If quitting cigarettes was easy, we’d see way better statistics when it comes to nicotine addiction.
However, 1.1 billion people smoke cigarettes globally, and that number is equivalent to 3x the U.S. population.
We all know someone who smokes cigarettes and we all wish there was a solution for their addiction.
Our naturally occurring endocannabinoid system in our bodies, and the role it takes in potentially treating nicotine addiction, is slowly becoming recognized.
Celia Morgan, Ph.D, co-authored a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors about CBD and nicotine. Researchers at the University College London found that CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis, administered via inhaler, could tremendously reduce the number of cigarettes consumed by quitting smokers.
“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 where when a memory of the reward of smoking is re-activated by seeing someone smoking, it is rendered vulnerable to destruction,” Dr. Morgan explains, “CBD might mean these positive smoking memories are gradually erased.”
Nicotine is a highly physically addictive drug that can be very hard to stop using. This addiction causes actual physical symptoms while experiencing withdrawal. However, while it is impossible to get physically addicted to cannabis, you may develop a psychological addiction. You can develop psychological addictions for anything, really. Chocolate, music, the internet… You can cultivate this kind of addiction for anything that you can develop a mental desire for. And while you won’t get any of the nasty physical withdrawal symptoms for cannabis that you may get with cigarettes, you still probably don’t want to trade one addiction for another.
People have attempted to use cannabis as an aid while they actively use other proven tools to quit. Every person is different, and luckily, there are many methods out there that have helped millions of people all over the world quit their cigarette addiction. We have a premium selection of CBD products in-store if you’re interested in talking with one of our budtenders about which product will be best for you.