A new study funded by the federal government has found that CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, may help tobacco users quit smoking by reducing their cravings. The study was conducted by researchers at Washington State University, who looked at the effects of CBD on the metabolism of nicotine, the main addictive component of tobacco.
The study, published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, showed that relatively low doses of CBD significantly inhibited a key enzyme associated with the processing of nicotine in the body, which could stave off cravings. This means that even a small amount of CBD can have a significant impact on reducing cravings for tobacco users.
The research was conducted with support from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. While more studies involving human subjects are needed to confirm these findings, the results are promising and could have significant implications for public health.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, and even offsetting cravings by a small amount could have a significant impact on reducing tobacco use. From a harm reduction perspective, the implications of this study could be significant, as tobacco use has already been declining precipitously among the public.
In addition to CBD, there is also promising early research suggesting that psilocybin, the main active constituent of so-called magic mushrooms, can help with tobacco smoking cessation. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has approved a grant for researchers to explore exactly how psilocybin can help people curb their addiction to cigarettes.
While more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of CBD and psilocybin for tobacco cessation therapy, these findings are an important step forward in the fight against smoking-related illnesses. If these substances can help people quit smoking, it could lead to significant improvements in public health and quality of life for millions of people.
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