How to Use CBD to Quit Smoking

Studies have shown CBD to have potential in helping people quit smoking cigarettes.

May 30, 2018
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Supermarkets in Switzerland are selling high-CBD flower, known as “marijuana lite,” next to cigarettes as a relaxing tobacco alternative. Meanwhile, in the UK, two recent studies have shown CBD to have potential in helping people quit smoking cigarettes. But how does this work? Can you use any old CBD to quit smoking? Let’s take a close look at the research to see how you can use CBD to quit smoking cigarettes.

CBD to Quit Smoking: What The Research Says

In the past few years, there have been two very interesting studies on CBD to quit smoking, both performed by the University College London. The first study, published in 2013, gave 12 dependent smokers a CBD inhaler to quit smoking and another 12 smokers a placebo inhaler to use when they had a cigarette craving. Researchers found that those using the CBD inhaler reduced their cigarette intake by 40 percent, while those using the placebo had no significant change. Researchers speculated that “drugs that alter the endocannabinoid system may be an effective treatment for nicotine addiction,” but more studies were needed.

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Recently, in May 2018, another study on CBD to quit smoking came out of the UK. In this double-blind, randomized study, 30 dependent smokers were given 800mg of CBD orally or a matched placebo. Participants were then shown “pictorial tobacco cues” and were examined for withdrawal, cravings, heart rate and blood pressure. In real life, these “tobacco cues” could be situations where the chance of relapsing is highest, like parties, drinking, or friends smoking. What they found was interesting: a single 800mg dose of CBD could help to reduce the “pleasantness” of cigarette cues compared to the placebo group, especially when participants had abstained from cigarettes overnight.

“These findings are exciting as they suggest CBD may interfere with some of the underlying mechanisms behind tobacco addiction and could potentially be a treatment for people who are trying to quit,” Dr. Amir Englund at King’s College London told iNews UK.

How CBD to Quit Smoking Works

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The significance of these studies is that CBD to quit smoking might work on a few different levels. Quitting smoking is more than overcoming a physical addiction, it’s also the process of breaking a habit, which is difficult and stress-inducing. But smoking CBD-rich flower or vaping a CBD-dominant cannabis oil could both relieve anxiety as well fulfill a missing habit, the actual inhalation of a substance to relax.

How to Use CBD to Quit Smoking

If you’re looking for specific advice on CBD to quit smoking, we’ve got you covered. Remember, CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. It doesn’t get you high, but it does provide a ton of medical benefits, including anxiety and pain relief. Plus, CBD products derived from hemp with 0.3 percent of THC or less, are accessible in all 50 states. There are tons of choices when shopping for CBD to quit smoking; everything from CBD oil and vaporizers to flower, dabs (so you can start to learn how to make dabs), and chewing gum are available online.

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Even though replacing tobacco with CBD flower (buying prerolls or blunts like backwood blunts) might be the easiest way to quit smoking cigarettes, this technique should only be used in the first couple of weeks. That’s because, combustion, or the act of smoking, still produces carcinogens, and so is still bad for you. Many of the most successful techniques for quitting smoking involve replacing your smoking habits with new, healthier habits, like taking a walk after a meal or having a cup of tea during a time when you would normally have a cigarette. Replacing tobacco cigarettes with CBD cigarettes isn’t a long-term solution, but it can definitely help the transition.

Then, it’s healthier to opt for vaping CBD or taking it orally, as an oil (for example as a cannabis coconut oil) or edible like gummies or chewing gum. Studies have also shown that taking a daily dose of CBD can help recovering addicts quit other substances as well, such as opioids and cocaine.

People smoking weed to help them quit cigarettes isn’t a new phenomenon, but smoking multiple joints a day isn’t practical for many. That’s how CBD to quit smoking is advantageous: it won’t get you high, but will still help you reduce stress and relieve a craving.

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