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Asthma

Asthma

Asthma is a growing problem in the United States, with nearly 25 million people suffering from it.

An asthma attack affects a person’s ability to breathe, and in extreme cases, can cause death. There is no cure for asthma, and many people rely on both short-term and long-term medication to keep their airways open.

Since marijuana is often smoked, it may not seem like a good way to prevent and asthma attack. However, with CBD oil, patients can reduce inflammation in the lungs, allowing for more airflow. This article explains the basics of asthma and how CBD oil can help treat it.

 

 

What is Asthma

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects the airways in the lungs and leads to difficulty breathing. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 7.7% of Americans deal with Asthma, and this percentage gets larger each year. According to the World Health Organization, there may be at least 300 million asthma sufferers.

There are various possible causes for the condition, including genetic, environmental, and allergenic triggers. While there are ways to manage this disease, there is currently no cure.

What Is Asthma

What Is Asthma

There are various possible causes for the condition, including genetic, environmental, and allergenic triggers. While there are ways to manage this disease, there is currently no cure.

What Causes/Triggers Asthma

In Asthma, the bronchial tubes that typically help deliver air to and from the lungs become chronically inflamed. These tubes will narrow and produce additional mucus, which leads to coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and shortness of breath.

The exact cause of asthma remains undetermined, although researchers believe it is due to many factors, ranging from environmental to genetic.

Environmental Factors
Numerous environmental factors may cause asthma. Examples include exposure to airborne substances such as pollen and mold spores etc.; inhalation of hazardous fumes, gasses or smoke; and contact with irritant allergens.

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Certain types of weather will trigger asthma, and cold air often aggravates lungs affected by the condition.

Genetics
It is possible that Asthma may be inhered from one’s parents. One common theory is that children can inherit Atopy, a predisposition to the development of allergies. Atopy will cause additional sensitivity to irritants in the environment that in turn might trigger asthma.

Additional Factors
The following things may also trigger asthma:

  • Exercise
  • Heightened emotion
  • Specific types of medicine
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Preservatives in food
  • Modern hygiene and reduced exposure to irritants during childhood, which could lead to a weaker immune system

Symptoms of Asthma

Coughing, tightness of the chest, wheezing, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of asthma. Again, this is the result of the struggle for air to move easily through the lungs’ airways. When these airways are particularly exacerbated, one might experience an “asthma attack,” during which breathing will become especially difficult. These attacks can be very dangerous and even fatal when serious.

Those affected by asthma will experience chronic symptoms. However, they most commonly appear:

  • During specific seasons
  • In the early morning or night
  • After exercising
  • During moments of heightened emotion

Current treatments for Asthma

There is no cure for asthma. However, treatments to help manage symptoms of the condition are available. Medicine for asthma is usually divided into two categories: quick-relief and long-term treatment.

Quick-Relief Medicine
Most asthma sufferers use an inhaler to deliver medicine directly to the lungs. In the case of heightened symptoms or an asthma attack, a quick-relief inhaler may be used to widen inflamed airways allowing for more airflow and an easier time breathing. These quick-relief inhalers contain short-acting beta-agonists, and should not be used more than twice a week.

Long-Term Medicine
To prevent the need for flare-ups and heightened symptoms, doctors often recommend coming up with a long-term plan to control asthma. Many will take daily medicine including the inhalation of corticosteroid and/or long-acting beta-agonists. While less common, oral medications are also available. All of these treatments have varying risks and side effects.

While both quick-relief and long-term treatments may be helpful, they are not always effective in combatting the symptoms associated with asthma. Many people do not use inhalers correctly, and in most cases, that medicine is not sufficient to prevent asthma from flaring up. Significant lifestyle considerations must be made to avoid irritants and triggers.

CBD and Asthma

Asthma has both an incredibly high prevalence and incidence. As an increasing number of individuals are diagnosed with this respiratory condition each year, researchers are looking at new ways to alleviate symptoms for asthma patients.

Cannabis & Asthma

Cannabis & Asthma

Marijuana may not be the first treatment to come to mind when considering asthma, however, given the medical benefits that cannabis has had in other areas, it is now being studied as one possible treatment for this condition. Asthma chronically inflames the lungs, and it is now known that cannabinoids found in marijuana have anti-inflammatory effects.

Here, Gunver Juul of the Danish Holistic Biomedic School explains to us how the use of CBD crystals helped one of her asthma patients.

Medical Research on Medical Marijuana and Asthma

There have been various studies on the positive effects of marijuana in asthma patients. We already know that cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties. Now many of the studies look at how the active ingredients of this plant can reduce inflammation of the airways in the lungs.

The airways of asthmatic patients are often inflamed due to a prolonged immune response to a trigger that sends the body into a defensive state. One study completed at the University of South Carolina and published the Journal of Biological Chemistry discussed the ability of cannabis to help suppress inflammation in the body. The study shows that cannabis can target receptors in the body responsible for promoting this defensive state, thus slowing inflammation.

Another study revealed that cannabis is a bronchodilator, meaning that it can open up bronchial tubes to allow for increased airflow to the lungs. The study stated, “It is gratifying, therefore, that the drug has been shown to work well by simple tests of ventilator function when administered in the form of a metered dosage aerosol with which these patients are familiar, and in an amount which has no side effects.”

