One potential way to make quitting easier and more fun is by switching to pre-made hemp-ettes that are rich in cannabidiol (CBD), marijuana’s secondary active ingredient. In a small 2013 study, CBD users cut cigarette intake by 40%.
CBD comes from the cannabis plant, but it doesn’t make you feel high like pot’s main active ingredient, THC. Instead, studies indicate CBD can reduce social anxiety, inflammation, and create a calm feeling without much euphoria.
CBD is also empowering plenty of smokers to step down from highly addictive and carcinogenic tobacco. The World Health Organization concludes CBD is not habit-forming. And NIDA-funded research failed to find an association between cannabis smoking and lung disease or cancer. These CBD-rich hemp-ettes help people quit by offering a similar experience for when intense cravings hit, such as during social occasions, right after sex, or other times when you might habitually light up a cigarette.
A 2019 review of early clinical studies finds that “animal and human studies suggest that [CBD has] the potential to reduce craving and relapse in abstinent substance users, by impairing reconsolidation of drug-reward memory, salience of drug cues, and inhibiting the reward-facilitating effect of drugs.”
A 2018 double-blind, placebo-controlled study of a mega-dose of CBD (800 mg) for tobacco cessation found that it helped quitters pay less attention to tobacco around them. That is, CBD “reduced salience and pleasantness of cigarette cues”, but didn’t lessen cravings or withdrawal.
Federal cannabis prohibition stymies further research. But we are hearing good things from clients utilizing Hemp-ettes to comfortably reduce and eliminate tobacco cigarettes.
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