While alcohol has been found to cause illnesses like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases commonly associated with neurodegredation, a recent study concedes that since cannabidiol, a major cannabinoid second only to THC has been shown to control degenerative conditions, there may be a significant connection in regards to treating alcohol-induced brain damage with CBD topicals.

Researchers from the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland recently teamed up with AllTranz, Inc., a pharmaceutical company aimed at developing substitute treatments for opiate addiction and alcohol abuse, to study the behavioral and cognitive effects of alcoholism, specifically, its high relapse rates, to find out how certain levels of brain degradation are poised to respond to direct injections of cannabidiol and topicals derived from the cannabinoid.

What they discovered was that Fluora-Jade B, a degenerative strain commonly used in neuroscience to outline the degeneration of cells in the central nervous system, was positively effected by three individual cannabidiol gels (5% CBD, 2.5% CBD, and 1% CBD), which persuaded researchers to explore the results of a second generation of the 2.5% CBD gel that also proved to successfully protect the brain against brain degeneration.

In fact, rats that received topical treatments of CBD gels actually had better results than those that received daily injections of cannabidiol. These results suggest that topicals derived from marijuana extracts may serve as an excellent alternative means for delivering cannabinoids to the bloodstream. This theory, of course, could prove beneficial, as the use of cannabidiol topicals would give patients the freedom to reap the medicinal benefits of marijuana without smoking -- comparable to the advantages of consuming cannabis edibles and vaporizing.

Researchers say that even though more studies regarding the use of CBD topicals are necessary, they feel the current results are an excellent indication that sometime in the near future, the medical community will have a more effective weapon in its arsenal to combat against the relentless perils of alcoholism.

Mike Adams writes for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, BroBible and Hustler Magazine. Follow him: @adamssoup; facebook.com/mikeadams73.