Affecting millions of Americans, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of chronic inflammatory lung diseases that obstruct airflow from the lungs and make it difficult to breathe. The term COPD typically includes two main progressive lung conditions – emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
While there’s no cure for the disease as of yet, treatments and lifestyle changes can help slow the progress of the disease and relieve symptoms. Evidence suggests that cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have anti-inflammatory properties that may potentially help treat COPD.
One study found CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties to help in the recovery of acute lung injury.
Cannabinoids have also shown to have bronchodilatory effects, which helps to open up the airways to improve airflow to the lungs.
Activating cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) helps dilate bronchial tubes by inhibiting contraction of the smooth muscle surrounding the lungs.
While evidence suggests Cannabinoids may be helpful for those with COPD, it’s important to note that smokable CBD products are likely not the best method of consumption. Smoking CBD Flowers can cause irritants to enter the lungs and may increase the prevalence of acute and chronic bronchitis.
Those with COPD should use more lung-friendly CBD products, such as CBD oils or CBD edibles.