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.
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.
- May 2014 – The British Journal of Pharmacology: Marijuana causes bronchodilation.
- May 2012 – The Journal of the American Medical Association: Marijuana use does not increase the risk of adverse pulmonary effects.
- April 2009 – The Canadian Medical Association Journal: Marijuana does not increase the risk of respiratory disease.
- May 1973 – The New England Journal of Medicine – Marijuana is a bronchodilator.
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.