Asthma and Cannabis

As most of my followers are aware I am not anywhere near a medical doctor, scientist, pharmacist or any of those “civilized” professions. I am just little old me on a mission to do something impactful on a global level. Cut through the bullshit red tape and system of belief close my eyes and  allow my source to be the eyes through which I see. I do NOT go to conventional tainted or western sources to get my information and I don’t give a shit about mainstream media. I pray and open myself up to my source, I am willing to be a vessel through which information flows but these are all simply the findings of a girl on a mission to complete her bucket list before death is a mystery no more…….

 

I know I know, how on earth is this possible? Well on earth it is not but on the HIGH mountain of belief and awareness it does not seem so far fetched at all. Let’s start with the basics. What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. It is a chronic disease that makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. Both genetic predisposition and environmental factors play a role in asthma.

An experimental study was done on 8 subjects with clinically stable bronchial asthma, effects of 500 mg of smoked cannabis (2.9% of delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol) on specific airway conductance were compared to 8 subjects who smoked 500 mg of placebo cannabis. After the methacholine induced bronchospasm was induced the placebo cannabis and saline inhalation produced minimal changes in specific airway conductance  and thoracic gas volume, whereas 2.0 percent cannabis and isoproterenol  caused a prompt correction of the broncho spasm and associated hyperinflation…..

It is easy to understand how asthma treatment with cannabis was discovered, since smoking cannabis always gives off the sensation of rapid expansion within the lungs. Studies have proven that cannabis smoke can work as a bronchodilator to relieve bronchospasm associated with asthma.

Historically an ancient Egyptian treatment for asthma was inhaling the vapors from herbs placed on heated bricks.Smoking medical plants was common well into the 20th century, with the most popular being the Jimson Weed cigarettes, Cigares De Joy. Henry Hyde Salter, a nineteenth century physician, wrote that cannabis was widely used in tincture form for asthma.

There was a study in the 2000 Nature Journal stating that cannabis and THC exert a strong bronchodilation effect on the airways when smoked or vaporized. The overall effects of smoked cannabis on lungs are decidedly mixed with light to moderate use causing little to no damage on the lungs. But beings that cannabis smoke shares many of the same constituents as tobacco smoke they keep telling us its going to cause damage to the mucosal tissues however, meta analysis of lung function and disease has NOT detected evidence of adverse effects of moderate cannabis use on lung function. One interesting study hypothesized that, in the short term, cannabis smoking improved lung function by stretching the lungs….

As noted in the nature study, both airway dilation and spasm response are controlled by the endocannabinoid system. In 1975, Donald Tashkin at the university of California, Los Angeles, conducted an experiment on 8 otherwise healthy patients with stable bronchial asthma. In one of the experiments protocols, Tashkin had the participants exercise until they suffered an acute bronchospasm. During the attack the patients smoked either placebo cannabis or 2 percent THC cannabis. The group receiving the placebo took 30 to 60 minutes to recover. The group receiving the actual cannabis recovered immediately according to Tashkin. Later studies proved that THC has potent bronchodilatory effects!!!!

Cannabis Tinctures were popular in treating asthmatic episodes in the 19th century. However if swallowed it can take a long time to work which is not going to work in acute attacks because of the length of time it takes to metabolize a swallowed dose, a sublingual dose is likely more effective.

Please research your cannabis when using for asthma as it is extremely important that you use a cannabis with low microbial and mold/yeast counts since these pathogens can irritate the airways or cause secondary lung infections. THC- dominant varieties high in pinene are suggested as pinene is also a bronchodilator. Popular varieties with high bronchodilatory terpene content are Trainwreck, Sno Cap and Super Silver Haze….any varieties that have that evergreen tree scent should be effective……

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