No more nicotine patches, there’s another player in town. Cigarettes and nicotine addiction has been the culprit of modern health. Cigarette smoking accounts for 1 out of 5 United States deaths, 87% of lung cancer deaths, and at least 30% of all cancer deaths each year. We also know that persons who quit smoking before age 50 reduce by half their risk of dying in the next 15 years. Fortunately, a new study shows how CBD can reduce nicotine addiction. A research group led by Dr. CJ Morgan, a member of the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at the University College of London, released a study in 2013 discussing the impact of CBD on reducing nicotine cravings.
A randomized group of 24 smokers were chosen to undergo a pilot study that aimed to study the effect of CBD on nicotine craving. The study involved giving 12 smokers an inhaler that contained CBD. Whereas the other half were given an identical looking placebo inhaler which had no CBD. The smokers were asked to use their inhalers every time they had the urge to smoke for a whole week. They were not asked to stop smoking or change their smoking habits. This experiment was a double blind experiment; this mean information about the test was masked from the participants, to reduce or eliminate bias, until after a trial outcome is known. The results showed promising results.
Only after the first week, the placebo treated smokers showed no differences in the number of cigarettes they smoked. On the other hand, the smokers that were treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked. In fact, the CBD treated smokers, smoked 40% less cigarettes than they used to. These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.
In conclusion, CBD can play an important role in the fight against nicotine addiction. Preliminary studies as shown by the research group led by Dr. CJ Morgan shows promising results to reduce cravings of cigarettes. If self-control can’t stop you from smoking, CBD can help to live a life nicotine free. You can find some of our products very helpful in your fight against nicotine.
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