Can CBD Help You Quit Smoking?
We all know that smoking can have catastrophic implications to our health, but quitting smoking isn’t easy. Hopefully you are here because you are considering taking on one of the most important steps of your life; quitting. We applaud you for that, however we won’t lie to you and say the journey won’t be difficult.
There are many techniques people can and have used to successfully quit smoking. While some people like to go ‘cold turkey’, we wouldn’t recommend that. It can be great for certain people, but only three in 5 of those who quit cold turkey stay cigarette-free for longer than 6 months. To have a higher chance of quitting, it’s better to get some help along the way.
Will CBD Help Me Quit Smoking?
Let’s be honest, there’s no magic way to quit smoking. It’ll take perseverance, willpower, and good management of withdrawal symptoms.
CBD Can Help You Quit By Managing Withdrawal
When we’re addicted to something - whether that be tobacco, alcohol, sugar, or anything else - the body craves it. If those cravings cannot be met, we get withdrawal, as our body has come to rely on that thing it can no longer have.
Depending on the level of addiction, withdrawal symptoms can be rough. For example, when you quit smoking, you may suffer from:
- Mood swings
- Digestive problems
- Brain fog
- Body sweats
Many smokers trying to quit for good will revert back to their habits because the withdrawal symptoms make the choice for them. But, as we’ve covered on the website before, CBD can help mitigate many of these symptoms.
It helps by repairing your endocannabinoid system(ECS), which, though the way it communicates with your brain, has an enormous effect on how your body feels and how you think. Many of the symptoms listed above can be lessened through a properly functioning ECS, and that’s what CBD can help with!
CBD Can Help You Quit By Managing Anxiety
It’s common for people to turn to smoking because they believe it reduces stress and helps them manage their anxiety. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth; smoking will actually make anxiety worse over time. It also leads to dependence, which in turn creates another breed of anxiety by itself.
Studies are constantly ongoing in regards to exactly how CBD can help with anxiety, but it is thought that CBD can interact with the levels of serotonin in the brain, the imbalance of which leads to anxiety. Indeed, this recent study indicates that ‘CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders’, which is extremely promising in itself. Science aside, we know that over half of CBD users take it for anxiety relief.
Using CBD and Other Methods to Quit Smoking
For the best chance of success, use CBD alongside other tried and tested methods that millions of people have used to quit smoking. If you’re serious about quitting, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with a healthcare professional who will recommend the best avenue for you. Popular methods that help people quit include:
- Make a plan, pick a day, and stick to it
- Use gum or patches, or other products that help you quit by releasing a steady, controlled amount of nicotine into the body
- Join a support group
- Consider your diet; some food and drink are known to make cigarettes taste better
- Avoid triggers. Don’t, for example, go out for a break at the same time as you did when you were smoking.
- Think positive! Half the fight is in your mind!
Using CBD alongside the tried and tested ways of quitting smoking can help you manage symptoms and could give you a better chance of quitting for good!
We wish you the best of luck in your journey to quit smoking. You’ve got this! If you’re considering using CBD to help you quit, why not take a look at some of our high-quality CBD? Our products are made with Colorado grown hemp, which is grown in a controlled environment without herbicides or pesticides.
We’re proud of our products, not only in their quality but also by the positive impact they’re having on our customers around the world. If you’d like to learn more about CBD, check out the resources tab above or head straight to our Education Centre, which is full of information on CBD.
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