Anyone who has experience smoking cigarettes (or knows someone who does), knows that quitting can be an extremely difficult endeavor thanks to the addictive properties of nicotine.
According to research, nicotine is nearly as addictive as cocaine, heroin or alcohol and quitting often takes several attempts (and lots of help) to see success. According to data from the CDC, in 2015 nearly 7 out of every 10 smokers (68%) reported wanting to quit, but most cannot make it more than a couple of days without a cigarette.
The addiction and dependence on nicotine can cause a variety of withdrawal symptoms such as: irritability, anxiety, trouble concentrating or focusing, cravings for cigarettes or other tobacco products and even hunger pains.
When it comes to quitting cigarettes, there a variety of traditional therapies and methods that individuals have used in the past such as:
- Doctors assistance
- Individual or group counselling
- Behavioural therapies
- Medications such as patches or nicotine replacements
While these methods can work and have helped many people, they are not a one-size fit all approach and can take some trial-and-error. Fortunately, there has been recent research to suggest that CBD oil may be the answer we have all been waiting for.
How to Quit Cigarettes with CBD
Cannabidiol (aka CBD) is a very valuable cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids communicate with the natural endocannabinoid system found within the human body, and can influence a variety of things including the release of neurotransmitters, the inflammatory and immune responses, appetite and more.
Unlike its cousin THC, CBD does not produce a psychoactive response or “high”. Instead, it acts more like a vitamin or supplement to help balance the endocannabinoid system and manage neurotransmitter functions. This can be extremely beneficial for a lot of individuals managing a variety of conditions and symptoms – including helping you quit cigarettes.
Research from the University College London shows that using CBD can help manage the withdrawals and potential relapse triggers. The results from this study (and another previously conducted at the same university) revealed that taking CBD when you have a cigarette craving actually reduced smoking by 40% over the course of one week!
According to the senior fellow at the collect, CBD cannot completely reduce withdrawal symptoms but it was most effective when it came to countering social triggers and habit. Individuals who are used to lighting up a cigarette during a stressful work day or have a smoke with their drink may find that CBD, especially in vape form, can be a much healthier alternative to smoking a cigarette and a great stepping stone to quitting.
Where to get CBD?
CBD is still relatively new to the cannabis marketplace, but is already becoming a very popular alternative to traditional THC, and for individuals looking for relief from their symptoms. Due to the growing popularity, CBD is available at most local or online cannabis dispensary stores and can be purchased in a few forms such as:
High CBD bud
CBD Oil or Capsules
FairCannaCare makes it easy to buy cannabis online and are continuing to expand our product line-up. Currently, we offer CBD in the form of CBD isolate, which is a solvent-free product that is derived from 100% organic hemp and tests at 99.9% pure CBD. it contains zero THC, zero smell, zero synthetic components or residual solvents and no heavy metals. It can be taken orally via a few drops under the tongue or used to make edibles.
CBD isolate is cannabidiol in the purest form possible and has many health benefits for treating chronic pain, muscle spasms, seizures – or for anyone looking to reap the benefits of cannabis without the high. Fair Canna Care’s solvent-free CBD isolate comes from 100% organic hemp and tests at 99.9% purity. As a result, there is zero THC, zero smell, zero synthetic components or residual solvents and no heavy metals.