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CBD vs NICOTINE

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CBD and nicotine are both compounds that naturally occur in plants. Nicotine is produced by plants belonging to the nightshade family, and most famously, of course, the tobacco plant. CBD is produced by cannabis plants alongside other cannabinoids and it is the predominant compound in industrial hemp. Apart from this, there aren’t many similarities between the two, so let’s have a more detailed look at nicotine and CBD individually.

What is Nicotine

Nicotine is a highly addictive stimulant belonging to the group of alkaloids. It is one of the most commonly abused drugs and there are about 2mg of it absorbed when smoking a standard cigarette. It’s five to 10 times more potent than cocaine or morphine in producing behavioral and psychological effects associated with addiction, according to a report produced by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians in 2007.

It is highly toxic, and overuse can lead to nausea, abdominal pain, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), hypertension (high blood pressure), tachypnea (rapid breathing), headache, dizziness, and many other symptoms. It also has a negative impact on sleep, reducing as well the total sleep time as well as the REM sleep. When nicotine is withdrawn from an addicted individual, the effects can be a depressed mood, stress, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances, among others.

Nicotine is also an effective pesticide and was widely used since the 1690s until it was banned in the EU in 2009 to prevent unintentional nicotine poisoning through food products. Nicotine itself doesn´t cause cancer, but cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 compounds like tar, benzene, ammonia, and cadmium, many of which are toxic and damage our cells.

Electronic cigarettes with nicotine e-liquids emerged as a way to consume it without the toxicity from the smoke. But lately, more and more vapers have been switching from nicotine to CBD e-liquids.

What is CBD

There are two main Cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant, CBD and THC. While THC is highly psychotropic and creates the high and euphoria we all have heard about, CBD on its own won’t trigger any of these effects. CBD isolate is generally regarded as safe and non-addictive by the World Health Organisation. It can be used in a wide range of products like for example vapes or oils.

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If you want to learn more about CBD, check out our articles “What is CBD?” and “How is CBD extracted from Hemp?” to learn more.

The Takeaway

It is pretty obvious that nicotine and CBD are nothing alike. Because of its non-toxicity and non-psychotropic nature, CBD is becoming the best choice for smokers looking to get into vaporization, and more and more vapers are switching from nicotine to CBD.

CBD is not a controlled substance and can be used in e-liquids as long as it does not contain THC. Always make sure to check the certificates of analysis provided by the producers to ensure your product is safe. All of Harmony´s CBD E-liquids are 100% free of nicotine.

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About Anna Falk

Anna Falk is Head of Product at Harmony. Anna obtained her PhD degree in Organic Chemistry with highest honours and has a combined 9 years of experience in R&D, project, and product management across the fields of natural product synthesis, catalysis, and cosmetics. She has produced award-winning, internationally published research at the Universities of Berkeley, Edinburgh, and Cologne.

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19 thoughts on “CBD vs NICOTINE

  1. Sharine says:

    Huge thanks for the information & your cbd products, discovered cbd a couple of weeks ago & i’m charmed by it. My mom even started too ! people start to understand that nicotine is too dangerous & that we need alternatives. This is really life changing for smokers that spent their whole life doing so

    1. Clara says:

      Huge thanks to you Sharine! It’s great to hear! Send us an email at contact@meetharmony.com, we will be happy to send you a little surprise and don’t forget to say hello to your Mum 🙂

    2. Clara says:

      Hello Sharine! Huge thanks for your great comment, it is our greatest motivation 😀 Keep on the good work quitting cigarettes, we believe in you! Have an amazing day and don’t forget to greet your mum for us <3

  2. Mark says:

    Amazing stuff ! CBD is growing so fast, almost becoming mainstream yeaaah 🙂 Thanks for spreading the good news

  3. Lucas says:

    Such good news! With all the data that has been collected on nicotine I don’t understand how it is that people are still using it. CBD really seems like a perfect alternative to it, without all the nasty side effects and the addiction. Lawmakers around the world should really pay attention to the huge difference between the two substances.

    Thank you for the information!

    1. Clara says:

      Hello Lucas! Thank you for your reading and great appreciation 🙂 CBD being non-psychoactive, non-toxic and non-addictive, we also believe more attention should be drowned to it and we are working hard for that 😀 Have a great day <3

  4. Nathan says:

    Hello i am really trying to quit smoking cigarettes two pack’s a day will this help i tried time and time again but cbd never heard of it

    1. Clara says:

      Hello Nathan! Thank you for your interest! CBD has a very wide range of applications, depending on the dosage and system of deliverability. We’ve decided to focus on CBD e-liquids in order to offer a legal and safe e-liquid for cannabis and cigarette smokers because we believe vaporization is better than combustion. Please remember that our products are not intended to treat or cure any condition. Send us a message at contact@meetharmony.com, we will be glad to guide your first step in CBD vaporisation 🙂

  5. Maria says:

    Hello!! I’ve been a smoker for more than 10 years now and I am doing my best to quit it. A few days ago, a friend of mine told me about CBD e-liquids and after 5 minutes I was already buying them!! I am waiting for it to arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait! I tried the mango kush already and I love it! Thank you guys for your work!! I’ll spread the word because I truly believe it is a great alternative!! Have a great day!!

    1. Magda says:

      Hi Maria, thank you so much for your kind words! <3 Harmony CBD e-liquids are a great alternative to smoking 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!

  6. thc e juice says:

    These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.

  7. Skye says:

    It’s all good with changing to cbd instead of nicotine vape juice would love it as only recently gave up smoking, but it’s so expensive just for a tiny bottle when you can get nicotine vape juice for like £3/£4 for the same size bottle!

    1. Susie says:

      Hey! Thanks for reaching out. Some people might feel our products can be a tad pricy. We spent a lot of time and energy into sourcing the highest quality ingredients which can be more expensive than others. Keep an eye out on our site we run lots of promotions that make it a bit more manageable.

  8. Jessica says:

    So, does cbd oil contain nicotine? because I can’t have any in my system for a job related nicotine/ cotinine test

    1. Susie says:

      Hey Jessica! thanks for your comment… Good news our e-liquids don’t contain any nicotine at all.

  9. Chris says:

    How can i vape terpene that i purchases from yourselves and the CBD base, can i add these into an ejuice and vape them???

    1. Susie says:

      Hey Chris! Thanks for reaching out 🙂 Thats a great question, yes you can. But you need to make sure you don’t add more that 3% of the terpenes to your e-liquid.

  10. Michael Werner says:

    I’ve been wanting to try CBD vaping to quit smoking cigarettes. I’m being railroaded about how vaping is worse than actual smoking. Please help me spread the message further and cut all the ignorance out.

    1. Joe Marris says:

      Hi there Michael,

      Thanks so much for writing in.

      We have recently published an article about the ingredients we use to make our liquids and also about the safety of vaping compared to smoking which you can find through this link:

      https://www.meetharmony.com/2019/09/18/safety-and-vaping-what-you-should-know/

      There has been a lot of news coming out about potentially dangerous additives being added to unregulated cannabis e-liquids in the US. One additive in particular called Vitamin E Acetate keeps coming up, which has been related to some illnesses. Our liquids do not contain any Vitamin E acetate. We’re very diligent when it comes to sourcing all of our ingredients in terms of regulation. We use a mixture of PG, VG, CBD and flavourings (terpenes), all of which have been tested for safety.

      As well as this, recently Public Health England released a study stating that Vaping is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.

      I hope that helps, but if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out 🙂

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