Does hemp reduce lung inflammation and fibrosis?

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Can it help treat inflammatory disease or respiratory discomfort

Some studies suggest that hemp is an effective treatment to minimize the inflammation suffered by asthmatics. Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation of the lungs and hyperreactivity of the respiratory tract. The functional abnormality characteristic of asthma, results in a narrowing of the airways in response to an external or internal cause capable of provoking the reaction of an excitable system. Asthma remains a major public health problem and, at present, there is no effective intervention capable of reversing the airway reshaping.

There is no cure for asthma, so treatment involves managing symptoms and preventing complications. In contrast, there is growing interest in the use of medical cannabis to treat a range of health conditions, including asthma.

Case study

Even in the medical community, there has been a long-standing debate about whether cannabis is helpful for asthma patients when smoked. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease and cannabis is a known anti-inflammatory, so could the benefits outweigh the risk of smoking?

French writer Marcel Proust regularly used cannabis to manage asthma symptoms, calling it " anti-asthmatic cigarettes ».

 A study of 1973 cites the ability of THC to dilate the airways and to inhibit coughing as factors that make it beneficial for some patients. It turns out that cannabis smoke is the opposite of tobacco smoke in that it dilates rather than narrows the airways.

In an other study conducted in Japan, in 2005, researchers found that endocannabinoid receptors inhibit porcine neurogenic inflammation, preventing the build-up of mucous membranes that causes asthma and bronchitis (bronchitis).

Another survey conducted in Germany in 2011 in laboratory mice showed suppression of an allergic immune response in mice receiving THC and thus avoided an acute allergic reaction.

En 2011, Professor Raphael Mechoulam in a video talks about the positive effects of cannabis on asthma patients.

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2012 study Using data over a 20-year period has given surprising results: weed smokers not only had better lung function than cigarette smokers, but "weak to moderate" weed smokers also had best lung capacity than people who smoked nothing. However, for many asthmatics, smoking can cause more problems : Even though the smoke contains beneficial cannabinoids, it's not really worth irritating already sensitive lungs even more.

The results ofan animal study published in 2015 suggest that cannabidiol may benefit people with asthma, due to its anti-inflammatory action. At this point, there is not enough evidence to guarantee that it can be safe and effective for asthma. However, the anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects may reduce symptoms. Asthma is known to be a heterogeneous disease, that is, for a number of reasons different from the epidemic (such as genetics, climate and nutrition). The cannabidiol (CBD) is known to exert immunomodulatory effects through the activation of cannabinoid receptors CB1and CB2 located in the central nervous system and immune cells, respectively. However, like the role of CBD on airway remodeling and the mechanisms of CB1and CB2 are not fully understood, this study was designed to assess the effects of cannabidiol in this scenario.

Studies de 2016 also suggested that one type of THC might have bronchodilator properties, meaning it might help make breathing easier for people with asthma. However, it is often difficult to study the effect of cannabis and its components, most people who consume cannabis use the whole plant and smoke it regularly. This can make it difficult to assess the positive effects on the lungs.

Does cannabis use affect lung health?

Medical research has repeatedly shown that cannabis can benefit lung health. This doesn't necessarily mean that cannabis harms the lungs, it just means that smoking anything can introduce unwanted chemicals into the respiratory system. Especially with recreational cannabis for sale on the street.

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Is there another way to use it and can it help reduce asthma symptoms?

Starting in the 1950s, when researchers concluded it was an inflammatory disease, the use of bronchodilators such as salbutamethol, which we know as ventolin and corticosteroid therapy, began. The most common pharmaceutical method of treating asthma attacks is by using corticosteroids given by inhalers that vaporize the medicine. Asthma patients may also be familiar with a nebulizer, which is a tabletop machine that does the same thing.

For patients who want a steroid-free treatment option, research has shown that one of the medicinal properties of cannabis is bronchodilation and as a solution there is vaporization. When THC is delivered from a vaporizer, it still has the almost immediate airway dilation effects without the harmful smoke. Vaporizing cannabis isn't much different from currently accepted treatments, just that it may be a more effective drug.

In particular, edibles can be a safe and healthy way for people with asthma. Consult our recipes online. Be careful with edibles as it is quite easy to take in more than a person can handle. Edibles are metabolized in the digestive system and take up to 45 minutes to start working. Different from vaporizing, which produces effects almost immediately, the effects of edibles will be both longer and stronger.

The research summary described in this article is not medical advice, we recommend that you consult your doctor. Further studies would be necessary to deepen this subject in order to obtain reliable data..

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