Smoking cigarettes is the single greatest cause of preventable death the entire world over. Smoking nicotine can lead to cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary disease. In fact, with every cigarette inhaled, a smoker decreases their life expectancy by 11 minutes.
So, why smoke? Despite countless methods and efforts, many have trouble kicking the habit. CBD hemp oil may help to not only curb cravings, but also be a key factor in kicking the habit for good.
Studies suggest there may be a link between the endocannabinoid system and nicotine addiction, and CBD may be the key to breaking the habit. CBD hemp oil may help curb the urge to smoke by reducing “reward memories” which cause people to want to smoke when they see another person smoking.
You can take CBD a variety of ways to quit smoking. You can either vape the oil or use it orally by taking capsules or tinctures under the tongue. Many smokers enjoy vaping CBD oil as it is can be substituted for nicotine in the “ritual of smoking.”
If you are taking CBD oil for the first time, follow this dosing regimen formula for 14 days:
A person’s starting dose is 0.5 mL’s taken twice daily 12 hours apart and at least an hour and a half before or after any pharmaceuticals.
If no change occurs within 14 days, double the starting dose, then hold that dose for 3 weeks. Make note of any changes/relief.
If within this three week period change/relief is felt, continue with the same dose for the full three weeks before increasing. Then, adjust the dose based on what you feel is appropriate.
To help curb nicotine cravings, we recommend vaping CBD oil as it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream for fastest results and is a familiar “feeling” akin to the action of smoking which some people find soothing as they are trying to quit. There is no exact dosing that we recommend. Instead, use your CBD vape as often as needed. Many experience relief after vaping within 30-60 seconds.
A 2014 study out of University College London setout to find if CBD had a positive effect on overcoming a nicotine addiction. Participants were given an inhaler to use each time they felt a craving to smoke; one group received a placebo, the other received CBD. Not only did the CBD group smoke less cigarettes, but experienced a sustained reduction in cravings. The CBD group smoked 40% less cigarettes after one week. “We found that CBD seems to reduce the salience of cues. It also can reduce anxiety and may affect a memory process called ‘reconsolidation,’ which is where when a memory of the reward of smoking is re-activated by seeing someone smoking, it is rendered vulnerable to destruction”, says Dr. Celia Morgan, co-author of the study. “CBD might mean these positive smoking memories are gradually erased.”
A literature review completed in 2015 shows that CBD may have success in treating other addictions as well including opioid, cocaine, and psychostimulant addiction. More clinical studies are needed to affirm the London study and anecdotal evidence that CBD oil is beneficial in helping with addictions like smoking cigarettes.
“ I thought this was all just hype and placebo but i was wrong. I only took my first dose of oil this morning and it’s completely obliterated all my anxiety. I also have ocd and tic disorder and early days with that but my tic urges aren’t quite as intense.”
“I am so glad CBD gives me some relief from all that and allows me the headspace to try and sort myself out without worries and fears destroying my focus.”
“These results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in SAD and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.”
Dr. J.A. Crippa