The SAFE Way to Use Marijuana When You Have Asthma

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on October 10, 2017

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 24.6 million Americans (including 6.2 million children (aged 0-17 years)) have asthma. One of the most worrying aspects of the condition is its rapid increase. In 2001, 20 million people had asthma. Even allowing for the growth in population, the total percentage of people with asthma has grown from 7% in 2001 to almost 8% in 2017.

Even though Asthma isn’t classed as a debilitating condition, it can often be a nightmare to live with. Traditional treatment can help, but in recent years cannabis has been adopted by many asthma suffers as it helps to treat and even prevent asthma attacks.

Sounds amazing, right? Well before you rush out, buy some bud and roll up a joint, continue reading as not every form of cannabis consumption is best for asthma sufferers.

What is Asthma?

If you have asthma, it means you suffer from a chronic disease of the airways that makes it difficult for you to breathe. It involves inflammation of the air passages that lead to the temporary narrowing of airways that carries oxygen to your lungs. It is a very serious condition that leads to approximately two million hospital visits per year in the United States alone.

Here are the three well-known features of asthma.

1 – Obstruction of Airways

When we breathe normally, the bands of muscle around the airways are relaxed which allows air to move easily. If you have asthma, things such as environmental triggers, colds, and substances that cause allergies tighten the bands of muscle around the airways which prevents air from moving freely.
As a consequence, you feel short of breath, and as the air moves through the tightened airways, it causes a wheezing sound.

2 – Inflammation

Asthma sufferers have swollen and red bronchial tubes. Unfortunately, this inflammation probably leads to the long-term lung damage that is associated with asthma.

3 – Airway Irritability

If you have asthma, your airways are incredibly sensitive and will overreact and narrow when faced with triggers such as fumes, dust, and pollen.

What Are The Symptoms For Asthma?

There are various asthma symptoms including:

  • Frequent coughing spells which may happen when laughing or exercising.
  • Less energy during activities or pausing to catch your breath.
  • Tightening or pain in your chest.
  • A feeling of weakness or tiredness.

There are numerous ways that asthma is triggered. As you have sensitive airways, contact with ‘triggers’ cause symptoms to get worse. These triggers include:

  • Changes in temperature and/or humidity.
  • Strong emotions such as laughing, crying or stress.
  • Exercise
  • Inhalation of smoke
  • Certain medications such as aspirin
  • Allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and mold spores
  • Infections such as cold or flu

It is also common to have asthma attacks which consist of a sudden worsening of symptoms. During an asthma attack, your airways swell up, tighten or fill with mucus. Symptoms of asthma attacks include:

  • A coughing fit, especially during the night
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pressure, pain or tightness

What Are The Traditional Remedies For Asthma (Not Cannabis Related)?

Unfortunately, asthma is a long-term condition, and at present, there is no permanent cure. When it comes to treatment, the goal is to ‘control’ the condition which involves:

  • Preventing chronic issues such as coughing fits.
  • Reducing reliance on quick-relief medication.
  • Enabling you to sleep through the night and maintaining your existing activity level.
  • Preventing serious asthma attacks that require immediate medical attention.

Asthma management involves discovering your triggers and avoiding them. In terms of medication, patients receive:

Inhaled Corticosteroids: You receive an inhaler which is designed to be used when you feel any symptoms. It releases corticosteroids designed to counteract swelling and inflammation.

Other Long-Term Medicines: Common medication includes Omalizumab and Cromolyn.

Quick-Relief Medication: This is medicine for when you need something fast acting when asthma symptoms are coming on strong. The most popular choice is short-acting beta2-agonists.

Medical Research on Marijuana for Asthma

Studies on the benefits of marijuana for asthma sufferers go back to the 1970s and determined that the THC in cannabis had a bronchodilatory effect. The most important thing to remember is that asthma is known as a chronic inflammatory disease while cannabis is becoming known for its anti-inflammatory effects.

A 1973 study by Vachon et al. found that the THC found in marijuana was capable of dilating respiratory passages and inhibiting coughing. Remarkably, when smoked, marijuana could expand the bronchial passageways; compare this to tobacco smoking with restricts the passageways.

A study by Pletcher et al., published in 2012 showed that moderate cannabis smokers with asthma improved their lung function and did not suffer the same lung damage as smokers. The remarkable thing about the study is that was conducted over a 20 year period!

A Better Way for Asthma Sufferers to Use Marijuana

Although there is seemingly merit in smoking marijuana to help with asthma, it is much better to consume the cannabis differently. As the most common way to treat asthma is through inhalers, it makes sense to utilize a cannabis vaporizer. A vaporizer is a safer alternative to smoking and is far more convenient. You can carry it with you and inhale on the go.

With vaporizing, you benefit from optimal cannabinoid release in the body which makes it ideal as a method of combating attacks. While edibles work well, they are not reliable when facing an attack. When you vaporize CBD oil, it isn’t harsh on the throat or lungs, and you receive the highest possible concentration.

