♢ Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death!
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the use of tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the US. This is an alarming statistic. If this major killer is preventable, why are people still dying from its effects? Can you smoke CBD oil instead? Smoking CBD is not an adequate replacement for cigarettes, but it still may be able to help.
Many people smoke, yet plenty of them don’t want to be smokers. What gives? Nicotine is highly addictive. Because of this, smoking can be a very challenging habit to kick. You can have all the will power in the world, but if your body is dependent on a substance, it can be extremely hard to kick.
As the NIDA says, “It is well documented that most smokers identify tobacco use as harmful and express a desire to reduce or stop using it, and nearly 35 million of them want to quit each year. Unfortunately, more than 85 per cent of those who try to quit on their own relapse, most within a week.”
That is a huge number of people. But there has to be a solution. Previous smokers have proved that it’s possible to do.
Current research, however, shows that cannabidiol, or CBD, oil has the potential to turn nicotine addiction on its head. It promises to do this in a safe, effective manner.
How is this possible? Are smokers simply turning to smoking CBD oil instead?
What is CBD Oil?
It is important to note that most people use CBD oil for medicinal purposes, not recreational purposes. It is not psychoactive, like the delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound in cannabis marijuana. This means that CBD oil will not affect your state of mind or get you high.
Furthermore, CBD is normally a byproduct of the hemp plant rather than the usual marijuana plant. Growers breed hemp plants to contain a low amount of THC, if any. They prioritize CBD content in these strains.
Still, CBD can affect your body in a positive way. CBD works by attaching itself to receptors in your body, possibly influencing it to use more of its own cannabinoids.
Can You Smoke CBD Oil?
This is a popular question that many smokers ask. Can they just shift the smoking habit to something more healthy? Can you smoke CBD oil? Is it less harmful than smoking cigarettes or tobacco?
While smoking is not really an option since CBD oil is not a dry herb or leaf like other marijuana substances, vaporizing is an option.
Vaporizing CBD oil is a popular method of administering the oil. What makes it popular? Well, it mimics the hand to mouth habit that smokers prefer. They can receive the same subconscious comfort or soothing that smoking provides, only they’re not using a cigarette or producing any smoke.
CBD and Bioavailability
Vaporizing also has some benefits over other CBD intake methods. Namely, it helps with bioavailability.
Bioavailability is a fancy name for the amount of a substance that is available for the body’s use. When a substance enters the body, its bioavailability is how much of it actually enters the bloodstream and thus the body’s circulation. In other words, this is the amount of the substance that is able to have an active effect on the body.
To say it still another way, not all CBD that is consumed will affect the user’s body. This is because its bioavailability is only at about 15 percent. CBD is hydrophobic, which means that it is not very water soluble. Because of this, it is hard to keep it in the bloodstream. It is also reduced by the liver upon consumption, before it ever gets a chance to enter the bloodstream. Thus, having enough CBD to actively affect the body can be more difficult than it sounds.
Vaporizing CBD bypasses the liver because it enters the lungs and diffuses directly into the bloodstream. This allows for maximum bioavailability, which is around 50 to 60 per cent.
Doing it this way provides the potentially beneficial effects while using a smaller amount of CBD product. It is a more effective and efficient way to use CBD oil.
It also brings the effects on much more quickly, as a user does not need to wait for it to pass through the gut to become active.
How Does Vaping CBD Oil Work?
Vaporizers work by heating CBD oil to its vaporization point. This is around 320°F to 356°F, which is much cooler than the combustion point at 450°F.
By staying below the combustion point, vaping CBD oil ensures that what is produced is vapor, not smoke. This helps the CBD user to avoid toxins, carbon monoxide, particulates, and other unhealthy problems that smoking introduces.
On the other hand, when smoking a cigarette, the temperature of the burning tobacco can reach up to 900°C or 1652°F. This reaches well beyond the point of combustion! That helps partially explain why smoking is so unhealthy for our lungs and our bodies as a whole.
Previous research has indeed shown that CBD can help with a variety of drug additions but this particular study was the first to investigate the specific effects of CBD on cigarette addiction in humans.
In this study, twenty four smokers have been recruited and were split into two groups, one receiving inhalers containing CBD and the other ones containing a placebo. Both groups were told to use the inhalers whenever they felt the urge to smoke for a period of 7 days.
The study found that while the placebo group showed no difference in their smoking habits, the group which received CBD oil in their inhalers have reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by 40% on average. (which is a very significant statistic)
Dr. Morgan, one of the researchers in this study, added that “CBD might mean these positive smoking memories are gradually erased,”
Although various treatments for cigarette addiction are available, researchers are still searching for more effective alternatives. CBD oil seems to be a promising candidate due to this study and some recent others. However, Dr. Morgan says it is hard to draw a direct comparison with other therapies based just on the results of her study.
She also adds that “This (40%) was more than expected. However, it is difficult to compare to other smoking cessation therapies as we did not ask people to stop smoking, simply to try using the inhaler when they wanted a cigarette.”
Obviously, this is a great psychological benefit for those who are seeking to quit smoking as the physiological pattern is quite strong in smokers, especially in stressful or social situations.
So how can you use this information? Well, first keep in mind that it is not the plants per se which are harmful to us but the process of burning them at high temperatures.
Second, you can “replace” this situation by using a vaporizer, which is much more healthy due to the fact that the temperature at which the oils are burned is much lower, hence it will provoke less damage to the lungs.
Third, if you want to quicken your progress in quitting smoking cigarettes then try CBD oil – which will also be of great benefit for your health in numerous ways.
Since the study we talked about was released, others have been carried as well proving that indeed CBD oil is a great aid in quitting smoking.