So let’s get straight to the facts about smoking. According to research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general. More specifically, smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer (there are 70 different carcinogens in tobacco). Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five of all deaths. Smoking also causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths and more women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer.
There are so many reasons to quit. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, by quitting smoking one can cut cardiovascular risks. Just 1 year after quitting smoking, your risk for a heart attack drops sharply. Within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your risk for stroke may reduce to about that of a nonsmoker’s. If you quit smoking, your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half within 5 years. Ten years after you quit smoking, your risk for dying from lung cancer drops by half.
Quitting is hard. If you’re a smoker, all the science, logic and statistics still don’t make quitting an easy task, in fact, it’s incredibly difficult. This is because the drug nicotine, commonly associated with tobacco, is what makes smoking addictive. It can have a wide range of effects on the brain, such as:
- boosting mood
- reducing depression
- reducing irritability
- enhancing concentration and short-term memory
- producing a sense of well-being
- reducing appetite
Nicotine withdrawal is real. The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can begin within 30 minutes of your last use of tobacco depending on your level of addiction. Factors such as how long you used tobacco and how much tobacco you use on a daily basis will impact the severity of your symptoms. Some symptoms of nicotine withdrawal for smokers include:
- intense cravings for nicotine
- tingling in the hands and feet
- nausea and abdominal cramping
- constipation and gas
- sore throat
- difficulty concentrating
- weight gain
New research shows how CBD can aid in quitting. A recent study by researchers at the University College London entitled, Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence, came out showing that CBD cannabis oil can be an efficient aid in quitting smoking. The have published an article in the “Addictive Behaviors” journal which found that the non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis (by its scientific name “cannabidiol”, also known as CBD oil), could reduce the number of cigarettes consumed by smokers who wanted to quit. This is because CBD has anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), antipsychotic, antidepressant, and neuroprotective properties. CBD has been shown to be an agonist (a substance that initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor) of serotoninergic receptors (a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness) that can regulate stress response and compulsive behaviors. Altogether, CBD has been associated with many neural circuits making it an interesting pharmacological candidate to treat substance-use disorders.
The study reveals CBD oil was consumed via a vaporizer. When you consume CBD oil with a vaporizer, the temperature at which the oil is burned is much lower than cigarettes. The group which received CBD oil in their inhalers reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked, by 40% on average. Dr. Morgan, one of the researchers in this study, added that “CBD might mean these positive smoking memories are gradually erased.”
Aside from this research, we at Goldeaf Spektrum have personally heard from customers about their successes in quitting smoking by not only using our CBD eliquid for vape, but also our tinctures. One of our customers starting taking our tinctures one week before her quit date. She stated she didn’t feel anxious and irritable like the many times before when tried quit. This time, she felt calm, her nicotine cravings decreased and successfully quit for five months.
In conclusion, there is no better teacher than the voice of experience when it comes to quitting tobacco. I’ve had so many discussions with friends about the subject. They want to quit for health reasons and don’t want to get cancer; their partners are sick of the smell; they had a horrible cough and when they smoked it made their condition worse; at $6.00 a pack, the cost of smoking adds up over time. For my friends who have quit, they feel great about kicking the habit and physically they feel so much better. For those who have had period of success quiting, their encouraged because they know it’s possible. . Obviously, there are all kinds of ways to quit smoking. Perhaps CBD is another alternative to consider in the process. Today, give yourself the gift of health and happiness by quitting. Happy 2020!