Can CBD Help You Quit Smoking?

Posted on August 17, 2017

More and more Americans each year are starting to say “no” to smoking. So many so that the global smoking cessation and nicotine de-addiction products market is worth over $5 billion a year.

Cigarettes are addictive because tobacco contains nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive. In fact, nicotine is as addictive as drugs like cocaine and heroin. When inhaled, nicotine travels quickly to the brain, causing a feeling of relaxation and providing relief from stress. The problem is that once you’re addicted to nicotine, stopping use causes stress, making smokers crave another cigarette, creating a vicious cycle.

The use of CBD oil and CBD vape liquids as an effective means of controlling nicotine addiction is becoming more widely acknowledged and accepted. In a recent study to determine the impact of CBD use by cigarette smokers who desired to quit smoking, 24 smokers were given inhalers, with 12 smokers receiving an inhaler containing CBD, and the other 12 smokers receiving an inhaler containing only a placebo.

The results after one week showed that the number of cigarettes smoked by the placebo treated smokers remained virtually unchanged, whereas those smokers treated with CBD reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by approximately 40%. That’s better than other replacement methods such as nicotine gum and patches.

CBD is also being studied as a treatment for other addictions such as opioids, cocaine, heroin, and even alcohol. Because of FDA rules, CBD cannot be legally marketed as a smoking cessation product - yet. However, many smokers have already turned to CBD vaporizers as a means of quitting. As more and more people kick the habit, and more studies are done, the number of CBD-based smoking cessation products is bound to rise.

While further studies are required, the preliminary data showing CBD’s use as an effective treatment for smoking cessation looks to be very promising.