Alcoholism is a serious disorder in which the user is unable to control their drinking habits. These types of addictions generally cause a physical and mental deterioration for the user. In extreme cases, alcohol could even lead to death.
There are a series of symptoms that allow us to determine if a person is addicted or has problems with alcohol:
- Not being able to control alcohol intake
- Constant alcohol consumption and always wanting more
- Prioritize personal or professional matters
The effects of alcohol on the body are severe if its consumption exceeds the maximum amount recommended by experts and international organizations. In this sense, one of the organs most affected by alcoholism is the liver. Alcohol is a natural diuretic, but the liver needs water to do its job. After excessive alcohol consumption, if the liver cannot find water, it will take it from other parts of the body. And this is what causes discomfort after drinking a lot. In addition, the moment alcohol reaches this organ, a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde is produced, which can cause damage to both the liver and other parts of the body.
How can CBD combat alcoholism?
When cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids in the brain bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system. CB1 receptors in the brain are over-stimulated by large alcohol intakes, which means that when the user stops drinking, they are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. This is the reason why alcoholics turn to cannabinoid treatments.
Cannabinoids are capable of acting as neuroprotective agents and reducing hyperexcitation in the brain, suppressing withdrawal and the need to drink.