These studies are clearly showing cannabis’s potential to treat asthma. With the ability to dilate bronchial tubes and combat inflammation, cannabis may be a legitimate way in which to alleviate asthma symptoms.


Medical Research on CBD and Asthma
Studies have shown that smoking marijuana may have some drawbacks in terms of its effect on asthma and the respiratory system in general. In this study, researchers focused on the impact of smoking cannabis versus smoking tobacco on lung function. A few factors impact the effects cannabis has when smoked, such as whether the patient used a water bong or vaporizer. Smokers who use water bongs will inhale less carcinogenic compounds while vaping could lead to pulmonary complications which results in respiratory problems.

Marijuana tends to be smoked with no filter and smokers are likely to take deeper inhales. Unlike cannabis smoking the effects tobacco has on asthma is widely known. Tobacco smoking leads to chronic bronchitis, wheezing, and shortness of breath. This suggests it may be better to consume edibles and CBD instead of smoking cannabis. Of course, more research is needed to fully understand the effects of marijuana on lung function and the fact that many cannabis smokers also smoke tobacco makes it hard to separate the effects of the two.

Medical Research on CBD and Asthma

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In another study, researchers listed several contraindications for cannabis use including marijuana allergy. However, with the limited amount of information available on this substance, there still is not enough research.

Numerous studies show that around 8% of the overall population is allergic to the C. Sativa strain. There is a higher chance of this allergy amongst people who consume weed regularly. Serious allergic reactions could cause shortness of breath, and much more, however moderate treatment is available. It is important to consider which strain you use and how it is used to prevent allergies and asthmatic problems.

CBD, (or cannabidiol) is an active compound found in marijuana that has been praised for its anti-inflammatory properties. The research conducted thus far on how this specific cannabinoid effects asthma patients has been promising.

A study published in a journal called, Mediators of Inflammation, looked at cannabidiol and its relation to inflammation causes specifically by asthma. It stated, “Early research suggests that CBD is an effective treatment for minimizing the inflammation experienced by so many asthma sufferers.” These results upheld the conclusion of a previous study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology, which stated, “Cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic cannabinoid component of marijuana (Cannabis sativa), has potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties.”

These studies further support CBD’s ability to treat asthma.

CBD vs. THC

Our bodies have receptors for cannabinoids, and marijuana is one of the leading sources of available to us. Cannabinoids are the active ingredients of cannabis; they are chemical compounds that get absorbed by the body and interact with the receptors in our immune system and brain.

CBD vs THC

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THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a potent psychoactive cannabinoid that gives individuals the feeling of being “high,” while also helping with pain relief, the alleviation of asthma symptoms, and many others. As previously stated, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has the power to reduce inflammation as well as elevate mood. Both are useful in the alleviation of asthma symptoms.

How to Take Medical Marijuana for Asthma

There are many options for taking medical marijuana. Given the nature of this condition, the most popular way for asthma patients to administer the healing effects of cannabis is to vaporize or ingest marijuana.

Vaporizing will provide the asthma patient with the fastest relief for symptoms. Vapor is released when one heats up the marijuana flower to a specific temperature, and then may be inhaled. Unlike smoking, where the flower reaches a much higher temperature, there is much less risk of burning off the medicinal effects of the plant.

One may also ingest marijuana in the form of tinctures, edibles, pills, etc. This option does not require the inhalation of a substance, therefore may be preferred for asthma patients. While there are many types of ingestible marijuana, all of these options are made from cannabis oil.

CBD Oil for Asthma

Managing inflammation in the lungs is a key factor in managing both pain and symptoms of asthma. CBD oil may be used to prevent asthma attacks, keep coughing and wheezing controlled, and allow for more air to flow freely to the lungs. When an immune response is no longer controlled by the body and inflammation is chronic, CBD oil can reach the receptors responsible for slowing down the process of destruction.

Will Medical Marijuana Help Asthmatics Breathe Easy

Will Medical Marijuana Help Asthmatics Breathe Easy?

Growing Your Own Asthma Medication

There is strong evidence that CBD has a positive effect on asthma patients by decreasing inflammation and opening swollen bronchial tubes. Using cannabis strains high in CBD for medical purposes can contribute to an overall improved quality of life for those who struggle from asthma.

Growing cannabis can give one access to a plant source that helps alleviate symptoms of asthma. This is an all-natural way in which to avoid harsh medications or assist the action plan already in place to control one’s asthma flare-ups. The best strains for asthma include: Afghan Kush, Amnesia Haze, Cheese and Trainwreck. Order your seeds today and grow some relief.

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3 thoughts on “Asthma


By Lara Martin on 15 May 2018

I was suffering from asthma since my childhood. My first asthma attack almost scared me. At that time it was impossible for me to believe that I would be able to breathe again. I started using an inhaler every time I found difficulty in breathing. It makes my childhood days tough. I was not able to participate in my favorite sport, football. It hinders my job life as well. A year later I come across a magical medicine, marijuana. People who use it called it magic and today after struggling with asthma for more than 40 years; I would like to give the best medicine award to marijuana. I obtain it as soon as I receive my medical card from the OnlineMedicalCard clinic. Throughout my journey of asthma, I have many remarkable stories about how marijuana affected, actually changed my life.


By Priscilla R. on 31 October 2018

What cbd cartridge should I purchase for asthma?

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