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21 Sep 2016
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Stop Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cigarettes

CBD might be the new way to quit smoking cigarettes and nicotine addiction without using a product that uses ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. A study conducted in London showed results that CBD helps to reduce the amount of cigarettes one smoked in a week.

We all know that smoking cigarettes is not good for the human body. Your doctors, your mom, your significant other and maybe even your neighbor has told you to quit smoking cigarettes. But yet 480,000 people die a premature death due to nicotine addiction according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

CBD has the same characteristics as THC but does not contain the psychoactive properties. It is common to have knowledge that CBD has an anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-tumor effect. Although these effects are great, consuming CBD is also beneficial to you and your body in ways that you might not have thought of.

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Cigarettes and CBD

In a study by the University College London, 24 participants ranging from 18-35 year-old were the target of a study to see if low-doses of CBD would help individuals who smoke cigarettes quit and kick nicotine addiction.

24 Participants

  • 12 male, 12 female
  • Smoke at least 10 cigarettes a day
  • Goal to eliminate nicotine addiction

The 24 participants are split into two groups. One group had a CBD inhaler while the other half had the consumption of  a placebo inhaler. Before the study, participants kept track of how many cigarettes they smoked within the week. When feeling a craving for nicotine the participants were to take a puff of their inhaler. While keeping record of how many cigarettes they smoked and how many times they took a puff of the inhaler.

Results

The results show that the group who took CBD had a reduction in the amount of cigarettes one smokes after one week. Without an increase in cravings, CBD helped participants reduce cigarette consumption by 40 percent.

At first, the preliminary results of the study suggest CBD helps to reduce the amount of cigarettes one smokes. After a longer period of time another follow-up was done. 21 days after the study was complete participants had reports that the need for nicotine was back.

This study does not prove to provide a long term solution for nicotine addiction. After only using low doses of CBD for a week results show that while taking CBD, the craving for nicotine reduce by 40%

There are a plethora of products on the market that aim toward customers who want to quit smoking tobacco. Nicotine gum and patches are two common forms which help to reduce withdrawals. These products work by still giving your body nicotine but in smaller quantities until you are completely off nicotine.

Not many studies have been conducted on CBD and how it affects nicotine addiction. We can not confirm what the exact effects of CBD are. The results of this study show that taking CBD can be a great alternative for those who want to quit smoking cigarettes.

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