CBD may be the key to ending tobacco addiction
New research from the University of London shows that CBD oil derived from hemp can be a useful tool for people trying to quit smoking cigarettes. The study shows that taking CBD works to reverse a number of causes of relapse.
While the study was small, the results are encouraging. Especially when combined with an earlier study conducted at the same university, which showed that people who used CBD every time they had a craving for cigarettes reduced their smoking by 40% in a week.
“These studies suggest that CBD may play a key role in helping people quit smoking,” Professor Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital Network in New York, told iNews.
It is worth noting, however, that the use of CBD did not reduce the withdrawal symptoms or cravings experienced by smokers. Instead, Dr Tom Freeman, Senior Academic at King’s College London, says the study showed that CBD was more effective in addressing social causes.
“It can be particularly effective when frustrated smokers are exposed to relapse triggers, such as when smokers are with a friend who lights a cigarette or in a particular place associated with smoking.”
The university is working on larger studies, saying that if proven effective, CBD-based products aimed at people looking to quit smoking could be available within 5 years.
These studies continue to feed the evidence that cannabis medicines can be an effective means to interrupt a range of addictions.
The demand for further research and legalisation continues to grow.