Asthma is a respiratory disease that makes breathing difficult by causing inflammation of the lungs and airways.
CBD has been proven to help treat many types of asthma by reducing inflammation and relaxing the nervous system.
CBD is a natural compound found in hemp that’s been used medicinally for thousands of years to treat many conditions including asthma. CBD is legally available in all US states without a prescription, as well as Canada and the European Union.
CBD is a great natural option to manage asthma symptoms for those with both moderate and severe asthma.
Keep reading if you’d like to learn more about how I used CBD successfully to treat my asthma.
And if you’re ready to jump in and try CBD yourself, here’s the products I recommend (and don’t worry – I’ll describe them further below!).
Using CBD with Asthma
Does CBD actually work for people with asthma?
I’m living proof, the short answer is yes.
Modern studies have shown that cannabidiol, or CBD, is a potential new and natural way to modulate the inflammatory response in asthma, as well as treat several other asthma symptoms. CBD offers many other great benefits, and it has no psychoactive effect (meaning you won’t get “high”).
If you’re looking for more natural ways to manage your asthma symptoms, it’s a great option.
CBD for Asthma: My Journey
Still, it wasn’t that long ago that I’d still get that gnawing feeling of an impending asthma attack.
If you have asthma, then you know what an impending asthma attack feels like: the heavy chest and slightly itchy throat.
But it was still an annoying reminder of my condition. And hey, I’m only human. The mere thought of an asthma attack is still scary.
So I thought to myself, how do I stop these symptoms for good?
I wasn’t really sure where to begin my search for relief, but I happened to notice a few professional athletes advocating a mysterious thing called ‘CBD’ to control inflammation and pain, talking about all its great health benefits …
And since asthma is basically inflammation of the airways …
Could CBD for asthma work for me? I was willing to do the research to find out.
And what I found out was pretty dramatic, actually – the benefits of CBD far exceeded my expectations.
So, I started off with a relatively small dose of 20mg of CBD oil – this is generally the recommended starter dose. You can take this oil right under your tongue, or put it into capsules, which I sometimes do.
Remember, you don’t get ‘high’ from cannabidiol. It’s usually derived from hemp plant, and no matter how it is derived it doesn’t have any of the compounds that make people get high.
That means the immediate effects of taking the CBD itself are incredibly subtle, almost to the point of being imperceptible. Some report feeling a warm sensation in their body after taking it, but personally I don’t really feel anything.
Still, I continued to take the CBD hoping to see if the effects of my next asthmatic episode would be milder than before. Now, thanks to all the lifestyle changes I’ve made, my asthmatic episodes had already become rarer and rarer, so I was prepared to wait a while.
And so I waited …. and waited …. and waited for those asthma symptoms to reappear.
To my amazement and delight, my asthma symptoms never came back once I started taking CBD. Even after my usual triggers, like intense exercise or eating a heavy, acidic meal, the feelings of asthma never came back.
In fact I’ve been taking CBD for about a year now, and I still haven’t had to sit through any discomfort or other asthmatic symptoms, let alone use my rescue inhaler.
Like I’ve said before, I’ve learned how to manage my asthma, but some symptoms were always a part of my life. But now with CBD in my ‘anti-asthma toolkit,’ I don’t experience any symptoms anymore.
Why CBD Works For Controlling Asthma
Without getting too much into the science, CBD works by affecting the body’s allergic and inflammatory response.
This means, essentially, that CBD reduces inflammation throughout the body.
AND, it prevents your body from overreacting to common allergens and other irritants which cause asthma symptoms. Bonus!
Keeping reading for more specifics on how CBD works for asthma.
One of asthma’s most noticeable effects is how it constricts your airways. During an asthma attack, the air passages leading to the lungs become narrow and often filled with mucus and other irritants. This leads to difficulty breathing and less and less oxygen making its way into the bloodstream.
Studies dating back as far as the 1970s have noted the positive effects of related smoke in opening up the airways, as compared to tobacco smoke, with closes the airways.
That’s interesting, but smoking and getting high is not a practical solution to asthma management for the majority of people.
CBD, however, has all the same bronchodilatory effects WITHOUT any psychoactive feeling of being “high” at all.
And since it is normally consumed as a capsule or oil under the tongue, you don’t need to hurt your lungs with all that smoke.
Aside from the obstruction of the airways and reduced airflow caused by asthma, there is also pain and discomfort during an asthma attack. But of course CBD is a proven pain reliever.
Simple pain relief is actually one of the main reasons why non-asthmatics take CBD, and there’s lots of research that shows its efficacy here. Sooo much nicer to take some all natural but that you know actually works!
