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Does CBD help you quit smoking? Effect, studies & dosage

However, only a few of them are happy with it and many of them already unsuccessfully tried several times to overcome the addiction. Did we finally find a miracle weapon? Perhaps it’s CBD! Within this article we would like to clarify how CBD works in principle and whether it is suitable for fighting nicotine addiction.

For this purpose, we researched for scientific studies and had a closer look at them. Of course, we will also provide you with all relevant information on use, intake, dosage and a tip on which product is best suited for quitting smoking. Have fun!

How does CBD work?

The effects of cannabidiol (CBD) are extremely diverse. Although scientific studies are still in their infancy, we know from initial results and experience that CBD may have benefits in reducing pain and inflammation. In addition, many people report that they feel much calmer and more relaxed after taking it and forget the stress of everyday life1)Corroon J, Phillips JA. A Cross-Sectional Study of Cannabidiol Users. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2018.

There are also approaches that see CBD as a possible remedy for diseases such as cancer2)Liang C et al. A population-based case-control study of marijuana use and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa) 2009, epilepsy3)Devinsky O et al. Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome. N Engl J Med. 2017 or psychoses4)Zuardi AW et al., Cannabidiol for the treatment of psychosis in Parkinson’s disease. 2009, J Psychopharmacol. Never the last, also the fight against addictions could be traced back to CBD products in the future. In 2019, various small studies were summarized for this purpose and their results examined. The result: Cannabidiol actually seems to reduce the effects of withdrawal (here explicitly: marijuana withdrawal)5)Batalla A et al. The Potential of Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Psychosis and Addiction: Who Benefits Most? A Systematic Review. J Clin Med. 2019.

Much more interesting are the results of a pilot study conducted in 2013, which dealt specifically with tobacco consumption. The sample consisted of 24 participants, in which 40% of all subjects treated with CBD, smoked less than the comparison group6)Morgan CJ et al., Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: preliminary findings., 2016, Addict Behav.

The CBD intake affects the performance of the endocannabinoid system. This system consists of a multitude of CB1 and CB2 receptors, which, according to the researchers, also play a major role in combating nicotine addiction.

CBD side effects

What are the side effects of CBD?

And all this without side effects! At least almost, because although cannabidiol is considered very well tolerated and has been classified as safe by the World Health Organization (WHO), there are a few observed side effects. Among them:

  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreasing blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea

However most of these side effects only occur together with too high doses. The use of CBD is not recommended in any case during pregnancy and for children under the age of 2 years. Well of course both groups of people should generally avoid nicotine.

There are a few things you need to know before taking CBD. Cannabidiol does not make you “high”. In contrast to THC, CBD has no psychoactive effect. Even though CBD products often contain THC (less than 0,2%), the amount is too small to have any effects. Under these circumstances you can buy cannabidiol freely and legally in Germany. A prescription is not necessary.

Note that some drugs may interact with CBD. Among them are also relatively light drugs like Aspirin. Always talk to a doctor about the use of cannabidiol during a medication or in case of uncertainties.

Which products do I take for which application and how?

CBD products are now available in such large quantities that many beginners quickly lose track. Precisely because different products involve different forms of intake and these decide on the effect, the duration of the effect and the period of time until the effect is achieved, you should obtain detailed information in advance. You can do this on cbd360.de or also cannadoc.net

These are the biggest CBD portals in Germany with excellent researched content. If you want to buy CBD Oil directly, you can do this on natucan.de.

Most popular is still the sublingual intake of CBD Oil. Here, the liquid is administered drop by drop under the tongue and the active ingredient is absorbed by the mucous membranes. This method is extremely fast and also very effective with a reaction time of about 10 minutes. Furthermore, the oil is available in many different CBD concentrations.

Another product that is perhaps best suited for nicotine withdrawal is CBD Liquid. This is vaporized and inhaled by means of e-cigarettes or a vaporizer. There are two reasons why it may be very suitable for smoking cessation:

  • Inhaling CBD works within seconds and can very well counteract the acute craving for nicotine.
  • The learned behavior from smoking can be maintained. Instead of smoke you breathe in steam.

However, where and when you want to use CBD is up to you. Cannabidiol is suitable for long-term treatment as well as for cure or acute use at any day or night time.

Unfortunately, the fact that CBD products are very easy to buy also has its downsides. Dubious manufacturers are trying to make fast money. Therefore, it is important to rely on trustworthy manufacturers and dealers to ensure good quality.

Dose CBD correctly

How to dose CBD correctly?

Actually, we can’t give you an exact guide. The dosage of CBD follows more the “try and error” principle. Every person is different and needs different amounts and strengths. Therefore, we recommend to start with low and weak doses and increase both slowly if necessary. The good thing about CBD: an overdose is virtually impossible!

Conclusion: Does CBD help you quit smoking?

Unfortunately, we can’t say that for sure. There are indications and first studies that are promising a lot and there are also reports from people who have quit smoking thanks to CBD. However, this is not enough to make a clear statement.

On the other hand, cannabidiol has only a few weak side effects and so there are hardly any reasons for you not to try it.
We hope that you can give us soon positive feedback on CBD and the effect on your smoking addiction. Maybe you already have some experience? Let us know in the comments!

This post is also available in: Deutsch (German)

References   [ + ]

1. Corroon J, Phillips JA. A Cross-Sectional Study of Cannabidiol Users. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2018
2. Liang C et al. A population-based case-control study of marijuana use and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa) 2009
3. Devinsky O et al. Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome. N Engl J Med. 2017
4. Zuardi AW et al., Cannabidiol for the treatment of psychosis in Parkinson’s disease. 2009, J Psychopharmacol
5. Batalla A et al. The Potential of Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Psychosis and Addiction: Who Benefits Most? A Systematic Review. J Clin Med. 2019
6. Morgan CJ et al., Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: preliminary findings., 2016, Addict Behav