Up to 75% of people with chronic bronchitis are either smokers or ex-smokers.
Secondly, marijuana smokers tend to inhale more deeply than tobacco smokers and hold the smoke in for longer. By doing this, they could be unintentionally stretching their lungs and increasing their vital capacity.
What Is Bronchitis?
The good news is that ten years after quitting, the risk of developing chronic bronchitis returns to the same levels as non-smokers.
The study included data from 5016 men and women across the United States. The researchers asked participants about their smoking habits, including both cigarettes and marijuana.
The plant is becoming more popular, both for medicinal and recreational use. And the most common way of consuming it is by smoking, either in a joint, spliff, pipe, or bong. This poses a dilemma for those wishing to improve their health, as smoking can adversely affect the lungs.
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: “A Cross-Sectional Study of Cannabidiol Users,” “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies.”
The FDA has approved a prescription drug made with CBD, Epidiolex, to treat some forms of epilepsy and a condition called tuberous sclerosis complex, which causes growth of benign (noncancerous) tumors. But many people use CBD to self-treat a variety of conditions, including pain, insomnia, anxiety, and others. There isn’t much research on whether CBD helps with these health problems, though some evidence is beginning to build. For example, a handful of early studies in both animals and humans suggests that CBD could help ease anxiety, though more research is needed.
Exercise Endurance in Advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”
Does CBD Work for COPD?
National Conference of State Legislatures: “State Medical Marijuana Laws.”
And that’s just what seems to have happened when scientists have tested whether CBD improves breathing in people with and without COPD. In a 1984 study, large doses of CBD given to healthy men failed to relax and widen their airways. In a very small 2011 study that included just four people with COPD, treatment with a drug called Sativex, which has THC and CBD, didn’t improve scores on a test that measures breathing. Interestingly, though, after treatment with the medication, they reported being less out of breath.
Biomolecules: “Cannabidiol: A Potential New Alternative for the Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Psychotic Disorders.”
In another small study from 2018, researchers had people with advanced COPD inhale vaporized cannabis to see if it gave them more lung power when pedaling exercise cycles. It didn’t help, though in fairness the strain of pot used in the study contained only a very small amount of CBD. Once again, the people who inhaled cannabis said they felt less anxious, though that came at a cost, since they also felt high.