New Study Suggests CBD Use Leads to a Decrease in Cigarette Consumption

Could the use of Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, help you to quit smoking cigarettes? A new study suggests that it can indeed.

In recent years, a component of the cannabis plant known as cannabidiol (CBD) has taken the world by storm. Thanks to the Farm Bill of 2018, hemp cultivation and distribution became legal in the United States, which opened the doors to the endless possibilities of hemp-derived CBD.

Now you can now find CBD in cosmetics, in beverages, as a balm or tincture for athletes, and in medicines such as Epidiolex for the treatment of epilepsy. In fact, the compound has become so ubiquitous that estimates believe the U.S. CBD industry will be worth over USD $20 billion by 2024. CBD touts all of the medicinal benefits of marijuana, while avoiding the psychoactive effects that heighten anxiety and can impede ones driving ability.

Though it's beginning to look like there's a new benefit to CBD use that hasn't had much coverage; a new study has emerged suggesting that CBD can help individuals reduce their cigarette consumption.

While this concept of using CBD to reduce your cigarette intake isn't entirely new, prior studies have been limited in their scope and difficult to draw objective conclusions from. Now, the Cannabis Radar has conducted a randomized study involving 700 adults, with the methodology as follows:

"The participants were asked to inhale CBD oil with the help of an inhaler every time they felt the urge to smoke. We then broke down the entire sample into three groups as per their ages. As per their ages, we went with three distinct age groups when smoking is usually a habit and people are more or less dependent on it. These age groups are 25 – 35 years, 36 – 45 years, and 46 – 55 years."

Source: Cannabis Radar

The results?

Just over 42% of smokers, representing 297 of the 700 applicants, were able to abstain from smoking for a month through the use of CBD oil.

Admittedly, the smoking cessation study was not conducted in a controlled environment, but instead, applicants were recruited via social media and they provided their own data in relation to how CBD helped them quit smoking. No scientist or medical practitioner participated in conducting the study.

Though one interesting fact is that a prior, much smaller study involving 24 participants who consumed CBD via an inhaler to reduce their cigarette consumption, similarly found that 40% of applicants saw a significant reduction in their cigarette consumption.

While conclusive evidence remains limited, it looks like CBD may have yet another benefit to add to its resume, this time, in helping individuals reduce their cigarette use.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.

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