Looking for better ways to treat diseases, scientists around the world have been trying different products, although cannabis has been consumed since centuries ago, it’s just recently that science has examined it as a possible component to help quit smoking.
According to American Lung Association, there are some important numbers and facts that you need to keep in mind:
- Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer; it’s responsible for 87% of lung cancer deaths.
- In women, smoking can cause ectopic pregnancy, which is when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus.
- People are more likely to get type 2 diabetes if they smoke. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is 30 to 40% higher for smokers than non-smokers.
- Smoking nicotine can make you go blind. It damages eyes and can result in vision loss. Age-related macular degeneration is caused by smoking.
- Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing over 480,000 people per year.
- Everyday, more than 2,300 kids under 18 try their first cigarette.
- Adults with lower levels of educational attainment smoke at higher rates than the general population. Adults who did not graduate high school smoke at a rate of 26.1% while adults who did graduate high school smoke at a rate of 14.9%.
- Native Americans and Alaska Natives have the highest smoking rates among any racial/ethnic group.
Knowing these, you’ll probably feel more convinced to finish the habit. Is it possible that marijuana can help quit smoking?
According to science
A study published this year by University College London may have some answers. According to this research, cannabidiol (CBD), a non‐intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis, may be a smoking cessation treatment due to its anxiolytic properties and minimal side effects.
In this research, 30 participants attended three sessions. When they received placebo, tobacco abstinence increased compared with satiety. However, CBD reversed this effect.
According to scientists, a single 800‐mg oral dose of cannabidiol reduced the salience and pleasantness of cigarette cues, compared with placebo, after overnight cigarette abstinence in dependent smokers. Cannabidiol did not influence tobacco craving or withdrawal or any other side effects.
Although more research is needed, a treatment could be available in as little as five years.
This study is not the only one supporting the possible positive effects of CBD to help quit smoking; in 2013 another research published by University College London showed that over the treatment week, placebo treated smokers showed no differences in number of cigarettes smoked. In contrast, those treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by around 40% during treatment. Results also indicated some maintenance of this effect at follow-up.
CBD effects in the body
- Transdermal CBD prevents alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.
- CBD helps to lower negative symptoms caused by smoking interfering with brain mechanisms responsible for the reinforcements.
- CBD also stimulates the receptors of nervous system, which prevents (or repairs) the neurons from being desensitized.
- CBD has regulatory roles in many physiological processes including: appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.
- Cannabinoids can help regulate every physiological system such as nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system, and muscular system. By taking CBD, you are stimulating the receptors of your nervous system.
Positive effects of CBD consumption is being approved and supported by science. Don’t know how much to consume? The clever option could be to try a variety before making a decision. Start with small dosages. Keep notes so you can find by yourself the perfect amount for your body requirements.