reconsider using alcohol for bedtime. There are better options that won’t make you groggy and hungover.
If you are trying to improve your sleep or need help falling asleep each night, the House of Wise Sleep drops and Sleep gummies are packed with calming ingredients like melatonin and full-spectrum CBD for a full-night’s rest and groggy-less mornings.
Get in the mood for sex
Yes, those tequila shots might help unwind and clear your mind for getting frisky. But you feel like complete crap later. Unlike alcohol, CBD oil works with natural ingredients that elicit desire without the bad effects.
CBD can also be used in efforts to increase libido. If you ask us, an unforgettable night is better than a blacked-out night.
Breaking the stigma
There is a heavy stigma attached to cannabis usage, including CBD, even though CBD doesn’t get you high. However, daily alcohol used is embraced, encouraged, and baked into our routines.
House of Wise was founded on the premise that CBD is worth celebrating. It’s okay to get a little help from natural substances that make life a tad easier. Alcohol is not doing that for us.
The mindful drinking movement
It’s not weird or uncool to stop drinking alcohol. In fact, you’re in good company. Many people are moving toward the idea of mindful drinking, which means being aware of how much you are drinking and the impact it is having.
One of the best ways to wellness routine is to ditch regular alcohol use. It’s not doing you any favors, and the emerging normalization of CBD provides a better alternative. So we dare you: ditch that bottle of red for a box of CBD gummies. You can even make a mocktail using CBD drops.
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