Quit Smoking with QBD
Want to Quit Smoking Cigarettes? CBD to the rescue?
According to the WHO (World Health Organization) about 7 million people die annually from the many well known serious complications of smoking tobacco cigarettes. To contrast that – the worldwide death toll for cannabis is ZERO. That’s right – the product that kills you from cancer and heart disease remains legal and widely available whereas cannabis which studies have shown may be effective in a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, pain management, anxiety and nausea remains has been generally illegal in the US till recently and only in 2018 did the Farm Bill effectively permit the use of hemp-derived cannabinoids. Cannabis with greater than 0.3% dry weight of THC remains Federally illegal and a schedule 1 drug like heroin or cocaine.
We know that people who smoke cigarettes with the nicotine found in the tobacco become dependent on the nicotine and this addiction is a large part of the success of tobacco as ‘customers’ can’t help themselves and reach for a pack no matter how hard they try to quit. There are medications that help, nicotine gum and patches and others have tried vaping of nicotine to at least stop the negative side-effects associated with the inhalation of smoke from the tobacco plant. We also know that many users like the ‘smoking’ itself. Taking a cigarette (or rolling the tobacco) and lighting it, holding it in your hand etc. All this has its own form of addiction almost.
So where does CBD come into the picture.
Well while there are many ways of consuming cannabis – smoking hemp CBD flower in a pre-roll is an effective way of getting CBD into your system while also meeting the need to smoke something and holding a CBD joint or a CBD blunt your hands. But there’s more to it than just the manual and oral similarity to cigarettes.
It is not understood well how CBD works in affecting addiction but is believed to be associated with regulation o f cannabinoid and AMPA receptors in the brain – in a region associated strongly with addiction (nucleus accumbens). But the science is complex and there is much we do not know due to the years during which it was hard to do any medical studies on cannabis. The effects may also be enhanced by the terpene profile – better known as The Entourage Effect.