Can CBD Help you Quit Cigarettes?

Liz Filmer
12 May 2023

Quitting smoking can be challenging, but new research suggests that CBD may help.

A  study by Washington State University found that CBD could inhibit nicotine metabolism. CBD was tested on microsomes from human liver tissue to see how nicotine metabolism was influenced.

Researchers found that several enzymes were inhibited, concluding that CBD could curb cigarette cravings. Research suggests that one particular enzyme metabolizes more than 70% of nicotine and could be inhibited by relatively low doses of CBD.

CBD may be a non-addictive substitute for cigarettes and may help people quit smoking.

CBD may have anxiolytic effects, meaning it can reduce anxiety and stress, helping people to cope with the withdrawal symptoms when quitting smoking.

CBD has also been shown to have good prospects as a drug addiction treatment and may help reduce cravings for nicotine. Vaporized CBD, in particular, maybe a good alternative. As users must inhale the vapour, they would mimic the same action of smoking, a habit they might repeat several times daily.

Chronic smoking can lead to inflammation and lung damage, making quitting even more difficult. CBD's anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce inflammation and promote lung healing.

One concern is that using CBD to quit smoking is just replacing one harmful habit with another. However, side effects are often mild and temporary. In addition, the substance is not harmful or addictive.

  "CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential in humans," -The World Health Organization (WHO) 

CBD could therefore be an effective method of replacing a habit without becoming habit-forming itself. However, further research is needed to explore CBD as a quitting smoking tool. 

While the currently available evidence is encouraging, the theory needs to be further tested on smokers to see if it can help people stop smoking for good.

The news that CBD  may help you quit smoking is promising, but changing your habits will need more than one treatment or lifestyle tweak. It often requires a multi-pronged approach, including looking at why you smoke and changing your environment to support you.

Liz Filmer