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Does Medical Marijuana Help or Hurt Patients with Asthma?

August 31, 2017

(Photo Credit: Patient Care Technician


Cannabis has a multitude of uses when is comes to treating and curing ailments.  When the question as to whether or not marijuana can help treat asthma comes up, for many, the gut instinct is to say no. This may be because when most people think about consuming cannabis, they think of smoking it. Many people forget that there's more than one way to consume cannabis like edibles, vaping and more. The idea that smoking something might help with a respiratory condition seems crazy to most. - and it is. But when cannabis is consumed in a way other than smoking, some evidence shows that marijuana may be great for asthma sufferers.


What is Asthma? 



Asthma is a chronic disease, in which sufferers have difficulty breathing.  Oxygen to the lungs is limited because of the constriction and tightening of the airways in the body. This leads to sufferers being unable to breath, as well as coughing and wheezing. According the the CDC, 1 in 12 people suffer from asthma, and "Asthma cost the US about $56 billion in medical costs, lost school and work days, and early deaths in 2007."  


How Can Marijuana Help with Asthma?


Cannabis is well known for being a fantastic anti-inflammatory.  This makes cannabis a fantastic potential treatment for a condition like asthma. There is evidence that the THC in marijuana may help to dilate respiratory passages and inhibit coughing.  If one is using marijuana to treat their asthma symptoms, it would be best to avoid smoking it, and look for something like a vaporizer, tinctures, or edibles


High THC Strains for Respiratory Passage Dilation



If your physician determines that medical marijuana could be a viable option for treating your asthma, you're going to want to look for high-THC strains that optimally dilate your respiratory passageways. Some of these strains include:


If you or a loved one has asthma, speak to you physician about medicinal marijuana as a treatment. They should be able to help guide you in the right direction in the safest way possible.


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