Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Addiction | cannabisMD

Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Addiction

Alcohol and Addiction - Cannabis as a Substitute

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Addiction is often overlooked and not considered to be a mental disorder. However, Addiction is, in fact, a disease, especially when the substance or action i.e biting nails, alcohol or drugs affect a person’s way of living and their overall health. While there are treatments such as pharmaceutical drugs and therapy, one may find that it’s not enough. Therapy, especially group therapy is a great option, but for the likes of replacing drug addiction with more drugs seems to be a catch 22 in some cases.

What Does The Study on Cannabis and Alcoholism Suggest?

Cannabis substitution has also been discussed as part of a harm reduction framework. A record review of 92 medical cannabis patients who used marijuana as a substitute for alcohol was conducted with the goal of describing these patients and determining the reported efficacy of treatment. Concerning reported health problems, 64% of the sample identified alcoholism or cirrhosis of the liver as their presenting problem. When addressing the efficacy of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, all participants reported cannabis substitution as very effective or effective.

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

  1. Ten percent of the patients reported being abstinent from alcohol for more than a year and attributed their success to cannabis.
  2. Twenty-one percent of patients had a return of alcoholic symptoms when they stopped using cannabis.

The lack of drug and alcohol-related problem measures utilized in this study calls for a further investigation into the relationship of such problems and the use of cannabis as a substitute.

Is Cannabis an Option to Treat Addiction?

For example, if someone is addicted to marijuana, it’s because they are addicted to the one chemical compound called THC. This compound is the result of a user feeling high. CBD, which is another compound of the cannabis plant, which doesn’t give off the high feeling associated with smoking the drug. In fact, CBD counteracts some of the effects of THC.

Studies show that cannabis can be used to treat addiction, especially alcoholism and opiate addiction. The irony is the fact the cannabis is two a schedule 1 or 2 drug (depending on your country) and it is less harmful and safer than other drugs that are listed as schedule 1 or 2.

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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