What is Asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory condition where patients with inflamed airway passages suffer shortness of breath, increased coughing, chest tightness, or wheezing.
How can marijuana help?
Marijuana can be an effective treatment for asthma patients by reducing inflammation in the lungs and throat, which helps patients breathe easier. Marijuana also helps stimulate cannabinoid receptors in the upper airways, which helps reduce coughing. Patients who seek asthma relief should utilize an alternative consumption method to smoking. A study published in 1975 by the American Review of Respiratory Disease, titled, Effects of Smoked Marijuana in Experimentally Induced Asthma, demonstrated the efficacy of marijuana as a treatment for asthma, compared to placebo marijuana in eight bronchial asthma patients. The study found that the group who smoked marijuana containing 2% THC noticed a “prompt correction” of their bronchospasms, whereas the placebo group did not. Another study titled, Single-Dose Effect of Marihuana Smoke supports these findings by also concluding that smoking marijuana containing 2.6% THC causes significant bronchodilation, and greatly improves airflow in asthmatic patients. Even though the patients smoked cannabis in both of these studies — which is never the optimal consumption method for asthma patients — marijuana still proved to instantly reduce asthmatic symptoms.