Some research findings indicate that CBD reduces withdrawal symptoms for recovering alcoholics. According to one study, when taken continuously for a week, CBD can help a person with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) reduce cravings for five months.
An alcoholic’s cravings come as a result of a disruption in the brain’s production of certain neurotransmitters. This disruption in neurotransmitter production is usually as a result of an increase of biomarkers for inflammation. When CBD connects with the CB2 receptors, it reduces the inflammation biomarkers, allowing the brain to produce the neurotransmitters, helping reduce cravings.
Besides an increase in inflammatory agents, alcohol also destroys the brain’s ability to produce endocannabinoids. It also destroys cannabinoid receptors in the body. When the production of endocannabinoids ceases, the body is deprived of its ability to regulate its internal environment naturally, thus craving for alcohol, which acts as a stabilizing agent in this situation.
The introduction of CBD in the body spurs the production of endocannabinoids. The body also replaces destroyed cannabinoid receptors out of necessity because now they are needed to connect with CBD. In doing this, CBD makes it unnecessary for the body to depend on alcohol for balance and hence the reduced dependence.
Excessive use of alcohol increases the accumulation of fats in the liver. It also causes the growth of fibroids in the liver. Both the accumulation of lipids and the growth of fibroids reduce the liver’s efficiency in the synthesis of alcohol and other ingested compounds.
When the liver is less efficient, a person needs to take higher alcohol quantities to feel the effects. The craving is necessitated by a brain that is unable to produce enough neurotransmitters due to the effects of alcohol, as described above.