April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This month is a great time to work on being more informed and supportive of those around you who have experienced alcohol-related conditions, addiction, and illnesses. At Infinite CBD, we’d like to share the potential ways in which CBD might help during Alcohol Awareness Month.
Facts About Alcohol Use & Abuse
Alcohol has become such a significant part of our culture that many fail to recognize the harm is can cause.
Alcohol is an addictive substance. While some people to struggle to put it in this category, alongside “more serious drugs” alcohol is just as destructive. In the United States, 1 in 12 adults – 17.6 million to be more precise, are dependent on alcohol.
Not only is alcohol abuse prevalent, but excessive drinking and binge drinking have become the center of lawsuits spanning organizations and college campuses. Alcohol abuse also tends to disproportionately impact minority groups, those with mental health disorders, and veterans.
Alcohol consumption isn’t the worst part, per se. Excessive long-term alcohol consumption impacts the human body in profound ways. For example, those who have abused alcohol are more likely to suffer from a serious cardiac event. Those who have abused alcohol even have a greater risk of developing some types of cancers.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines heavy alcohol use as “as binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month.”
Alcohol Abuse and The Endocannabinoid System
A collection of studies, all published in 2009, demonstrate the ways in which alcohol profoundly affects the endocannabinoid system.
More specifically, the body of research found that long-term alcohol abuse depletes the endocannabinoid system’s signaling mechanisms. These disrupted signals can have a widespread impact on the endocannabinoid system’s ability to keep the body in homeostasis and can cause mood swings, impulsive behavior, and even lead to chronic stress.
These findings suggest that in the case of alcohol abuse, one’s endocannabinoid system might need outside resources of cannabinoids in order to function at the necessary level.
CBD and Alcohol
There is research that suggests that CBD could potentially help those who have abused alcohol.
Alcohol doesn’t only dehydrate the body. Excessive consumption leads to oxidative stress, which damages cells and causes chronic inflammation. CBD is a well-studied anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Research suggests that CBD not only blocks the immune system’s inflammatory response, but also helps to repair damaged cells.
A recent research review explores the possibility that CBD might help those who have addictive behaviors. Because CBD helps to boost the immune system and decreases anxiety, researchers believe it might be a potential therapy for those in recovery.
While studies show that CBD has a lot of potential in the realm of helping those in recovery in a physical and mental way, more CBD and alcohol-specific studies should be done to solidify the relationship between CBD and recovery.
The dialogue in our society surrounding alcohol and addiction is increasingly important. As we work to continue helping those in recovery and dealing with the consequences of long-term alcohol abuse, it’s important to be aware of all of the potential therapies available.