In 1968 as a psychiatrist in
a county alcoholism clinic the author encountered a 49 year old terminal alcoholic woman with a
20 year history
of problematic drinking who confided that she was able to avoid relapse and suppress
cravings by substituting cannabis. A therapeutic bond was formed when it was
suggested she continue this criminal activity
to arrest the downward spiral of her life. Cannabis substitution gave her sobriety and the
opportunity to heal family relationships.