Researchers at the University College London found that the cannabidiols (CBDs) in cannabis, given via inhaler could significantly reduce the number of cigarettes consumed by smokers that wanted to quit.
Celia Morgan, Ph.D, who co-authored the first study to investigate the effect of CBD on cigarette addiction in humans, explained that CBD affects memories, or cues, that underlie the desire to smoke.
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.
CBD might mean these positive smoking memories are gradually erased. - Addictive Behaviors Science Journal
Cannabis and Cigarette Addiction Methodology
24 smokers were recruited and split into two groups, receiving inhalers containing CBD or placebo. Both groups were told to use the inhalers whenever they felt the urge to smoke during a one week period.
The researchers found that while the placebo group showed no difference in their smoking habits, the group that received CBD reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by 40% on average.
Although treatments for cigarette addiction are available today, researchers are still searching for more effective alternatives. CBD in cannabis seems to be a promising natural and healthy candidate.