Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… ASTHMA?

Definition of asthma.

Asthma is among the most common persistent inflammatory illnesses within the U.S., defining the lifestyle of approximately 350 thousand individuals. Irritation of trachea and lungs usually causes the condition, breathing becomes hard and the torso heavy. Signs include coughing (particularly during the night), shortness of breathing, ‘whistling breath’ and discomfort or stress within the torso. The remedies for several instances are comparable whilst not every situation of asthma is equivalent. There are two types of asthma: restrictive and inflammative. Restrictive asthma feels similar to heart attack or panic attack. With restrictive asthma, the bronchioles (tiny vein branches within the lungs) start to close off, making it hard for the lungs to disperse oxygen to the blood system. Inflammative asthma can accompany restrictive and usually does when the patient is severely allergic to indoor or outdoor allergens. As the name suggests, the bronchioles become inflamed, swelling to several times their normal size.

How can medical marijuana help?

Anti inflammatory medicines would be the most widely used therapy among people struggling with asthma. The steroids are consumed through inhalers that are brief-working bronchodilators. Bronchodilators function to clear the throat passages, reducing shortness and coughing, caused by asthma. Nebulizers and vaporizers are tabletop devices that turn liquid into vapor and provide breathing the medicine in through a tube. Cannabis smoke may be inhaled via such device just as well as any other medicine. In fact, it assimilates faster this way, than with traditional smoking (e.g. through cigarette). Developing data shows the anti inflammatory qualities of CBD and particular advantages of THC (CBD and THC are phytocannabinoids present in marijuana) in treating breathing disorders, most common of which is asthma. Reports have shown that THC might behave as a short-term (1-2 hrs) bronchodilator, particularly when consumed. The New England Journal of Medication posted a 2006 research that mentioned, “Marihuana smoke, unlike cigarette smoke, triggers broncho-dilation instead of broncho-constraint (narrowing of the air pathways) and, unlike opiates, doesn't trigger key respiratory depression (i.e. reduction of breathing)”. So for the ones eager to try it, medical marijuana may serve as an alternative inhaling medicine to treat their chronic breathing condition.

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