Our last few posts have explored the science behind the claims for many of the benefits of CBD
oils. We have examined studies regarding seizures and a series of other medical conditions as
well as evaluated the science so far on studies that have not yet been completed. We even
looked at what CBD oils can do for your household pet. Today we are examining something a
bit different; there are some claims regarding the possible beneficial psychological effects of
CBD oils, including the possibility that CBD oils can help you break bad habits like smoking.
The basis of this article is the search for the answer to this question:
“Can Cannabidiol (CBD) modulate or affect neuronal circuits that are involved in drug
(specifically nicotine) addiction?”
These sorts of claims have been popping up more and more in the last couple years, and are
based on the idea that CBD oils can affect your brain functioning in such a way that certain
habits, like using nicotine products, may be overcome. I had heard this claim made a while back
and even talked to a guy who claimed to have overcome a 15-year cigarette addiction with the
help of CBD – but I have yet to take the time to actually explore what science is out there on the
topic, with this article we shall remedy that. I want to specifically explore the science currently
available regarding CBD and Nicotine addiction.
Let's get to it.
A Sampling of Research On CBD Oils and Addiction
There are a whole plethora of studies out there regarding this and very closely related topics –
though there was only a handful that dealt directly with nicotine and CBD. While I did not want to
summarize all of the relevant ones here, I instead have provided the studies that either best
represent a category of studies (of CBD and addiction) or is most closely related to our current
● Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: preliminary
findings. | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23685330
This study got a group of smokers and gave some a CBD inhaler and gave others a
placebo. Both groups were asked to use an inhaler whenever they were feeling an urge
to go and smoke a cigarette. Those who had the CBD inhaler reduced their smoking by
40% when compared with the placebo group. The scientists summarized this study
nicely by saying:
“These preliminary data,…suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction
that warrants further exploration.”
● Involvement of the Endocannabinoid System in Drug Addiction | Laboratori de
Neurofarmacologia, Facultat de Ciències de la Salut i de la Vida, Universitat Pompeu
Fabra, Carrer Dr. Aiguader 80, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
This is an excellent overview, though it is a bit dated at this point. It covers how the
endocannabinoid system interacts with drug-seeking behavior by balancing the
motivational effects of drug-related environmental stimuli. “Clinical trials have suggested
that the CB1 cannabinoid antagonist rimonabant can cause smoking cessation.” This
leads to the theory that CBD can lead to compounds to treat drug addiction.
● Interactions between cannabidiol and delta9-THC during abstinence in morphine-
dependent rats. | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1238886
This study tested withdrawal syndromes caused by the absence of Morphine in mice.
The early studies looked at withdrawal syndromes in a controlled group, with CBD, and
with a CBD/THC mixture.
● Cannabidiol, a nonpsychotropic component of cannabis,
This study showed that CBD (one dose of 5 mg/kg once daily for three days) affected
the cue-induced heroin-seeking behavior for a couple of weeks following CBD
administration. This seems to suggest that CBD may have the greatest effect on the
intoxication and relapse phase of opioid addiction.
● Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of
the Evidence | http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC4444130/#
This is a fairly comprehensive summary, much like this article, of the studies that have
been conducted on this topic. Although this is a much more clinical look at the issue, it
nonetheless is able to provide quite a bit of info. The result is much the same in the end.
They state that preliminary data suggests that CBD may be beneficial in treating tobacco
addiction in humans though they state that further studies are needed to fully evaluate
CBD as a possible intervention for addiction.
A Summary of the Information so far
There may very well be more than what I was able to dig up and source, but so far I would
estimate that there are around 13-16 studies that have been conducted on CBD and its effects
on addiction so far. About nine on animals, about 4-6 on humans. There have been some
positive results regarding multiple chemical substances including opioids and cocaine as well as
nicotine. Though this is a positive sign, most doctors and scientists agree that more research
will need to complete before we know anything concrete. This is a common theme at this stage
in CBD research. Many trials are still underway or require others to come and verify their
findings. Suffice to say; there may very well be truth to the stories coming from those who have
claimed to overcome their smoking habit using CBD oils and other products.
Some Personal Thoughts On CBD and Its Medical Effects So Far
We have now delved into a number of medical issues and how they interact with CBD oils. I
think it is the time we recapped a bit. We have not yet found any sort of miracle CBD oil cure,
but we have found quite a bit of evidence that CBD oil may be a lower cost solution and/or boon
to your recovery in a number of ways. I’m personally wary of the people always searching for
that miracle CBD oil results, and I’m tending towards the truth that CBD oils may simply a
practical augment to a number of medical recovery plans. That isn’t to say that the miracle CBD
oil cures don’t exist out there – and that miracle CBD oil treatments haven’t happened – in fact, I
Probably believe more of those anecdotal stories now than I did before.Regardless of those
unique, or at least rarer, incidents the real miracle CBD oil cure may simply be the fact that CBD
oil costs are often much more affordable than their pharmaceutical counterparts, and if more
evidence can be uncovered, we may be seeing more affordable prescriptions in our future.