Can Cannabis be used as a Substitute for Alcohol? | cannabisMD

Can Cannabis be used as a Substitute for Alcohol?

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Cannabis is a common illegal substance internationally. However, in the recent past, different nations have tried to form regulations that will accommodate Cannabis use for medical reasons that may lead to its substitution with other drugs. Substitution of Cannabis for alcohol may decrease drinking related issues.

Marijuana effects on the body

Cannabis is illegal while alcohol is legal in most nations, while the latter has various negative effects on individuals and the society. Different countries have tried using marijuana as a substitute for alcohol and the results are impressive. The substitution of medical marijuana for alcohol has been found to have lower harmful effects than alcohol. According to Lucas et al, alcohol often has negative effects on the mental and physical health of its users. However, substituting marijuana for alcohol has lower health risks. For instance, alcohol can have great effects on an individual’s emotional and physical wellbeing, while medical cannabis does not have similar negative effects.

Here is the full scientific article if you wish to download it.

Impact of alcohol

Alcohol use in most parts of the world is legal. On the other hand, drug and alcohol abuse is more likely to cause mental health problems or death than other substances combined. Furthermore, with evidence that alcohol has greater negative social, financial, and emotional influence, then cannabis can be used as an alternative in order for addiction treatment. Cannabis for clinical use could be used to decrease deaths on roads through accidents, lower violence, as well as property crime.

Negative effects of Marijuana

Despite the growing evidence on that alcoholism and drug abuse is worse than using cannabis, marijuana has some negative effects on certain users. Lucas et al maintains that some users may develop dependence on the substance. In the past, some clinical trials have ended in poor outcomes by negatively affecting an individual’s psychology. Consequently, it would be imperative to study more on the cannabis as a substitute for alcohol.

Alcohol consumption has various effects on an individual’s health, psychological and emotional wellbeing. The results of this study show the essence of cannabis when used medically. On the other hand, it is imperative to understand that the sample size in the research was small and patients cannot give feedback on the use of cannabis as a treatment. In future, more research on patients that reacted negatively on cannabis use will be a good start.

Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly is registered with the British Psychological Society, breaking the taboo on mental health issues is one of the driving forces in his life. His background in biomedicine gives him additional understanding of the factors that work together to influence the human condition.

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