If you have been following along with the arguments for the legalization of medical marijuana, you have probably heard how it can help with a variety of different ailments. One medical issue that marijuana helps with is one that may come as a real surprise. After all, would you really think that smoking of any kind could help with the treatment of asthma? The inhalation of smoke seems like a ridiculous way to treat a breathing problem, yet studies have shown that marijuana can indeed help lessen the symptoms that come along with asthma.
In case you didn’t know, asthma is a respiratory problem that worsens with exposure to pollutants in the environment. Some sufferers can lead a relatively normal life free from the symptoms, but when they are exposed to things like pollen or pet dander, an asthma attack can occur and make it difficult for them to breathe. This is a problem that is potentially fatal, which is why almost all asthma sufferers carry an inhaler to help them when those attacks hit. Studies suggest that a weed vaporizer might now be the tool of choice for those with asthma, although we are not suggesting that you throw away those inhalers just yet.
Cannabis has long been known to possess ant-inflammatory properties, and this is why it is so effective at combating the symptoms of asthma. When inhaled, marijuana opens the passages of the respiratory system, which is the total opposite effect of what happens when you inhale cigarette smoke. That is why you will often hear smokers launch into fits of coughing, as they find it more difficult to breathe when the smoke starts to close up those passages. Back in 2012, The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that clearly showed moderate use of marijuana helping those who suffered from asthma, with lung capacity in those patient improving over time.
Medical professionals are now trying to decide if a cannabis vaporizer can serve as a suitable replacement for an inhaler that dispenses corticosteroids, which is what is commonly used to treat asthma. The reason why so many people are interested in finding a viable alternative to corticosteroids is because of the side effects that patients often suffer from when using them. It is not uncommon for depression, high blood pressure, and anxiety to be suffered from as a result of continued use with an inhaler.
The great thing about vaporizers is that they essentially use the same method to deliver the drugs as inhalers do. It is the ingredients contained within the delivery system that is being debated right now, but all signs seem to point to marijuana being a much safer treatment for asthma than corticosteroids. There is still some work that needs to be done to totally prove this point, and we also need to work on getting medical marijuana legalized nationwide. It may only be a matter of time before the cannabis vaporizer becomes the new treatment tool for asthma sufferers.