There are a lot of asthma patients who do not like using inhalers. Although the reasons for this may be different for each individual, the bottom line is that patients do not have any better or faster alternative.
However, that may change with cannabis coming in the picture. When the subject of consuming cannabis to help with asthma comes up, it’s met with skepticism. And why not? When everybody knows that ‘smoking’ can act as a trigger. But, this isn’t tobacco, the major culprit that can trigger an asthma attack in smokers.
Some research has suggested that asthmatics could still benefit from cannabis use, even when smoked. But, to be on the safer side vaping should always be the preferred method.
Opening the air passages
The difficulty in breathing is basically because of the swelling and narrowing of airways. A study, conducted in the year 1973, had found that unlike tobacco, marijuana opens the air passages and makes breathing easier.
If after reading the above paragraph, you have made up your mind to light that joint, kindly stay put. No matter how mild the drug, smoking can lead to irritation and inflammation of the lungs. So using a vaporizer is the best way to go about it.
It is widely believed that an impaired lung function is one of the long-term effects of smoking marijuana. However, this may not be the case. A piece of research conducted over a period of 20 years found that subjects who smoked an average of one joint a day didn’t have any kind of lung impairment. But since the study didn’t take into consideration heavy doses, it’s better to be content with the saying, “excess of anything is bad.”
Another study conducted in 1975 saw that the subjects who were provided with cannabis to recover from bronchial spasms induced by exercise found relief almost immediately.
There is enough research to confirm that cannabis can help tackle asthma. Smoking, however, should never be the preferred method.