Alcoholism is a serious disorder in which the user is unable to control their drinking habits. These types of addictions usually have a deteriorating effect on the users health both physically and mentally, with the most extreme cases leading to death.
There are a range of signs and symptoms of Alcoholism such as:
- Being unable to control alcohol intake
- Constantly craving alcohol and always wanting more
- Prioritising alcohol over personal requirements
The effects that alcohol has on the body are severe if consumption is more than the government recommended weekly intake. The liver is the organ that is most affected by alcoholism. Alcohol is a natural diuretic, but in order for the liver to do its job and process the alcohol, it needs water. This means that the liver will take water from other parts of the body, leaving you feeling unwell the day after a period of heavy drinking. As soon as alcohol reaches the liver, it produces an enzyme called acetaldehyde, which is toxic to us and can cause harm to the liver and other parts of the body.
How can CBD combat alcoholism?
When cannabis is consumed the cannabinoids in the brain bind to the receptors in the endocannabinoid system. The CB1 receptors in the brain become overstimulated after long spouts of heavy drinking, which means when the user stops consuming alcohol, they are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. This is why alcohol dependant users turn to cannabinoid treatments.
The cannabinoids are able to act as neuroprotective agents and reduce the hyper excitability in the brain, thus suppressing those cravings for alcohol. If you suffer from alcoholism and you would like to start a treatment using cannabinoids or if you just want some information on the topic, contact us.
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