how CBD helps with COPD

When you think about the leading causes of death in the U.S., you think of the usual suspects like cancer or heart attacks. But did you know that COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the third leading cause of death in the United States? It blew my mind when I heard that. The worst part about it, it is irreversible. There is no known cure at present.

However, there are a number of medications that can be taken that can help alleviate the symptoms and improve lung function. One such medicinal compound is CBD (cannabidiol). In this post, I’ll take a look at how CBD helps with COPD and the best way to take it for the most benefit.

How Does CBD Help With COPD?

As a little background, I should go into greater detail on what COPD entails. It is a progressive lung ailment that is estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans.

Symptoms of this lung illness include chronic cases of bronchitis as well as emphysema (damaged air sacs in the lungs). You can probably guess what a root cause of this lung disease is.

Yep, cigarette use. However, environmental factors can also bring about COPD as well.


Those afflicted with COPD may exhibit the following signs:

  • Coughing up of mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Labored breathing

How CBD Helps

There is no known ultimate cure for COPD, but studies have indicated that the use of CBD (not to be confused with CBN) can provide great relief from many of its symptoms. It does this by acting as a bronchodilator which eases the constriction of the airways. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, swelling in the lungs is lessened, which opens up airways and allows for easier breathing, relieving tightness in the chest, and easier clearing of mucus build-up.

Getting more specific on how this occurs, CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, in the body which helps to restore a state of homeostasis in the body. By stimulating these receptors, inflammation is reduced in the airways. Particularly, triggering the CB1 receptor can promote the function of the gentle muscle that surrounds the lungs, ensuring more proper respiratory function.

Best Delivery Method of CBD for COPD

As COPD is a lung ailment, it won’t surprise you that smoking, vaping, or inhaling this medicinal herb is not the recommended route for administering this drug. Smoking can introduce more irritants to an already weakened respiratory system.

Instead, it is suggested that those who suffer from COPD use CBD oils (like these I review here) or ingest edibles. You may also consider using a CBD inhaler, taking CBD capsules, topical treatments, tinctures, or crystals that can be dissolved into a beverage.

In Summary

Studies on the effects of CBD on COPD are still ongoing. If you are afflicted with this lung disease it is recommended that you refer to your doctor before beginning any kind of treatment. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that it can provide great relief for a truly awful affliction.

To find the best CBD products, I have put together all my brand reviews here: https://www.hlcomic.com/best-cbd-oil-reviews/

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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