MARIJUANA CUTS ALCOHOL CRAVINGS
Marijuana with CBD in it curbes overconsumption of Alcohol
"The worst case scenarios are very nasty indeed, jail, hospital, and worse. Ideally, we'd like to go to that party and have our bodies tell us to slow down, or stop drinking, at the point where alcohol becomes toxic."
Overconsumption of alcohol is a serious issue in a large protion of the population. Even moderate drinkers need to watch that their cravings for the good times that come with a case of beer, or bottle of wine. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a natural herb that balanced the body and its cravings for excess? Current research in animal and human clinical trials and studies imply that marijuana that is high in a non-psychoactive component called CBD can do just that, reduce cravings for alcohol, cocaine, and opiates. Both the main psychoactive substance (THC) of cannabis combined with CBD as also been shown to reduce distractions, obsessions, like calorie counting, worry, post-trauma stress disorder, among other disorders.
Drinking is fun for a while before things spin out of control. As we all know, people pass out, throw up, and sometimes feel that driving a car at high speeds is a good idea. Hangovers are liver damaging and quite excruciating. One big Friday night can wipe out the entire weekend. Then there are blackouts, lost wallets, ill advised love affairs and whatnot. The worst case scenarios are very nasty indeed, jail, hospital, and worse. Ideally, we'd like to go to that party and have our body's tell us to slow down or stop drinking at the point where alcohol becomes toxic.
Smoking too much weed and binge drinking is, of course a bad idea. The effect tends to be dizziness, followed by throwing up, followed by shutdown = sleep. On the bright side you're out of commission and the drinking has ceased. Now the word is getting out that CBD, a non psychoactive component of certain strains modulates and balances the unwanted effects of THC, making for a much improved experience. In addition, CBD appears to be a neurotransmitter protectant, which protects brain cells from excessive alcohol consumption.
Getting pleasantly high and being anchored to the couch is one thing, but with THC, potent flowers, concentrates or edibles, it’s easy to go too far, and suddenly things are definitely not OK. A green OD, while neither life nor health threatening, is damn well uncomfortable. Probably the last thing people do is drive a car under when really stoned. Violence is also out of the question. However, overconsumption can lead to big time paranoia, anxiety attacks, seeing dead relatives, and near paralysis. CBD also plays role in dampening these unwanted effects.
Effects from smoking wear off in one or two hours max, while it may take 10 or more hours for edibles to clear the system. At the end of the day, you're no worse for the wear, except for the nuisance of wasting several hours of your life.
"CBD helps reduce over-cravings - to slow down or stop drinking at the point where alcohol becomes toxic."
HOW CBD AND CANNABIS WORKS
There is a system in the body - called the endocannabinoid system that regulates many functions; mood, memory, sleep and appetite, and is intimately involved in maintaining homeostasis. While we naturally secrete our own cannabinoids, our bodies sometimes have a chronic deficiency, which causes cellular receptors to misfire, under fire or overfire as the case may be.
In the various forms of cannabis there exists more than one hundred kinds of cannabinoids, each with similar to unique medicinal properties. Only a few are psychoactive and one rare form of THC (THCV) actually affects the body and mind exactly the opposite of normal (suppresses appetite, energises).
It has been discovered that CBD with THC and other cannabinoids work much better together - both medicinally and recreationally.
Clinical trials involving cannabis are rare in the U.S., but the medical anals are filling up with human and animal studies conducted in China, Japan, UK, Israel, Canada. For example, in animal studies CBD appeared to be protective of nerve cells.
"In a 2013 study, researchers at the University of Kentucky showed that giving rats CBD could reduce alcohol-induced neurodegeneration by almost 50 percent."
Excessive alcohol consumption, characteristic of alcohol-use disorders, results in neurodegeneration, behavioral and cognitive impairment that contributes to the chronic and relapsing nature of alcoholism. A study was aimed to advance and test transdermal delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration. Preliminary results suggest efficacy of CBD.
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Fortunately, the process of getting a grower's permit, Cannabis ID, or recommendation is fast and easy online. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the form online, which describes your conditions and symptoms. Within an hour or so, a licensed physician will evaluate your application. Normally approvals are same day. Patients don't pay unless they are approved.
FURTHER READING - CBD & ADDICTION
What Is CBD’s Effect On Brain Degradation? According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol can be linked to biodegradation - the breakdown of neurons, which are brain cells that communicate with each other to transmit signals - among other effects. CBD is potentially neuroprotective, Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior published details about a study aimed to explore the effect of cannabidiol topicals on alcohol-induced brain degradation.
Drug addiction is a chronically relapsing disorder characterized by the compulsive desire to use drugs and a loss of control over consumption.
Cannabidiol (CBD), the second most abundant component of cannabis, is thought to modulate various neuronal brain circuits involved in drug addiction. The goal of this review is to systematically summarize the available preclinical and clinical data on the impact of CBD on addictive behaviors. In all, 14 studies were found, 9 of which were conducted on animals
and 5 on humans.
A limited number of preclinical studies implies that CBD has therapeutic potential in opioid, cocaine, and psychostimulant addiction. Preliminary data suggest that CBD may be beneficial in cannabis (high THC) and tobacco addiction in humans. Further studies are recommended to fully evaluate the potential of CBD as an intervention for addictive disorders.
Alcohol induced neurodegeneration is a novel target for alcoholism pharmacotherapy.
Transdermal cannabidiol prevents alcohol induced neurodegeneration. Data suggests that transdermal systems for treating alcoholism may improve patient compliance.
Excessive alcohol consumption, characteristic of alcohol use disorders, results in neurodegeneration and behavioral and cognitive impairments that are hypothesized to contribute to the chronic and relapsing nature of alcoholism. Therefore, the current study aimed to advance the preclinical development of transdermal delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.