Nicotine is an addictive substance, most well known for being present in tobacco products and can have various effects on the body.
Some of these effects include:
- Reduced appetite
- Improved Mood
- Reduced Depression
- Reduced Irritability
- Enhanced concentration
Although nicotine itself is relatively harmless to the body, the tobacco products that it’s in can have long term, damaging effects on the body. Products such as cigarettes contain many chemicals that are damaging to the body’s health, and can also increase the risk of lung cancer.
Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal
The intensity of nicotine withdrawals often depends on the person. Factors that contribute to this can be how long a person has been smoking, and how much they smoke per day.
Nicotine withdrawal can happen within 30 minutes after the last nicotine use, which means that some people may begin to feel the effects if they miss just one dose of nicotine.
- Intense nicotine cravings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sore Throat
There is no way to avoid nicotine withdrawals, however keeping yourself busy and using other remedies may help to reduce the severity of these withdrawals.
CBD and Nicotine Withdrawals
First things first, there is very little research into the effects of CBD and nicotine withdrawal. However, CBD has been found to be effective in treating some of the symptoms that can also be associated with nicotine withdrawal.
Anxiety and Depression
CBD is well known for its potential benefits in helping to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and many people have claimed to have had great results when using CBD to tackle their anxiety. CBD works with the body to bring the body to a state of homeostasis which can help to regulate mood. Low serotonin levels are also thought to be linked with anxiety and depression, and CBD may help to regulate levels of serotonin in the body, which as a result may help to reduce the effects of anxiety and depression. Additionally, as a result this could help to reduce the irritability that comes with nicotine withdrawal as anxiety is thought to enhance feelings of restlessness and irritability.
CBD interacts with serotonin releasing receptors, which has been show to help reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting, when taken in small doses.
For those suffering with insomnia, it is important to firstly identify all of the possible reasons behind the insomnia. Many people who suffer from insomnia tend to have underlying reasons such as:
- Increased caffeine consumption
- Physical Conditions
Many of these external factors are likely to contribute so insomnia. Insomnia during nicotine withdrawal is likely linked to anxiety, as well as the physical discomforts caused by sweating, headaches as well as coughing and sore throats. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which may help to reduce the discomfort of a sore throat by reducing inflammation that could be caused by coughing.
CBD may be a great alternative for those who want to alleviate withdrawal symptoms but are choosing to quit without nicotine. CBD E-liquid does not contain nicotine, and is not an addictive substance. Quitting with the help of a vape pen may be more effective as it gives the similar sensation to smoking, without the harmful chemicals and side effects.
CBD Chewing Gum
When quitting smoking, many people find gum can help to reduce the nicotine cravings. Chewing on CBD gum may be an ideal method for those who do not want to vape, as it helps to slowly release the CBD sublingually, whilst also providing the benefits of CBD and keeping the mind distracted.
CBD edibles are a delicious, fun and discreet way to enjoy CBD. Eating CBD edibles is a delicious way to get your daily dose of CBD, and can be enjoyed in a variety of forms, such as chocolates, gummies, drinks, spreads and more!
Overall, it is important to understand that quitting smoking without nicotine is likely to result in nicotine withdrawals. There are many more ways to help manage these symptoms, such as frequently exercising, keeping yourself busy and eating slower. Additionally, with the help of face to face support, the chances of staying smoke free almost double!