A laboratory in the United Kingdom recently announced the results of a study on the effects of CBD on cigarette smokers. Compared with a placebo, CBD reduced the attractiveness of cigarette images to smokers.
The study is called Cannabidiol Reverses Attentional Bias to Cigarette Cues in a Human Experimental Model of Tobacco Withdrawal.
The team gave 800mg of CBD or a placebo orally to 30 dependent smokers who had abstained from smoking overnight. They then showed “pictorial tobacco cues” to them.
The results suggested that participants who took CBD oil did not find the cues as tempting as the placebo group.
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It causes more than 480,000 deaths each year. This is nearly one in five deaths.
Smokers struggle with breaking the habit. CBD is a promising solution to the problem and can significantly reduce the number of deaths caused by smoking.
In another study in 2013, University College London studied the connection between CBD and smoking. Researchers gave 24 participants inhalers, half of which were filled with placebos, and the other half with CBD.
The results were astounding. Participants with the CBD inhaler smoked 40% fewer cigarettes compared to the group with placebo inhalers.
How did that happen? CBD reduced the symptoms of stress and anxiety, which helped control cravings for nicotine.
But what is CBD?
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabis derivative. CBD derived from hemp contains only 0.3% of the high-inducing component called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means that it does not induce a high but can provide all the medical benefits of cannabis.
How does CBD work?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) of the human body is composed of endocannabinoids. The ECS helps regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain.
CBD helps the human body use its own endocannabinoids more effectively. Basically, it activates or inhibits other compounds in the endocannabinoid system.
For example, it stops the body from absorbing anandamide, which regulates pain. This increases the level of the compound in the bloodstream and can reduce the density of pain felt by an individual.
When it comes to the effects of CBD on cigarette smokers, studies show a link between ECS and nicotine addiction. CBD can help balance the ECS and reduce cravings.
Research shows that taking a dose of CBD every day can also help quit other addictive substances such as opioids, cocaine, and alcohol.
Smokers can use CBD in a number of forms to quit smoking. These include CBD oil, vaporizers, dabs, and chewing gum.