Can CBD Help to Treat Asthma?
CBD which is one of over one hundred cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant is known to have a positive impact on a number of health conditions. CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol. There are many asthmatics that are curious as to whether CBD has the capacity to improve the management of their condition.
While CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant is does not have the notorious psychoactive effects. CBD has no hallucinogenic effects due to the fact that it must contain less than 0.2% THC in the UK.
Medical cannabis is on the rise with more prescriptions being written by doctors for various conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and MS. CBD has the capacity to treat inflammation, which is the root cause of numerous conditions.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is caused by underlying inflammation in the body’s airways. When asthmatics experience a flare-up, they have to deal with wheezing, phlegm, coughing and even breathing issues.
CBD could help to reduce the level of inflammation in the lungs and airways of asthmatics.
Can CBD Ease the Symptoms of Asthma?
CBD is gaining notoriety for its anti-inflammation properties and the antioxidant effects it can have. There has been research that implies that CBD provides more neuroprotective benefits than both vitamin C and vitamin E.
CBD oils and capsules could decrease the hyperresponsiveness in asthmatic’s lungs and airways. The means that an asthmatic that is using CBD could be less sensitive to things that trigger their asthma. This would therefore result in fewer flare-ups and ultimately less coughing. It could also enable asthmatics to exercise with greater ease.
A study that was carried out in 2019 discovered that CBD decreased airway inflammation in rodents that were induced by asthma. However, there is an extensive amount of research that needs to be conducted to assess whether CBD oil could be a viable treatment for asthma and allergy induced asthma.
How Do You Use CBD?
There are various ways to use CBD. The most popular delivery methods for CBD are:
The array of products on the market makes it difficult to decide on which delivery method is best for you. CBD vapes are probably not advisable for asthmatics.
There have not been clinical studies carried out on the relationship between CBD oil and asthma. Clinical studies are required to accelerate the industry and to ascertain whether there is a definitive benefit of using CBD to try to improve your asthma.
To date, the research has shown that 1,500mg of CBD is the maximum dosage of CBD considered to be safe. The correct dosage for you is dependent on several factors including your metabolism, weight, height, sex and age. The type of CBD product you use is also imperative. CBD patches are an incredible option as you do not have to ingest it and one patch lasts for an entire day.
Are there any side effects when taking CBD to treat asthma?
Even though CBD has many benefits for asthma and other conditions, there are a few side effects that you should be aware of. These side effects have been reported in both animal and in vitro studies. The prospective side effects include.
- Dry mouth
- Decreased appetite
There are more long-term studies in humans that need to be carried out to definitively assess whether CBD is a viable treatment for asthma. To date, studies looking into CBD use in humans have only looked at short-term use.
Does CBD Interfere with other Asthma Medications?
It remains unknown whether CBD interacts with other medications that are prescribed to treat asthma. It is always wise to speak to your doctor if you have any concerns and there may not be a need to stop using your existing medication when taking CBD.
CBD interacts with other medicines because of the manner in which it affects particular enzymes that the body uses to metabolize these medications. It is best to speak with your doctor before you try CBD if you take any of the following medications:
CBD has been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects in clinical studies and it could be a promising treatment for asthma in the future. However, there are a great deal of clinical studies and clinical trials that are required to provide conclusive evidence of CBD being able to effectively treat asthma.
It is always wise to discuss CBD with your doctor if you have any reservations or remain sceptical.
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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