Researchers have in recent years taken an interest in the relationship that exists between CBD and COPD. In fact, more studies are also underway to ascertain how CBD can be used in COPD treatment. After all, it has been established that it can be helpful in the treatment of inflammations, management of chronic pain and the treatment of depression. Although studies are still being conducted, there is enough evidence to indicate that CBD may hold the answer to COPD treatment. In this article, we will tell you all about CBD’s use in the treatment of COP
What is COPD?
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is a condition that causes the inflammation of the pulmonary systems, including the lung. The disease makes it difficult for these patients to breathe, which gravely affects their quality of life and productivity. In severe cases, the condition is known to cause death, especially if it is not managed effectively.
Besides causing inflammation on the airwaves, COPD also causes the airwaves to produce excessive mucus that blocks the air passage. The excessive mucus further reduces the COPD patient’s ability to breathe since it ends up blocking the airways. This reduces the oxygen amount that is supplied to the body organs, thus making life difficult for anyone suffering from this condition.
COPD is caused by irritants that damage the airwaves and the lung. Smoke is known to be the leading cause of COPD putting smokers at the highest risk of contracting COPD. If left untreated, this condition can deteriorate and even lead to death. Emphysema and bronchitis are among the common illnesses that are linked to this condition.
There is still no known cure for COPD. Medics treat COPD patients by managing the symptoms and helping to lessen the discomfort that they cause. In fact, various reports indicate that it is one of the primary causes of death in the world.
What are the common symptoms of COPD?
COPD symptoms are similar to those of asthma and bronchitis. They include mucus build-up, chronic coughing, wheezing, and tightness of the chest. The affected person could also complain of fatigue, have blue lips (cyanosis) and suffer from shortness of breath.
Conducting a lung test is the best way to ascertain if the patient has COPD. This test is known as spirometry. It measures the amount of air that a patient is breathing in and how much he or she is breathing out.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a medical extract from cannabis that experts are finding increasingly helpful in tackling various health conditions including pain and inflammations. Experts have found that cannabis has several cannabinoids with medical benefits.
Most people associate marijuana with the psychoactive effects it has on users. THC is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis that causes the users to experience psychoactive effects. Although it is the component of cannabis sativa that has negative side effects, THC has also been shown to have medical benefits if it is used in the right doses.
THC is excluded from most medical cannabis products so that patients can benefit from cannabidiol without experiencing the psychoactive effects of THC.
Medical cannabis is one of the substances that experts are testing to see how much it can help deal with this condition. Although most cannabis users smoke or vape, COPD patients may endanger their health more if they use it in this form.
CBD is made in other forms such as oils, beverages, capsules and creams. These are the forms that experts are using to treat COPD.
How Can CBD Benefit COPD patients?
As a Bronchodilator
CBD is being considered a possible cure for asthma and COPD patients, where it can be used to dilate the airwaves. These patients suffer more when the respiratory canal narrows down or become clogged, reducing the amount of oxygen that they allow to pass through.
When they are dilated using CBD, more air passes, which lessens the symptoms of the disease. Dilation with CBD can also reduce the severity of the disease and minimise their side effects.
As an Anti-inflammatory
COPD treatment using CBD is focusing on the ability of CBD to reduce inflammation. COPD is known to the respiratory system to become inflamed. Using CBD reverses this effect in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients.
When the lung’s inflammation reduces, the lung can perform its function well and ensure that oxygenated blood is distributed throughout the body. This is good for people with COPD as they experience less severe symptoms and side effects arising from the disease.
As a Pain Reliever
When the airwaves and lungs are inflamed and obstructed, they can cause considerable chest pains on patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. CBD has been shown to lessen this pain, making life more bearable for these patients.
As an Anti- depressant
One of the effects of COPD is depression and anxiety. This happens when the patient’s quality of life depreciates, causing most to drop from their income-generating activities and probably begin to depend on family and friends for upkeep and medical care.
They also become anxious, not knowing for how long they will survive with the condition. The good news is that CBD is showing promising results in helping them overcome their depression and anxiety.
How is CBD used to treat COPD?
As stated, earlier smoking and vaping can be life-threatening for people with COPD and any other pulmonary and lung disease. To benefit from CBD, you can take it in the form of capsules. Capsules are good for you as they do not interfere with the airwave and the lungs. Moreover, you can take the capsules every day.
Alternatively, you can take CBD drops to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other lung conditions. Put a few drops under your tongue and leave them there for about 30 seconds before swallowing them. This is especially effective in relieving severe pain as it works fast. You will notice a decline in the pain within 30 minutes.
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