CBD For Quitting Cigarettes, Weed and Alcohol – How CBD Combats Withdrawal Symptoms
As a person who has done all three of those things regularly and is a huge ambassador for CBD, I feel I am in a unique position to give my thoughts on how CBD can help people to quit their bad habits. We all have our habits in life, some good, some bad but nobody likes the feeling they get when their habit is taken away. We form routines around our habits that can be difficult to break and we try every method under the sun to beat our habits only to fall into familiar patterns over and over again.
Step up CBD, the new ’miracle’ cannabinoid that is being used to treat an incredible range of ailments from Alzheimer’s to insomnia, from Arthritis to Epilepsy. Indeed, the initial research into CBD shows positive signs for all of these conditions even stopping epileptic seizures in their path. If you are interested in using CBD to try to combat withdrawal symptoms and quit weed, cigarettes or alcohol, you should find plenty in this article to get you moving in the right direction.
So How Does CBD work To Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms?
Our vices give us dopamine release which makes us feel good. We get into the habit of smoking a cigarette early in the morning to set us up for the day believing that it is reducing our stress. What is really happening is that the brain is releasing dopamine which makes us feel good for a few seconds, while the cigarette actually restricts our blood flow and probably makes us more stressed, certainly in the long run. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system in the human body and one of the functions this helps us with is the release of Dopamine.
The Endocannabinoid System
Aptly named after the cannabis plant, the endocannabinoid system is a hard-working system of receptors in the human brain, glands, tissue and cells within the human body. Interesting to note is that most animals also have the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating the balance and harmony in our bodies and a weakened system can lead to stress and break down in the body. Some of the tasks that the endocannabinoid system is responsible for include, memory, motor function, pain perception, sleep, mood, hunger, nervous system, bone growth and the list goes on.
So as you can see the endocannabinoid system play s a big role in our bodies and CBD has a big impact on the system works. A poorly performing endocannabinoid system can work optimally when you introduce CBD into the mix so you can see how it is widely gaining acceptance as a new treatment in many fields. It is also being used as a replacement for the opioid based medication which are also addictive in their own right and can cause bigger problems.
What’s the Difference Between THC and CBD?
THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is found in Marijuana that makes us feel high. It has its own benefits but it makes us high. Consider CBD as a Non-Psychoactive first cousin of THC which brings all the health benefits and more without the feeling of being high. Donald Trump signed the farm bill into law which basically means that any cannabis plant with under .3% THC is legal and considered as Hemp. Most CBD will come from hemp plants and growers are now aiming to get create plants close to .3% mark for maximum benefit to the user.
So Marijuana contains THC and it can also contain CBD, Hemp contains CBD but only a little THC making it the perfect option for regulating the endocannabinoid system.
Hemp Seed oil on the other is made from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant and contains only trace amounts of CBD and no THC.
Benefits OF CBD to the Human body include:
- Alleviating Pain
- Better Sleep
- Reduction in Cancer growth and side effects of Chemo
- Eases with joint pain and inflammation
- Soothes sore muscles
- Skin and hair health
- Eases Stress
- Reduces Anxiety and Tension
- Stops Epileptic seizures
- Improves overall health
So Now You Know All About CBD, How Can It Help You To Quit?
CBD can help you to give up your addictions and it can be very effective but it is not a miracle substance that can do it all without any effort on your part. Let’s look at how CBD can help s quit:
Everybody knows that smoking is bad for us, both physically and mentally. Everybody also know it is extremely addictive. When you go to quit you will be almost immediately hit with nasty withdrawal symptoms. Added to the real physical withdrawal as the nicotine rapidly leaves the blood stream is the routine that smokers get into that are also very hard to break. As someone who smoked myself for years, I know how hard it is to give up smoking and I made over 20 attempts to quit myself.
On a side note, I eventually quit using the book: Alan Carrs Easy Way To Stop Smoking which I also highly recommend.
How can CBD Help With Quitting Cigarettes?
CBD can help to target the nasty withdrawal symptoms by releasing dopamine into the body and reducing agitation, restlessness and lowering the blood pressure. CBD will work to relax the mind.
The second way that CBD can help you to quit smoking is by replacing the habit with something that is very similar but doesn’t have the same addictive effects and is a lot better for your health. CBD can be ingested in a number of ways including by Vape. Vaping is another modern concept but it again has been very successful it getting people to stop smoking.
A good CBD vape will take your mind off the routine element and the effects of the CBD on the endocannabinoid system will relax your nerves and make you forget about the withdrawals. Honestly this is the best method I have seen for quitting cigarettes in my lifetime. You can even get a quality CBD vape oil that contains a bit of THC which is relax you even further.
The most important thing to quitting cigarettes is not to take any nicotine into the body. Nicotine causing the uneasy feeling as it rapidly enters the bloodstream while smoking. The withdrawal symptoms start as soon as you put out the cigarette so it is a vicious cycle until you can break it. If you can abstain from smoking for 3 weeks, the nicotine craving will be completely gone.
If you don’t fancy vaping, there is another industry that has taken off which is the CBD flower market but I will go into that in the CBD for Quitting Marijuana Section
CBD For Quitting Marijuana
While Marijuana is widely being legalized all around the world, the negative stigma around the plant continues to evaporate from the public’s collective consciousness. That is not to say that marijuana is something that comes without problems or is to be taken lightly. Many people find themselves waking up the morning and smoking a joint as one of the first things that they do.
