How can CBD relieve the symptoms of asthma?
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What is asthma?
Asthma can be best described as a respiratory condition which evidence itself by bouts of spasms which takes place in the bronchi of lungs. This can make it very difficult for a person to breathe normally. Several symptoms may be evident such as tightness of chest, wheezing, trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, coughing and even chest pain. Almost one out of every 10 people are suffering from asthma. According to available statistics, approximately 300,000,000 people around the world are now suffering from asthma. Under normal conditions, asthma is not considered to be a debilitating disease. Statistics tell another story and that is that in 2011 over 250,000 people have died because of asthma. Medical science has not yet discovered a cure for asthma. The best they can do is to provide medication which can help to control the symptoms.
How asthma affects the body?
According to medical research, asthma causes inflammation of air passages. This has the result that a narrowing of the airways occurs and therefore less oxygen finds its way to the lungs. It can be extremely difficult for people to breath who are suffering from asthma. A healthy person can easily breathe in because the muscles around the throat will relax and oxygen can move freely through the body. In a person who is suffering from asthma, the bronchial tubes will be red and swollen. There will also be an insignificant amount of inflammation in the airways. This will happen because of several environmental factors such as fumes, dust and also cold conditions can result in a tightening of the muscles which is situated around the air passages. Such a person will then suffer from shortness of breath.
How can CBD help?
Studies which have been done in the 1970s have discovered that the THC content in CBD has a bronchodilatory effect. A later study conducted in 1973 has also discovered that THC has the ability to dilate the respiratory air passages. THC will also inhibit bronchoconstriction which is actually the primary problem which is causing the suffering of asthma patients. A further research project which has been published in the Journal of pharmacology has shown emphatically that CBD has the ability to protect the human lungs. Extensive research has been done on guinea pigs and many cannabis–related products have been tested such as THC-V, CDA, CBC, CBG, CBN, THC and also CBD. Of all those cannabis products the only two that had the ability to prevent bronchoconstriction was THC-V and THC. Every time when an asthma person has an attack their bronchioles will become constricted and therefore less oxygen will enter the lungs. Studies have clearly shown that the consumption or inhalation of CBD has the ability to open up the bronchioles. The respiratory passage will be unobstructed and the person will be able to breathe normally.
How CBD is able to control inflammation
Primarily asthma is a disease which is resulting from chronic inflammation. This has a negative impact on the air passages leading to the lungs. More interesting is that it was discovered that patients who are suffering from asthma have low-level inflammation of the bronchi and bronchioles. This inflammation is present even in dormant times. During a bout of asthma, the inflammation already present will increase. This will result in constrictions which in turn is caused by muscular contractions in the bronchial tissue. The result is that the lungs of asthma patients will narrow considerably and this can make it very difficult for those people to breath. People must remember that the body contains cannabinoids which are present in lung tissue. These cannabinoids are essential in the control of various inflammations. They also help to control the dilation of muscles as well as contraction and they also control a variety of metabolic processes. When consuming CBD this will produce anti-inflammatory properties because the CBD will interact with the cannabinoids which are already present in the human body. Many studies have already been done in this regard. This has clearly shown that CBD contains highly effective immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory responses.
How THC can reduce muscular spasms
Additional studies relating to CBD and asthma is also been conducted in 2014. In those studies, it has been discovered that the THC which is present in CBD can substantially reduce muscular spasms. Both bronchospasm and muscular spasms are conditions with which every asthma sufferer have to deal. Constrictions and contraction of the muscles in the lungs take place because of bronchospasm. The bronchioles, as well as the bronchi in human lungs, are made of smooth muscles. With the onset of an asthma attack, these muscles will narrow and contract. Furthermore, they will become severely inflamed which will result in constriction of air passages and also shortness of breath. Researchers have discovered that alpha-penine and CBD found in cannabis strains can relieve many of the symptoms associated with asthma.
How exactly should CBD be used?
Studies conducted 50 years ago have indicated that when cannabis is smoked this can result in a widening of the respiratory air passages. This will have a positive impact on the human lungs, in fact, the opposite of what is done by tobacco smoke. Because of the stigma surrounding cannabis many people are still hesitant to make use of cannabis. In the majority of asthma cases, people are provided with inhalers and therefore an excellent alternative can be CBD vaporizers. This can result in the release of maximum CBD content into the lungs. This could certainly help to control those asthma attacks. It has been seen that vaporized CBD oil provides a higher concentration of the natural healing properties of cannabis. Contrary to other inhalers or vaping products CBD will not produce negative effects in the lungs or in the throats of people. It has been discovered during the studies that 90% of people that were suffering from asthma can benefit from vapor inhalation. When this is done correctly these people will be able to improve their breathing, constrictions will be reduced and their lungs will actually expand. There can be no doubt that when CBD vaporizers are used during an asthma attack it will provide people with immediate results without causing any negative side effects.
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