CBD for asthma is also a great option because studies have shown that the components of CBD have huge anti-inflammatory capacity. It works by inhibiting the enzymes, like cyclooxygenases (COX-1, COX-2) which contribute to inflammation of the airways.
Studies on mice have shown that CBD counters inflammatory bacteria in the body while also improving lung function after acute lung injury.
This is all great news for asthmatics as inflammation is one of the key things we fight.
Twitching, irritable and spastic airways are a way of life for most asthmatics with un-managed asthma.
Thankfully, in addition to relieving pain and inflammation, there is a body of evidence dating back almost 2 decades showing the positive effects of hemp-related plants in relieving muscle spasms. In fact, it’s now used as a means of treating Multiple Sclerosis in some patients with great results.
This is all great news for asthmatics, especially as these anti-spastic benefits are now available in a smokeless capsule form without any psychoactive effects.
Getting Rid of Mucus
Passing mucus is one of the most annoying things about being asthmatic. It fills up your airways and makes it harder to breathe. It can also be dry and thick and hard to pass, especially when the airways are already tight (if you find you have a lot of mucus at night, this simple night-time asthma hack might help, too).
To counter this extra mucus, CBD has been shown as an effective expectorant, meaning it helps expel mucous and frees up your air passages for air to get through.
And as the other effects of CBD kick in, like anti-inflammation and bronchodilation, it becomes even easier to expel the phlegm and mucus from your body. I generally don’t like using the word ‘miracle cure’ … but, come on!
So, Should You Try It?
This really depends on you. I’ve been shy to start blogging about CBD because of the controversial nature of the plant in general (even though it’s just hemp) and its inconsistent legal status around the world (but remember, CBD won’t get you high!).
Simply put, if CBD is not legal in your area, DO NOT take it, obviously (and maybe campaign to get it made legal!).
But thankfully, this kind of treatment is now available legally (and without a prescription) in Canada, parts of Europe, and the United States (of course make sure you do your research first).
If you’re lucky enough to have a dispensary near you that you trust, then check them out. If they’re reputable, then their staff will be able to answer more questions (I’m also always happy to hear comments and questions from my readers at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Otherwise, thankfully CBD is now readily available online, without a prescription – so your only issue is wading through your options to find a high quality product that actually has what is says it has.
I’ve vetted the CBD company Pure Spectrum, and I like them because they are organic, high quality, reasonable priced and, most importantly, 3rd party tested. And they put the results of each test on their website, so you can be sure that you’re getting a high quality product each and every time (this is really important, and most CBD companies don’t provide this).
If you go the ordering-online route, then I recommend you get a CBD oil this like one, or try pure CBD isolate, which is the most cost-affordable way to get your dose in (use the coupon code ‘treatasthma’ or follow the links on this page to get 10% off your order!).
There are more options available if you’re interested in vaping, but of course that’s not a great solution for most asthmatics.
(Please see here if you’d like to learn more about how to actually take CBD for asthma, too).
Of course, we need to make our our usual disclaimer: we are not doctors. I’m just an asthmatic who wants to share what has worked for me. You should always talk to your doctor before making any changes in your asthma treatment, especially since CBD might counteract with whatever other medications you’re taking.
(And if you do talk to your doctor first, make sure you come back to this page or use the coupon code ‘treatasthma’ when you get your Pure Spectrum, so you get your 10% savings!).
And a caveat: yes, I’ve made CBD sound a bit like a miracle cure – because for me, it is one. But like with all home remedies for asthma, this is only going to work if you’re taking care of your health. If you’re inactive, overeating, addicted to ventolin and doing nothing to manage your stress, then CBD might be less noticeably effective for you.
And if you decide to try CBD, I recommend you keep track of your symptoms. Learn more about to journal for asthma management here.
So far, I’ve upped my dose a bit – I know take at least two 20mg servings of CBD, twice a day, usually a little while after eating (taking capsules on an empty stomach or too soon after eating can reduce their efficacy). This is what works for me – I play around with the dosage and time of day I take it, but as long as I’m getting CBD each day, I’m happy. If I’ve eaten a bit too much at night or I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, I might take another one before bed.
My wife Emma also takes CBD now, mostly for the health benefits (she’s not asthmatic) and to help with a little anxiety at night. We also give it to our elderly cat, Lily, and she’s definitely got some spunk back (and yes, you can have a cat even if you have asthma – here’s how!)
So, combined, we’ve got a lot of experience with CBD for asthma and health in general – for humans and animals.
And that means, if you have ANY questions about using CBD, please let us know in the comments below!
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