CBD OIL AND ASTHMA

CBD OIL AND ASTHMA

Asthma is a disease of the respiratory tract, which currently affects a high percentage of the world’s population. It is usually detected in many cases since childhood when children have wheezing when they breathe or have had a respiratory infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

It is common to see that most people who suffer from asthma, whether from small or already in adulthood, also have allergies. This disease is chronic and has no cure, but it can be treated with a number of special drugs and, more recently, with cannabis. Among the many properties that this plant has, there are a number of advantages that can control asthma symptoms.

Although research is still lacking in this regard, cannabis has given very good results in the treatment of this pathology, mainly due to the action of its best-known cannabinoids such as THC, THCV, CBG and CBD. The latter promises to be the uncoated hero of many diseases, but now let’s see in this article how he can treat this respiratory condition.

Why use CBD to fight asthma?

To begin, it should be clarified that cannabidiol or CBD is only one of the more than 400 phytocannabinoids present in the cannabis Sativa plant, popularly known as marijuana. This compound is highly effective in the treatment of different diseases and disorders, thanks to its multiple therapeutic and medicinal properties.

Well but if CBD is part of cannabis, can it drug me? CBD is not psychoactive, so don’t worry about having a high if you consume it. The narcotic effect is mainly caused by another phytocannabinoid, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Do not worry: there are currently ways to consume CBD without THC, so you can only keep the therapeutic effects.

Among the benefits of CBD, one of the most prominent is it is anti-inflammatory and analgesic power, so it helps mitigate the pain and swelling that is caused by different factors. As these are some of the characteristics of diseases such as asthma, among many others, research has begun with CBD therapies to minimize the discomfort caused by asthma in the respiratory tract, obtaining very good results.


WHAT IS ASTHMA?

If you have ever felt asphyxiation or that the air you breathe is not enough, you know that it is an almost panic situation. Asthma is like that, a chronic respiratory disease that makes it hard for the person to have a good breath. It occurs when the airways become inflamed and narrow, complicating the passage of oxygen to the lungs.

Under normal conditions, by relaxing the diaphragm, the lungs can expand and receive more air. During an asthma crisis, the bronchial tract becomes irritated and inflamed, which can cause the diaphragm to contract, complicating breathing and generating an involuntary hiss when breathing.

The causes of asthma are varied: it can occur due to emotional, environmental factors such as dust, smoke and cold, or also genetic. This disease can be lethal and does not have a specific cure, but with good treatment, the risk decreases greatly. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is thought to be a natural alternative to treat asthma.

Asthma and its effects on the human body

We already know that asthma is a disease of the respiratory tract. But what does it do in the body? Well, basically, when there is a crisis or asthma attack, the lungs are temporarily reduced, making breathing difficult and even painful. This disease has a strong hereditary component, but it can also be caused by allergenic effects such as dust, certain odours, climatic and even emotional factors.

The first thing that happens when someone suffers from asthma, is the inflammation and from it all the other symptoms are released. This condition is continuous because even when the person feels that he is breathing well and does not have an asthma attack, the airways remain inflamed.

Inflammation also generates hyperreactivity, that is, the high sensitivity of the respiratory passages. That is why when someone is asthmatic, in a state of normalcy, the simple fact of receiving cold air, smelling perfume or a little smoke may cause a great asthmatic reaction. In short: it is unpredictable. Another effect of inflammation is bronchoconstriction, an excessive contraction and usually full of the mucosa, in the respiratory tract.


CBD FOR ASTHMA

The various medicinal properties that CBD has have earned this cannabinoid a growing reputation. In the case of asthmatic people, CBD can help as:

Anti-inflammatory

CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. This is stated because the CBD interacts directly with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system of our body, managing to reduce the levels of inflammation of the tissues. In asthma, tissue inflammations are constant, so CBD can help.

Antispasmodic

Because of its calming effect, CBD is very effective in relieving muscle spasms or bronchospasms that can affect a person during an asthma crisis. For many patients, these spasms are the most desperate situation, so the CBD could fight them.

Expectorant

Although there is still insufficient solid evidence, many cannabis users around the world have indicated that after vaporizing or smoking, they have felt an expectorant effect. This, again, would allow decongesting the airways.

