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Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, may be useful for reversing tobacco dependency due to its anxiolytic properties, according to a study by researchers at the University College of London, King’s College London and the Universities of Exeter and of Bristol, and published in the magazine Addiction.
The investigation was done with 30 habitual tobacco smokers who were given a single dose of 800 mg CBD during the night.
“We used an experimental medicine approach with dependent cigarette smokers to investigate whether nicotine nighttime withdrawal, compared with satiety, would produce a greater attention bias, a higher pleasantness index of cigarette-related stimuli, and greater desire and abstinence. ; and second, CBD compared to placebo would attenuate AB, the pleasure of stimuli related to smoking, craving and abstinence and would not produce any side effects, “says the report.
As a result, it was found that in the patients who received the placebo, the abstinence from tobacco increased in comparison with the satiety. However, CBD reversed this effect so that cigarette images were reduced.
“Compared to placebo, CBD also reduced the explicit liking of cigarette images and abstinence was not affected by CBD. Systolic blood pressure decreased under CBD during abstinence. “
A single dose of 800 mg of CBD reduced the prominence and pleasure of cigarette signals in night-time abstinence in dependent smokers. This was the most important conclusion that the researchers came to. No side effects were reported in smokers.
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