Alcoholics Should Smoke Cannabis

Mixing cannabis and alcohol has always been a tricky subject.  As an outspoken member of the cannabis community, I hear the stories all the time whenever I visit a “social drinking” establishment…

“I don’t smoke when I drink.”… “The room spins.”…. “I like to smoke before I drink, but not after.”…

Or even worse…

“I don’t do drugs… I just drink!”

The people who consume alcohol but tend to stay away from cannabis might want to hear about some new studies that have recently came out.

Let’s get this straight!  Drinking is bad for you! Just because it is legal doesn’t mean it is safe. You shouldn’t drink.  However, if you are going to drink, a recent study shows that it is safer for your liver if you also consume cannabis. If you consume cannabis and alcohol you have less of a chance of developing a liver diseases including hepatitis, cirrhosis, steatosis, and even hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer.  The national Institute of Scientific Research at the University of Quebec inspected the discharge records of 320,000 patients who have or had suffered from alcohol use. 

Alcoholics who didn’t consume cannabis have a 90% chance of developing liver disease. However, for those alcoholics who do consume cannabis, their risk of liver disease was reduced to 8% for light smokers and all the way down to 1.36% for heavy smokers. 

Another paper, that was published last October, looked at more than 8,200 patient records and found the the “lowest prevalence of [non-alcoholic fatty liver disease] was noted in current heavy users of marijuana.”  This wasn’t research done for just alcohol consumers but the data was adjusted to account for that. Another interesting find in this study shows that cannabis users had worse diets than non-smokers.  They consumed more calories, soda, and alcohol, but had a lower chance for obesity.