Read about Stoptober, what it means, and what you can do to contribute. It's still October so you've got time to do something. Interested in more? Read on.
Before and during October each year, Public Health England promotes their Stoptober campaign. Stoptober encourages smokers to quit smoking for the entire month, with the view that this temporary abstinence might kickstart their journeys to quitting smoking for good.
Resisting the urge to slip back into unwanted habits during Stoptober is tough. As we approach the middle of the month, we hope that your abstinence period is going well.
However, if you are struggling or need extra motivation to get through this Stoptober, incorporating CBD oil into a new, healthier daily routine could make all the difference. This article will explain how CBD could help you get through this Stoptober.
Building Positive New Habits
Many people accompany Stoptober with “Startober”, opting to pick up a new hobby to offset the difficulties of going cold turkey.
For instance, many people add more exercise to their daily routine in the hope that it takes their minds off smoking.
Exercise can improve your mood through the release of endorphins, whilst also giving you a much-needed stress release outlet (which smokers often depend on smoking to do). With a healthy mind and body, you will be likely to resist the urge to relapse.
Recent studies suggest that CBD could have anti-inflammatory properties that may help to relieve delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMs), a natural bodily response to microscopic damage to muscle fibres caused by exercise.
This means that just a few drops of CBD oil in your post-workout drink could support muscle recovery. Try adding CBD oil to a hemp protein powder shake for a naturally nutty flavour boost!
Whilst this is an example of how CBD could supplement your move towards a healthier lifestyle, we also advocate a healthy and varied diet alongside a good night’s sleep.
Sufficient sleep is cited as being between 7 and 9 hours by the National Sleep Foundation and is key to aiding muscle recovery.
CBD could be part of your process of building positive new habits this “Startober”, but it should not be solely relied upon to promote mental and physical wellbeing.
CBD, Mood & Nicotine Withdrawal
The main reason why smoking is so addictive is because nicotine activates the brain’s dopamine receptors.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with the brain’s pleasure and reward systems. When people stop smoking, they no longer have the same ready access to this dopamine hit.
The stress and mood swings people subsequently feel after they quit are symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Whilst CBD does not have a direct effect on dopamine levels, emerging studies have suggested that its use could be linked to increased anandamide levels.
Anandamide is an endocannabinoid associated with pleasure, motivation, and reward.
Therefore, by boosting your mood, CBD could help buffer the effects of nicotine withdrawal and keep you motivated this Stoptober.
If you want to find out more, you can read about CBD and the endocannabinoid system.
What CBD Products Should You Choose this Stoptober?
CBD vapes are the most direct and obvious replacement for those who have quit smoking. They allow you to replicate the act of both holding and smoking a cigarette and therefore provide a natural transition.
For many smokers, part of their addiction comes down to an oral fixation.
In other words, they are so used to regularly putting something in their mouth, that the very act of doing so has become a habit.
This is also why many people report weight gain when they quit.
They end up eating more because they are trying to fulfil this oral urge without smoking.
CBD vapes can directly satisfy this urge without the need to smoke or overeat, whilst simultaneously allowing you to reap the benefits of CBD.
If you decide to invest in a CBD vape, check out our range of different flavoured Buzz Leaf CBD E-liquids.
Other CBD Options
If you want to get away from the idea of inhaling something altogether, there is a variety of other CBD products you could incorporate into your daily routine this month.
In any case, CBD could be part of your move towards wellness and wellbeing this Stoptober (and beyond!).
Have a look at our full range to find the product that is right for you.