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INTRODUCTION: CBD has shown promising results for its array of diverse benefits, including its ability to help quit smoking. We aimed to measure the impact on different age groups.
METHODS: A Randomized uncontrolled parallel-group trial conducted with the members of various CBD groups. 700 adults participated in the study.
RESULTS: For the primary outcome, 297/700 (42.42%) in the control group were able to abstain from smoking for a month.
CONCLUSION: Inhaling CBD from a Vape or taking CBD oil substantially improves abstinence amongst adult nicotine-dependent smokers wanting to quit.
IMPLICATIONS: The present trial demonstrates that a simple nonproprietary CBD Vaporizer, using relatively inexpensive standard technology, increases smoking cessation rates over and above nicotine patch therapy, and could usefully enhance nicotine replacement in smoking cessation treatment.
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According to WHO, tobacco smoking is the principal preventable means of death, killing a staggering 6 million people yearly.
CBD – one of the most controversial, cannabis-derived, natural chemical compounds– has for long been misunderstood and underplayed, mostly due to its relation to its sister compound THC.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, does not have any of the well-known effects we associate with cannabis/marijuana. The compound responsible for all that “high” is ∆-9 THC, which is short for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.
If you look closely, what CBD really does is maintain homeostasis. And that includes decreasing our dependence on different kinds of addictive substances.
Is CBD a viable option for nicotine addicts?
Past Trials & Studies
Quite a bit of anecdotal evidence exists on CBD’s positive effects on people addicted to alcohol, opioids, and smoking. While not many clinical trials have been carried out in on smoking, some randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have been carried out on different sets of participants to find out smokers’ habits vary when they are on cannabidiol.
Two such positive randomized controlled trials that have been done in the past are cited below:
- Cannabidiol Reduces Cigarette Consumption in Tobacco Smokers: Preliminary Findings, published in Addictive Behaviors on April 1, 2013, that indicated that CBD helps in kicking the butt.
- The Effects of Cannabidiol on Impulsivity and Memory during Abstinence in Cigarette Dependent Smokers, published in Scientific Reports on May 15, 2018, that went to prove CBD reduces our responses to the usual visual and other cues when we are off cigarettes, thus reducing withdrawal symptoms.
Purpose of this Study
Even though a few trials and studies have been done, we believe in repeated trials and studies to confirm and reconfirm the results. That is why we carried out a survey of how far CBD helps smokers in abstaining.
While our findings are definitely not exhaustive or absolute by any means, we’ve tried to get a fair idea of how well CBD influences smoking habits among people of different age groups, particularly those who are more prone to habitual smoking.
42% of the Participants Abstained from Smoking for a Month with CBD use
Over 42% of the participants were able to abstain from cigarettes for a month.
However, the study also showed that 33% of the participants could not refrain from smoking for more than a week even though they took CBD when they felt the urge. While this may indicate that CBD did not work on them, it also goes to show that a little patience and persistent as well as consistent use is necessary for a positive outcome – as is evident in the falling graph of people who picked up a cigarette after 2 weeks.
After initial hiccups, the efficacy of CBD on smokers gradually increases. Illustration-2 goes to show that fewer people could stick to the regimen for another week after the 2nd one. This reconfirms our original finding that if one can remain persistent and consistent with their doses, i.e. at least every time they feel the urge to smoke, they take CBD.
Interestingly, the difference was a little more remarkable when it comes to those between the ages of 25 – 35 years. Smokers in this age group were more receptive to the effects of CBD. Our findings showed that CBD had, in fact, helped them cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoked each day.
CBD is 1.2 Times More Effective on Young Adults than Older Counterparts
An interesting trend also emerged out of the data we received from the respondents. CBD seemed to be more effective on people between the ages of 25 – 35 years. It may also indicate that those belonging to this age group are more adaptable to change and therefore, can more easily abstain from smoking with the help of CBD.
A similar pattern, though not as substantial, is once again noticed in the third age category, i.e. 46 – 55 years. While around 47% of the participants, aged between 25 and 35, readily abstained from smoking after using CBD for a month, the number declined to 35% for those around 36 – 45 years, and rose again, although not as much as before, to 44% among those of the 46 – 55 years’ age group.
This brings us to the last segment of this study – Critical Age – in which stressful life conditions bring down the likelihood of people quitting the habit.
Smokers in the age range of 36-45 years least likely to abstain from smoking
Smokers of the mid-category age group, i.e. 36 – 45 years, are the ones who are least likely to abstain from smoking, even with the help of CBD. This means this the critical phase of a person’s life when their stress levels – both professionally and personally – are the highest, leading to more dependence on nicotine (and for some an oral fixation!)
However, it does not mean that they have no hope. The graph clearly shows that CBD does impact the lives of those between the ages of 36 and 45 years. Perhaps, they would need an extra nudge – like a higher dosage or more frequent doses.
The Appeal of CBD for Smokers in the Market
There has been an increase in demand for CBD among long time smokers willing to quit – but unable to give up the urge to smoke or failing to deal with withdrawal symptoms while in abstinence.
With CBD’s fame and popularity rising, a lot of brands have not only stepped up their productions but have also invested considerable time and resources to developing some of the best CBD products imaginable.
From CBD gummies to CBD oil tinctures, from CBD vaping products to CBD capsules, from CBD tea, coffee, and other beverages, to different kinds of edibles and topicals – CBD brands have made sure to provide consumers with a wide variety of the best quality hemp extracts, made with the help of the most advanced technologies.
While the CBD market for smokers is still developing, a lot of smokers are turning to vaping CBD oils to help kick their habit and combat their urges. In fact, a lot of smokers have used and have reacted positively to its effects, claiming that CBD has indeed helped them respond negatively to the usual triggers, like the sight of someone smoking, the smell, etc. Naturally, the demand for CBD among smokers seems to be ever-increasing and never-ending.
Our Test Sample: Methodology and Limitations
Test Sample: This study was not conducted in a controlled environment. We simply asked members of a social media group who were keen on kicking the butt to participate in our survey, to which 700 people, including 255 women, volunteered.
Note: If you have noticed the vast gap between the number of men and women respondents, please do not consider this as an indication of fewer women being keen on quitting than men. It may simply mean that there were lower women participants than men for those groups.
Methodology: 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.
People below 25 years are usually simply trying it out either out of curiosity or under peer pressure and usually give up the habit or are forced to give up by their family and friends. People above the age of 55 generally realize it is time to quit, and do not need much nudging to kick the butt. It is usually these three age groups that need some help to quit smoking.
Disclaimer: This study is entirely based on anecdotal evidence gathered from people active on social media looking for means to kick the butt. In our findings, we relied completely on data that people have voluntarily offered.
The data that we’ve analyzed and illustrated aren’t based on any controlled, clinical trial, or advice by a medical practitioner or scientist.
We also DO NOT claim that CBD will in most certainty help everyone give up smoking. This study must not be considered as a substitute for seeking out professional help.
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