We are still exploring all the wonderful possibilities of the hemp plant. Scientists believe that hemp is able to improve various internal functions such as sleep, mood, regeneration, stress, etc. Because of that, we’ve recently started exploring potential interactions between CBD and asthma.
As the most prevalent substance within hemp, CBD or cannabidiol is often presented as the chemical that brings about all these improvements. However, the truth is probably a bit different.
There is also an argument to be made that other cannabinoids are able to interact with our bodies, thus harmonizing the processes. In fact, some experts claim that you need the psychedelic substance THC to start the chain reaction.
In this article, we will take a closer look at CBD and asthma and if the substance can provide any relief for this chronic ailment. Check it out!
Can CBD help with symptoms of asthma?
While there is no way to cure asthma, there are several things you can do with symptoms caused by this ailment.
Asthma is a chronic condition where your mucous membrane becomes sensitive to various allergens. Whenever in contact with the allergen, our body will overreact, leading to a serious reaction.
A patient will get strong inflammation that leads to issues such as coughing, wheezing, and other respiratory problems. The substance may reduce the sensitiveness of the airways, which could reduce the number of flair-ups and subsequent issues.
Keep in mind that this is based on a lot of different presumptions. For example, while CBD has shown great potential for certain inflammations, we are not certain that it will work in the same way for asthma.
We also don’t know what kind of an improvement you can expect. At this moment, we have limited research data and a very small amount of user reviews indicating that CBD is good for asthma. So, if you wish to use it for this particular issue, you will do it at your own risk.
We always suggest that you contact a medical professional before taking any steps.
How to use CBD for asthma?
If you were to use CBD for asthma, we recommend that you edible or sublingual product. Smoking or vaping medicinal hemp can only cause further issues, so you need to shy away from it. You also need to avoid topical products.
Like with most other CBD-related wellness treatments, we don’t know what the optimal dose for asthma is (if there is such a thing in the first place). Furthermore, there are a lot of factors that we need to take into consideration when determining daily intake, such as weight, the severity of asthma, metabolism, the strength of the substance, etc.
Generally speaking, CBD is regarded as a safe substance, and you need to take enormous quantities of cannabidiol so that it becomes toxic. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter any side effects; people have reported issues such as drowsiness, change in appetite, dry mouth, and other issues when taking medicinal hemp.
In terms of dosage, you should go with as little as 5mg if you are light. Heavier people may start with 25mg and even more. The general idea is to start with a smaller quantity and ramp it up as you go.
That way, you will remain safe throughout the process. Always remember that you might develop tolerance to the chemical as the therapy continues. So, you will likely have to increase the dose anyway if you use the product for longer periods of time.
How does CBD interact with other asthma medications?
Like with many other wellness products, there is a chance you will encounter issues if you decide to mix CBD with asthma drugs. At this point, we don’t know much about potential interactions.
We don’t even know how CBD would work for asthma, let alone how it would work with asthma drugs. Nevertheless, if you decide to use CBD oil for asthma, you shouldn’t stop with your regular medication.
Some experts suggest that CBD may interact with asthma drugs because of its impact on enzymes that are otherwise used to metabolize these drugs. Having that in mind, you should consult with a doctor if you’re taking one of these meds:
What are the best CBD products for this condition?
Again, it is really hard to speculate which products and hemp strains would be the best for your asthma. First of all, we need to mention that you should focus on hemp-based items. These products have very little THC, which is a psychedelic substance. While some people argue that THC is important for the whole process, taking too much of it can lead to some issues (especially in the long run).
We also recommend that you buy a US product that has been tested by a reputable third-party lab. Organic hemp should also be much better as it shouldn’t have pesticides and other impurities, which can interfere with your health. This is especially important for people who are suffering from asthma as they are very sensitive as it is.
Consult your doctor
Let us reiterate that you need to talk with your doctor before administering any CBD wellness therapy. You need to learn more about the substance and all of the potential interactions.
This is especially true if you’re suffering from severe asthma and are taking some strong meds for this ailment. In certain situations, where the traditional asthma meds are working as intended, you don’t actually need to use cannabidiol.
Another important reason why you need supervision is that, without a doctor, the effectiveness of a CBD product may be reduced. Furthermore, you might experience more side effects than you would otherwise. Needless to say, with the help of a doctor, it will be much easier to determine the right dosage and monitor any issues if they do appear.
Although there are a lot of things we don’t know about CBD, this substance may have some potential for asthma symptoms. As long as you use it responsibly, and don’t stop your regular treatment, you might notice some unexpected improvements.