Drug addiction is a chronically relapsing disorder characterized by the compulsive desire to seek and use drugs with impaired control over substance use despite negative consequences. Nicotine addiction is still the most prevalent of all addictions. Nicotine is also one of the most addictive substances there is. Medical science has come up with cures and answers to very many ailments and health problems. As we know our life expectancy is on the rise decade on decade, but addiction still goes unsolved, and smoking cessation is a big market. CBD has been associated with many neural circuits involved in the acquisition of addiction and subsequent drugseeking behaviors, making it an interesting pharmacological candidate to treat substance-use disorders The action of CBD on CB1 receptors (as a weak reverse agonist), and its properties as an inhibitor of the enzyme that breaks down the anandamide (FAAH). These actions may be related to a reduction in the boosting properties of nicotine. They also offer some speculation on psychological causes, such as the possible action of CBD in reducing attention on contextual cues that may be involved in maintenance of nicotine consumption.
Though many of us know the risks or smoking cigarettes, still there are some that struggle with quitting this powerfully addictive habit. Smokers challenged with quitting have often tried many different methods to quit and yet the nicotine prevails. A study done at the Clinical Psychopharmacoloy Unit, University College London, London, UK, shows an exciting method for smokers to quit. In a double blind placebo controlled study 24 smokers were given inhalers of either the placebo or CBD oil. They were instructed to puff their inhalers when the need to smoke would arise and then track their cigarettes smoked, while the group with CBD oil inhalers reported a 40% decrease in cigarettes smoked during the study. This study clearly suggests the use of CBD as a treatment for those wanting to quit smoking.Perhaps the CBD, by acting as an anxiolytic19, might be a substitute treatment for progressively quitting tobacco, due to the fact that the subject is not as anxious. There are lots of studies out there concerning CBD and addictions so do your research, but if you or a loved one is trying to break the habit, it never hurts to try something new!