According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 25 Million people in the United States suffer from Asthma, equating to 1 in 13 people. This very common disease is estimated to cost $81.9 Billion per year in health care services and lost productivity.
How CBD May Help Manage Asthma
Asthma is a condition where the throat and airways become very inflamed, making it hard to breathe. Cannabinoids, like CBD, have been shown to reduce inflammation, which may benefit medical conditions like Asthma. A 2015 research project using rodents showed that CBD can lower the levels of certain inflammatory chemicals in the body (TNFa) commonly associated with Asthma. In 2019, another animal study showed that CBD was effective at reducing airway inflammation, a critical target for the treatment of Asthma.
Further support for using CBD to treat Asthma derives from patient outcomes collected by Dr. Allan Frankel of GreenBridge Medical. In this observational study, Dr. Frankel asked his Asthma patients to consume three drops of CBD and administered a spirometry test (used to assess how well the lungs work by measuring how much air is inhaled) before and after consumption. Amazingly, it was found that the volume and flow rate of air moving out of his patients' lungs nearly doubled after taking CBD.
Beyond directly treating the inflammation and airway constriction related to Asthma, CBD may also help manage symptoms by reducing anxiety. Anxiety can exacerbate spasms in the airways, which often causes wheezing and trouble breathing. By relieving anxiety, the airways may spasm less, possibly reducing wheezing symptoms in those with Asthma.
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