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CBD Oil for Quitting Tobacco

CBD used to Quit Smoking

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound found in marijuana and industrial hemp that has the potential to produce positive health benefits for a variety of issues. Different studies have shown that CBD is non-addictive and may alleviate stress, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, and provide pain relief. So let’s take a look at how CBD might help as part of a plan to quit smoking.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 14% of Americans over the age of 18 — which translates to 34.3 million people — smoke cigarettes, and over 8 million use smokeless tobacco. Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death and one of the hardest addictions for consumers to quit. 

Addiction to Nicotine

To combat tobacco addiction, Big Pharma has responded with nicotine patches, pharmaceuticals, nicotine gum, and other smoking cessation devices. Electronic cigarettes challenged Big Tobacco as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes or chewing until Big Tobacco bought up the marketplace. 

But most of these smoking cessation protocols or “solutions” still leave the consumer with an addiction to nicotine — the highly addictive substance found in all tobacco products. While nicotine is naturally occurring in vegetables and our bodies and isn’t the primary cause of tobacco-related health problems, nicotine is incredibly addictive and will lead to  serious withdrawal symptoms. 

Smoking can lead to lung cancer, heart disease, strokes, and a multitude of other deadly health conditions. It is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. We all know the risks; it’s on all of the labels and common sense dictates that smoking couldn’t possibly be a good idea!  

Despite all of the risks, quitting tobacco is a very difficult thing to accomplish. Tobacco use causes a temporary feeling of relaxation, calm and sometimes a mild buzz. Immediately following this brief euphoria are withdrawal symptoms.  

Some of the more common nicotine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Intense Cravings
  • Sore throat
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and abdominal cramping
  • Hunger
  • Depressive feelings
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Thinking problems

In addition to the physical withdrawal symptoms, the psychological symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include:

  • Low mood
  • A strong desire or craving for nicotine
  • Irritability or frustration
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Increased stress
  • Mood swings

Managing these nicotine withdrawal symptoms is one of the keys to a successful smoking cessation plan.

So, can CBD be used effectively as part of a Quit Smoking or Quit Chewing plan?  

Understanding how tobacco addiction happens is important to understanding why CBD might be a part of the solution. Unfortunately, pharmacological solutions — or nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine gum or patches — produce extremely low tobacco cessation success rates. One of the theories behind this difficulty is the habitual nature of tobacco use, in addition to the actual addiction. 

Think about it. What do you think happens when you do something 20 to 40 times a day for 10 to 20 years?  It probably would be pretty hard to quit that habit, wouldn’t you agree? The more ingrained a habit is in the human brain, the more difficult it is to change that habit.

CBD Research And Solutions

Enter CBD. Let’s take a look at some of the research on how CBD might help with smoking cessation.

One study focused on smokers who wanted to quit. Each smoker was given an inhaler with either CBD or a placebo vaping CBD cartridge. Each time the participant smoker felt the urge to smoke, they instead used the inhalers. Over the course of the week-long study, the CBD group reduced the number of cigarettes they consumed by about 40 percent while the placebo group in the study showed no reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked.

In the study’s resulting paper, the researchers outlined a potential reason as to why CBD helped reduce cigarette intake. The researchers’ theory involves CBD acting as a weak reverse agonist on CB1 receptors in the brain. Additionally, CBD is a potent inhibitor of FAAH — an enzyme that breaks down the anandamide ‘bliss’ molecule. As a result, CBD interactions with CB1 receptors could cause a reduction in the boosting properties of nicotine.  They also offer some speculation on psychological causes, such as the possible action of CBD in reducing attention on contextual cues that may be involved in maintenance of nicotine consumption.

CB1 receptors are primarily found on nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. This is how cannabinoids are able to generate effects dealing with pain and memory. CB1 receptors have also been found in organs and tissues like white blood cells, parts of the reproductive, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts and the spleen. It is believed that CB1 receptors also affect your appetite and sleep patterns. 

Research & Studies on Taking CBD to Quit Smoking

Another study on CBD as an aid to quit smoking that came out of the UK in May 2018 examined a variety of potential positive effects of CBD on smoking behavior. This double-blind, randomized study was comprised of 30 dependent smokers. Each of the smokers were given 800mg of CBD orally or a matched placebo. 

