In a world that is growing more progressive by the day, the idea that CBD and CBD Oil (also known as Cannabidiol) can help with certain medical ailments and issues is really no big surprise. Why? Because enhanced current understanding means that people have been able to separate CBD, as a treatment and solution, from the Hemp Plant it is derived from, from the subsequent ‘high’ that Cannabis, from the Cannabis Plant is so famous for.
CBD is a specific compound which comes directly from the Hemp Plant and is popular for its well-known and researched links to health and wellbeing - with limited scientific evidence pointing towards CBD as a treatment against some of the symptoms of COPD. In this article we will be sharing a little more about this condition, how CBD can help, and the research which points towards the health benefits of CBD in a little more detail.
What is COPD?
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - which tells us immediately that it is a condition which focuses on the lungs and our airways. Rather than referring to one specific ailment, COPD refers to a collection of diseases or conditions which cause inflammation in the lungs and restrict airways, making breathing difficult and causing chest tightness.
In short, COPD is the collective name for a group of lung conditions which all cause similar and interconnected issues - with some of the most common ailments linked to COPD including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia and even asthma.
While there is no single cause of COPD due to the wide array of conditions it can be characterised by, medical experts and scientists say that smoking and exposure to air pollutants are both key factors in the development of COPD, damaging the lungs and narrowing the air passages which connect directly to the lungs.
Symptoms of COPD
The symptoms of COPD are what connect the different diseases and conditions together, with the most common including:
- Breathlessness, which gets progressively worse over time and especially during intense activity.
- A persistent cough, often with additional phlegm.
- Wheezing as you breathe.
- Frequent chest infections.
All of these symptoms worsen over time and with increased activity are especially prominent in older patients who have been smoking for a large portion of their life. Smoking is one of the primary factors in the development and progressive worsening of COPD and lung conditions, although COPD has also been reported in patients who have never smoked.
How can CBD help?
To understand how CBD can help in the fight against the symptoms of COPD, you first need to understand a little more about the benefits of CBD Oil and how its medical properties differ from the stigma that rests around the use of Cannabis or Marijuana. Though derived from the same strain of plant, CBD Oil is made from the CBD extracted from the Hemp Plant, mixed with a carrier oil. THC meanwhile is another separate compound which comes from the Cannabis Plant, and this is what’s responsible for causing the ‘high’ that Cannabis / Marijuana is known for.
The underlying benefits of CBD include its ability to relax, decrease tension and anxiety, reduce inflammation, and reduce pain. What this means is that, in the fight against COPD, CBD Oil may well be effective in reducing the inflammation that restricts airflow into and around the lungs - thus making it easier for those living with COPD to breathe more normally.
While CBD may not be a direct treatment for COPD, its properties and benefits include an easing of specific symptoms which relate to COPD and lung conditions - making CBD a popular alternative treatment method for those looking to ease and lessen the impact of COPD symptoms.
What does the research say?
As a factor in ongoing COPD management, CBD is being explored as a method of diluting the airways and making breathing easier, however research to date is currently inconclusive.
As such, and with such inconclusive evidence available, it is recommended that any CBD treatment or approach is not used as a direct substitution for formal COPD treatment but rather as an possible addition to medical the treatment, after first discussing this with your doctor.
With regards to dosage and knowing when to take CBD and in what quantities, this will depend on your own individual reaction to CBD Oil and should be discussed with a doctor prior to commencement. It is advised to start with a low percentage dose and monitor your reaction - especially since CBD Oil is likely to have an positive effect on other areas as well as your COPD, including your mood, your appetite, your sleep, and more.
The simple fact is that a lack of definitive studies means that the results of CBD for lung conditions and COPD are at this time inconclusive, and so the use of CBD cannot be explored as a definite treatment against the symptoms of COPD. However, studies that do exist suggest a correlation between CBD and a reduction in the inflammation that makes breathing difficult, indicating that while there is no definitive proof available, CBD can be effective in the fight against COPD symptoms and breathing difficulties for some patients.