New Study: Cannabidiol Can Help Cigarette Smokers Quit

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Courtesy of The Joint Blog

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A new placebo-controlled study published in last month's issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors has found that cannabidiol - a cannabis compound - can significantly reduce the number of cigarettes consumed by those wishing to quit.

For the study, participants were given cannabidiol (CBD) through an inhaler - the CBD was derived entirely from the actual cannabis plant. Participants were separated into two groups, one which received the inhaler containing CBD, and one which contained a placebo.

Researchers found that those in the placebo group showed no difference in the amount that they smoked. However, those in the CBD group smoked, on average, 40% less after just a 1-week period.

"We found that CBD seems to reduce the salience of cues. It also can reduce anxiety and may affect a memory process called 'reconsolidation,' which is where when a memory of the reward of smoking is re-activated by seeing someone smoking, it is rendered vulnerable to destruction", says Dr. Celia Morgan, co-author of the study. "CBD might mean these positive smoking memories are gradually erased,"

The full study can be found by clicking here.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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