Taking a glass or two of wine after a stressful day has, for a very long time, been the norm for most people all over the world. To most, drinking wine is the ‘go-to’ solution to calm down and relax. Wine has been a part of life for thousands of years. According to modern research, drinking an occasional glass of wine, more specifically red wine, does provide some health benefits. However, with cannabis and cannabis-related products becoming legal in more and more states, the tide is slowly shifting. People are starting to gravitate towards cannabis products, some even ditching their favorite drinks while at it. As more information comes out on the potential benefits of cannabis, one particular product is taking the health and wellness industry by storm, CBD (cannabidiol).
With a long list of purported therapeutic benefits, long-lasting effects, and lack of side effects, people are now starting to make the comparison of using CBD vs wine for taking the edge off. These days, many people are claiming that CBD offers many benefits where wine fall short.
To answer conclusively the debate of CBD vs wine and which is better, we’ll look at how the effects of CBD consumption and compare them to the effects of taking a glass of wine.
However, let’s first take a look at what we know about wine and its purported health benefits.
Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
Among the benefits of wine, red wine specifically, is its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and fat-regulating effects. Red wine is rich in resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of grapes. Keep in mind that the difference between red wine and white wine is that red wine is fermented with the skins while white wine isn’t. As a result, red wine has more health benefits compared to white wine due to higher levels of the antioxidant resveratrol.
The presence of this antioxidant makes red wine heart-friendly as it protects the lining of veins and arteries in the heart. The alcohol in it also provides some protective effects when consumed in moderate amounts.
However, it’s still recommended you get antioxidants from foods such as whole grapes and berries. Do not rely solely on drinking wine; the potential health risks of alcohol are not worth it. Additionally, you may need to drink plenty of wine to get enough resveratrol to actually get the effect; thus, the risks outweigh the benefits.
With all this in mind, here are the potential health benefits of drinking wine:
Increases levels of good cholesterol
According to several studies, drinking wine, both red and white, helps raise the levels of High-Density Lipid Cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is good cholesterol since it helps to get rid of fat on the arterial walls by transporting it to the liver. These fats are processed by the liver and then eliminated as waste.
When taken in moderate amounts, wine acts as a mild sedative. That means that it helps to calm you down and lower your heart rate. When experiencing stress, the heart tends to work harder and pump at an abnormally fast rate. This significantly increases the risks of developing cardiovascular disease or suffering a heart attack. Taking one glass of wine can help to relieve anxiety and tension.
Helps Prevent Ulcers
The findings from a study carried out by the American Journal of Gastroenterology in 2003 indicate that regularly taking wine can help prevent the development of peptic ulcers. This is due to wine helping eradicate a specific type of bacteria that is responsible for causing them.
Improves Heart Health
As you can tell, drinking wine has many benefits for the heart, from reducing anxiety to getting rid of fat on the arterial walls through good cholesterol. However, the benefits don’t end there. Drinking wine also helps prevent the build-up of proteins in the heart valves, which can cause them to thicken, a condition known as cardiac fibrosis. This thickening compromises the pumping efficiency of the heart.
Improves Brain Function
Numerous studies have found that wine, in moderate amounts, has neuroprotective properties. A preliminary study conducted in 2006 revealed that people who drank moderate amounts of wine regularly reduced their risk of suffering memory loss and brain cell damage.
A study conducted in 2013 found that individuals who consumed two to seven glasses of wine per week had lower depression levels. However, the study also showed that individuals who drank excessively were at a significantly higher risk of suffering depression.
Improved Gut Health
Numerous studies have revealed a link between drinking wine and improved gut health. One study found that compounds present in red wine may serve as prebiotics. These compounds help promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria inside of you.
Another study conducted in 2016 found that red wine helps to minimize the risk of heart disease through its positive effect on the gut microbiome.
BENEFITS OF CANNABIS DRINKS
CBD-infused products are becoming increasingly popular, from flowers and edibles to tinctures and concentrates, but have you considered trying cannabis drinks? Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of CBD drinks below.
- There are plenty of options available
Although many companies are still researching different ways to infuse drinks with cannabis, there are plenty of options available to try at the moment, including fruit drinks, sodas, tea packets, bottled coffee and kombucha.
- They work quicker
Some people prefer drinks to other edibles because they generally deliver the full effects in approximately 15 minutes. Whether they contain THC or CBD, the cannabinoids are sublingually absorbed while drinking and are digested faster compared to edibles such as truffles, cereal bars, cookies and macaroons.
- They taste good
There is a common misconception that cannabinoid-infused drinks have a funny taste, but this simply isn’t true. Infused drinks are usually blended with a variety of wonderful flavours in order to create a pleasant taste. Think grape, watermelon, mango, pineapple, blue raspberry and much more.
- They are a great alternative to alcohol
If you like to unwind after a long day with a glass of wine, consider switching to a cannabis drink instead. They are created with relaxation in mind, but they don’t come with the same list of health concerns.
- CBD drinks don’t have a psychoactive effect
If you opt for a CBD-infused drink, you don’t need to worry about experiencing any psychoactive effects. While they will help you unwind, not all cannabis drinks contain THC, which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis.