New study finds CBD can reduce cigarette consumption in tobacco users by 40% in just one week of treatment.
If you are a smoker you have surely heard the all of the statistics by now, but just in case you need a reminder – here are some staggering numbers to consider…
- Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including more than 250 known to harm humans.
- Smoking cigarettes kill more people each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle accidents and gun-related incidents combined.
- 1 out of every 5 deaths in the US is from tobacco.
- One person dies every six seconds from tobacco. (That’s 10 People per minute).
Despite the alarming statistics many people find it difficult or impossible to quit tobacco because of an addiction to nicotine.
This is a common condition as nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet and quitting can be a physically and mentally challenging battle for many smokers.
Smoking Vs. Vaping
A lot of ex-smokers have quit smoking cigarettes recently with the advent of vaporizer technology allowing them to avoid the dangers of burning tobacco without completely quitting nicotine.
Unfortunately, these vape pens and devices typically contain “e-juice” that includes nicotine, often in even greater amounts than cigarettes.
On top of the nicotine issue, the vaporizers that create the large clouds of smoke that some users enjoy, also raise a lot of potential risks and health concerns of their own.
It will be years before there is enough definitive evidence to know if vaping nicotine is actually safer or healthier than smoking cigarettes, but it is definitely more convenient and discreet for many users.
Recently, an exciting new alternative has shown tremendous potential to help smokers who want to quit using tobacco and nicotine altogether.
Study: Cannabis Compound Reduces Cigarette Consumption
The scientific journal Addictive Behaviors recently published clinical trial data containing preliminary results showing that inhalation of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) significantly mitigates tobacco smokers’ desire for cigarettes.
In the study, 24 cigarette smokers were recruited and split into two groups, receiving inhalers containing CBD or placebo.
Both groups were told to use the inhalers whenever they felt the urge to smoke during a one week period.
Researchers found: “Over the treatment week, placebo treated smokers showed no differences in number of cigarettes smoked. In contrast, those treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by [the equivalent of] 40 percent during treatment.”
Moreover, participants who used CBD did not report experiencing increased cravings for nicotine during the study’s duration.
“This is the first study, as far as we are aware, to demonstrate the impact of CBD on cigarette smoking. These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.”
The Most Effective Way To Consume CBD
Most people are unaware that the method by which you choose to ingest CBD can dramatically affect the effective dosage you receive.
In general, only a certain percentage of the cannabidiol you consume will be able to enter your system to produce it’s active effects. This is commonly referred to as “bioavailability”.
When consumed orally, the typical bioavailability of CBD is roughly 15 percent of the total milligrams consumed.
Because CBD is hydrophobic, meaning that it is not very water-soluble, it does not like to stay in the bloodstream, accumulating in fatty tissues instead. This reduces bioavailability.
The digestive process known as “first-pass effect” also reduces the concentration of bioactive compounds that can enter the bloodstream after passing through your liver.
The most effective way to offset this loss of bioavailability is to avoid the first-pass effect completely and ingest CBD through vaporization.
When inhaling CBD from a vaporizer cartridge or CBD vape pen, the substance enters through your lungs and diffuses into your your bloodstream directly, bypassing the liver and gut.
This increases amount of CBD in your bloodstream by roughly 400% versus oral consumption to achieve maximum bioavailability of up to 60% of the dosage you consume. This means you can achieve the same beneficial effects with a much smaller amount of cannabidiol.
In addition to the increased bioavailability, vaporization also delivers a much faster onset of effects since it does not have to travel through your digestive system. When vaporizing CBD, the effects can become active within a matter of seconds, compared with typical 30 to 60 minute onset when consumed orally.
When considering all of these factors, vaporization is clearly the most efficient and cost effective way to consume CBD. When used on a regular basis to mitigate the cravings associated with nicotine addiction, research indicates CBD inhalation offers promising potential for helping people to quit smoking tobacco.
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23685330 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4444130/ https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/