Is cannabis a cure for alcoholism

Cannabis / marijuana / hashish and addictions (e.g. alcohol addiction)

Cannabis on prescription from the pharmacy

since March 2017 It is possible in Germany to get cannabis in pharmacies without a special permit. If a positive effect on the course of the disease or symptoms is expected, it is allowed everyone Licensed physician will prescribe cannabis. In the case of seriously ill patients, the health insurance companies cover the treatment costs. The German Bundestag passed a corresponding law on January 19, 2017.

External link: Resolution of the Bundestag: cannabis on prescription allowed in the future - Tagesschau

Cannabis and addictions

Cannabis seems to be an exception here and can therefore be considered as a healthier substitute for other drugs and medication and alleviate the withdrawal symptoms, such as the feeling of stress. To date, not a single death from cannabis has been reported due to over-consumption. It was described very early on as a substitute for drugs such as alcohol or opiates. Above all, it has a therapeutic effect, as it promotes the restoration of psychophysical normality. Contrary to popular belief, cannabis is not an entry drug, but rather an exit drug.

General information on addictions

Addictions due to addiction are not uncommon in our society today. According to current studies, tobacco smokers are still in first place in Germany (approx. 16 million), followed by alcohol addicts (approx. 1.7 million) and drug addicts (approx. 1.5 million). Addiction to 'hard drugs' like heroin is estimated at 150,000. Caffeine and cannabis can also lead to addiction.

In the case of an addiction, a distinction should be made between 'physical dependence' (e.g. dependence on a drug such as morphine for pain) and psychological dependence (e.g. after heroin). However, in general, any drug that relieves pain, creates euphoria, or relieves anxiety can create addiction.

'Hard drugs' and alcohol are mostly used to improve mood, but, like many drugs, are generally harmful to the body. Relapses with stressful experiences can also be seen with daily drugs.

When alcohol is withdrawn, symptoms appear 6-8 hours after the last drink and can last up to seven days. General symptoms include trembling hands, sweating, nausea, anxiety, cramps, and vomiting. More serious symptoms such as attacks of delirium, confusion, and hallucinations may also occur. Withdrawal can become frightening and often ends with continued drinking. Many alcohol addicts therefore drink their first alcoholic drink in the morning to prevent symptoms.

Smoking tobacco, especially nicotine, leads to the associated symptoms after 48 hours at the latest in the case of addiction. The desire for a cigarette becomes steadily stronger as time goes on. Irritability, difficulty concentrating, frustration, and restlessness are associated with withdrawal.

Withdrawal symptoms in heroin or morphine addicts begin 8-12 hours after the last dose and can last up to ten days. The strongest manifestation at the beginning is the renewed desire for the drug, accompanied by restlessness, sweating, watery eyes, runny nose and yawning. As withdrawal progresses, there are additional symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, dilated pupils, loss of appetite, goose bumps, irritability, tremors, weaknesses and depression.

Other narcotics such as codeine or prescription analgesics (painkillers) can lead to similar symptoms after prolonged and regular use.

Withdrawal from amphetamines or cocaine results in lethargy, extreme fatigue, and drowsiness. Cocaine withdrawal can lead to severe depression, tremors, and sweating.

Withdrawal symptoms also often occur with caffeine. Headaches, tiredness and irritability are not uncommon, and some marijuana addicts have reported withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, sweating, nausea, vomiting, irritability, diarrhea and insomnia. Compared to other drugs or medication, however, these addiction symptoms are very minor and harmless. Cannabis also does not interfere with vegetative functions, as is the case with alcohol, opiates, cocaine or amphetamines.