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Medical Marijuana and Alcoholism

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism, or the severe dependency upon alcohol and the inability to stop drinking once one has started, was. in the last thirty years, recognized as a disease. Groups such as Al-Anon formed to help patients deal with alcoholism as it pertained to them as individuals. But in the beginning, quitting alcohol, the drug of choice for the alcoholic, is extremely difficult even with support. There are many physical withdrawal symptoms, including and not limited to, profuse sweating, shaking or tremors, dry mouth or craving for alcohol/thirst for alcohol, and mood swings and/or anxiety. This period, referred to as "drying out", can make the person with alcoholism feel helpless and vulnerable. Some sufferers find themselves stopping and starting treatment several times over before finally succeeding at quitting or the disease takes over and takes their lives. There is no known substitute for alcohol dependency during this time. Smokers have nicotine patches and gum, and people with heroine addiction have their methadone, but those with alcoholism usually have to go it alone unless they have big bucks and can afford some place like the Betty Ford Clinic. There's hope, though, for sufferers of alcoholism, and it's more than just weekly meetings and sponsors and twelve step plans. (Don't get me wrong, those things really work and really help the emotional and psychological parts of a person heal and deal with their disease, but alcoholism is physical too, and the hope I speak of is of this kind.) Alcoholism, or the severe dependency upon alcohol and the inability to stop drinking once one has started, was. in the last thirty years, recognized as a disease. Groups such as Al-Anon formed to help patients deal with alcoholism as it pertained to them as individuals. But in the beginning, quitting alcohol, the drug of choice for the alcoholic, is extremely difficult even with support. There are many physical withdrawal symptoms, including and not limited to, profuse sweating, shaking or tremors, dry mouth or craving for alcohol/thirst for alcohol, and mood swings and/or anxiety. This period, referred to as "drying out", can make the person with alcoholism feel helpless and vulnerable. Some sufferers find themselves stopping and starting treatment several times over before finally succeeding at quitting or the disease takes over and takes their lives. There is no known substitute for alcohol dependency during this time. Smokers have nicotine patches and gum, and people with heroine addiction have their methadone, but those with alcoholism usually have to go it alone unless they have big bucks and can afford some place like the Betty Ford Clinic. There's hope, though, for sufferers of alcoholism, and it's more than just weekly meetings and sponsors and twelve step plans. (Don't get me wrong, those things really work and really help the emotional and psychological parts of a person heal and deal with their disease, but alcoholism is physical too, and the hope I speak of is of this kind.)

Medical Marijuana and Alcoholism

Alcoholism Dependency and Medical Marijuana

What does this mean for patients with alcoholism? It means they finally have a choice in going "cold turkey" and taking chances that they might fall off the wagon because the disease won't let go of them or they can take medical marijuana to ease their discomfort and protect their brain cells during withdrawal. However, this is fairly new research, and the patients with the best opportunity are those who already reside in a legalized medical marijuana state and have very forward thinking doctors who feel that prescribing the medical marijuana would benefit this group of patients. All the right factors have to be in place for these patients to receive the benefits of medical marijuana.
Since the majority of people who depend upon alcohol to "get high" can transfer those sensations to pot because they already smoke, this is an easy choice. The transition can be quite smooth, and significantly cheaper than booze and alcoholism in the long run. However, the previously mentioned study regarding the protection of neurons in the brain during withdrawal by medical marijuana, the marijuana was vaporized and inhaled into the sinus passages providing direct contact with the brain. This is necessary to note should you find a marijuana doctor and wish to discuss how to take your prescription for your withdrawal symptoms.
MarijuanaDoctors.com can help you find a doctor who believes in alternative medicine and the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of alcoholism. Never more than a phone call or email away, you can feel confident and secure about talking to someone who cares about your problems and will refer you to a doctor who with compassion will help you through the physical unpleasantness of this disease.

Alcoholism and Medical Marijuana 

Recent studies on the benefits of medical marijuana show how significantly less dangerous marijuana is to individuals and society than alcohol (UK: Journal of Psychopharmacology: Popular Intoxicants--What Lessons Can Be Learned From The Last 40 Years of Alcohol and Cannabis Regulation?). Cannabis will not kill the liver, destroy brain cells, or otherwise permanently damage necessary organs of the human body. Also new studies show that cannabinoids actually protect neural cells from cell death during the "drying out" period of alcohol withdrawal. Where many cells would die from the withdrawal of alcohol from the body, cannabinoids protect the cells from dying! The study took the extra step to prove the opposite is true as well by introducing a cannabinoid antagonist and cell death was accelerated during alcohol withdrawal. (Pharmacological Activation/Inhibition of the Cannabinoid System Affects Alcohol Withdrawal-Induced Neuronal Hypersensitivity to Excitotoxic Insults).

Alcoholism Dependency and Medical Marijuana

What does this mean for patients with alcoholism? It means they finally have a choice in going "cold turkey" and taking chances that they might fall off the wagon because the disease won't let go of them or they can take medical marijuana to ease their discomfort and protect their brain cells during withdrawal. However, this is fairly new research, and the patients with the best opportunity are those who already reside in a legalized medical marijuana state and have very forward thinking doctors who feel that prescribing the medical marijuana would benefit this group of patients. All the right factors have to be in place for these patients to receive the benefits of medical marijuana.
Since the majority of people who depend upon alcohol to "get high" can transfer those sensations to pot because they already smoke, this is an easy choice. The transition can be quite smooth, and significantly cheaper than booze and alcoholism in the long run. However, the previously mentioned study regarding the protection of neurons in the brain during withdrawal by medical marijuana, the marijuana was vaporized and inhaled into the sinus passages providing direct contact with the brain. This is necessary to note should you find a marijuana doctor and wish to discuss how to take your prescription for your withdrawal symptoms.

MarijuanaDoctors.com can help you find a doctor who believes in alternative medicine and the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of alcoholism. Never more than a phone call or email away, you can feel confident and secure about talking to someone who cares about your problems and will refer you to a doctor who with compassion will help you through the physical unpleasantness of this disease.

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