Then each of the participants were shown “pictorial tobacco cues” such as parties, drinking, other people smoking, etc. and were examined for withdrawal, cravings, heart rate and blood pressure. The study found an interesting conclusion: a single 800mg dose of CBD could help to reduce the “pleasantness” of tobacco cues compared to the placebo group, especially when participants had abstained from cigarettes overnight as part of the study.

Dr. Amir Englund at King’s College, London told iNews UK, “These findings are exciting as they suggest CBD may interfere with some of the underlying mechanisms behind tobacco addiction and could potentially be a treatment for people who are trying to quit.” 

In another study in 2016, Addiction, Hindocha et. al. set out a series of examples in which vaping cannabis is accompanied by a reduction in tobacco consumption.  According to these researchers: “there could be reason to be optimistic about the potential of vaporizers.  If vaporizers can reduce cannabis and tobacco co-administration, the outcome could be a reduction of tobacco use/dependence among cannabis users and a resultant reduction in harms associated with cannabis/tobacco.  Indeed, if vaping cannabis becomes commonplace in the future, the next generation of cannabis users might never be exposed to nicotine or tobacco in the first place”.

While more studies on the subject of CBD as a smoking cessation solution are needed, current studies indicate that both vaping and orally ingesting low-THC CBD products have the potential to be part of a successful quit smoking protocol.

22 thoughts on “CBD Oil for Quitting Tobacco

  1. Patriot Supreme CBD Review says:

    As a Newbie, I am continuously searching online for articles that can help me.
    Thank you

  2. Deborah Armey says:

    Ordered this back in March 2020 have not received it and can not find my tracking info

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hello Deborah,

      We have scanned our records and don’t find any record that you placed an order on our website.

      Could it have been under a different name?

      Thank you,
      Kimberly
      Cannafyl CBD

  3. Jesse Spurlin says:

    I’m trying to quit smoking what is the name of the CBD oil that can help me quit

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hello Jesse, We would suggest you try the Balance 1000mg to start. After you have successfully fought your addiction to nicotine with the Balance 1000mg, then you can move down to the 500mg for a nice daily supplement. Please feel free to contact us at 480-599-1003 if you have any other questions.

  4. Is this legal to take? Will it show up on a drug test? I want to quit and this would benefit me in so many ways.

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Donna, Yes, our products are 100% legal! Taking a full spectrum CBD means you are taking the whole plant which does include a very small amount of THC, well below the legal limit for hemp products but it is there and could possibly show up on a drug test. If you are feeling like maybe you would like to try a Broad Spectrum CBD which is THC Free, please give us a call at the store 480-599-1003 where we carry those items as well.

  5. Mae says:

    I really need to quit smoking I’m 53 and quit for 16 yrs but after my mom passed I started smoking again so I’ve been smoking again sense November 2010 and definitely would like to quit and ready to quit can you suggest which cbd and the amount Thanks

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hello Mae, After reading how long you have been smoking, we would suggest that you start with the Cannafyl Balance 1000mg, which gives you 33mg of CBD in each dropper. We would also suggest that you try a CBD Vape cartridge. This is because you will be satisfying that hand to mouth habit that has also formed over the years. Vaping CBD is the quickest way for CBD to get into your system and help with anxiety from withdrawal symptoms. After about a month you should be able to stop vaping CBD and lower your milligrams of CBD down to the Cannafyl Balance 500mg. If you are interested in the CBD Vape Cartridge, please call us at the store at 480-599-1003 as it is only available in store. Lastly, always remember to be patient with yourself while taking this great step towards a healthy life.

  6. Kelly Marvin says:

    You some about using an inhaler and the cbd. Do you have an inhaled version other than vaping to try and break the hand to mouth part of smoking?

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Unfortunately, a vape cartridge is the only product we carry to help with the hand to mouth habit.

  7. Bobbie Lunday says:

    I have smoked for 40 years. What is the best CBD oil for this.

