Cannabis does a lot to help people. Sometimes it even helps people quit their vices, from quitting smoking and drinking, to kicking a dangerous addiction to heroin. I am not a doctor, and I am not advising you to use cannabis as a treatment. All I am doing is giving you data; it’s up to you what you decide to do with it. Before you embark on any sort of treatment, you need to speak with your doctor.
Cannabis Has Helped People Quit Smoking Cigarettes
Quitting smoking is exceedingly hard; most people try and fail multiple times, before they are finally able to quit for good. I smoked for close to two decades before I was finally able to quit two months ago. I’d tried patches, lozenges (which were horrible), gum, and just going cold turkey. These things would work for a few days, but I was usually smoking again by the end of the week. Finally I decided that I would just smoke more weed. It worked like a charm, and now I feel I can safely say that I’ve kicked the habit for good.
This experience isn’t just confined to me, there is actual data to back this up. Naturally, it comes down to cannabidiol or CBD, which in a sense rewires the nucleus accumbens, aka the reward center of the brain. The best thing about using cannabis to quit smoking is that it made the whole process a lot less stressful than it had been in the past.
It’s Gotten People Off Of Prescription Pills
Cannabis used to be referred to as a gateway drug, a fact which has now finally been debunked. Recently US Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that the real gateway drug is prescription opiates. When you’re prescribed painkillers you typically become dependent on them, and as a result have to take more and more. Suddenly you’re addicted to opiates. Then you start using heroin.
Now that cannabis legalization is rapidly spreading across the US, people are starting to use it as what is now being referred to as an “exit drug,” meaning people are using cannabis as a substitute for prescription pills. It’s a bit ironic when you consider the reputation cannabis had as the original gateway drug. These people are basically using cannabis to literally save their lives.
Cannabis Has Helped People Quit Drinking
I’m not going to go into how much more dangerous alcohol is, especially when compared to cannabis, because I’m sure that you already know that. I’m willing to bet that you didn’t know that people have used cannabis to treat alcohol dependency. Anyone who has dealt with alcohol dependence knows that it’s not as simple as quitting cold turkey. Alcohol withdrawal can be deadly in many cases. Going to AA meetings and other support groups is just not enough for a lot of people.
A study conducted back in 2004 by Dr. Tod Mikuriya, showed that treating alcoholism with cannabis greatly reduced the likelihood of relapse in people being treated for alcohol dependence. Subjects reported that after they stopped using cannabis, their urge to drink came back, which in most cases led to relapse.
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