Will CBD Oil Help COPD? Emphysema and other Chronic Conditions…

Not so many people who know about the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) unless of course they have suffered from it or know a person who has. At the moment, more than 16 million Americans currently living with a COPD diagnosis with another 11 million people believed to have the disease by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) although undiagnosed.

In addition, it’s also the third leading cause of death in America. It affects the lungs by slowly robbing patients of the ability to breathe due to tissue damage, a cycle of inflammation and the constriction of the sacs in the lungs that are in charge of exchanging oxygen and carbon monoxide when we breathe.

The two most common lung disorders associated with the condition in the North America area is emphysema and chronic bronchitis that are both linked to cigarette smoking. However, not just cigarette smokers have the potential of getting it. Other known risk factors include getting exposed to inhaled environmental pollutants such as sawdust, secondhand smoke, chemicals, ash and other toxins.

Presently, there is no established cure for the illness. This means that once you get diagnosed with it, there is an increased chance of early death or you will face long-term disability. However, continuous research into the bronchodilation and anti-inflammatory properties of medical cannabis suggest CBD oil – one of the many compounds that are in the cannabis plant – may provide promising relief for the discomfort and weakening symptoms, depending on the method of consumption.

CBD Oil and COPD

One of the most frequently experienced symptom by patients is shortness of breath that is as a result of inflamed airways. Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids like THC, have the potential to reduce airway inflammation in people suffering from the condition. However, we don’t recommend the use of THC as it has psychoactive effects which will leave the patient high.

Cannabidiol can also be used to reduce acute exacerbations of breathlessness as seen from studies. In addition, numerous research done on cannabidiol has shown that it has the potential to provide anti-inflammatory benefits through various mechanisms. CBD oil is known to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body by working with two receptors; CB1 and CB2.

By interacting with these two receptors, the ECS that regulates most of the functions in the body, helps in the maintenance of homeostasis. By activating the two receptors, cannabidiol has proved that it helps to reduce air inflammation caused by it. Further research has also shown that cannabinoids like CBD impede bronchodilatory effects which allow increased airflow to get to your lings by reducing airway resistance.

Other benefits of cannabidiol for COPD include pain relief, improved sleep, increased appetite, reduced mucus production and immune system support. Patients suffering from the disease and interested in using CBD oil should use other alternatives of consumption but not smoking or vaping in order to minimize the risk of the symptoms since vaping can lead to coughs which can worsen the breathlessness.
Although cannabinoids like CBD have shown potential and offered promising results, there is a need for more studies to be conducted.