Quitting smoking is one of the most challenging habits to break, and it often takes multiple attempts to succeed. While there are many methods and treatments available to help smokers quit, some people are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) as a potential aid. In this blog, we will explore the current research on CBD and its potential benefits for those who want to quit smoking. We will also discuss a convenient and user-friendly device, the elon®, that puts the power of CBD in the palm of your hand.
Why Is Smoking Addictive?
Before we discuss CBD, let’s first talk about what gives smoking the power it has over cigarette users. Smoking is addictive due to the presence of nicotine, a highly addictive substance found in tobacco. When a person smokes a cigarette, the nicotine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, traveling to the brain where it activates the reward centers responsible for releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that creates a pleasurable sensation.
Over time, the brain develops a tolerance to nicotine, requiring higher doses to achieve the same effect. As a result, smokers often experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit, including irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and cravings. The combination of physical dependence on nicotine and the psychological reinforcement of the pleasurable effects of smoking can make it very challenging for people to quit smoking.
So, What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of over 200 cannabinoids present in cannabis, with THC being the most well-known and psychoactive compound. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a "high" or euphoric sensation.
CBD works by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex network of receptors and enzymes that help regulate various bodily functions, such as mood, sleep, appetite, and immune response. The ECS is involved in maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body. CBD is believed to have a wide range of potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure properties. It is available in various forms, such as oils, capsules, gummies, topical creams and hemp flower.
Is CBD Even Legal?
CBD is legal in the United States as long as it is derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, legalized the production and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products, including CBD, at the federal level. However, individual states have different laws regarding the sale and possession of CBD, so it's important to check the laws in your state before purchasing or using CBD products.
Don’t Cold Turkey, Use CBD
A recent scientific study has suggested that CBD may hold promise in aiding individuals to quit smoking. The study was conducted by a team that was led by Washington State University researchers. The goal of the study was to examine the impact of CBD on human liver tissue and cell samples, and the results indicate that CBD has the ability to hinder a crucial enzyme involved in nicotine metabolism. This inhibition of nicotine metabolism could potentially lead to longer intervals between the urge to inhale more of the addictive substance found in cigarettes, providing hope for individuals trying to quit smoking.
The therapeutic properties of CBD may be able to help in the quitting process as well, as CBD has the potential to assist smokers in managing the physical effects of Nicotine withdrawal. Its anti-inflammatory attributes might aid in reducing the headaches, body aches, and sleeplessness that frequently trouble individuals attempting to quit smoking. Additionally, research indicates that CBD consumption may enhance sleep quality, which could alleviate insomnia-related difficulties.
How Does The Elon® Factor In?
For smokers trying to quit, hearing CBD could help them in the process can be very exciting. However, most may not know where or how to begin. This is where E1011 Labs and the elon® step in.
The elon® device is similar to a dry herb vaporizer in the way that it functions. The device utilizes concentric heating technology to gently and precisely heat whole hemp flower to the ideal temperature for creating vapor. By heating the flower instead of burning it, users are able to avoid the toxins created by traditional smoking methods.
Using elon® is convenient and easy with its plug and play system. The device uses predosed and prefilled flower pods called stelo™. Each flower pod contains a blend of CBD-rich flower and terpenes, without the need for grinding and packing. The user friendly system makes the transition from smoking to inhaling a less stressful situation for those looking to quit.
The elon® can also help smokers satisfy their habitual desire to engage in the act of smoking. Instead of picking up a cigarette, one of the most toxic products on the market today, smokers can reach for a stelo™ instead. Elon® is designed to last through 10-13 sessions with stelo™ in one charge, and charges quickly for more use. The device also has a self cleaning feature that occurs during charging to ensure it is always performing its best. So while most physicians would prefer smokers quit inhaling anything into their lungs, the elon® is a reduced-risk product that could help those looking to stop their nicotine consumption.
Those who are looking to start their smoking cessation journey can order a Starter Bundle to start the process. The bundle includes an elon® and two 20 counts of the stelo™ of your choosing.
Why Use Elon®?
As discussed in the previous section, the elon® is a device that is convenient to use for CBD consumption. However, that is not the only reason to choose elon® for your quitting experience. The technology used in the device gives users the maximum amount of CBD compared to other methods of CBD consumption.
The different methods consuming CBD offer different levels of bioavailability, or in simpler terms different amounts of CBD your body is able to use. Inhaling CBD as a vapor not only avoids the toxins created by combustion smoking, but also offers the highest bioavailability compared to oils and topicals. When inhaled, reports state that the bioavailability can be up to 50% for CBD.
Another factor to consider is the biodelivery of a consumption method. Bio-delivery refers to the time it takes for the consumed compound to become effective. Here again, inhalable methods take the win. Instead of waiting around for your CBD oil or edible to kick in, elon® allows the therapeutic effects of the compound to be felt in a matter of seconds and minutes.
So not only does the elon® look premium, but it delivers a premium level of CBD that stands above other consumption methods.
In conclusion, using CBD as a tool to quit smoking shows promising results in mitigating the physical symptoms of Nicotine withdrawal and curbing nicotine metabolism. However, it's important to note that quitting smoking is a challenging process that requires perseverance and determination. With the right mindset and support, coupled with the potential benefits of CBD, smokers can increase their chances of successfully quitting and leading a healthier, smoke-free life.