Today, scientists have uncovered several ways in which CBD can help your lungs. One way is by triggering bronchodilation– causing the airways in your lungs to expand and pass air more freely. CBD can even help people with asthma breathe easier. CBD can also help you quit smoking tobacco, which is obviously a great benefit to your lungs and overall health. Clinical trials have show/n that people who take CBD inhalers reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke daily by as much as 40%.
If you have been wanting to quit smoking but need help doing so in a less stressful manner, CBD could be a great help. Compared to other pharmaceutical drugs for neurological conditions, CBD has a very good safety profile. That being said, like any bioactive product, it does have a few potential effects. The most common side effects from CBD use include: Drowsiness or sleepiness Dizziness Diarrhea Changes in appetite or weight. Inhaled cannabis products have been in the news recently because of some rare serious health complications that have arisen from vaping marijuana products. Fortunately, these complications have not occurred with CBD inhalers, which has made them a safer way to inhale CBD products as opposed to vaping, dabbing, or smoking. It has been known for many years that smoked Cannabis is a bronchodilator and can be useful in treating asthma.
Usually, asthma is a problem with bronchospasm (wheezes) and increased mucous production in the smaller airways of our lungs. There is a large component of anxiety associated with asthma, as who would not be scared when it is difficult to breathe. More anxiety causes worsening bronchospasm, which causes more anxiety. Typical inhalers contain adrenergic (adrenaline-like) stimulants, which work well but tend to heighten anxiety. It would be nice to have more alternatives to treat bronchospasm. Since richer levels of THC can cause increased anxiety, using CBD seems like a reasonable thing to try. Last week a patient came into our office who had obtained some CBD-rich tincture at a local collective and said he felt it was helping his asthma. He was off of his Advair inhaler for a week and wanted to be “checked.” We administered a baseline spirometry test and then repeated the test 15 minutes after the patient had taken three drops of his CBD-rich tincture. The graphic shows the result: FEV1 is forced expiratory volume at one second (when the patient breathes out as hard as s/he can). FVC is forced vital capacity (the amount of air you can blow out after taking a deep breath). PEF is the peak expiratory flow rate at any point during the exhalation. You can see that after a three-drop dose of the tincture taken sublingually, the patient’s FEV1 and PEF nearly doubled. This would generally be considered a great response to a typical bronchodilator! It is well documented that CBD is a very potent bronchodilator and useful in the treatment of Asthma. Taking CBD by any method does result in decreased airway resistance. So, how about taking it by inhalation without smoke? So, now there are vape pens available that have CBD oil inside them. In general, a couple of puffs will give the patient 6-8 mg of whole plant CBD + some THC directly into their lungs. With COVID, we have never been more aware of critical shortages of masks, ventilators, hospital beds, etc., all leading to rationing. In this BLOG, Dr Frankel, examines how rationing in our medical care is a much bigger problem than just face masks. There are "acid" and "neutral" forms of every cannabinoid molecule.
Early man knew the difference and would either just eat the cannabis raw, or heat it to convert to the neutral or "active" forms of the cannabinoids. Cookie Bekkar is a cancer survivor and patient of Dr Frankel's. She has created a website to share her story, what worked well for her and as a resource help inspire/educate other patients.
Early studies in both Israel and Canada show findings consistent with CBD's effect on COVID-19's ability to take hold in the lungs or the gastrointestinal tract.