CBD otherwise known as Cannabidiol is a chemical compound produced naturally in the hemp plant and has been touted to contain a host of therapeutic benefits making it a hotcake among users who suffer from a number of conditions like arthritis, insomnia, depression etc. Although found in the cannabis plant, CBD is devoid of the intoxicating capacity prevalent in other cannabinoids like THC, making it legal almost all the states in America and many parts of the world.
Considered as one of the most prevalent chronic conditions among kids, it is estimated that the number of sufferers from asthma in the world are about 235 million people with this number expected to grow even further. Today we will look into this condition and how the new ‘miracle compound’ can play a role in helping to treat it.
Asthma can be regarded as a chronic condition that causes inflammation in a person’s airways causing them to temporarily contract and makes it very difficult to breathe. The breathing difficulties occur because the inflammation restricts oxygen from passing through the airway to the lungs.
Asthma can sometimes become serious if care is not taken and can in such cases become very life-threatening. To have an idea about how serious the condition is, it is estimated that every year about 2 million sufferers of asthma visit the hospital for treatment.
Does CBD work for Asthma?
CBD is noted for its very potent anti-inflammatory properties and because asthma is an inflammatory ailment affecting the airway, CBD can be used as an excellent natural option in the treatment of asthma.
Benefits of using CBD as a form of treatment for asthma include;
• Helps in the mitigation of muscle spasticity
In the asthma sufferer, the lung muscles are forced to contract, a phenomenon known as Bronchospasm. Such contractions force the sufferer to find breathing quite difficult. CBD has however been found to be able to reduce muscle spasms to a very large extent.
By providing muscle relief and relaxing your lung muscles, the airways responsible for carrying oxygen to the heart expand and allow breathing to become much easier. The good thing about using CBD here is that, it comes along with very minimal to no side effects so you do not have to worry about it complicating matters even further.
• It helps to relieve pain
CBD’s role in relieving pain gotten from asthma is linked somewhat to its role in minimizing muscle spasms within the lung. In asthma sufferers though, pain is not one of the most prevalent symptoms. However, considering the fact that 3 out of every 4 people suffering from asthma seem to complain about chest pains, it is a noteworthy issue.
It is important to note that there are no pain receptors resident in the lungs of humans. The pain therefore these asthma sufferers complain about is as a result of the breathing difficulties they face. CBD by minimizing muscle spasticity or relaxing muscles in the lung can help curb the pain as air is allow to flow unabated through the airways and into the lungs
How to use CBD for asthma
CBD comes in many products like capsules, oil, powder form etc. though it is recommended that you use the oil form of CBD in treating asthma. This is because it allows for a faster absorption rate into the body when taken sublingually .i.e. by putting a few drops beneath your tongue. You can also take it in capsule or mix it with a drink.
Lots of researches have gone into the study of CBD and its effectiveness to be used as a form of treatment a variety of conditions including asthma. Many of these studies seem to give their backing to CBD in being used to treat these conditions, meaning CBD does hold a lot of potential in being used as a form of treatment.
However, it is important to understand that CBD is not intended to be used as, or be a substitute to forms of tdrugs prescribed by your health provider. Before attempting to take advantage of CBD in a bid to help you deal with your condition, do well to discuss with your doctor.