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Marijuana: Best therapy for Asthma, COPD, Bronchitis, and EmphysemaDr. Phil Leveque, Professor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
Marijuana/Cannabis can be life-saving!
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - I have written about this subject several times before starting with Medical Marijuana: Asthma Treatment (Aug 30, 2007), and four subsequent articles.
Based on comments and facebook recommends, I didn't seem to get many readers, considering there are 34 million asthma victims in the U.S. and probably 400 million in the world.
There are probably about as many COPD victims from smoking tobacco, some reports say 16 million cases. It is apparent that the average physician cannot distinguish between asthma and COPD, but the treatment for these two diseases and also the other two are treated about the same.
I was somewhat surprised when my first asthma/COPD patients came in for medical marijuana permits and told me they had been using marijuana for years to stop respiratory symptoms. Asthma is a spastic condition of the air tubes and spasms of muscles are among the acceptable conditions for a medical marijuana permit in Oregon.
My original article is based on an article from New Zealand, categorically lumping together these four respiratory diseases of my title. The false information that marijuana causes adverse respiratory effects is out the window. Smoke from almost any organic substance can cause respiratory tract irritation but the cannabinoid chemicals THC, CBD and CBN, etc., do not.
My first asthma article had many comments agreeing with me. My second article, COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis and Marijuana Therapy (4-23-2009), states that tobacco caused 100,000 COPD related deaths per year. My readers indicate that marijuana helped.
My third article, Medical Marijuana Good for Asthma (9-11-2012), indicated only 1.3% of marijuana smokers had emphysema, so I must be on the right track.
My fourth article, Asthma Therapy Marijuana vs Corticosteroids, and Beta Agonists (3-9-2013) continued the story of these diseases and their drugs.
Of these, my fifth article, COPD, Asthma and Bronchitis (3-23-2013) got the most facebook “recommends” (155) but considering the number of patients with these kinds of respiratory diseases, I decided to shoot the works and try to put this all together.
I checked out research online and found out that all of these diseases had been prescribed the same medicines, this list is not in any special order:
The name of the game is really to relax or enlarge the bronchial passages, which contain smooth muscle. Marijuana is one of the best bronchodilators, much better than any other class of drugs. For these respiratory diseases, marijuana can be life-saving.
For more information, SEARCH "Marijuana Leveque Cannabis", &/or see this article: Dr Phil Leveque: The Coolest 90-Year Old on Planet Earth
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