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CBD Oil to Stop Smoking UK

CBD Oil to Stop Smoking UK

CBD Oil to stop smoking UK? According to WHO, tobacco smoking is the principal preventable means of death, killing a staggering 6 million people yearly, however quitting a habit is not as easy as it sounds. Quitting smoking is even more challenging. Understanding how nicotine addiction works is the crucial first step to finding an effective solution.

Besides the physical addiction of smoking cigarettes, a habit is also associated with the daily action forming a behavioural addiction, especially for long-time or chain-smokers. For a physical addiction, the user must overcome the need to consume nicotine until the body flushes the remaining substance out from the system, bringing it back to its normal functioning. However, when it comes to a habit or behavioural addiction, the process is much more complex. In this case, the brain becomes wired to a particular routine that brings about a pleasurable sensation while inhaling cigarettes.

CBD oil has emerged as a new potential solution to help manage nicotine addiction. CBD oil works to decrease cigarette cravings, dampen withdrawal symptoms, and retrain the brain so that it no longer associates smoking with pleasure.

 

How can CBD oil help quit smoking?

CBD has a diverse therapeutic profile. People use CBD oil to help them manage different symptoms, including pain, muscle spasms, tremors, seizures, sleeplessness, autoimmune conditions, neurodegeneration and dementia, and more. Recently, the application of CBD for its potential to help manage tobacco and nicotine addiction has gained traction. This can be explained by

CBD helps reduce withdrawal symptoms

Nicotine is extremely addictive and is similar to drugs like cocaine, which makes quitting smoking more difficult. In the early stages, users will have to struggle with intense withdrawal symptoms, which sometimes can seemingly be impossible. Withdrawal from tobacco and the urge for another cigarette goes far beyond a basic physical addiction. The symptoms often include irritability, anxiety, difficulty falling asleep, high blood pressure, headaches, and depression. These may last for several weeks.

CBD oils interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) through receptors and enhance homeostasis throughout the body. ECS controls essential body functions like sleep cycles, stress response, blood pressure, body temperature, mood, memory, and pain perception.

CBD inhibits FAAH, an enzyme that breaks down the natural endocannabinoids of the body. These endocannabinoids will bind to the CB receptors in the brain that influence mood, pain, sleep, and reward regions of the brain. So, CBD oil will help maintain an optimum level of natural cannabinoids in the body and reduce the dysfunction caused by withdrawal syndrome. 

Besides regulating ECS, CBD also uses over 60 molecular targets to interact with the body. One of these includes modulating the GABA receptor that balances the level of two neurotransmitters- glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid. By regulating the GABA receptors, CBD keeps the body’s nervous system in equilibrium, which helps reduce anxiety attacks, improves stress response and concentration.

CBD also acts with the serotonin receptor responsible for mood and emotions. Low levels of serotonin are associated with anxiety and depression, which often follows withdrawal syndrome. CBD blocks the reuptake of serotonin, indirectly increasing its level and helping to alleviate the symptoms.

What the studies say

A reduction in the importance of cigarette cues

A study on cigarette addiction conducted in September 2018 gave 30 participants 800mg of CBD (or a placebo), after overnight cigarette abstinence. The study found that compared to placebo, CBD reversed attentional bias to cigarette cues in abstinent smokers, such that it was no longer significantly different from attentional bias when they were satiated.’ No side effects were also observed as part of this study. This limited study seems to suggest that CBD seems to work by reducing the prominence of smoking cues without the impact of withdrawal or cravings.

Abstinence from cigarette smoking for a month

Another study showed that CBD reduced cigarette consumption by 42% in tobacco smokers, from a cohort of 700 tobacco smokers (meaning that 42% of smokers were able to abstain from smoking for a month). The study also found that age seemed to have an impact on CBD’s effectiveness to aid smoking abstinence. Smokers between the age of 25 – 35 were more likely abstain for over a month with those between 35-45 least likely to abstain from smoking.

A reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked

Another study conducted in September 2013 assess the impact of CBD Oil for smokers who wanted to stop smoking. Half of the study group were instructed to use an inhaler with CBD Oil whenever they wanted to smoke, the other half received a placebo inhaler instead. Of those treated with CBD over 40% were able to reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoked during treatment.

Summary

CBD Oil to stop smoking UK? Studies in this area are limited, however the body of work which exists shows promise in the role CBD can play to reduce attention to cigarette cues, to reduce the numbers of cigarettes smoked and to support longer term abstinence of cigarette consumption. Please consult your doctor if you are considering using CBD to help you to stop smoking.

 

Disclaimer: Despite the general safety of CBD products, minimal side effects can occur, especially at the first use. Contact your medical professional for advice.


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