How to use CBD for asthma

by Formula Swiss May 02, 2019 4 min read

How to use CBD for asthma

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. CBD is antispasmodic:

    A study published in 2014 disclosed that certain CBD receptors such as THC 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.

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18 Responses

Steven Sewell
Steven Sewell

November 20, 2019

People who do not suffer from Athsma don’t get it……I’ve been taking a whole specturm of medications since I was dignosed at age 11. I’m now 56 and still rely on daily steriod inhalers and emergency brochodialotors to function.
I started taking an oral CBD: <1%THC / 10mg CBD pill with very encouraging results. After the first dose I noticed improved lung capacity…within about 30 – 40 minutes. I still had to use my “Ventolin” for wheezing but the the frequency has dropped. I’m trying to stay away from my inhaled steriod as I’m tired of taking chemicals.
So far i’ve been on CBD for 1 week, i’m so impressed with the results that I am now reseaching using CBD through vaping….it would seem that this method is what most athsmatics would be used to seeing we live with a variety of inhalers.
I am fortunate to live in Canada where we can walk into Cannibus stores and opely discuss the uses of THC and CBD…I need to find someone knowlegable in the method of using CBD though a Vaporizer or a “Pen”…
That’s my search….

Maureen Vincent
Maureen Vincent

October 24, 2019

I heartily beg to differ with your comment in the part of your article which says, and I quote, “ asthma is not considered a debilitating disease. Oh, yes it is ! I am almost 76 years of age and have had asthma since around 15 months old. I certainly have found it debilitating, excluding me from many activities and sleep at night. Am on a lot of medication and cannot miss even one dose. Have been hospitalised many many times and my parents did not expect me to live very long. OK, I have made it to this age but not been able to really enjoy life !!!

Pam Martin
Pam Martin

October 24, 2019

I have been told by someone who’s husband has asthma and swears by swallowing drops of CBD with a touch of THC that it works great. Why is this method not mentioned. Thanks!

Patty Dudley
Patty Dudley

October 24, 2019

I have asthma and CBD helps a lot. Keeps me from using any other medication so far. It’s been a month. I used to use my emergency inhaler and a daily use. CBd works better by far than my daily use without the side affects.

Penny McKinnon
Penny McKinnon

October 14, 2019

Hi, I am asthmatic, I would like to know if I can put CBD oil in my nebuliser.

  Ruth Wixom
Ruth Wixom

August 22, 2019

How many drops to I put in a nebulizer? So you put a few drops of water too? I just bought a hand held nebulizer too, I haven’t used yet. I have been using Symbacort but it is over $200 a month after Medicare

Luminita
Luminita

August 22, 2019

How can I use this oil for asthma?! I don’t have nebulizer ! Where can I get one ?! Can I put 2-3 drops in water , to drink?! Thank you

Mmutsi
Mmutsi

August 22, 2019

Hi,want to know how to use cannabis for my asthma?

Mmutsi
Mmutsi

August 22, 2019

Hi,want to know how to use cannabis for my asthma?

Joyce Poturica
Joyce Poturica

August 22, 2019

Can you put it in food?

Joyce Poturica
Joyce Poturica

August 22, 2019

Can you put it in food?

Cherry Sheriff
Cherry Sheriff

June 27, 2019

I have severe asthma that can last for days. I am hoping that your CBD oil will help me. How much do you suggest I take?
Thank you.

Cheryl Melton
Cheryl Melton

May 14, 2019

Are you saying to put the cbd oil in the nebulizer?

Chuck Hager
Chuck Hager

May 07, 2019

I need the CBD oil inhaler

Kato
Kato

May 07, 2019

Diagnosed with Bronchites. Gave me Prednisone and using Albuteral in nebulizer a few times a day. Then it hit me…why not try my CBD cap stick. Also..can’t afford Advair on new insurance plan..I’m a senior. It’s $500.00 a month. So..just took a few puffs of the CBD, wheezing has subsided a lot. How much should I do this. I’m a believer in CBD anyhow…but if this helps this illness, I’ll shout it from the rooftops! Feeling anxious to hear from you…thanks..

Wendy R Decker
Wendy R Decker

May 07, 2019

Valian Gordon. Each person is different, with a bit different cannibinoid system. So I suggest you start small, with just a drop or two, then the next day you try 2-3 drops and so on, increasing until you get good benefits. There is a “sweet spot” and you will lose the benefits if you have too much. So you just add more each day until you lose the benefits. There is a therapeutic window and you will find your sweet spot.

June garcia
June garcia

May 07, 2019

How many drop do I take for Asthma

Valiant Gordon
Valiant Gordon

April 05, 2019

How do you know how much to use for astma? What strength?

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