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.
"It might be particularly effective when abstinent smokers are exposed to cues that trigger relapse, such as when they are with a friend who lights a cigarette, or in a particular place they associate with smoking."
The university has larger studies in the works as says that if proven to be effective, CBD-based products geared towards people who want to quit smoking could be available within 5 years.
Research like this continues to fuel the evidence that cannabis medications can be an effective means of kicking a number of addictions. The case for further research and legalization continues to grow.