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How CBD Can Help You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

CBD Helps Stop Smoking

There are over 1 billion people around the world who smoke cigarettes. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that cigarette smoking kills 7 million people annually, while there is no death toll relating to cannabis use. Smoking also causes 80% to 90% of lung cancer deaths in the United States.

CBD, also known as CBD oil or cannabidiol (CBD) is oil is extracted from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant and hemp plant. It is getting a lot of attention in the media in recent months due to its potential medical benefits. Another chemical compound in the cannabis plant called delta-⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) also contains medical properties. This cannabinoid holds psychoactive properties, unlike CBD.

How Can CBD Help Fight Nicotine Addiction?

Through various studies in recent years, it has been discovered that CBD holds many therapeutic effects in treating a wide range of ailments such as cancer, PTSD, epilepsy, and addictions such as alcoholism and cannabis addiction. As a result, experts decided to study its effects on nicotine addiction. Through these studies, it was discovered that CBD can help with

  • Reducing smoking cues
  • Reducing withdrawal symptoms
  • And reducing nicotine cravings

According to recent studies conducted in the United Kingdom, cannabis might contain chemicals that can help fight against nicotine addiction. Experts at the University College London revealed a study recently this year (2018) in a journal called Addictive Behavior. Through the study, experts found that ingesting CBD oil (the non-psychoactive compound from cannabis) through an inhaler results in common cigarette smokers reducing their nicotine intake.

The study was conducted by Chandni Hindocha. The study is called “Cannabidiol reverses attentional bias to cigarette cues in a human experimental model of tobacco withdrawal” consisted of 30 people. Each of them was asked to refrain from smoking for a 12 hour period. Some were given 800mg of CBD oil, while others were given a placebo.

Each person was given images of lighters, ashtrays, and other images slighting relating to cigarette smoking, like a girl applying lipstick rather than smoking a cigarette. During this period of the study, blood pressure, side effects, heart rate, and nicotine cravings were measured. Through this study, the people who were given 800mg of CBD oil found cues to be less desirable, however, withdrawals were unaffected. and Chandni Hindocha warns the public in his statement after the study.

“I would also like to add that the CBD you can buy in stores is not of the same quality and strength as what we provided in this study, so we are not encouraging people to try treating themselves.”

Dr. Tom Freeman, who was another researcher working on the study stated

These findings suggest that cannabidiol has promise as a novel treatment for tobacco addiction. It might be particularly effective when abstinent smokers are exposed to cues that trigger relapse, such as when they are with a friend who lights a cigarette or in a particular place they associate with smoking.”

Vaping CBD to Stop Smoking

There are many methods in which one can use CBD. There is also a wide range of CBD products that you can choose from. Back in 2013, the University College London conducted a study called Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: preliminary findings. This was to determine the reduction of nicotine cravings through vaping CBD oil. To conduct the study, researchers needed to take a closer look the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its effects on nicotine addiction.

Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: preliminary findings was a double-blind placebo-controlled, randomized study. 24 active smokers were involved and each was given an inhaler. Some inhalers contain CBD, while others were given a placebo.

Each person was told to use that inhaler when nicotine cravings appeared over the course of a week. Through the study, it was noted that those who used the placebo inhaler showed no reduction in cigarette smoking while those who used the inhaler containing CBD reduced the cigarette consumption by 40%.

Other studies and clinical trials are being conducted on rats induced with amphetamine and cocaine. Researchers noticed that by injecting the rats with CBD and/or THC, they could reduce the effects of addiction. Through this, it’s worth to note that CBD and THC might be able to help treat smoking addiction and other serious drug addictions. It’s important to note that while these studies are very promising, more clinical in-depth studies are needed. Experts are suggesting the CBD does work to reducing nicotine cravings, whoever, they are only beginning to scratch the surface of what the cannabis plant has to offer on a medical level.

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