They find that they cant complete their tasks for the day once high and they are stuck in a cycle of being unproductive while smoking too much makes them appear grey and lifeless while their eyes are often red or appear with dark circles which makes them uncomfortable in public. Long gone are the days when they would smoke one joint a week with friends and laugh uncontrollable for hours. Weed for them has become a part of their life that they can’t shake.
If only there was something that looked, smelled, tasted like weed but was non psychoactive and allowed them function at a high level, maybe even higher that if they were completely sober? Step in CBD to the rescue!
Since the farm bill states .3% as the magic number for THC percentage, Hemp farmers are growing their plants to be close to this number. As a result, Hemp flowers have exploded in popularity across the United States and in Europe.
Hemp flowers are exactly like Marijuana in taste, smell and texture but you will be getting the positive benefits of CBD instead of the THC high which is bringing you down. While smoking CBD buds is still bad for the respiratory system, smoking big blunts of CBD won’t stop you from doing any of your normal daily tasks but what you will find is the following benefits.
- Immediate Relaxation
- Reduction in Stress and Anxiety
- Increased Focus and Concentration
- Improved Sleep
- Reduction in pain and inflammation
Many people will smoke weed because of anxiety or because they are prone to feelings of depression. CBD works to bind the serotonin receptors in the body which will actively help to quell and feelings of depression or anxiety. If you are suffering badly with these, you should probably consult with a doctor or counsellor to assess your situation.
CBD for quitting marijuana allows you to keep the routine while eliminating the high. Try it for yourself if you are trying to quit weed.
CBD For Quitting Alcohol
Alcohol is often seen as a great and friendly way to lubricate a social situation and get everybody talking and interacting with each other. We often think of alcohol as something used to enhance the experience of a party or social event. As younger people grow into young adults and move into college settings, they are increasingly encouraged to drink excessively. While many people grow out of the alcoholism of their young adult lives, some don’t, and anyone who is a bad drinker can attest, alcohol can have a terrible effect of someone’s life.
Alcoholism is a major problem in the USA and a vast majority of crimes and accidents take place under the influence of alcohol. Anything that can help to deal with the problems that this causes in people lives should be carefully considered.
While Alcoholism may be the trickiest one of the addictions for CBD to solve, if you are serious about giving up the drink, you can make it work for you.
How CBD can help you quit alcohol.
CBD can relieve many of the symptom associated with alcohol dependence and withdrawal. When the drinker stops drinking they are likely to be agitated and restless. They may experience excessive sweating, insomnia and bad moods. CBD can help with all of this. Even if you manage to taper down from alcohol with this method it is beneficial. CBD is not a toxic substance so you can safely mix it with drink. CBD may dilute your blood making it harder to get drunk.
CBD will provide a lot of relief from many of the symptoms and it can even replace the routine if you get a CBD vape kit. Alcoholism is not something that should be taken lightly and if you do suffer from this, you should certainly consider taking CBD to cut down and eventually quit. Once the effects of the CBD kick in, you will probably feel less like drinking as well.
Ways To Get Your Daily Dose Of CBD
There are many different ways to get our daily fix of CBD including the following:
CBD Oil Tinctures
These are the most traditional method of getting your cbd, you fill the dropper and drop the oil under your tongue. You hold the oil for a minute before swallowing to allow the oil to be absorbed quickly into the blood stream through the mouth. CBD oil tinctures vary greatly is quality, THC levels and price so it is always best to do some research into what you will be taking.
Quality reputable CBD companies include Savage CBD, CBDfx, Joy Organics (THC Free) and CBDpure. Check out our full reviews on those for more information.
CBD Vape Kits
The fastest way and maybe the best way for cigarette smokers to quit is with the CBD vape. Vaping is very similar to smoking where you take a draw from the CBD pen, inhale and exhale, just as like with a cigarette. The key difference being the absence of nicotine. The activity of vaping the CBD and keeping your vape pen working in order can be a great replacement for the routine of drinking, smoking or getting high.
CBD Vapes come in all shapes and sizes from full bundles with everything you need to sets of disposable Vape pens. The companies we mentioned before have some quality Vape products, especially CBDfx who have many flavours and options along with competitive pricing.
CBD Softgel Capsules
Quick and easy, CBD softgels can be taken once to twice daily and contain the full dose of CBD. CBD softgels will work with the for reducing the physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings but another method which way keep you occupied for longer may suit smokers or drinkers who need to fill the void left by their old past time.
CBDpure offer some quality CBD softgels. Check out our full review of them here.
CBD Buds Or Flowers
CBD buds are flowers coming from hemp plants with under .3% THC. Growers can make just about any of the favourite strains have less than .3% THC so you are in luck if marijuana is holding you back. You can get OG Kush, Super Skunk, Silver Haze CBD marijuana that will taste and smell the exact same but instead of getting you high, it will relax you and increase your focus and concentration allowing you to go out and accomplish the things you need to accomplish in your life.
UncleHerb.co.uk has some of the best buds I have tested, and you should try them out if you would like to, I am a regular customer myself. They are partnered with USA Hemp Co who also have some very nice buds for those living State side.
You can also get CBD Coffee or Tea, all sorts of edibles including Gummies and Dog Treats, You can get capsules, creams and even bath bombs. The CBD revolution is truly underway and we are super proud to be a part of it.
Nigel Ford is a professional writer and cannabis enthusiast who has been covering the legalization of marijuana and CBD for several years.
Nigel Ford battled a life-threatening drug addiction during his younger years, and natural compounds like CBD quite literally helped to steer him on the path to recovery. Nowadays, he is passionately dedicated to spreading the word about natural medicines like marijuana, as well as yoga, meditation, and naturopathy.