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Alternative Meds?

  • By Demetrius

    Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, glaucoma, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about asthma and marijuana from http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/asthma/. Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

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  • By Lorene Alba, AE-C Moderator

    Hi Demetrius – I don’t have any experience with this, other than I do give CBD oil to my dog to help with his anxiety.

    There’s very little data around asthma and cannabis, and most of what is published is done so by the marijuana industry itself. There is a small about of data suggesting that it can work as a weak bronchodilator.

    My suggestion is not to smoke it; you don’t want anything to irritate your lungs more than they already are. Talk to your healthcare provider about options such as edibles or oils.

    Good luck!

    Lorene, moderator

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  • By AnneGallen

    According to recent research scientist have found that Cannabis is working effectively against asthma. So
    I hope in future scientist will find a better way to use this Cannabis for asthma treatment. Besides that, there is some alternative treatment available in the market like salt therapy through which many users are gaining improvements from their asthma condition. Infarct some peoples are following this salt therapy at home using salt air device which can be found in stores like “Saltair.fi .

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, RRT Moderator

    Hi AnneGallen and thanks for your post.
    In view of your interest in “salt therapy”, I thought you might find it interesting and helpful to look over this article on Himalayan Salt Therapy: https://copd.net/answers/himalayan-salt-lamps/. Although it’s from our sister COPD site (COPD.net), I believe the content is also pertinent for our members with asthma.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By KGmomma1013

    Interested in this salt therapy. I live in central California, every time I go to the coast I see a major improvement in my asthma. Can anyone elaborate on this??

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, RRT Moderator

    Hi KGmomma1013 and thanks for your post. Have you had an opportunity to look over this material on salt lamps? You can access it from this link: https://copd.net/answers/himalayan-salt-lamps/. You may also find it helpful to look over item #1 in this article, too: https://asthma.net/living/8-non-traditional-asthma-treatments/. I hope this provides you with some additional insight for your concern. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

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  • By owenowenowen

    Cannabis is excellent for asthma!!!! I’ve used it for decades and found that when I had attacks from certain exercises/playing hockey, skiing and weird fluctuations with humidity levels. FYI, I played hockey til 16 and have been an expert level skier for decades. I grew up in Nova Scotia and had attacks daily. During this time I’d classify myself as medium asthma.

    Then I moved to Whistler, BC at age 21 and 2 things changed. The attacks happened only after too much skiing on warmer days. Whistler, like any awesome ski hill, has it’s fair share of pot heads and I am proud to say that I was one of them. However, not just to smoke for the hell of it but for pain management (2 near death falls within 6 months, lots of useless meds, lots of physio and no I wasn’t high before or during the falls).. The bonus was that aside from being away from a stinky polluted city and surrounding myself with the trees and the ” green trees” 😉 my attacks were almost non-existent. Weird, I know. But it’s a fact. In the event that I had an attack and I didn’t have my inhaler? I’d smoke a joint/bong and within 10-30 seconds? No more attack!..

    Edibles are great but take upwards of an hour to take effect. Tinctures may help as they kick in much faster than edibles but not as fast as inhaling. Regarding how quick or if it works with asthma? I don’t really know as I have yet to experiment for that purpose. I’ll get back to you on that one.

    Contrary to an article I just read on this site from Sarah O’Brien, I felt compelled to set the record straight on a few things:
    1. Pot doesn’t cause or have cancer causing agents and there are thousands of peer reviewed studies to back that up. Weird not one death from cancer cause by pot.
    2. “Decreased coordination and reaction time?”
    – False. It stimulates brain activity. Also many peer reviewed studies to prove my point and I can also prove it based on my own experiences.
    3.” Compared with nonsmokers, marijuana smokers are more likely to have bronchitis, cough on most days, phlegm, wheezing, and chest sounds. Their breathing symptoms are very similar to tobacco smokers.”..
    – OMG? Who writes this garbage? I don’t have bronchitis, I don’t cough (unless I get a cold which is once every 3 or 4 years), no phlegm, no wheezing and no chest sounds. When I smoked cigarettes? yes to most of the above. However, when I smoked cigarettes and then smoked a joint? Most of the above symptoms I had were relieved faster than just trying to wait them out.
    4. “Another study showed that people who smoke marijuana have more lung capacity…. However, it is not clear how such changes might affect lung function in daily life.”
    – True and my lungs are fine.FYI, I quit smoking cigarettes 5 years ago and my lungs are fantastic!
    5. “Marijuana smoke is similar to tobacco smoke in several ways. Marijuana smoke has about the same amounts of tar and more cancer-causing chemicals than tobacco smoke.1 Both types of smoke increase inflammation.”
    – Um.. No it is no way similar to smoking tobacco. I already addressed the “Cancer fear mongering” in #1. As for the tar? Different kind of tar and unlike cigarettes, their are no chemicals which there are between 4000-20000 different chemicals in tobacco. Only idiot growers from a different country would add chemicals and it’s 1 in a million. Growers take pride in what they provide. It’s a plant which heals. Nicotine is bad. Period. Cannabis? Far from.

    One thing I will mention. The quality of cannabis is somewhat important. Properly flushed and cured pot is preferred as all of the minerals and nutrients from the soil are not part of the what you inhale. Plus it tastes meh. Improperly flushed pot is ok if you are on a tight budget, or your in an area that doesn’t have AAAA or AAA or even AA? You make due. But it does and will help you.

    I hope this helps you and others who have been on the fence regarding pot. Don’t believe everything they tell you just because some lab coat paid for by big pharma tells you it’s so. Step out of the box and heal yourself naturally! You will thank yourself later. I am grateful to not have such a burden when it comes to breathing thanks to cannabis.

    Best.

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