Smoking Weed With Asthma

This marijuana fact sounds like nonsense.

Medical marijuana was a scary – even as a last resort.  I’m a nurse, so before trying it, I did a ton of research.  The benefits were documented and that astounded me.

But when the dispensary told me that asthmatics can benefit from marijuana, I thought that was a load of stoner nonsense.

At first, I didn’t believe it, but after I started seeing changes in my own asthma, I realized there was something to it.  After a little looking, I found significant research documenting that it’s legit – some research dates back to the 70’s.


Marijuana’s effects on the lungs – specifically my lungs – surprised me.This is how a tattle-tale saved my life. (Smoking Weed with Asthma) - The surprising benefit marijuana has on your lungs & tips for parents of asthmatics.

As long as I can remember, my inhaler has been a daily part of my life.  When I decided to try medical marijuana, I was concerned about my asthma.  I settled on a vaporizer to avoid carcinogenic smoke.  Still, logic told me that inhaling a foreign substance may aggravate my breathing – after all, perfume does, cleaning products do, and even cold air has a detrimental effect.

Imagine my shock – My asthma actually improved.  I began using medical marijuana in November.  Until March, I needed my inhaler ONE time.  I can’t remember ever going that long without needing an inhaler.

Since spring allergies began – my personal worst asthma season – I’ve been using my inhaler once or twice a week; a big difference from my norm.

Let me pause right here, dear reader, I’m not recommending weed as an asthma treatment, sorry.  What I am saying is asthma isn’t necessarily a contraindication for medical marijuana.  Asthma patients simply need to be conscientious about the administration.  Don’t smoke it – vaporize or eat it and keep an emergency inhaler on hand.


Marijuana effects on the lungs

So there’s actually scientific research out there that supports this nonsense.


Asthma & Bronchodilators

Inflammation and muscle spasms throughout the airway cause asthma symptoms.  An inhaler is a bronchodilator, it opens the airways allowing oxygen to move into the lungs more efficiently.  Some strains of marijuana are also potent bronchodilators.

Written by Jessie Gill

Jessie Gill, RN is a cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice. After suffering a spinal injury, she reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate. Her site, combines science with personal insight to educate about medical marijuana. She’s been featured on Viceland and bylines include GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

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