Disclaimer: This is a testimony from a long time friend, Maria, who has been sober for four months. I wanted to give her a chance to share her beautiful story, so I invited her to write on my blog.
I’m no longer an alcoholic thanks to CBD oil!
Addiction is easy to develop but not so easy to end. Without the right medication and support, it can be incredibly challenging for you to overcome your addiction – no matter what you are addicted to.
Lately, there have been many discussions on how CBD can help individuals suffering from alcohol withdrawal.
While there’s no scientific evidence to back this up, take it from a post-alcoholic like me – CBD oil does help to manage your drinking problem. More on that later!
So… what’s CBD?
CBD is a compound that comes from hemp (Cannabis Sativa) plants. It’s extracted mainly for its therapeutic properties. While most countries are yet to legalise its counterpart THC (the principal psychoactive constituent of weed), CBD is already legal in many countries including the UK because it’s deemed inherently non-psychoactive.
Can cannabis, weed, CBD help with alcohol withdrawal?
CBD or even weed can help manage your addiction by helping you to stay focused, relieve tension, and reduce tendencies of paranoia and anxiety. Studies on animals have shown that CBD has worked wonders for recovering alcoholic rats. CBD helped rats to reduce their alcohol intake and prevented relapse.
Although much more scientific research is needed on humans, CBD has most definitely helped me. Let me share with you my story.
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Alcohol slowly destroyed my life
My husband used to tell me “It’s your drinking that will cost us everything.” And it turns out, he was right. I was simply addicted to booze. I couldn’t sleep or function well without a few glasses of wine or sipping on some single malt whisky. I made drinking a habit, every morning before going to work and every evening before going to sleep I had to take some alcohol. Yep, I simply couldn’t function without it.
Whoever said “habit translates into a character” was entirely right. I actually remember when this all started. I had lost my best friend Joanna in a horrible road accident, and it was just hours after planning our big holiday to Ibiza. When I received the news, I was in the office preparing to leave. As the news began to sink in, I felt unexplainable pain. Dealing with loss is not easy, and the harder truth is that alcohol doesn’t fix things.
My drinking spiralled out of control
So, that was three years ago. I’m still unsure of how one glass of wine ended up causing my addiction, but it did. In February of this year my life took an unexpected turn. One night I had an argument with my husband Joel, and he simply had enough. He packed his bags and left our home. When he left I turned to the fridge, and one by one I drank the three bottles of wine I’d stocked up for the weekend.
The next morning, a colleague from work came to check up on me when he realised I hadn’t turned up for work. When he saw the state I was in, he was shocked (to say the least!). That was when I knew I had a problem and I needed help. So I made the hard choice to quit and give up booze completely.
How CBD helped me beat the bottle
I read on many forums including Reddit that cannabis especially CBD could help to curb cravings and minimise addiction. I wasn’t totally convinced, but so many people had claimed success so I decided to give it a go. I went online and bought some CBD oil drops. I’m a bit hesitant when it comes to things I buy online, so I must admit, I didn’t use them the same day I received them through the letterbox.
I had the CBD in my house for days, until one day I felt desperate and really wanted a drink. I opened the envelope I received and cracked open the bottle of CBD oil. I applied a few drops of the oil under my tongue, held it in my mouth for a minute and then swallowed, as directed by the instructions on the bottle. Thirty minutes or so later, the cravings had submerged, and even better, I was feeling very relaxed. I certainly wasn’t “high”, just a nice sense of calm.
It’s been four months now since I started using CBD for my addiction, and so far, so good.
If you are trying to recover from your drinking problem, then I strongly recommend that aside from attending therapies (you must get professional help by the way), you also make this supplement a part of your recovery journey – you will never look back!