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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.

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Guest | Sep 11, 2011
 
I have seen the affects of cannibis on alcoholism..some call it replacing an addition, but when one weighs the differences on health between the two... I have also seen that used appropriately, It can help control the cravings the alcoholic feels.
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CannaConnoisseur | Sep 11, 2011
 
Part of the reason I'm prescribed medical marijuana - in addition to other reasons - is as an alcohol replacement. It is in a sense replacing an addiction, but then again I only feel the need to get drunk once a month or so, so I'd say it works.
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lindzzz | Sep 13, 2011
 
I think it works, but it serves as a better replacement if you did not smoke when you had a drinking problem, or even smoked just a little. That's just what I am guessing, I am sure there are people out there who would feel differently.
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Guest | Sep 23, 2011
 
I know it works as I am proof. Haven't had a drink in 7 yrs. But then again it all depends on the makeup of the person. Some will trade one for the other, but alcohol is the one that will kill you.
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Guest | Sep 27, 2011
 
a few hits from a pipe help kill my cravings for a while...
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Guest | Nov 24, 2011
 
It helps but i i seem to need a cold beer to get rid of the dry mouth........ ;)
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Guest | Jan 2, 2012
 
its real i had to stop drinking after about 17 years of hardcore drinking like about $1500 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!!!
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Guest | Jan 27, 2012
 
Guaranteed, it honestly helped me back off of pretty much killing myself thru alcohol abuse. I would drink a fifth of rum every day. I lost weight, and pretty much went down the tubes in health. One day I put my mind to quitting drinking (or come almost to a stop anyway). Man, the withdrawal kicked my azz. So I went back to drinking. I hated myself for being weak and cold-turkey'd a second time, this time though, made sure there wasn't a drink in the house. When my drunkeness wore off, I got really sick and decided to try to sleep it off with a bowl of good weed - Whalala!!!!The alcohol side effects became non existent. My appetite jumped thru the roof, and I slept better than I had in years. Seeing this article only proves what I thought happened; it stopped my cravings etc... I still drink maybe once a week and only 1/3 of a fifth. I don't ever want to go thru that again...
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Guest | Feb 11, 2012
 
Medical Marijuana has saved me from my binge drinking chaos. I can't speak more highly for what I call "weed therapy." I have a fb pg deciated to this called Robyn-Love. My purpose is to spread this message to others who has suffered from alcohol. I myself came to deaths doors steps two times from DUI. God save me for a reason, my purpose. Please like my page and contiune to spread the word. Weed is medicine and can save the world. Much LOVE.
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Guest | Feb 11, 2012
 
Bud is going to save the world. We live in an Orwellian world where: war=peace, ignorance is strength, debt = wealth, and truth is hate. Alcohol is the poisoning of our society in ego, hate, ignorance, and division. Bud is waking the world up to the TRUTH that we all come from and return to the same source. "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.
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Guest | Feb 12, 2012
 
I would LOVE if you that posted would post your testimonials on my facebook page Robyn-Love http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robyn-Love/245616568824158 It is so important that we spread this message. It can SAVE LIVES! Thank you! ~Robyn-Love
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roldgoldrlg | May 7, 2012
 
MMJ saved my life as far as alcoholism goes. I was literally dying from alcohol abuse. Its still a struggle from day to day, but thanks to MMJ I have been sober from alcohol for over a year. This is after a good 19 yrs of serious drinking and clinical detoxes+rehabs. Not anymore! thank you Mother Earth.
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Guest | Jun 19, 2012
 
So i talked to my mom about this and her reasoning is that people should be able to control their substance abuse, when they use and how much they use. Even tho its trading addictions. I like to mix but now i get to violent when i drink so i just blaze.
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Guest | Jul 7, 2012
 
Cannabis for the treatment of alcohol dependance is excellent way to help deal with the anxiety, insomnia, and many other associated symptoms. But, unfortunately it appears that whoever wrote this blurb did so by glancing at a couple article he or she did not understand or read for that matter. 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 proper pharmaceutical 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.
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Guest | Aug 25, 2012
 
I've always smoked weed and really don't drink and have never done shrooms or other drugs my friends around me were doing.
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Guest | Oct 15, 2012
 
^2 up wrong wrong wrong
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Guest | Dec 21, 2012
 
i think drinking is a waste unless its the holidays than a rum n coke or 2 maybe but i will alwayz take a zip of some fine indica over a fifth of death in a bottle stay medicatd yall one love srhsoldier 420 4 life
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Guest | Jan 22, 2013
 
Does anybody even consider maybe not needing a substance at all? Here to tell ya . . . it's nice.
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Guest | Feb 1, 2013
 
Going through mild (if you want to call it that) alcohol withdrawal the last few weeks after drinking almost every day for the last 5 years. Always used to swear cannabis was where its at and that I would never become a heavy drinker, but at some point I slipped into alcoholism and tried to downplay it the whole time. It was a liter of whiskey or vodka a week for a while and then I switched to beer and cut down but it was still controlling me. Matter of fact I was mostly quitting for financial reasons at first but started realizing how harmful it was b/c of the withdrawal symptoms. I have to say the intense panic attacks have to be the worst, and since I stopped smoking herb the last 2 weeks also it has made even tougher for my mind to relax. I am still trying to decide if I should wait a few months to smoke again or if cannabis is fully safe to use now and won't derail my recovery from alcohol abuse. Looking at the responses here though it seems like I shouldn't worry too much about lighting up. I guess sometimes it takes years just to remember what we already know...
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Guest | Mar 10, 2013
 
i am a recovering alcoholic and cannabis helps me everyday.
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Guest | Mar 31, 2013
 
I am also a recovering alcoholic,i was drinking a litre of vodka daily. 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.