Do you have a history of trying to quit smoking, but have failed every time? Are you ready to kick that habit for good? This post uncovers how and why CBD may help you quit smoking, as well as outlines some practical strategies for you to implement today.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has helped cure a range of addictions and shows great promise in helping to cure a smoking addiction.
The following are highlights from published clinical trials:
- Participants treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by about 40% during treatment (Source)
- A 2018 research study at the University of London conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on 30 non-treatment seeking smokers. Two groups were given either 800mg of CBD or a placebo. Then, both groups were shown pictures of smoking cues/triggers. The results of this study demonstrated that CBD reduced the appeal and pleasantness of cigarette triggers after overnight abstinence.
A primary reason why CBD has been so helpful is because of how it affects our bodies. When you ingest CBD, it is supplementing your body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoid system. This system is found in our brain, organs, glands, connective tissue, and immune cells. The endocannabinoid system also helps regulate appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.
Furthermore, it helps regulate other physiological systems: the nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system, and muscular system. Impressive, to say the least!
How CBD Can Help You Quit Smoking
So what does all of this have to do with quitting smoking? Well, CBD helps reduce the withdrawal symptoms from smoking. According to the Ministry of Hemp, the most common withdrawal symptoms are anxiety, insomnia, and irritability.
Nicotine enhances the brain’s reward mechanisms, while also desensitizing neuron receptors. So when you stop smoking, your brain is asking for (maybe even demanding) reinforcements through these nasty withdrawal symptoms.
CBD helps to reduce these withdrawal symptoms by interfering with the brain mechanisms responsible for the reinforcements. Additionally, CBD stimulates your nervous systems, which prevents/repairs the neurons from being desensitized.
Writer Brian Peterson from CBD Oil Users, recommends two practical strategies for those wishing to kick the habit: