Can CBD help with starting to drink less alchol?

The use of alcohol is very common in the Dutch society. This is a statement of the Trimbos Institute in their annual report about the use of alcohol and drugs in The Netherlands. Around 80% of the adults in The Netherlands drinks alcohol, ranging from very occasionally to too often. They also state that about 8% of the population falls under the category ‘heavy drinker’.

Drinking too much alcohol has a lot of negative consequences

According to this source, around 8% of the Dutch population drinks alcohol on a daily basis, or takes at least once a week too many drinks. Even though everybody has heard about the negative consequences of alcohol consumption. For example, alcohol increases the risk of different types of cancer. Also addiction is just around the corner. Alcohol is the number one among addicts in The Netherlands who want treatment in one of many clinics.

What can you do if drinking less is hard for you

It may sound very simple and for a lot of people it is this simple: just drink less and avoid the negative consequences. But it’s not that easy for everybody. There are people that have a bigger chance of getting addicted because of their genetics. If you can’t stop drinking, or start drinking less by yourself, it’s very important to consult your general practicioner. There are many different types of help from which people can really benefit.

Drinking less with the help of CBD

Recent studies in mice have shown that it’s easier to start drinking less if you use CBD. Obviously, we can’t claim here that CBD can fix an alcohol addiction. After all, we are not mice. That’s why the scientists of this study recommend to do more research. They concluded their report with the statement that their discovery is a strong clue that CBD can help with the treatment of alcohol addiction. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28194850