In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, CBD reduced the consumption of cigarettes by tobacco users by 40%. While the research is still limited and new, it is promising. In this article, we discuss nicotine use in the United States, nicotine dependence, the symptoms of nicotine use and withdrawal, and quitting smoking with CBD.
In this article, we discuss nicotine use in the United State, nicotine dependence, the negative effects of nicotine use, and quitting smoking with cannabidiol.
Quitting Smoking With Cannabidiol (CBD)
Some early research has suggested that inhaling cannabidiol with an inhaler for one week might reduce the number of cigarettes smoked by about 40% when compared to baseline. Even the National Institutes of Health has stated: “The role of the endocannabinoid system in nicotine addiction is being increasingly acknowledged.”
Nicotine Use In The United States
While cigarette smoking is down in the United States, it’s still a major issue for our nation.
According to a 2015 report put out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health, nicotine is often as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Nicotine stimulates the release of dopamine, a powerful neurotransmitter, in the pleasure circuits of the brain. Once a person is addicted to nicotine, their brain continually craves the nicotine so more dopamine will be released and give them those intense pleasurable sensations again.
The report goes on to say that about thirty-five million people know that smoking is bad for their health and want to break their nicotine habit. However, more than eighty-five percent of those who try to stop using tobacco products end up having a relapse, often within the first week when the withdrawal symptoms are the most severe.
Dependence is defined as “being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)”.
For some people, using any amount of tobacco can quickly lead to nicotine dependence. Signs that you may be addicted include:
- You can’t stop smoking. You’ve made one or more serious, but unsuccessful, attempts to stop.
- You experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop. Your attempts at stopping have caused physical and mood-related symptoms, such as strong cravings, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, frustration, anger, increased hunger, insomnia, constipation or diarrhea.
- You keep smoking despite health problems. Even though you’ve developed health problems with your lungs or your heart, you haven’t been able to stop.
- You give up social or recreational activities in order to smoke. You may stop going to smoke-free restaurants or stop socializing with certain family members or friends because you can’t smoke in these locations or situations.
Negative Health Effects Of Nicotine Dependence
The negative health effects include:
- Lung cancer and other lung diseases. Smoking causes nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancer cases. In addition, smoking causes other lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also makes asthma worse.
- Other cancers. Smoking is a major cause of cancers of the esophagus, larynx, throat (pharynx) and mouth and is related to cancers of the bladder, pancreas, kidney and cervix, and some leukemias. Overall, smoking causes 30 percent of all cancer deaths.
- Heart and circulatory system problems. Smoking increases your risk of dying of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, including heart attack and stroke. Even smoking just one to four cigarettes daily increases your risk of heart disease. If you have heart or blood vessel disease, such as heart failure, smoking worsens your condition. However, stopping smoking reduces your risk of having a heart attack by 50 percent in the first year.
- Diabetes. Smoking increases insulin resistance, which can set the stage for the development of type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, smoking can speed the progress of complications, such as kidney disease and eye problems.
- Eye problems. Smoking can increase your risk of serious eye problems such as cataracts and loss of eyesight from macular degeneration.
- Infertility and impotence. Smoking increases the risk of reduced fertility in women and the risk of impotence in men.
- Pregnancy and newborn complications. Mothers who smoke while pregnant face a higher risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, lower birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in their newborns.
- Cold, flu and other illnesses. Smokers are more prone to respiratory infections, such as colds, flu and bronchitis.
- Weakened senses. Smoking deadens your senses of taste and smell, so food isn’t as appetizing.
- Teeth and gum disease. Smoking is associated with an increased risk of developing inflammation of the gum (gingivitis) and a serious gum infection that can destroy the support system for teeth (periodontitis).
- Physical appearance. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can change the structure of your skin, causing premature aging and wrinkles. Smoking also yellows your teeth, fingers and fingernails.
- Risks to your family. Nonsmoking spouses and partners of smokers have a higher risk of lung cancer and heart disease compared with people who don’t live with a smoker. If you smoke, your children will be more prone to SIDS, worsening asthma, ear infections and colds.
Quitting Smoking With Cannabidiol
For cigarette smokers, CBD has shown promise in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
A study shows that CBD reduces the consumption of cigarettes by tobacco users by 40%. In a double blind, placebo controlled study, 24 cigarette smokers were recruited and split into two groups. One group was given inhalers containing CBD oil and the other were given a placebo. Both groups were told to use the inhalers whenever they felt the urge to smoke during a one week period.
The researchers found that over the treatment week those who used the placebo showed no change in the number of cigarettes they smoked. In contrast, the ones treated with CBD saw a significant reduction of cigarettes smoked by 40% during the treatment. Moreover, participants who used CBD did not report experiencing increased cravings for nicotine during the study’s duration. This preliminary data suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.
This is exciting research for anyone who has been battling nicotine addiction. If you’d like to quit, then you should try cannabidiol.
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Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.