Being a smoker is harmful to the user’s health. But, if you are already asthmatic, smoking can increase the risks of this condition and worsen the symptoms. With this in mind, it would seem illogical to start a treatment of asthma that involves cannabis.
However, the therapeutic use of cannabis can be significantly beneficial for treating symptoms of asthma. In fact there have been new findings about the medical benefits of the cannabis plant, which has proven to be a more natural choice of therapy for those suffering from lung diseases, and having the potential to become the future of new major treatments for these types of chronic diseases.
In order to treat asthma with cannabis do you have to smoke it?
Although the best-known form of consuming cannabis is to smoke it, there are more advisable ways for medical cannabis to be consumed. Especially when it comes to long term therapies. Cannabis can be consumed orally, which mean it can be taken sublingually (under the tongue), or by vaporisers with smoke free inhalers.
What are the benefits of using cannabis for the treatment of asthma?
Medical cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, this is one of the main benefits of using cannabis for the treatment of asthma. Cannabis can relieve inflammation and help to open the ducts of the respiratory system. They can minimise the urge to cough and relive shortness of breath. Although many people believe that the effects of smoking cannabis and smoking tobacco are similar, the reality is that tobacco restricts the airways, whereas medical cannabis helps to open them up.
A study that was published in 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who suffer from asthma and smoked cannabis in moderation, experienced an increase in lung function without suffering lung damage that is commonly associated with cigarette smoking.