Please note, you won’t be able to use more than 200mg of oil at one time or else it will turn into vapor. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best marijuana strains; make sure your oil comes from these marijuana types.

Top 5 Marijuana Strains For Asthma

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1 – Dynamite Marijuana Strain

We recommend the purple and pink buds of Dynamite because they have the highest indica content. With a THC content of 24%, it provides your body with a euphoric effect followed by a sense of calm which is ideal for dealing with stress and anxiety.

2 – Afghan Kush (Indica Marijuana Strain)

Also known as Afghan OG, this marijuana strain contains 21% THC and 6% CBD. It is an indica marijuana strain, and its effects last up to 3 hours. Afghan Kush offers a bland yet fruity taste, and as it doesn’t provide a harsh aftertaste, it is ideal for people living with asthma.

3 – Amnesia Haze (Sativa Marijuana Strain)

This Sativa dominant marijuana strain (80%) is ideal for daytime use even though its THC level is 22%. Amensia Haze works well for asthma users and individuals suffering from anxiety or depression.

4 – Cheese (Marijuana Strain)

This marijuana strain is actually farmed in the UK and is excellent when it comes to overcoming body aches and anxiety disorders. Cheese is a strong marijuana strain and could cause mild side effects in beginners, but these usually wear off within a few hours.

5 – Trainwreck (Sativa Dominant Marijuana Strain)

This strain is another Sativa dominant option (80%) and gets its name because it will hit you like a train shortly after taking it! It is a combination of Mexican and Thai sativas and an Afghan indica which gives you a seriously mellow body high. Trainwreck is used to treat stress, insomnia, and anxiety so it can help you sleep through nights where you’re normally awake due to coughing fits.

Final Thoughts on Marijuana Treatment for Asthma

By decreasing inflammation and opening up the bronchial tubes, marijuana is potentially effective treatment for asthma. We recommend using CBD oils in a vaporizer and don’t believe that smoking is the best way to consume marijuana when you have asthma.


The SAFE Way to Use Marijuana When You Have Asthma
October 10, 2017
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  1. Maureen Cotton

    Cheese is great for body aches. I use it almost daily now.

  2. Colleen

    Thanks for the great information. I was afraid to use anything related to smoking. I do use a vaporizer. I love the instant high instead of edibles. I feel much better about the method I’m using now

  3. Timothy P

    Just use a vape. I’ve been using the PAX 3 . What a f… awesome vape

  4. Lara Martin

    Very well written article on Asthma! Here I would like to add one more thing if anybody wants to use marijuana then one should consult with licensed cannabis doctor i.e. OnlineMedicalCard or any doctor who could recommend medical marijuana according to one’s medical condition.

  5. Thelma Small

    Thanks for suggesting the better way to take marijuana, the vaporizer is a good option

  6. Carol Jones

    I prefer the edibles, but I’ve heard that vapes work well for people with Asthma. Yet to try

  7. Revital

    Does anyone here has an actual doctor that can perscribe those forms of marijuana? My mom uses the hardest drugs there are for asthma and they don’t always work.. so I’m kinda worried getting something of the internet without having a doctor to talk to him about it. The only problem is it’s hard to find a doctor in NY that deals with all this..

    1. Adam

      have you tied ?

  8. Marian Raap

    To control asthma I bought the Afghan kush. The no.1 strain for me.

  9. Dennis Smith

    I read that CBD acts as a bronchodialator, and can help with asthma. Been Vaping CBD for the past month and I’ve managed to drop using my rescue inhaler to once or twice a day. I am not saying that it will work for everyone, but it has helped.

  10. Vince H

    Vaping is the best way. I buy OG kush and simply vape it. Amazing. You get all the benefits of weed without the chest problems

    1. Sally Wick

      I also vape. Much cleaner and when using a high CBD strain It makes me feel so much better.

  11. Chris Pine

    Best practise is to use a vape. Don’t smoke and don’t do dabs

  12. William Young

    When you have Asthma its best to stay off the smoke. Gummies, edibles, or oils are best. That’s talking from experience

  13. Leisa G

    I love the edibles, but it’s hard not to light up a fat one from time to time.

  14. Mark T

    I vape it using a MOD. Can’t roll for shit

  15. Ashley B

    I actually use CBD oil. It works much better. I use it for general health and for one who suffers with Asthma I can’t smoke

  16. Anne B

    I also vape, but from time to time I treat myself to an edible. Love the chocolate ones.

  17. Paula G

    I actually vape it. My lungs can’t deal with the smoke

  18. Patricia Smith

    I simply eat edibles. Effective and delicious

  19. Gloria Nieto

    Ordered afghan kush yesterday. Let’s see how it works as I have bad asthma. Waiting for it to arrive soon!

    1. King

      Where can I purchase the Dynamite marijuana strain?

  20. Todd J

    Great info. Thanks

  21. Pansy Ramer

    I have asthma and it’s really bad as I have to keep my inhaler along everywhere I go. I try not to smoke weed but rather take edibles instead. Works for me

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