~ medical marijuana for treating alcoholism and detox? ~

Ok, so now I done lost it right? Using marijuana for detox treatment when coming off other drugs just sounds insane right?

Wrong! There is scientific evidence that medical marijuana (cannabis) does help with detox.

“At the turn of the 19th century in the United States, cannabis was listed as a treatment for delirium tremens in standard medical texts (Edes 1887, Potter 1895) and manuals (Lilly 1898, Merck 1899, Parke Davis 1909).”

delirium tremens: or DT’s as it is also known, is an acute episode of delirium often caused by withdrawal from alcohol.

Today, it seems the standard practice to help with delirium tremens is to administer Benzodiazepines (BZD) the treatment of choice for delirium tremens (DT). The problem here is, benzodiazepines or BZD’s are potentially dangerous because benzodiazepines are prone to cause tolerance, physical dependence and upon cessation of use, a withdrawal syndrome.

My question here is, why are we using a drug that may cause physical dependence, and withdrawals when treating withdrawals? Does it make sence to anyone else to use a drug that you may get addicted to, when dealing with people prone to addiction? Especially when you consider the fact that medicinal cannabis is NOT addictive, and has typically NO WITHDRAWALS when quitting use. Wouldn’t it be better to treat a possible addict, with something they WON’T get addicted to while detoxing from their current addiction?

Not to mention benzodiazepines have been linked to possibly causing cleft pallet, and are known to cause withdrawal in newborn babies, born to mothers who used benzodiazepines (BZDs) while pregnant, or breastfeeding. No such side effects have ever been associated with medical marijuana use by pregnant, or breast feeding women.

“By 1941, due to prohibition, cannabis was no longer a treatment option, but attempts to identify and synthesize its active ingredients continued (Loewe 1950). A synthetic THC called pyrahexyl was made available to clinical researchers, and one paper from the postwar period reports its successful use in easing the withdrawal symptoms of 59 out of 70 alcoholics. (Thompson and Proctor 1953).

In 1970 the author reported (op cit) on Mrs. A., a 49-year-old female patient whose drinking had become problematic. The patient had observed that when she smoked marijuana socially, on week-ends, she decreased her alcoholic intake. She was instructed to substitute cannabis any time she felt the urge to drink. This regimen helped her to cut her alcohol intake to zero. The paper concluded, “It would appear that for selected alcoholics the substitution of smoked cannabis for alcohol may be of marked rehabilitative value. Certainly cannabis is not a panacea, but it warrants further clinical trial in selected cases of alcoholism.”

Again I have to ask, if we can help cure sick people (alcoholics) with cannabis, why are we not researching the possibilities more? Every time we do a study we find more medicinal uses, and less evidence of harm. How many people die every year from alcoholism? I will save you the trouble of looking this data up….

85,000+ people die EVERY YEAR from alcohol. This includes accidental alcohol poisoning deaths, but does NOT include accidents, homicides, or deaths due to fetal alcohol syndrome.

In over 5,000 years of human experience with marijuana, there has NEVER been 1 single reported death from medical, or recreational use of marijuana. EVER. With marijuana use at an all time high, with an estimated 25-50 MILLION users in the U.S. alone, if there were a lethal dose, we would have found it by now. Studies have shown a user would have to smoke 1,500 POUNDS or 20,000-40,000 joints within one setting of 15-20 minutes, to induce any kind of life threatening result. Not only would this be financially improbable (each joint costing between $5-$10 on average) but time wise would be flat-out impossible.

In comparison, it only takes about 8 aspirin to cause a life threatening result in many people.

With studies showing both that cannabis use can A) help treat withdrawals associated with alcohol, and B) help reduce alcohol consumption in alcoholics, why not make it a legal option for use to help alcoholics get better?

Does it make sence to let people keep dying at a staggering rate from something we continue to keep legal, while keeping what has been shown a “safe alternative” (marijuana) illegal, even for a medical purpose?

Even while studies show marijuana is hands down safer than both tobacco, and alcohol, and can even be used to treat health problems associated with 2 of the 3 leading causes of death it is still illegal in many states, and on the federal level.

If this makes as little sence to you as it does me, or you would like to at least see more scientific data and research, then we MUST do something and VOTE to change the current laws on medical marijuana. Otherwise, how can we find all the uses that may be out there, and help sick people get better? Afterall, I thought the medical system was supposed to be about helping people get better and feel better?

research based in part on information read at: http://ccrmg.org/journal/03sum/substitutealcohol.html an EXELLENT read on Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol, and: http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30#item1 please visit both site for more information on these, and other great studies.

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