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Asthma

Most people would think smoking cannabis and asthma are a big no-no. Of course, now that we have vaporizers, smoking cannabis is no longer the only option. There are edibles, too, although it is best to be careful with this method of ingestion and microdose as and when needed.

 

Asthma attacks can be caused in several ways, including: allergic reactions; stress & anxiety; exercise; and inflammation. Cannabis may help in all of these regards …

 

Positives

 

  • Cannabis is full of anti-inflammatory terpenoids like myrcene, linalool, Delta-3-Carene, and alpha- and beta- pinene
  • Cannabis also has anti -bacterial, -fungal and -microbial terpenoids like camphene and alpha-bisabolol
  • Cannabis has terpenes that are bronchodilators and/or aid breathing, such as limonene, borneol and eucalyptol
  • Cannabinoids like THC may also be bronchodilators
  • Targeting CB1 and CB2 receptors may present a “novel preventative therapeutic strategy in asthmatic patients” – both CB1 and CB2 receptors help protect the lungs

Negatives

 

  • Smoking cannabis may not be ideal for many asthmatics, and the smoke may make things worse
  • Some strains of cannabis can induce anxiety, increasing the possibility of an asthma attack

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