Most daily smokers in the US had their first cigarette before the age of 18. Although smoking is still less common among 18-24-year-olds compared to other age groups in the US, it is still concerning that there are 32 million smokers in the country—and 16 million of them live with smoking-related illnesses.
At a time when people are being told to be extra vigilant about their health, smokers are still struggling to overcome their addiction.
Smoking is the cause of 80–90% of lung cancer deaths around the world; studies also show that smokers have more severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19.
If you’re a smoker who’s been trying to quit, there’s no better time than now. And there’s good news on the horizon: CBD can help you with smoking cessation. There’s mounting evidence that suggests that CBD can decrease the urge to smoke, until it disappears altogether.
Let’s take a look at how CBD can help you quit smoking:
Addiction and Habitual Triggers
Addiction occurs due to a combination of multiple factors, including environmental triggers, emotional health, and cellular memory.
Our brain creates thousands of neural pathways. And habit formation can lead to neural pathways that compel us to perform a certain action. Smokers will tell you that their urge to smoke is strongest when they’re having their morning coffee or after a meal; this is because the brain has made those linkages over the years—it associates morning coffee with smoking.
To quit smoking, an addict has to put an end to these learned behaviors—this is what makes quitting such a pain!
According to studies, CBD oil can help weaken habitual triggers and breaks the addictive association with time, allowing smokers to quit.
Anyone who’s trying to quit an addiction knows that relapses are very likely. Quitting an addiction requires restraint and self-control, but you need a different level of discipline to stay away from cigarettes when stressed.
While there still isn’t enough research to confidently say that CBD oil can eliminate nicotine addiction, ongoing studies have proven that it can be used to prevent relapses when quitting cocaine and morphine.
Combating Nicotine Withdrawal
Serotonin is our body’s “happy hormone.” The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates the release of serotonin; this gives smokers feelings of contentment after they smoke.
When a smoker decides to quit nicotine, the levels of serotonin in their body and brain drop. As a result, the person becomes irritable, anxious and has low energy. All these feelings push them toward cigarettes again.
CBD triggers the release of serotonin by reacting with 5-HT1A receptors in the brain (just like anti-depressants) and prevents anxiety, stress and moodiness caused by quitting smoking.
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Please note that CBD works differently for everyone; results vary from user to user.