Antibiotic

According to research, asthma can have genetic causes or it can develop due to bacterial infections during childhood, affecting the immune system. Since CBD and CBG cannabinoids have been shown to have broad-spectrum bactericidal effects, they can help with asthma antimicrobial treatment.

Analgesic

However, many patients indicate that their chest hurts when they are in the middle of an asthma crisis. CBD has analgesic effects, so it can relieve the pressure of the lungs and diaphragm, as well as lessen the pain associated with asthma. However, in this case, its use would only correspond to crises.

Contradictory as it may seem, experiences have shown that one of the most recommended options for this treatment is to inhale or vaporize CBD. Why? Because in this way you provide your body with a maximum CBD content that will help you fight asthma attacks more quickly.

You can get CBD oil with different concentrations. You should only talk to your doctor before consuming this product to treat asthma or self-medicate. However, vaporizing this oil has no major negative effects on the lungs or throat. However, if there is any discomfort or the symptoms get worse, it is better to opt for an edible form of CBD.

The main difference between vaporizing CBD and consuming it in another way is that the first option acts more efficiently when an asthmatic crisis occurs. This is because when you vaporize, you take advantage of the CBD at its maximum concentration and send it directly through the airways. Otherwise, you would have to wait for a little before perceiving the therapeutic effects.


The dose of CBD for Asthma

Each person is different and so is their response to CBD. That is why the doses can vary between one individual and another, also depending on the concentration of CBD you are using. Normally, it begins with a low dose, depending on the case of asthma, and if no results are observed, it can be increased if the doctor authorizes it.

As previously mentioned, the best way to consume CBD in cases of asthma is to vaporize its oil, but if for some reason you do not want or can not consume it like this, you can apply it sublingually. You should only apply a couple of drops under the tongue and keep them until they are completely absorbed.

Vaporizing CBD oil, consuming it in the form of capsules or dissolving the drops with a meal, are the easiest ways to control the dosage. Be careful because, although there is no record of any death or serious side effect from CBD consumption, a very high dose can cause certain discomforts such as drowsiness, diarrhoea or vomiting, and even more so if it is the first time you have the tests.

Personal experience

Since I have a memory I was going into the emergency of the hospital from my home town with a very deep Asthma attack, getting an adrenaline shot in my leg, and right after a long blackout, waking up later with my mom or dad in the side taking care of me. While I was growing up the development of my Asthma crisis where continuously, later on with oxygen and salbutamol, once we move to an island in the Caribbean, and that was even worse, I was in the hospital for a week.

Endless treatments and test’s, physical and medical, no one has cured me once for all, I have a very allergic and reactive Asthma type, today I can say is a very annoying problem, some limitations can make my life hard when I can’t get the medicine.

One of the best results where achieved when I decide to make a very strict diet, no sugar, fats, strong or spice food elements, also dedicate my self to training more, swimming, cardio, and mountain bike, the change was impressive, and the efficiency really great, no Asthma for long time, and better style with my normal life.

Researching and practising with different therapies I discover CBD oil, and have noticed when I take it I was available to breathe much better, sleep dipper and have more time between crisis, recently I m drinking 10% RAW ENDOCA CBD OIL soft gel, and 3% RAW ENDOCA CBD OIL drops, I’m very pleased to say than the long term of treatment can give me the perfect results for leaving behind allergies and Asthma attacks, I don’t think it will be only the CBD than will help, but a fundamental ingredient to always have.

How I meet CBD for the first time?

I was travelling to another continent a long trip so, jetlag for a while, 2-3 days after I have arrived went to my friends house for lunch and we talk about it, he told me, I may have the solution for it, “here you go”, and that was a dark brown little bottle with some type of liquid in it, right away I ask him, what is this about, what is in the bottle? “This is a CBD oil 50%, It will help you to get over the effects of the jetlag, take 2 drops and then wait” So I took right away the drops,  after some time I went back home, relax a bit and fall sleep, next day felt fresh, much better and no symptoms of jetlag, ready to roll, so that was my first experience with CBD, and I will go later in this subject about the jetlag and CBD.

Now more committed to keeping discovering their effects on myself making a personal journey about it, and sharing it with you with big pleasure.

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