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Cannabis May Aid in Combating Alcohol Abuse

It’s no secret that among the veteran community, there is an extremely high rate of alcohol dependency. In the search for relief from symptoms associated with PTSD, too many veterans turn to alcohol as a way to numb or escape their pain.

But what many don’t know is that cannabis may help curb the addictive impulses that lead us to drink and even replace the effects of alcohol.

A 2009 study entitled “Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs”, conducted by Dr. Amanda Reiman at the University of California in Berkely and published in “Harm Reduction Journal” followed 350 medical cannabis patients who were asked, “Are you choosing to use cannabis instead of something else?” to which 50 percent said they were using it as a replacement for alcohol.

Further research based on a survey of 404 medical cannabis patients in Canada was published in a 2013 edition of the Addiction Research and Theory Journal and found that 41% of participants were using cannabis as a substitute for alcohol while 75.5% were using cannabis as a substitute for at least one other substance.

Since cannabis is not considered physically addictive, a growing number of rehabilitation specialists are exploring cannabis as an effective tool in aiding with alcohol and drug abuse recovery.

Under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) program, medical cannabis users can choose cannabis strains with the right blend of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, and cannabidiol (CBD) the main non psycho active cannabinoid found in cannabis. Depending on the cannabinoid content of a given strain, patients can reduce the anxiety brought on by alcohol craving as well as replicate the effects that alcohol induces. These effects are also determined by terpenes, the essential oils naturally produced in cannabis that determines a strain’s medicinal properties, smell and flavour profile.

Several terpene families correspond to calming effects while other terpenes can provide a ‘happier’ experience (e.g., drinking to have a laugh) or a more sedative experience (e.g. drinking to get ready for sleep, to de-stress and contemplate). Many of these terpene families also correspond with creativity and inspiration.

For more information on how you can access medical cannabis strains may aid in alcohol cessation, email info@spartanwellness.ca or fill out the Registration Form found here

Spartan Wellness and Precision Compounds

Spartan Wellness is pleased to offer to its clients, Precision Compounds Pain Creams, a safe alternative to the oral ingestion of prescription opioids.

Pain creams administer high concentrations of pain medication directly to the site of pain for targeted relief. A Spartan Wellness specialist will act as a liaison between patients, pharmacists and physicians to create custom formulations designed to meet each patient’s unique needs.

Precision Compounds formulations offer the benefits of precise dosing, personalized treatment, and the combined effect of multiple ingredients working together for optimal pain relief.

All pain formulations are applied topically; they don’t circulate through the entire body. This is powerful pain medication where it is needed, less where it isn’t. Pain creams are less likely to interact with other medications and cause fewer side effects than other pain medications. The risk of dependence and addiction is virtually eliminated.

Precision Compounds Topical Pain Creams are formulated using an anhydrous silicone base designed and proven to effectively deliver pain medication. This type of transdermal base has been tested and proven to deliver up to four drugs simultaneously and to deliver medications more effectively and quickly than other topical bases.

If you are interested in accessing Precision Compounds Topical Pain Creams for your health condition, fill out the Interest Form found at www.spartanwellness.ca or email info@spartanwellness.ca 

Devon Larratt Joins Spartan Wellness

The Spartan Wellness team is proud to announce that Canadian professional arm wrestler, Devon “No Limits” Lariat has come aboard as a volunteer cannabis educator.

Devon is a Veteran of the Canadian Special Forces as well as one of the famous professional arm wrestlers in the world. He currently holds the title of Left and Right-Arm World Armwrestling League (WAL) Heavyweight Champion and Left Arm Arm Wars Super-Heavyweight Champion.

Devon’s primary role at Spartan will be outreach and cannabis education. He firmly believes in medical cannabis as an effective and natural means to relieve chronic pain and a wide variety of other health conditions including PTSD. His knowledge of medical cannabis strains and usage is extensive and he looks forward to sharing what he has learned with Spartan clients who are new to medical cannabis.

For more info on Devon Larratt and his involvement with Spartan Wellness as well as information on how we can help Veterans of the CAF access medical cannabis and a wide variety of other entitlements you may not be aware of, please contact us at info@spartanwellness.ca or call us at 1-855-978-9787