Article by Calvin Hughes, Civilized
New research out of the University College London shows that the cannabis-derived oil CBD may be a useful tool for people attempting to stop smoking cigarettes. The study shows that taking CBD acts to subvert a number of relapse triggers.
While the study was small, the results are encouraging. Especially when combined with a previous study conducted at the same university, which showed that people who used CBD every time they had a cigarette craving reduced their smoking by 40% over a week.
“Taken together, these studies suggest CBD could play a key role in helping people to give up smoking,” Professor Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at the Mount Sinai hospital network in New York told iNews.
It is worth noting, however, that CBD use did not reduce withdrawal symptoms or cravings that smokers encounter. Instead, Dr. Tom Freeman, Senior Academic Fellow at King’s College London says the study showed that CBD was most effective at countering social-use triggers.