It actually appears that cannabis compounds, such as CBD and THC, can actually help manage addictive behaviors, and cannabis itself can be considered an “exit drug” instead of a “gateway drug.”
Weednews.com has written what we consider to be the definitive word on our current understanding of CBD and Nicotine. It was so well done (including references!!!) that we thought for sure it was a carefully crafted advertisement for some CBD brand. Not the case, it just seems that someone at Weednews woke up and decided it was time for real journalism. We bend the knee and present an excerpt from their incredibly well-done piece below.
Although cannabis has gotten a bad reputation as a “drug of abuse” due to massive misinformation campaigns in the past, our perception of the plant is changing significantly as more research is done.
It actually appears that cannabis compounds, such as CBD and THC, can actually help manage addictive behaviors, and cannabis itself can be considered an “exit drug” instead of a “gateway drug.” (1)
There is evidence that pharmaceuticals that target CB2 receptors may be used in treating cocaine and heroin addiction (2). Certain observational studies have also shown that cannabis may be a safe substitute for substances like alcohol or nicotine (3).
But can you effectively replace CBD with nicotine? How does CBD help people who decide to go cold turkey?
Let’s dig it up!
Nicotine in Numbers
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that on top of nicotine, tobacco smoke contains at least 69 substances that are known to cause cancer (4).
The use of tobacco continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in the world, killing roughly 6 million people each year and leading to massive economic losses estimated at more than half a trillion dollars (5).
According to the latest report of the Global Tobacco Surveillance System, which collects data from 22 countries that represent nearly 60% of the world’s population, there are 1,300 million nicotine users in those countries. 205 million of those users had tried to quit smoking in the past 12 months (6).
Only 4–7% of people are capable of kicking their habit without medicines or other help, while 25% of nicotine users use medication to manage their withdrawal symptoms (7).