An estimated 262 million people have asthma globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s also considered a major non-communicable disease. It has been known for many years that smoked Cannabis is a bronchodilator and can be useful in treating asthma.
CBD And Asthma: 4 Ways CBD Can Benefit Asthma Patients
An estimated 262 million people have asthma globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s also considered a major non-communicable disease. Chronic illnesses, such as asthma, may benefit from natural, safe, and efficient therapy. So, it’s no surprise that many who have asthma have used CBD as it has become more popular.
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most prevalent active component in cannabis (marijuana). It’s a non-intoxicating, essential component of medicinal marijuana. Though CBD is found in hemp plants, it doesn’t provide a ‘high effect,’ which actually comes from another active chemical component named tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD’s numerous medical advantages have been increasing in recent years. But while a few individuals are still worried about taking CBD for asthma, the vast majority of people are more interested to learn how to use it. Therefore, check out in this article how CBD is linked to have many benefits for asthma patients.
Ways CBD Can Benefit Asthma Patients
1. CBD Has Anti-Inflammatory And Antioxidant Properties
Inflammation of the airways is known to precede asthma attacks. In certain cases, like an asthmatic patient, the immune system responds to irritants and allergens by inducing inflammation.
In an in-depth investigation, it was discovered that mice made to have allergic asthma had lower airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness due to their use of CBD. More study is required to establish if CBD oil is an effective therapy for allergy-induced asthma.
It’s believed that CBD’s interactions with the CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system may trigger extraordinary anti-inflammatory effects. This receptor helps decrease the concentration of pro-inflammatory cells such as C-fibers by activating it.
In a study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology in 2019, the researchers discovered that CBD might help prevent an asthma flare-up. It can speed up lung function recovery in those who suffer from an allergy-driven asthma attack.
2. CBD Reduces Chest Pain
Extensive research has been done to help patients get swift relief during severe asthma attacks. Since chest discomfort and symptoms, including shortness of breath, may be distressing. This discomfort is often described as a sharp stabbing pain in the chest that develops quickly and fades with time. A review published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics examined the possible use of cannabinoids, such as CBD, like painkillers.
CBD and similar phytocannabinoids impact the endocannabinoid system, thereby demonstrating analgesic effects. 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and its plant-derived counterpart are the endocannabinoids involved in mediating pain. Consequently, CBD binds to particular pain receptors in the ECS and elicits an analgesic response, allowing asthma patients to reduce their chest pain suffering. Also, CBD oil may lower your sensitivity to asthma triggers, resulting in fewer frequent asthma episodes. Therefore, fewer flare-ups and illnesses, such as coughing, are seen.
3. CBD Relieves Muscular Spasm
Bronchioles, which function as a network of delicate passages that transport oxygen, become significantly restricted when a patient has a strong asthma episode. The decreased rate of oxygen flow produces a dangerously low oxygen flow rate. Coughing and shortness of breath occur as a consequence. People who suffer from bronchoconstriction also have muscle spasms, a symptom of an asthma attack.
According to SUPA Naturals, cannabis’ alternative treatment methods have demonstrated that usage of the various forms of cannabis significantly enhances the health of people with asthma. Cannabinoids in particular have shown a bronchodilatory effect.
Molecular mechanisms involved in alleviating muscle constriction include phytocannabinoids such as THC and CBD. Because of cannabis’ favorable benefits on airways, it has positive effects even when used as a treatment under normal conditions.
The bronchodilatory effects of CBD persisted a little longer but had lower effectiveness than other commercial medicines. Using vaporizers with CBD oil to treat severe asthma episodes results in immediate relief. CBD use aids in alleviating pain and shortness of breath in violent episodes because of its analgesic qualities.
4. CBD Alleviates Anxiety
Anxiety may be very detrimental to the mental health and well-being of asthma patients. Unfortunately, most asthma medicines, such as conventional inhalers, include stimulants, which, although are effective bronchodilators, may induce or exacerbate anxiety.
The anti-anxiety effects of CBD are well-known. CBD may be used to alleviate anxiety, enabling patients to take their prescription medicines without the worry of experiencing more significant anxiety. CBD has been shown in many experimental tests to have significant anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. So there’s a possibility you may benefit from taking CBD oil in combination with your prescription medicine to avoid anxiety.
Experts are exploring the effectiveness of CBD oil in treating asthma. However, while laboratory tests show that CBD may benefit people living with asthma, it’s advised that patients first speak with their doctor before starting a CBD regimen.
Patients interested in CBD treatment for medical problems may also consult with a naturopathic doctor who is an expert in the use of CBD to treat various medical ailments. While the enthusiasm around CBD and asthma benefits individuals seeking alternative treatments for asthmatic patients, the potential safety issues remain primarily unknown.
This was it for today. Hope you found these benefits of CBD for asthma patients helpful. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
CBD And Asthma
It has been known for many years that smoked Cannabis is a bronchodilator and can be useful in treating asthma. Usually, asthma is a problem with bronchospasm (wheezes) and increased mucous production in the smaller airways of our lungs. There is a large component of anxiety associated with asthma, as who would not be scared when it is difficult to breathe. More anxiety causes worsening bronchospasm, which causes more anxiety.
Typical inhalers contain adrenergic (adrenaline-like) stimulants, which work well but tend to heighten anxiety. It would be nice to have more alternatives to treat bronchospasm.
Since richer levels of THC can cause increased anxiety, using CBD seems like a reasonable thing to try. Last week a patient came into our office who had obtained some CBD-rich tincture at a local collective and said he felt it was helping his asthma. He was off of his Advair inhaler for a week and wanted to be “checked.”
We administered a baseline spirometry test and then repeated the test 15 minutes after the patient had taken three drops of his CBD-rich tincture. The graphic shows the result:
FEV1 is forced expiratory volume at one second (when the patient breathes out as hard as s/he can).
FVC is forced vital capacity (the amount of air you can blow out after taking a deep breath).
PEF is the peak expiratory flow rate at any point during the exhalation.
You can see that after a three-drop dose of the tincture taken sublingually, the patient’s FEV1 and PEF nearly doubled. This would generally be considered a great response to a typical bronchodilator!
It is well documented that CBD is a very potent bronchodilator and useful in the treatment of Asthma.
Taking CBD by any method does result in decreased airway resistance. So, how about taking it by inhalation without smoke?
Yes, how about that. So, now there are vape pens available that have CBD oil inside them. In general, a couple of puffs will give the patient 6-8 mg of whole plant CBD + some THC directly into their lungs.
We are looking into this for lung cancer as well.
Allan Frankel, MD Dr Allan Frankel is one of the few physicians in the US who truly understands Cannabis as a medicine. All treatments suggested have been well studied. Every patient seen by Dr Frankel is given a personally created Treatment Plan created with the patient’s specific issues defined. Plant medicine requires “tuning” of the dosing. Dr Frankel works with his patients thru a messaging portal. The use of this portal, allows quick and simple follow up contact with Dr Frankel. Patients are not charged for these messages, as this is how Dr Frankel has learned what he has learned. Follow up appointments in person or by phone/video are also available when needed
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