What About Alcoholics Anonymous and Cannabis

When I see a patient who abuses Methamphetamine’s, I feel good about giving them a recommendation in an effort to practice “Harm Reduction”. This form of treatment is growing in favor and is even now accepted by many substance abuse specialists.

So, why would AA be so against allowing medical cannabis? I would personally insist upon it being “Medical” Cannabis at the start to try keep the lid on the entire concept blowing up. However, allowing “recreational” users at the meetings would just be too much a political challenge.

Anyway, why not try having some more medical cannabis friendly AA meetings? What do you guys think?

Would there be any interest in having GreenBridge Medical host such a meeting? Perhaps one or more substance abuse specialists might join us?

I volunteer my office and my time. Anyone interested?

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54 thoughts on “What About Alcoholics Anonymous and Cannabis

  1. I’m so glad to find this post. I have epilepsy, and many of the medications I have been on created a severe anxiety disorder, which marihuana seems to help. I’m not going to lie, I enjoy pot. But it never got me into trouble like alcohol did. I’ve been sober for 6 months, and have never quit smoking weed. A.A. has forgotten many of its traditions, one of the biggest being that we deal with ALCOHOL, cunning, baffling, powerful. I don’t know many smokers who get into the downward spiral that alcohol seems to create. I’m not saying pot doesn’t have negative effects for some, but it’s an outside issue, and no one should be turned away or made to feel guilty for medical or recreational use. A.A’s main purpose is to help the suffering alcoholic. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop DRINKING. Alcohol effected my health as far as epilepsy, but pot never did. (There have also been several studies that show THC, at least in concentrated doses, that are beneficial to epileptics.) I never got 5 DUIs with pot. Never had seizures. Was never out of control. This is just me. There are several different kinds of alcoholics described in the big book, which means we are all unique. Some alcoholics can’t handle any mind altering substance (many of whom have duel addictions). To thine own self be true. I believe that is exactly what I’m doing.

  2. Thank you for your comments. I would just like to add that I don’t “advise” folks in general to smoke high levels of THC; I suggest dose extracts and capsules. When I see a patient in the “program”, we always stick with a very strictly CBD rich medication – at least to begin with. In general this helps with anxiety, insomnia and many other ailments but offers no stoniness at all. In addition there is no tolerance over time and most patients reduce the dose over time.

    I don’t believe there are any addictive qualities for CBD rich dosed cannabis medication, under a doctor’s control.

    Yes, we can dose by the mg and have a situation where both the doctor and the physician know what the patient is taking. In addition, over-use is tracked by the collectives and these medicines are available in few locations. So, there is a reasonable amount of control and doctor-patient intervention.

    It is not anything close to “go out and light up a fatty”. Again, as I have said before, I have nothing at all against fatties and enjoy them myself from time to time, but this is NOT the medication I take other times during the week nor what I advocate for most patients.

    If someone wants to smoke a joint, they need a 12 y/o and a match. If you want to take the cannabis medicine seriously, it is best done with physician consultation.

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