As research surrounding CBD Oil continues to grow and better studies are published, this byproduct of the cannabis plant is showing to have more and more medicinal uses for various conditions. Recently, CBD and Asthma have been linked.
Historically people have smoked cannabis as a bronchodilator to treat the symptoms of asthma or used inhalers that come with their own set of problems.
Early research suggests CBD Oil may be just as effective for treating asthma as cannabis or inhalers. How does CBD work? What are the benefits and how should you take it? We’ll examine all those details and more.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory disorder and a chronic inflammatory disease that can cause coughing and chest pain that if left unchecked can make breathing extremely difficult. During an asthma attack a person’s airways become inflamed, causing them to narrow and lessening the amount of oxygen reaching the lungs.
Asthma comes in different forms, from an allergy to a workplace irritant causing the issue. It’s severity also varies greatly for different patients and is more common in children, although adults do suffer from it occasionally.
While not normally fatal if treated, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that as many as 10 people die each day from untreated Asthma attacks.
How CBD can relive Asthma Symptoms
Cannabiniods, including CBD and THC are known as autoimmune regulators, meaning they help modulate bodily functions and ensure processes are running smoothly. This process occurs in the endocannabinoid system using receptors throughout the body.
The effect that CBD has on these receptors is how it interacts, affects, and can help sooth the symptoms and causes of Asthma attacks.
CBD as a Bronchodilator
Smoking cannabis has long been used as a bronchodilator to ease mucus filled pathways and relieve stressed out, constricted airways.
While CBD comes from the hemp plant, which has a low THC content, studies are quickly showing it has many of the same benefits as the more common strains of cannabis that have been historically used medicinally.
The chronic inflammation that many Asthma suffers deal with leaves patients with persistent inflammation in the bronchial tubes of the lungs.
The effects of CBD on inflammation in muscles, joints, and other pain points throughout the body are well documented, and early animal studies are showing promise that these anti-inflammatory processes could apply to the lungs as well.
Asthma attacks can come on suddenly and patients can find themselves struggling for breath as the lungs are hit with muscle spasms impacting the amount of oxygen reaching the bloodstream.
CBD has already gained popularity for treating many other conditions that cause muscle spasms including ALS, MS, epilepsy and Parkinson’s.
Many Asthma attacks are triggered by something in the environment or air surrounding a patient, the immune regulating effects of the hemp plant could lessen immune response to potential irritants.
Using CBD Oil for Asthma Symptoms
With all the evidence showing that CBD should help you control your asthma symptoms the next question is the best method of delivery.
We should note, if you are taking any corticosteroids you should consult your doctor before mixing in CBD to your Asthma regime. There is a potential drug interaction there and you’ll want to take that into consideration.
We do not recommend smoking cannabis to get the THC and CBD to help manage your Asthma. Smoking irritates your lungs and can trigger an allergic asthmatic response, potentially making things worse, not better.
Sublingually is our recommendation for managing Asthma symptoms. Taking a dropper once or twice a day gets the CBD into your bloodstream and to your lungs as quickly as possible.
You can also do this with edibles, pills, or capsules, but you’ll want to look at the difference between CBD capsules and oil so you get the dosing and timing correct.
CBD Vaping and Asthma
We said that we don’t recommend smoking, but vaping CBD for asthma might be the exception. CBD vaping provides almost instant relief from inflammation and could possibly curb an attack by getting relief to the lungs instantly.
Vaping CBD is the fastest way to feel the benefits of CBD since the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the lungs, completely bypassing the digestive system and bloodstream.
If your asthma is very bad, you may want to try a combination of an oil or capsule to manage the symptoms and prevent attacks, and have the CBD vape option for any attacks that may occur.
Research on CBD and Asthma
If you would like to do more research into CBD and Asthma, we have left links to studies we have referenced in this article and others that we know of.
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