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.
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How to use CBD for asthma
by Formula Swiss May 02, 2019 4 min read
The use of medical marijuana has granted enormous benefits in the field of medicine. Cannabis is so well-known and popular these days among various countries of the world due to the never-ending discussions of it’s prevailing and potential virtues and qualities. As numerous studies show that CBD can be beneficial in fighting diseases like diabetes, hypertension, depression, anxiety, chronic inflammation and pain, cancer and heart diseases. People around the world are desperately in need of more research and follow work about the positive potentials that CBD can provide.
Asthma and its effects on the human body:
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder that makes a person difficult to breathe. This respiratory disease affects about 300 million people around the world. Though asthma is not considered a debilitating disease, it was responsible for 250,000 deaths in 2011. Since there is no solution available for asthma, the proper control of the disease can help reduce symptoms.
As asthma contains inflammation of air passages that results in narrowing of airways that transfers oxygen to the lungs. Asthma can have adverse effects on the human body by making it hard to breathe. When a normal person breathe the band of muscles are relaxed and air is easily moved around the body whereas a person affected with asthma has red, swollen bronchial tubes and inflammation in airways due to which environmental factors such as cold, dust, fumes can make the band of muscles tighter around the air passages resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing in asthma affected person.
Since asthma has no solution, but it is manageable, numerous options are available to control asthma, and CBD is one of them. As cannabis or CBD is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties, various studies have shown that it can be beneficial in patients affecting from asthma.
CBD for asthma:
There are many reasons for which you should be using CBD if you have asthma.
CBD is bronchodilator:
It has been proved in earlier research done in the 1970s that THC found in cannabis has a bronchodilatory effect. A 1973 study by Vachon et al. revealed that THC found in cannabis can dilate the respiratory air passages and inhibits bronchoconstriction, which is the main problem of asthma patients.
Another research published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics showed that CBD protects the lungs. The research was done on guinea pigs, and all cannabinoids including CBD, THC, CBN, CBG, CBC, CDA and THC-V were thoroughly examined. As a result, it was discovered that the cannabinoid THC and THC-V were the only ones to deal with bronchoconstriction.
When a patient is attacked by asthma his bronchioles become constricted, and the flow of oxygen is constrained. CBD, when taken orally or inhaled, opens up the bronchioles and dilates the respiratory passage making it easier to breathe.
CBD is anti-inflammatory:
Since asthma is a disease of chronic inflammation affecting the lung’s air passages. Patients with asthma suffer from low-level and persistent inflammation of bronchi and bronchioles even when asthma is not activated. During an attack, this inflammation increases resulting in constrictions caused by muscular contractions in bronchial tissue. The lungs of an asthma patient become temporarily narrowed resulting in difficulty in breathing.
As cannabinoids are found in human lung tissue and play a crucial rule in the regulation of inflammations, contraction and dilation of muscles and various metabolic processes, CBD produces anti-inflammatory properties by interacting with the cannabinoids present in human body. According to a study of Mediators of Inflammation, CBD contains potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory responses. CBD provides exaggerated inflammatory responses in the body due to which solution for asthma is possible.
CBD is antispasmodic:
A study published in 2014 disclosed that certain cannabinoids such as THC and CBD result in reduced muscular spasms. Muscular spasms or bronchospasm is a condition faced by asthma patients. Bronchospasm results in contraction and constriction of muscles in the lungs. The bronchi or bronchioles are made of smooth muscles, which during an asthma attack contracts, narrows and become inflamed leading to shortness of breath and thinning of air passages. According to Dr. Jessica Knox, two components that are CBD and alpha-penine found in cannabis strains have muscle spasm relief effect.
How to use CBD:
Though a 1970 study showed that smoking cannabis can widen the respiratory air passages and have positive effects on lungs as compared to smoking tobacco, but people are still hesitant to smoke cannabis. However most methods for asthma involves inhalers, it is a better alternative to used CBD vaporizers. Vaporizing CBD provides your body with maximum CBD content that helps in fighting asthma attacks. When CBD oil is vaporized it provides the maximum amount of concentration. Vaporizing CBD oil also does not have negative effects on a person’s throat or lungs.
Dr Dustin Sulak, a medical and cannabis physician stated that 90% of people with asthma can take single vaporize inhalation. If done right, then people will be able to breathe deeper, expand their lungs and relieve constriction. During an asthma attack, a CBD vaporizer or tincture is ideal as it will give immediate results without irritating the system. However, if vaporizing CBD leads to coughing or worsening of symptoms then Dr Sulak suggests using an edible form of CBD. But CBD oil edibles are not reliable when facing an attack.
Concluding it up, CBD oil or vaporizing CBD can benefit asthma patients in numerous ways. A daily dosing of CBD is required to get a baseline medication in the human system to control asthma more easily. Asthma patients can use CBD to improve their overall functions of the body, more importantly, their lungs. As studies reveal that CBD can be a controlling factor of asthma, many patients all over the world use CBD to manage their effects of asthma. Though asthma does not kill a person, the symptoms that an asthma patient faces is very devastating, this can sometimes result in deaths. Proper management of a chronic disease like asthma is necessary in order to avoid worsening of symptoms.
This article was written by an independent and third-party author specialising in CBD, hemp and cannabis research. Any opinion, advice or recommendation expressed in the article does not reflect the opinion of Formula Swiss AG or any of our employees. We do not make any claims about any of our products and refer to our disclaimer for more information.There are many reasons for which you should be using CBD if you have asthma: 1) CBD is bronchodilator, 2) CBD is anti-inflammatory, 3) CBD is antispasmodic. CBD is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. Find out more in this article. ]]>