We have lost count of how often this question has been asked yet, no matter how deep our search terms, we cannot find any evidence to support the theory that smoking cannabis might help you to cut down on your tobacco smoking. Considering the health hazards posed by tobacco, reducing nicotine intake would be a superb health benefit to be gained from using medical marijuana.
However, the only herbs that are proven to reduce nicotine craving (which, at the end of the day, is what causes smokers to elevate their tobacco intake) are:
Derived from wild oats, Avena Sativa has been used for centuries in the treatment of opiate addiction. This herb has other uses too, it reputedly:
- Eases narcotic addition
- Eases nicotine addition
- Reduces anxiety
- Alleviates nervousness
- Reduces fatigue
- Helps insomnia
There have been a few studies supporting Avena Sativa’s use in nicotine withdrawal. Could it be that the question “Can Marijuana help heavy cigarette smokers to smoke less?” arises from the mistaken belief that the Sativa part of this herb’s name means that it is part of the Cannabis family?
This potentially toxic plant should only be used with the support and guidance of a medical practitioner. In very small doses, Lobelia is actually relatively safe but the risk is not worth taking. This herb apparently acts like nicotine on the nervous system but in a gentler manner.
Known as an appetite suppressant, this herb is useful to help the weight gain that comes from giving up tobacco and which can act as a disincentive.