Asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs. Your lung's airways (bronchioles) when triggered, spasm and cause difficulty breathing, coughing and shortness of breath. Some key points about asthma are:
- Asthma is chronic. In other words, you live with it every day.
- It can be serious, even life-threatening.
- There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed so you live a normal, healthy life.
So, how does cannabis and CBD fit into the picture?
Essentially, cannabis acts a bronchodilator rather than a bronchoconstrictor. A study in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics showed that cannabinoids can help protect the lungs and help to open up your airways during an asthma attack.
Cannabis is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent, interacting with cannabinoid receptors throughout your body, including the lungs.
A study in the journal Mediators of Inflammation revealed that the cannabinoid CBD contains potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory responses.
In addition, the findings also showed that CBD reduces mucus hypersecretion – a hallmark characteristic of asthma.
While the study has not yet been replicated on humans, the researchers concluded CBD could be a powerful treatment for asthma as it regulates exaggerated inflammatory responses in the body.
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