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I’m 26 years of age and I have been cigarette smoking for around 8 years. I was extremely young for someone to start, and it’s one of my biggest regrets because it’s an addiction that is extremely hard to shake. I started smoking to peer pressure because when I was a teenager, smoking was considered to be something cool.
It’s only in recent years that I have noticed that there are more non-smokers than there are smokers, especially in the Christian community. Smoking is now considering extremely uncool. While the price of cigarettes has rapidly increased due to taxes, the reasons I planned to quit were for the benefits of my health. I’ve always known that it causes a serious amount of health risks and can increase the risk of:
Not only is long-term smoking and even secondhand smoking life-threatening, but it can really affect your overall appearance. Due to smoking, aging faster, bad breath and stained teeth is inevitable. It can also cause cellulite and makes skin appear dull and grey due to the lack of oxygen in the skin. It also causes fingers to turn yellow, which looks very unhygienic. So not only am I dishing out a lot of money for cigarettes, but also on anti-aging creams and many trips to the dentist.
The first time I tried to quit smoking, I was pretty young. I wanted to quit because the price of cigarettes increased (not even considering my health at this stage due to being naive). To quit, I tried to go cold turkey, and I lasted about a week without a cigarette. When I look back on it now, I failed the first time to do the lack of motivation and I was lacking in methods to cope.
Over my 8 years of smoking, I have tried so many different methods to try and help me to quit. I went as far going to the doctor, asking for advice on how to quit. I tried:
While these helped the carvings for a short while, cravings kept coming back. While some cravings where a lot weaker than others, I wasn’t able to fight the stronger cravings. But since I had more willpower to fight the weaker cravings, I managed to cut back from smoking 20 cigarettes a day to 10-12 a day over the space of two years
I was smoking on and off like a light switch for roughly 1 year, and praying to god that I would have the strength “the next time” I tried to quit. A few years ago, vaping became a trend, and while at the time, there was very little information regarding vaporizers, vape oil, CBD vape oil, and electronic cigarettes, regardless of this, I was desperate to find something, anything that would help me quit.
I went into the vape store in my local area. I walked in not knowing anything about vaporizing, vape pens or oils, prices or health benefits or side effects. I asked the guy behind the counter what is the best vaporizer and oil for a beginner who is trying to stop smoking? He had recommended one of the cheaper options, as a starter pack for me to try and also recommended an oil that contained a high amount of nicotine, and tasted similar to the cigarettes I would typically use. It didn’t work for me.
So, I went back to the store, bought a more expensive vaporizer that contains more watts, a bigger chamber to hold the oil and a new oil containing low amounts of nicotine (I originally started on 18mg nicotine and dropped it down to 12mg). I also choose an oil flavor that I found pleasing. To me, this was the best thing I purchased for my health. I ended up using the vape for 2 years and didn’t touch a cigarette during those two years.
The secret to the oil was that the vaping oil contained CBD. CBD is short for cannabinoid and in the UK it comes from the hemp plant and in the United States, Canada (or anywhere that cannabis is legal) CBD comes from the cannabis plant of the hemp plant.
I will warn you though, that although the CBD oil for vaping worked for me, at times it made me really tired. As a result of this, I lowered the CBD dosage the next time I was in the shop. For example, people have different tolerances to alcohol, and it’s the same difference when it comes to CBD. I also consider myself lucky that I was able to use CBD to quit smoking because I’ve heard of people who have tried to use CBD to quit but didn’t work for them. Everyone reacts and has different tolerances to things so it’s important to keep this in mind.
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