Cannabis is replacing alcohol and providing more health benefits
Alcohol intake may not be so beneficial for many people, especially when addiction is involved. However, according to data published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, this behavior tends to have a reduction if the person starts consuming cannabis dominant in cannabidiol (CBD).
In order to be certain about this issue, researchers affiliated with the University of Colorado at Boulder pooled their skills to assess what the relationship between alcohol intake and marijuana consumption really is. Over 100 subjects were used for the study and were asked to use one of three strains of cannabis on the legal market (predominantly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), predominantly CBD, and relatively equal proportions of CBD and THC).
According to the researchers, the group that was assigned to consume CBD-dominant cannabis during the test period “drank fewer drinks per day, consumed less alcohol, and consumed less alcohol and cannabis compared to the other groups,” while the other two groups did not show any relevant change in their alcohol consumption.
Experts say the results make sense, as some preclinical work has previously indicated that CBD may have some link to lowering alcohol intake in people. Other studies have also indicated that CBD can greatly help reduce cravings for other controlled substances, such as tobacco and heroin.
They concluded, “The present study provides preliminary support for the notion that plant-derived CBD may be associated with decreased alcohol consumption among regular cannabis users and suggests that it may be feasible for regular cannabis users to switch to a higher CBD and lower THC content cannabis strain in order to reduce their alcohol consumption.”