As much fun as drinking may be, alcohol use — and more importantly, its abuse — is causing some serious problems in the United States. Believe it or not, about 53% of U.S. adults have reported that one or more of their close friends or relatives have a drinking problem, which helps show why it’s the number one drug problem in the nation.
Worst of all, it causes two million deaths a year.
But now, family practice doctors are using a rather unexpected method to treat alcoholism and alcohol related-problems: medical marijuana.
Here’s how and why.
A 2009 study by medical marijuana doctors from the Labratory for Physiopathology of Diseases of the Central Nervous System found that test animals who were injected with THC — the primary active chemical in marijuana — were able to eliminate their dependence on opiates, like heroin, more easily.
“Cannabis As A Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs,” a study published in the Harm Reduction Journal, found that respondents successfully used cannabis to curb their alcohol cravings. The medical marijuana doctors conducting the study also found that it could even be used as a substitute for narcotics like cocaine.
Prevents Drug Usage
Another study from the Harm Reduction Journal found that long term cannabis users who sought the help of medical marijuana doctors found that those who used cannabis medicinally were far less likely to do more potent drugs.
The U.S. needs a better way to treat addiction, considering the fact that up to half of all recovering addicts relapse within six months or less, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Thankfully, more and more states are legalizing cannabis, allowing medical marijuana doctors to eliminate addicts’ dependency, curb cravings, and even prevent further drug use.
If you have any questions about medical marijuana doctors’ methods of addiction recovery, feel free to ask in the comments.