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Bobbie, First off, congrats on taking a step towards leading a healthier life! Cannafyl specifically made two products to help our customers who are trying to quit smoking. After reading how long you have been smoking, we would suggest that you start with the Cannafyl Balance 1000mg, which gives you 33mg of CBD in each dropper. We would also suggest that you try a CBD Vape cartridge. This is because you will be satisfying that hand to mouth habit that has also formed over the years. Vaping CBD is the quickest way for CBD to get into your system and help with anxiety from withdrawal symptoms. After about a month you should be able to stop vaping CBD and lower your milligrams of CBD down to the Cannafyl Balance 500mg. If you are interested in the CBD Vape Cartridge, please call us at the store at 480-599-1003 as it is only available in store. Lastly, try and remember to be kind to yourself as you move through the steps of nicotine withdrawal, it won’t be easy but CBD is here to help!

  8. Juanita Reddish says:

    I am a beginner with CBD products. Have smoked for over 30 years, would like to finally quit. What product do you suggest I start with, and the dosage? I am also glad this is a Veteran owned company. My husband was a veteran, (he just passed away) and we try to support Veteran owned products

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Juanita, We appreciate the support and sorry for your loss. We have a couple of CBD products that can help you get through the next few months as you cope with the symptoms of withdrawing from nicotine. After reading how long you have been smoking, we would suggest that you start with the Cannafyl Balance 1000mg, which gives you 33mg of CBD in each dropper. We would also suggest that you try a CBD Vape cartridge. This is because you will be satisfying that hand to mouth habit that has also formed over the years. Vaping CBD is the quickest way for CBD to get into your system and help with anxiety from withdrawal symptoms. After about a month you should be able to stop vaping CBD and lower your milligrams of CBD down to the Cannafyl Balance 500mg. If you are interested in the CBD Vape Cartridge, please call us at the store at 480-599-1003 as it is only available in store. Lastly, congrats on taking a step towards leading a healthier life!

  9. Chandra says:

    My my name is Chandra I order a bottle of Dr.Golden’s CBD 300mg 99 0/0 pure Full Spetrum Hemp oil thc free and I been smoking for 12 years but I haven’t took it yet !! Will it help me stop smoking cigarettes and help me to start getting my weight back up and my eating and does it also help with my lower back pain from time to time but my main thing is to stop smoking

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Chandra, Thank you for this great question. I have looked into Dr. Golden’s CBD and was unable to confirm that this product is a full spectrum CBD. I also was unable to locate any test results to validate the product. As far as CBD helping you quit smoking and help with your other issues, the CBD molecule even by itself will help you with all of those issues. During your first few weeks of nicotine withdrawal, you will experience irritability, brain fog, sleeplessness and anxiety of which full spectrum CBD is known to do a great job with all of those issues. Take your CBD daily, twice daily is best as CBD only stays in your body for 6 to 8 hours. Try it for 30 days and see if it is helping with those issues, if not you might need to move your milligrams up and possibly get a CBD vape cartridge to help with the hand-to-mouth habit that you have formed over the past 12 years. Lastly, be kind to yourself while trying to quit smoking, frequently remind yourself that you are going to feel fantastic after you have accomplished this great task! Always feel free to give us a call if you have any further questions.

  10. Wanda Lester says:

    Please I want to stop smoking I see so many products…but they are really high what does this product cost?

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Wanda,
      Great question! Quitting smoking can be very difficult depending on your level of addiction to nicotine. The first month will most likely be the hardest. We suggest that you start with the Cannafyl Balance 500mg bottle for $59.95. This bottle is designed to be a 30 day plan if you are taking 1 full dropper daily. That might be all you need to get over those initial withdrawal symptoms. Good Luck Wanda in your journey to overcome your addiction to nicotine. You can always call us at 480-599-1003 if you have any further questions.

  11. Brian says:

    Hi I’m a commercial driver if I was to use cbd to quit smoking and for some reason I was drug tested by my employer or the department of transportation will they see it

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hello, If you are using a Full Spectrum CBD product, then yes, you could test positive for the small amount of THC that is in a full spectrum. We would suggest that you move to an Isolate CBD with no THC. In the Cannafyl Retail store, we carry TruInfusionCBD which is a very good Isolate CBD. If you are interested, please call us at the store 480-599-1003 and we can help you pick the right bottle for your needs. Best of luck!

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