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Could Cannabis Actually Aid in the Treatment of Alcoholism?

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Overview

Fortunately, there are other options for people who have been failed by AA or by formal alcoholism treatment programs. One of these options--which has proven highly successful for many individuals--is Marijuana Maintenance, which involves the substitution of cannabis for alcohol.
Research into the endocannabinoid signaling system has grown exponentially in recent years following the discovery of cannabinoid receptors (CB) and their endogenous ligands, such as anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

Important advances have been made in our understanding of the endocannabinoid signaling system in various aspects of alcoholism, including alcohol-seeking behavior. Alcohol increases the synthesis or impairs the degradation of endocannabinoids, leading to a locally elevated endocannabinoid tone within the brain.
Research is showing using cannabis to taper off other hard drugs that you are physically addicted to is definitely a good idea and can be effective. To take your mind off your desire to use the drug and can even take the edge off the withdrawals.

also see Quitting Other Drugs Using Cannabis
see related: Chemical Composition of Cannabis
also see index of Every Drug on Earth

Cannabis Science & Research

Undated - News - Pot Might Blunt Damage of Binge Drinking.



















2009 - Study - Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs.

Undated - News - Pot Might Blunt Damage of Binge Drinking.



















2009 - Study - Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs.


2009 - Study - Daily marijuana users with past alcohol problems increase alcohol consumption during marijuana abstinence.


2009- Study ~ White Matter Integrity in Adolescents with Histories of Marijuana Use and Binge Drinking.







2008 - News ~ Report: Marijuana Less Harmful than Alcohol or Tobacco.

2007 - Study ~ The endocannabinoid signaling system: a potential target for next-generation therapeutics for alcoholism.


2007 - Study ~ Involvement of cannabinoid CB2 receptor in alcohol preference in mice and alcoholism in humans.


2006 - Study ~ Effects of Alcohol and Combined Marijuana and Alcohol Use During Adolescence on Hippocampal Volume and Asymmetry.


2006 - Study ~ In vivo effects of CB1 receptor ligands on lipid peroxidation and antioxidant defense systems in the rat brain of healthy and ethanol-treated rats.


2006 - Study ~ Confirming alcohol-moderated links between cannabis use and dependence in a national sample.


2005 - Study ~ Comparison of Cannabidiol, Antioxidants, and Diuretics in Reversing Binge Ethanol-Induced Neurotoxicity.


2005 - Study ~ Ethanol Induces Higher Bec in Cb1 Cannabinoid Receptor Knockout Mice While Decreasing Ethanol Preference.


2005 - Study - Cannabidiol, Antioxidants, and Diuretics in Reversing Binge Ethanol-Induced Neurotoxicity.


2005 - Study - The endocannabinoid signaling system: a potential target for next-generation therapeutics for alcoholism.


2005 - Study - White Matter Integrity in Adolescents with Histories of Marijuana Use and Binge Drinking.


2005 - Study ~ Alcohol Consumption Moderates the Link Between Cannabis Use and Cannabis Dependence in an Internet Survey.


2005 - News - Role of cannabinoid receptors in alcohol abuse.


2004 - Study ~ Overeating, Alcohol and Sucrose Consumption Decrease in Cb1 Receptor Deleted Mice.




1979 - Study ~ Interaction of cannabidiol and alcohol in humans.



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