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At present, as many as one in thirteen Americans have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While early intervention with inhaled corticosteroids has been found to be highly effective, an increasing number of asthma patients are seeking alternative courses of treatment to help manage their conditions. One alternative treatment route that is becoming progressively more popular is the use of CBD products.
According to a study in the European Journal of Pharmacology, CBD was found to not decrease airway hyper-responsiveness but also reduce the markers that are typically associated with inflammation in the lungs. There is in fact, a growing body of evidence that suggests that CBD can benefit asthma patients in a number of ways.
Bronchospasms may be reduced
A quality CBD oil can help to reduce agonizing bronchospasms in asthma patients. These spasms are a common symptom of asthma and can, if uncontrolled, cause the airways of the lungs to become dangerously congested.
A series of studies, including one that examined the effects of an oral THC and CBD potion known as Sativex, have found that using CBD oil orally can reduce muscle spasms and subsequently help open the airways. More extensive research will have to be done to determine the exact extent to which CBD oil acts as a bronchodilator. Many medical professionals, however, are of the opinion that CBD can be used effectively to help relax the bronchial muscles in patients with asthma.
CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory
Asthma is an inflammatory disease that involves various types of cells and other cellular components. This inflammation can lead to obstructed airflow, altering of the airways, and other difficult to manage symptoms.
The more inflamed the airways become, the harder it becomes to breathe. Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, many researchers and medical professionals believe that CBD oil can reduce asthma-related inflammation. An experimental study that was conducted at the Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense in Brazil found that CBD significantly decreased the number of inflammatory cytokines in an animal asthma model. Another study found that CBD can help restore lung function in asthmatic patients without the onset of severe side effects.
It may help relieve asthma-related chest pain
Although chest pain is not one of the primary symptoms of asthma, extensive clinical research has found that as many as 76% of patients are prone to experiencing varying degrees of chest pain during an asthma attack.
A study by GW Pharmaceuticals found that CBD and other phytocannabinoids can act as very potent analgesics when targeting the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Due to this, CBD can be very useful in addressing any asthma-related chest pain a patient with severe asthma may experience. Simultaneously, the CBD may also relieve some of the anxiety typically associated with asthma attacks.
An increasing number of asthmatics are turning to CBD products for both short- and long term relief. Even though it may not be a permanent cure, CBD has been found to significantly reduce many symptoms commonly associated with asthma.