We actually got talking about this topic the other day at the office, when one of our team suddenly said that he wanted to quit smoking. We all looked at him with a puzzled look, as if to say “Have you lost it ?!?!”, but before we could say anything else, he shouted out “not that smoking, tobacco smoking”.
This got us thinking;
Is it really possible to Quit Cigarettes with Marijuana?
Is Cannabis an effective Treatment?
We’ve been researching this topic all week and this is what we’ve come up with:
Research conducted at the University College London in 2013 discovered that Cannabidiol, which is marijuana’s second most active ingredient, can help reduce cigarette addiction.
The study conducted by Celia Morgan1, found that cigarette use among its participant’s was reduced by as much as 40% thanks to CBD.
“We found that CBD seems to reduce the salience of cues. It also can reduce anxiety and may affect a memory process called ‘reconsolidation’, which is when a memory of the reward of smoking is re-activated by seeing someone else smoking, it is rendered vulnerable to destruction”.
In this study, 24 smokers were split into 2 groups, one group receiving inhalers with CBD and the other placebo. Both were told to use their inhalers when they felt the urge to smoke. The researchers found that those that smoked the CBD infused inhalers, reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by around 40%.
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Now comes the interesting part!
Already back 1992 (that was before some of you were even born), Dr. Rahael Mechoulam from the Hebrew University discovered that when you take CBD, you’re supplementing an internal system known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is found across our brain, organs, glands, connective tissue and immune cells. It also has regulatory roles in many physiological processes including appetite, pan-sensation, mood and memory. Cannaboids can help regulate every physiological system such as our nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system, and muscular system.
Ok, so what’s the connection to quitting smoking?
Well, it’s already proven that CBD helps reduce withdrawal symptoms from smoking, making the quitting process easier. When you stop smoking, your brain is constantly asking for reinforcements, to compensate the reduction of nicotine intake. This is done through the signals of withdrawal. CBD combats that and helps to reduce these negative symptoms.
Apart from that, we couldn’t really find any other research on the topic. So is it a myth or a fact?
Our research continued and we found that there might be some confusion which is leading people to think that Cannabis is a proven solution.
The Name Confusion
As of now there are three herbs that are proven to reduce nicotine craving; Avena Sativa, Lobelia and Garcinia cambogia.
- Avena Sativa – A plant that is derived from wild oats and has been used for years to ease narcotic and nicotine addiction.
Is its name causing confusion, as people associate it with Cannabis?
- Lobelia – A very toxic plant, but consumed in very small portions acts “like” nicotine. It basically fools the system.
- Garcinia Cambogia – Helps combat weight gain that comes with giving up cigarettes.
While there is some research on the topic, unfortunately it still isn’t conclusive as to whether or not Cannabis helps people quite tobacco cigarettes. But if you look around, and talk to 420 smokers that quit tobacco, you’ll hear tons of success stories.
So, what are your thoughts on the topic?
Is it a myth or is Cannabis the ultimate treatment for people quitting smoking?
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