In recent times, several studies have been conducted regarding the legitimacy of using cannabis as a treatment for alcohol dependence/withdrawals. What research has shown is that in most cases, the administration of cannabis to the CB1 brain receptor does, in fact, help with both acute alcohol withdrawal and alcohol dependence, even after the withdrawals.
This is to say that if you ingest marijuana, the receptor in your brain which is activated by the compounds will trigger, and help you with your alcohol dependence - if that is an issue for you.
It's a known fact that if a person quits drinking cold-turkey after years of abuse, there is the definite possibility for lethal withdrawals to occur. Research conducted by INSERM, a medical research team located in France, as well as that conducted by Complutense University (Madrid) and CAD (Cannabis for Alcohol Dependence), has shown that the use of cannabis during alcohol withdrawal will actually protect the neurons in the brain from the death of cells typically experienced during these withdrawals. This cell death is what ultimately leads to the death of the alcoholic.
Additionally, and quite possibly most amazing of all, is that administration of CBD can actually reverse and help prevent against alcohol poisoning. Now, I'm not saying to go drink a handle of liquor and then think you'll be okay if you smoke a few high CBD joints. You might, but better not to test it.
A WEEK hardcore and i actually died twice trying to quit and if it wasn't for weed i'm sure i would have had a harder time quiting or even ended up dead. so yay weed!!!
"Weed therapy" is an important part of the healing process of the humanity. Hopefully the People will embrace groups like the above Robyn-Love as the REAL, LEGITIMATE healers in our society. All the worst things I have done in my life were on alcohol. It should be shown to be the destroyer of society and lives that it is. Not some TV promoted celebration of the good life. That idea is a death wish. Fck alcohol.
It is so important that we spread this message. It can SAVE LIVES!
Thank you! ~Robyn-Love
See, the problem is that suggesting cannabis for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal is not only irresponsible, it is life-threateningly dangerous. THC binding to CB1 receptors is great and all, but what you need to be looking at is GABA. To skip a long explanation, extremely heavy drinkers such as alcoholics change their brain's neurochemistry, and if they stop drinking, they can get gran mal seizures. IF they survive those, they can expect more seizures and add haucinations for up to a week as the delerium tremens come on. Without properpharmaceutical intervention, some sources put the mortality rate as high as 50%.
The INSERM/CAD/Complutense University study mentioned doesn't seem to actually exist, at least not in the form purported. The closest thing I've been able to find is a youtube video of a local news reporter mentioning a CANCER study, not anything do do with seizures. There is no mention of any such study at any of the respective organizations web pages, and a JSTOR search didn't bring up anything either. That means if it exists, it was never published. Also, a JSTOR search for "Cannabis for Alcohol Dependence" produces zero results, but I digress.
This isn't something that just happens to a rare few. I myself have had no less than 2 of such seizures, and been hospitalized 5 times for alcohol withdrawal. If I had been trying to self medicate and treat my alcohol withdrawals with cannabis, I would not be alive today. Please remember, I'm not talking about cannabis for treatment of alcohol addiction but rather the acute withdrawal symptoms.
First of all, have you ever been in alcohol withdrawal and smoked pot...it feels weird and seems to get the weird feelings intensify (but it's an illusion, it DOES help) a bit..you dont enjoy the high that much but it does reduce nausea and can help sleep if the withdrawal symptoms are not that intense (and sleep is GOLDEN when recovering from withdrawal...and also very hard).
Remember folks taper or do pharma...if you have the will..taper! you will be tapering down on pharmas anyways, and successfully tapering down on booze feels amazing to your self-esteem.
Then when you get out of withdrawal...smoke weed and forget the booze! If you like booze and want to return to drinking...wait at least a month after you stop tapering, smoke that weed and heal :)
If you do return remember to keep it in moderation, rule is if you feel buzzed and you had anything to drink in the last 30 mins...you will upgrade to light drunk soon, that's the perfect state! stop after you feel buzzed.
And remember, your liver, your brain, your heart pressure...it's all at stake become a pothead not a drunk again!
Sources: my own trip to hell (withdrawal) and my journey to back to Earth (succesful tapering) and eventual rise to heaven (became a pothead as an adult once again [after being one in high school and then stopin and becoming a drunk in adulthood] and never looked back)
Extra: the tapering guide that worked for me: Tapering guide! (for strong wills and MILD withdrawals, HEAVY withdrawals SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION, for more info google search the criteria for MILD and HEAVY alcohol withdrawal)
Last year i was in hospital nearly 10 times due to withdrawals.Unfortunately each time i went back to drinking only a few weeks,even after the hell i kept putting myself through.I was having severe anxiety to the point i wanted to cut my wrist,panic attacks where i would get pin and needles all over my body and not being able to breath and also hallucinations of seeing tropical fish floating amongst things,voices and music in my head and also shakes and major sweating,insomnia and puking up my stomach lining.
I honestly thought i would never stop craving to drink as soon as i felt better,but now when i have alcohol cravings i simply roll a joint and the cravings go away.I am even starting to feel alot better mentally and eating properly again.My depression has dramatically dropped and i am starting to think i actually can beat alcoholism once and for all,which i thought was highly unlikely.
I did find when going through major withdrawals the cannabis made my anxiety worse but it works differently in some people.
Now i hardly get alcohol cravings and when they come they are not so overpowering.