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.
3 ways of consuming CBD!
Which are the three best ways to appreciate the characteristics of CBD?
Let’s take a look at some of our suggestions.
1 – CBD can be consumed as an e-liquid by means of electronic cigarettes.
On the market you can find a variety of zero-nicotine products with different concentrations of CBD; with 20, 100 and 200 mg CBD contents on 10 ml of product.
Many people appreciate the benefits of CBD by vaping; the choice between the various CBD concentrations depends on different factors.
If we vape often, we would better chose a low concentration of CBD to avoid an excessive state of “relaxation”.
On the other hand if we want to obtain an immediate effect, for example to neutralize a state of anxiety, we should chose a higher concentration.
After an intense workout, for example, vaping CBD is becoming ever more common amongst sports people.
However it is a subjective matter and it depends on how much we know about CBD as well.
People with no experience in using CBD, should start with the lower concentrations and can then decide how to proceed according to their own needs.
2 – Another way of consuming CBD is taking CBD oil
On the market we can find Hemp seed oil with CBD , a product which is having a great success amongst those who intend to improve their general psycho-physical conditions and want to obtain the most out of the nutritional values of hemp oil, like Omega 3 and antioxidants.
The CBD oil is used by a wide range of consumers: sportspeople, children, women in their midlives etc.
Excluding specific cases, we can state that CBD oil helps to regulate our metabolism and its physiological processes.
CBD oil doesn’t have any particular side effects and in this period is getting appreciated ever more by the consumers
How should we use it?
The most common way is to put a few drops under the tongue and retain it there for a minute or two, then swallow the remaining.
I t is also possible to consume it in foods; CBD passes the stomach without getting degraded by its acids which makes CBD rich hemp seed oil an efficient and valid product.
3 – A third option is to consume CBD by vaporizing it in its crystal form, already discussed in former articles.
We can use a nebulizer but can also find apposite vape pens on the market, as it is very important to pay attention to the temperature when vaporizing crystal.
If we don’t, we risk to burn the crystals and as a consequence are not able to appreciate their characteristics.
Crystals vaporize at temperatures between 140 and 180°Celcius.
T his way of consuming CBD is used mostly by those who at the end of a heavy workday intend to relax using this direct and healthy way.
T here is no combustion! In any case the nebulizer, just like the aerosol, is used by those who think it useful to contrast inflammations and support psycho-physical states by using CBD, which means to sustain ”healing processes”.
Does a “best way” for using CBD exist?
We can state that one way is no better than the others, as it depends very much on our personal characteristics, on our needs and on how much awareness we have regarding CBD.
What about you, how do you prefer to consume CBD?
Can you put cbd oil in a nebulizer? A common question people ask us: let's discover more about ways of consuming CBD!