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Alcoholism Could Be Treated With Medicinal Cannabis

You can treat your alcoholism with medicinal cannabis in Puerto Rico.

Alcoholism is a disease that causes nearly 88,000 deaths each year, plus an addition 10,000 deaths as a result of alcohol-related accidents. Although there are pharmaceutical drugs that can treat alcoholism, it’s rare that people actually receive these drugs. New studies are now suggesting that medical marijuana could be beneficial in combating alcoholism.

How can medical marijuana treat alcoholism?

Unfortunately, treating alcohol abuse is not easy. Oftentimes patients experience severe detoxification and withdrawal symptoms as they stop drinking alcohol. Studies have shown that medical marijuana could eliminate opiate addiction and help those treating alcoholism to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

According to a study published in the Harm Reduction Journal, nearly 40% of patients were able to substitute alcohol with marijuana, 26% were able to substitute illicit drugs with marijuana, and 66% were able to substitute prescription drugs with marijuana.

When asked why they decided to use medical cannabis in place of what they were already using, participants said it allowed them to manage their symptoms more effectively, it produced less negative side effects, and caused little to no withdrawal symptoms.

Why Medical Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol 

Studies show that medical marijuana is not dangerous to individuals and society the way that alcohol is. For one thing, medical cannabis does not have detrimental effects on the liver, brain cels, or other organs in the way that alcohol can.

Actually, current research has shown that cannabinoids preserve neural cells from “cell death,” that often occurs during alcohol withdrawal. Typically during this period, an individual treating their alcoholism would experience significant cell death, but cannabinoids prevent that form happening.

How will medical cannabis benefit those struggling with alcoholism?

Patients with alcohol addiction may not be able to quit drinking “cold turkey” without increasing the risk that their withdrawal symptoms will cause them to relapse. Medical marijuana can both relieve their side effects and protect their brain cells during the period of withdrawal.

Using cannabis to treat alcoholism by reliving the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress
  • Nausea
  • Extreme cravings

Furthermore, using medical marijuana can help to treat underlying conditions that people typically tried treating with alcohol. These conditions include things like PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, and other psychological disorders. Appropriately using cannabis can help relieve the symptoms associated with those diseases without introducing addition or withdrawal in the way that pharmaceutical drugs or alcohol might.

What are the best ways to treat alcoholism with cannabis?

Whenever you’re utilizing medicinal cannabis, it’s always best to speak with your provider about dosage and methods. In general, patients have reported taking one or two hits of medical marijuana either int he morning or in the evening. Using a vaporizer is another way to use medical cannabis if you prefer not to smoke. Other methods of consuming medical marijuana include:

  • Cannabis Tea
  • Edibles
  • Tinctures
  • Topicals
  • Cannabis Oil
  • Dabbing

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