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CBD Oil for Asthma: Does Cannabis Relieve Asthma-Related Symptoms?

Did you know that cannabis is a natural bronchodilator? If you have asthma, you know how important bronchodilation is in case of an attack. That said, here's what you need to know about using CBD oil for asthma.
Jason L is a 1st time father to a bouncing baby boy, and long time cannabis enthusiast.

Written By Jason L

On September 17, 2018

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Good news, asthma sufferers! CBD oil helps reduce the symptoms of asthma. And we know there are a lot of you out there.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people with asthma increases in the U.S. every year.

It’s also an expensive disease. While there is no cure for asthma, there is an alternative to expensive medical costs.

CBD oil for asthma provides relief from asthma-related symptoms.

What are Cannabinoids?

It’s a big word with a simple meaning. Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring compounds in cannabis.

You’ll see them as abbreviations. THC and CBD are the most common, but there are several more compounds found in cannabis.

We’ll talk today about CBD oil from hemp (not from marijuana). Hemp oil is low in THC and provides the most health-boosting properties.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease affecting the lungs and airways. When suffering from asthma, a person finds it difficult to breathe and experiences chest pain and tightening.

This occurs not only during periods of activity. Difficulty breathing occurs when resting, as well.

Chronic inflammation is always present when suffering from asthma. Severe cases result in death.

Cannabis can’t replace a steroid inhaler when suffering from a severe asthma attack. But let’s look at how CBD works to ease asthma symptoms.

Opening Airways

As asthma inflames the lungs and airways, the sufferer experiences bronchoconstriction. This is the tightening of muscles in the lungs to restrict breathing and cause shortness of breath.

Cannabis is a natural bronchodilator, or “airway opener”. When used in the most effective ways, it opens or relaxes air passageways.

A steroid rescue inhaler is the most common form of quickly opening passageways. Asthma sufferers also take symptom relief medication in the form of pills and injections.

Cannabis in the form of CBD oil acts in a similar airway-opening way over time, rather than as an emergency solution to an asthma attack.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Going beyond the bronchodilator effects of cannabis, cannabinoids reduce inflammation in the lungs and airways. It is a natural anti-inflammatory.

Yes, cannabis and asthma work well together.

Inflammation in the lungs occurs as a reaction to irritants. These include dust, smoke, allergens, and pet dander. When used consistently and at the best dosage, CBD oil reduces reactions to these irritants for asthma sufferers.

Calming Spastic Muscles

A sudden asthma attack happens when the muscles of the lungs and airways spasm in addition to a sudden bout of inflammation.

This happens on a milder level, as well. Prolonged but less-severe spasms cause difficulty breathing throughout the day or night.

Cannabis contains muscle spasm-relieving properties. Combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis, ingesting cannabis eases these muscles contractions.

Pain Relief

With the severest forms of asthma, sufferers experience chest and other pain.

In the moment of an extreme asthma attack, this pain comes from the inability to breathe.

Your body takes extreme measures to get air into your lungs. The body recruits help from muscles in your back and surrounding your ribs to force air through constricted passageways.

As we’ve learned, cannabinoids are anti-inflammatory and relax muscles of the body. When taking CBD oil, your body is better able to relax under extreme circumstances–like an asthma attack.

While the cannabinoids work to relax you, they also block peripheral nerve pain.

The combination of these characteristics of CBD oil relieves the trauma you experience when working overtime to breathe better.

The Marijuana Elephant in the Room

Since we’re talking about cannabis, let’s cover marijuana and asthma, too.

It’s no secret: Smoke is a trigger for symptoms of asthma. Much like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke contains cancer-causing contaminants and tar.

In general, smoking is a bad idea for asthma sufferers.

However, some studies show that marijuana smoke opens airways while tobacco smoke has the opposite effect.

Does that mean you should start smoking weed to help with asthma symptoms? Side effects show that asthma and marijuana might not be a good mix despite the positive aspects of cannabinoids.

Marijuana slows reaction times, affects short-term memory, and increases anxiety. It’s also addictive.

CBD oil is a better alternative for cannabinoid use to reduce the risk of side-effects and to help your lungs.

Is it Legal?

Yes! The product known as “CBD Hemp Oil” is legal in all 50 States.

It is important to understand: CBD (or Cannabidiol) is not liquid marijuana.

CBD extract combined with hemp oil produces CBD Hemp Oil.

The difference between legal CBD oil and marijuana is the THC level. THC is the compound that makes a person feel high. Marijuana has high-levels of THC while hemp does not.

When considering CBD oil to help relieve asthma symptoms, it is a legal, natural option known for its anti-inflammatory qualities.

Choose Wisely

Consider your options when choosing the right CBD oil product for you.

How to Ingest

The popular method of ingesting CBD oil is liquid. While not fast-acting, daily consistent use relieves symptoms over time.

CBD capsules travel easily and are less messy than the bottle of liquid oil.

Look for gummies or other edibles if you prefer a CBD oil snack.

Relieve chest pains by applying lotions or a patch to your skin where needed most.


When it comes to knowing the correct dosage for CBD oil, you make that decision. Start with a low dosage and increase the amount until you’re asthma symptoms feel better.


No matter which forms of CBD oil you prefer or your best dosage level, choose only the highest quality oils. Your health is not worth an inferior product.

Try CBD Oil for Asthma Today

Knowing there are this many benefits with such few side effects, it’s worth trying CBD oil to improve asthma symptoms.

We offer a range of the highest-quality products to find your best solution for cannabis and asthma.

Contact us for recommendations about where to begin. We’ll answer questions and connect with you the best quality products to help you feel great.

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