THC is what causes the so-called “high” with cannabis. CBD can be found in essential oils or in edible products such as brownies or candy. A brewery in my town in Colorado is even planning to add CBD to sparkling water in the near future. Many states these days have legalized marijuana and other products containing CBD and/or THC.
Some of the legalization is only for what is termed “medical marijuana,” that requires a doctor’s prescription. But in other states, it has been legalized for recreational use as well. Various studies suggest that both CBD and THC may have anti-inflammatory effects, at least in animals. 1,2 I could not find many studies in scientific, peer-reviewed journals that studied the effects of CBD specifically on humans with COPD. Still, the fact that these effects have been seen in animals is encouraging. There seem to be various reasons for this effect on inflammation. One theory is that CBD triggers receptor cells in the body that reduce airway inflammation. It is also believed that cannabinoids may relax the airways.
Both of these effects could make it easier to breathe. Then, there is the anecdotal evidence that CBD oil might help with COPD, among other illnesses. In fact, a review of the literature in 2015 even found that a Chinese emperor circa 2000 B.C. mentioned the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis for rheumatism in a document. Honestly, I believe the jury is still out on how useful CBD oil or other cannabidiol products might be in treating COPD. But there is also a lack of scientific evidence from reputable sources. Hopefully, in the future, more definitive research on this topic will be done. But for now, I would urge caution in proceeding on this path. And remember, it’s not a good idea to smoke marijuana if you have any kind of respiratory disease. This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The COPD.net team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Cannabinoids and CBD Research Overview. Cannabidiol improves lung function and inflammation in mice submitted to LPS-induced acute lung injury. doi:10.3109/08923973.2014.976794 Burstein SH, Zurier RB. Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids, and Related Analogs in Inflammation. View Comments (7) I talked to two different Doctors. Hi again, Oscar C – I agree with the comment my colleague, Barbara posted. For matters related to the lung, I would follow the advice of your pulmonologist until you can get clarification directly from him/her. Leon (site moderator COPD.net) I believe that the Pulmonologist is the more educated in things of the lungs so you have probably made a good choice. Barbara Moore (site moderator) This is a very good article Kathy. I’m with you, I believe the jury is still out and a person should definitely talk to their doctor/s. There could definitely be contraindications with this drug and prescribed medications. It seems like more and more people are promoting the CBD oil and other products, including smoking marijuana.
Let your doctor be your advocate and work together.
We need to ask, “Will this actually work with your COPD? All it did for me (aside from giving me a real ‘buzz’) was to make me sit very still long periods of time, making my muscles more stiff than they would have been. I also tended to take three hour naps which left me groggy for the rest of the day.