Don’t let the clever commercials and artistic labels fool you – alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances on this bizarre planet of ours. It is responsible for killing somewhere around 3.3 million people every year worldwide, yet it is a huge part of daily life in most cultures. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows that this admiration for the bottle has taken a tragic toll on younger Americans. It seems that deaths from alcohol-related liver disease (cirrhosis) are on the rise across the country. The study shows the situation is most dire in people between the ages of 25 and 34.
Medical experts say it only takes about ten years of heavy drinking to increase a person’s chances of developing this disease. “Adverse trends in liver-related mortality are particularly unfortunate given that in most cases the liver disease is preventable,” the study concluded.
Unfortunately, there is not much hope that this booze-soaked plague against humanity is going to remedy itself. Last year, a study published in the Lancet Medical Journal found that liver disease is destined to become the leading cause of premature death by 2020. For those of you saying, “Well, we all got to die from something,” you might want to consider a less destructive path to the great beyond.
Death by cirrhosis is not quick and painless. This scarring of the largest major organ in the human body causes of wealth of unsavory health complications before it actually kills. Loss of muscle mass, scrotal swelling and breathing difficulties are just the tip of this cold-blooded iceberg from hell. Without a transplant, a patient in stage 4 is doomed to suffer the atrocious nature of this inevitable death sentence.
«Dying from cirrhosis, you never wish this on anybody,» lead study author Elliot Tapper, a liver specialist at the University of Michigan, told The Washington Post. But if drinkers can quit or find a healthier substitute for those regular alcohol binges, «there’s an excellent chance your liver will repair itself,” he added.
Fortunately, the legalization of cannabis is becoming more widespread in parts of North America. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the leaf for recreational use. Canada recently ended this prohibition nationwide. Because of this, we are now seeing a wealth of cannabis products on the scene. One of the most popular is THC-infused beverages. These products are being marketed to drinkers and health conscious people who do not wish to smoke to get high.
In fact, an Ontario-based company called Province Brands just created the first ever nonalcoholic beer made entirely from the cannabis plant. Rather than being brewed with barley and then infused with THC, this beer is “brewed from the stalks, stem and roots of the cannabis plant,” according to The Guardian. Province Labs hopes drinkers will lean on their products as a healthier substitute for booze.
“If I could create an alternative to alcohol, that’s something that would change the world,” said Dooma Wendschuh of Province Brands. “That’s something I’m very passionate about.”
Heineken-owed Lagunitas recently put a similar beverage on the market in California. Constellation Brands is also working to bring a cannabis-infused beer to the international front. Rumor has it that Molson-Coors is giving this concept some consideration, as well. And Blue Moon creator Keith Villa will soon distribute his THC-infused Ceria Beverages in Colorado and other legal states.
As legal weed becomes more widespread, it expected that more alcohol companies will get into the business of marijuana. Although this move is mostly driven by money, it could actually save some lives.
Not only have studies shown that cannabis does not harm the liver or any other major organ, there is even some evidence the herb might act as a shield against liver disease.
Research published earlier this year in Liver International shows that cannabis might lessen the risk of alcohol-related liver problems. “Among alcohol users, individuals who additionally use cannabis (dependent and non‐dependent cannabis use) showed significantly lower odds of developing alcoholic steatosis (AS), steatohepatitis (AH), fibrosis, cirrhosis (AC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC),” the study concluded.
By Mike Adams