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Cigarettes Could be Permanently Stubbed Out by Cannabis

Emily Robertson
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CBD controls the symptoms of withdrawal and stops intrusive thoughts that keep you addicted to cigarettes. 

We hear so much in the media about cannabis helping people struggling with addiction to opioids and alcohol. But, what about cigarettes? Can cannabis help get that nicotine monkey off your back?

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CBD and Cigarettes

A  past study found a significant reduction in cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms when cannabidiol (CBD) was given to smokers. The study used a placebo control group to contrast and compare with the group that was given CBD. Both groups had inhalers that they were asked to use each time they had a craving. The CBD control group reduced their cigarette intake by an average of 40% and these benefits stretched past the end of the study.

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New Research

The most recent study, published last month, agrees with the original findings, but went further to find out why CBD reduces cigarette cravings. For the study, a placebo group and a cannabis group were each shown images designed to trigger a response or craving for a smoke.

Individuals in the cannabis group were given a pre-emptive 800 mg dose of CBD after one full night without nicotine. Individuals in the other group were given a placebo. Researchers found that the CBD group had less intense reactions to the images than the placebo group, who still equated pleasure with the photos. This indicates a stronger presence of intrusive thoughts for those who didn’t take CBD.

However, research regarding long-term use of CBD is still required. So far, it is evident that CBD  can help stomp down intrusive thoughts. But where else could this go? Can it help reduce the pains of withdrawal?  Unfortunately, the withdrawal symptoms and cravings are the trappings of cigarette addiction, and beating them is the key to a long term quit.

Treating Withdrawal

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It is already well-stablished that cannabis treats anxiety, nausea, headaches, and acts as a mood stabilizer. These conditions are typical symptoms that are experienced during nicotine withdrawal. So, it would make sense that cannabis has the potential to help manage the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine.

If you’re concerned about “smoking” being a trigger that keeps you locked into a cigarette addiction, it’s worth looking at CBD oils and tinctures to help you out. It’s CBD in particular that appears to help with symptoms and intrusive thoughts.

Otherwise, the act of smoking cannabis may be a help in replacing the habit just while you’re transitioning away from nicotine. Every smoker knows that there are specifically triggering events or actions that make quitting that much harder. It could be with your daily coffee or to get a break from work. Finding other habits that keep your hands busy can certainly help, and smoking cannabis could be the reward that gets you through the day, until you have a better grasp of your habit.

What do you think? Should cannabis be used as a help for quitting smoking, or are you worried about replacing one smoking habit with another? Would you try it? Have you? Share your thoughts, comments, and experiences below.

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson has been writing freelance and contract work since 2011. She has written on a variety of topics, including travel writing of North America and the growing legalized cannabis industry across the globe. Robertson has a master’s degree in literature and gender studies, and brings this through in her writing by always trying to explore different perspectives. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

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