If you’ve ever tried to stop smoking cigarettes once and for all, you’ve most likely experienced the discomfort of nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include strong cigarette cravings, irritability, heightened stress, headaches, sleep disturbances, sweating and chills, fatigue, anxiety and mood swings. These symptoms are usually strongest within the first week after quitting, and with any withdrawal process, the likelihood of relapse is highest at this point. While there are dozens of nicotine-based products, including e-cigarettes to help reduce cravings, it turns out that cannabis is also a powerful tool that is helping many people kick their cigarette habit.
CBD over cigarettes
Researchers at the University College London found that cannabidiol helped reduce cigarette addiction. Participants in the study lowered their cigarette use by 40% by using a CBD inhaler. Co-author of the study, Celia Morgan Ph.D noted,
We found that CBD seems to reduce the salience of cues. It can also reduce anxiety and may affect a memory process called ‘reconsolidation,’ which is when a memory of the reward of smoking is re-activated by seeing someone smoking, it is rendered vulnerable to destruction.
To summarize, CBD can remove positively associated smoking memories from the brain, making it easier for the user to quit altogether.
Which products work best?
CBD is so effective in cigarette smoking cessation that many online communities that offer tips and advice, recommend its use. So, if you’re looking to quit cigarettes, give these products a try:
1. CBD oil
CBD oil protects against stress and reduces the chances of stress-induced conditions in the brain and nervous system. It also calms inflammatory responses within the body. Ingesting one or two doses of high CBD oil right after quitting can not only control your cravings, it can also lessen most of the corresponding symptoms. Placing a couple drops underneath the tongue at bedtime can induce a more restful sleep as well.
2. CBD Inhaler
As mentioned above, participants of the smoking cessation study used inhalers and saw a 40 percent drop in cigarette use. Cannabis inhalers are relatively new, but if your state has a medical marijuana program, check with local dispensaries to see if they offer these.
3. High CBD strains
Many smokers miss the simple process of smoking; grabbing a cigarette and lighting it up can be a source of relaxation. If you’re still wanting to smoke (just not tobacco and nicotine), high CBD containing cannabis strains like:
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