Smoking is a habit that is directly involved in the deaths of 8 million people per year worldwide, with 7 million of those being smokers and the additional 1 million being those exposed to second-hand smoke. As one of the leading causes of death, smoking tobacco kills almost half of those who do it. In this blog, we are going to look into what people and science are saying about using CBD oil to slow or even stop people lighting up.
Searching the internet and reading through the pages tells us that there may be something in it, but there is a lot of science to still be researched before we are able to draw a full conclusion.
Here is a link that reads very positively https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23685330/
“The role of the endocannabinoid system in nicotine addiction is being increasingly acknowledged. We conducted a pilot, and randomised a double-blind placebo-controlled study set out to assess the impact of the ad-hoc use of cannabidiol (CBD) in smokers who wished to stop smoking. Twenty-four smokers were randomised to receive an inhaler of CBD (n=12) or placebo (n=12) for one week, and they were instructed to use the inhaler when they felt the urge to smoke. Over the treatment week, placebo-treated smokers showed no differences in the number of cigarettes smoked. In contrast, those treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by ~40% during treatment. Results also indicated some maintenance of this effect at follow-up. These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for the use of this compound, suggest CBD be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration”.
This paper was published in September 2013, so seven years on where are we up to and what more have we learned. Well, we know big tobacco companies are researching and developing the next generation of smoking devices, and CBD is on their product development list as an alternative to traditional tobacco. We have companies using SNUSS pouches for CBD now, and this is growing albeit in Europe where these types of products are still sold next to each other in the tobacconists.
So how could CBD and Cannabinoids aid quitting? Well we know the endocannabinoid system is involved, and we know our bodies have CB1 and CB2 receptors which are responsible for aiding neuro signal communication and other positive chemical reactions in the body.
The CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain and spinal cord, these receptors help manage pain response and cravings. The link below goes into great depth about the CB1 receptor and its functionality:
So if the CB1 receptor can change the way our body reacts to cravings which all start with neurotransmission, then surely it could curb a nicotine craving?
Vaping CBD is one of the fastest ways for your body to absorb CBD as the lungs have a bio-availability rate anywhere from 75% up to 85%, which means our blood vessels reap the benefits far faster than that say of a CBD gummy which can take a long time to be absorbed into our blood. The effect of vaping CBD can almost be instant and can last a couple of hours. Always start low in terms of strength and keep a diary of your process, Tailored Wellbeing vape liquids are THC FREE and made with isolated premium Colorado hemp.
Replacing an analog cigarette with a refillable pod electronic cigarette may be the perfect answer to curbing or even kicking the habit of traditional cigarettes. We always recommend you speak to a medical practitioner before using CBD.