420 with CNW — Medical Marijuana May Be Future Treatment for Alcoholism

Research carried out by the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria along with the Canadian Institute for Substance Abuse Research revealed that people who used medical marijuana experienced a decline in their alcohol consumption.

The study involved 1,000 medical marijuana patients in Canada and examined them on their habits, which included questions on their alcohol consumption. The study’s findings revealed a decline in alcohol use.

The study asserted that marijuana can affect the use of other psychoactive substances, including illicit drugs, tobacco, alcohol and prescription medications. However, little research has been conducted that looks into the factors linked to these changes in substance use.

During the study, 18% of the individuals who were polled reported that they abstained from alcohol, 85% claimed that they decreased the drinks they consumed every week and 44% reported a decline in the frequency of their alcohol consumption as they used medical marijuana.

From the Canadian medical marijuana program, a sample of 2,102 individuals provided their data, with each individual giving answers based on their medical marijuana use throughout the study and how it affected their alcohol consumption. More than 970 respondents who used alcohol at least 10 times over a year before starting to use medical marijuana were also included in the study. The researchers then assessed retrospective data on amount of alcohol and the frequency of use before and after medical marijuana initiation.

It is estimated that about 107 million people around the globe suffer from alcohol use disorder. This is a physical and mental addiction that’s common. The use of marijuana/medical marijuana to help decrease alcohol use is good news for many. Additionally, the WHO reports that marijuana is 114 times safer than alcohol, with alcoholism killing 3 million individuals around the globe annually.

The study findings suggest that the use of medical marijuana may be linked to reductions in alcohol intake and cessation among medical marijuana patients. Liquor is the most common recreational substance in North America, and it has high rates of mortality, morbidity and criminality as a result of its use. The authors of the study claim that these findings may bring about better health outcomes for medical marijuana patients and improve general safety and public health as well.

While this is only one study that looks into the link between the use of alcohol and medical marijuana, it may be the key to more research that supports marijuana treatment as a way to keep off liquor.

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