Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the UK. The body can be very badly damaged by the effects of smoking, and cause life threatening illnesses and diseases. Smoking does not only damage the lungs, but the heart, brain, circulation, skin, stomach, fertility, mouth and throat and also the bones. Smokers are more likely to suffer from cancer, stroke and also heart diseases.
It is estimated that around 7.4 million people over 18 in the UK, smoke. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the United Kingdom, and takes around 78,000 lives a year. Thanks to campaigns such as Stoptober, a significant number of people each year successfully manage to quit smoking. Stoptober alone is estimated to have influenced an additional 350,000 quit attempts and saved 10,400 discounted life years.
In the early stages of quitting smoking, the cravings can be one of the hardest barriers to overcome. Many people are likely to be triggered to smoke by things around them, such as by stress, anxiety, food and social engagements.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is a complex cell system within the body, so that our bodies can receive cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system plays a huge part in regulating functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, fertility and also memory. When the endocannabinoid system is regulated by plant based cannabinoids, it can help to regulate all of these functions.
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When your blood sugar level drops, it can increase the craving and the urge to smoke. The cravings for sugar can get confused with the craving for tobacco which means smokers are more likely to go back to smoking during these times. Infused chocolates can help to bring up those blood sugar levels and help with the sugar cravings, reducing the likelihood of turning to cigarettes to satisfy the cravings, and when containing ingredients such as almonds, can give a great source of protein.
With many people who smoke, a large part of the addiction is the habit and action of smoking. Substituting the action of smoking with a vaping may then aid in quitting, as the act of smoking is substituted with something similar. Using CBD vape could stimulate the endocannabinoid system. Additionally, vaping is 95% less harmful to the body than smoking, therefore there are less health risks involved.
When people are quitting smoking, they will go through withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can cause a number of problems such as sleep disturbances which as a result can cause insomnia. Products such as CBD tea contains ingredients such as chamomile. Chamomile contains Apigenin which binds to specific receptors within the brain which can initiate sleep and relax the body which can induce sleep.
Overall, quitting smoking is not an easy process for anybody. However, when other methods are paired with the face to face support of a local stop smoking team, the chances of quitting for good are increased considerably. With the support of campaigns such as Stoptober, more and more people every year are kicking the habit for good.