Alcohol abuse is one of the common problems that face almost all communities around the world. The reason for this to become such a common problem is because of the social acceptance of this practice. Over a period of time, alcoholism has become a way of life and because of the addictive properties of this drink; it has also become common for alcohol abuse. In spite of the knowledge of the complications caused by this condition, more and more people are taking to drinking at a young age. Different methods of de-addiction have been trued and only a handful of them have been successful. The problem with most of the de-addiction program is that they do not have an effective follow up. This means that a person who gives up drinking and stops alcohol abuse does not end up leading a normal life because they get addicted again to their drink.
One of the researchers who have done a lot of work in the role of marijuana in alcohol abuse is Amanda Reiman. Her research results have been published in the Harm Reduction Journal. The research that was done in the University of California-Berkeley has shown that the use of marijuana in the prevention of alcohol abuse and in the treatment of alcohol abuse is very effective.
Ways in which marijuana helps in controlling alcohol abuse
Reduces dependence on alcohol: The person who starts using marijuana is able to reduce the dependence on alcohol. The reason for this is that when a person starts using marijuana, the THC compound that is present in the medication interferes with the brain function. The ‘high’ that is provided by the alcohol is now provided by the marijuana. So, the person does not feel the need to use alcohol and instead is satisfied with the use of marijuana. Slowly the marijuana can also be stopped and thus the individual is able to overcome their dependence on alcohol.
2. Reduces withdrawal symptoms: Withdrawal symptoms occur when those who have been dependent on alcohol stops drinking it. Those can lead to several symptoms that cannot be easily controlled. The affected person may become aggressive, depressed and anxious. All these symptoms can effectively be countered with the use of medical marijuana. The regular use of marijuana in small doses will help in reducing the withdrawal symptoms and also completely help in overcoming this problem. The role of marijuana in getting rid of withdrawal symptoms has been a great help in reducing the dependence of addicted people on alcohol.
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