Can CBD Curb Alcohol and Nicotine Cravings?
Posted on January 24th, 2022 to CBD Products
Alcohol and nicotine work by stimulating the brain’s reward system and dopamine pathways. Regular consumption can lead to dependence and addiction. These substances are harmful for our bodies but it is never too late to quit. Many people that do try to quit often relapse due to withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, cravings and nausea. CBD therapy is effective in relieving these symptoms and making it easier to quit.
There is emerging evidence that CBD therapy is much more effective than traditional methods used to quit smoking. One study found that subjects that were treated with CBD cut down cigarette smoking by 40% in one week compared to those who were given a placebo and did not cut down smoking. You can see more details of this study here. The way CBD works is by replacing the role of nicotine in the brain. Cravings start to diminish as receptors are satisfied by the CBD.
17.6 million people in the United States suffer from some degree of alcohol addiction. Alcohol adversely affects the brain as well as the liver. Those who try to suddenly cut down experience severe withdrawal symptoms. The body has low levels of endocannabinoids and so it becomes difficult to cope with the symptoms. This is where CBD comes into play. CBD replenishes the endocannabinoids in the body. Studies have shown that CBD treatment can help to reverse neurodegeneration caused by alcohol addiction. It reverses the damage done to the brain and the liver due to alcohol consumption.
CBD Tincture is helpful for those who make the decision to change their habits. It is effective in relieving a person from severe withdrawal symptoms that often cause relapse. An important role CBD plays in helping with addiction is that it reduces anxiety associated with these drugs. Often, people feel very anxious when they quit these substances and CBD is known for having anxiolytic properties. Thus, CBD can prove to be a safe and effective way for people to help their alcohol and nicotine addiction.
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