This is a great subject and is tossed around by proponents and opponents alike. I need to point out that I am not a doctor. Therefore, can not and am not attempting to give you medical advice. This article is for your education only and for you to decide what is best for you. Most everyone agrees that smoke of any kind will irritate even the healthiest of lungs. So what causes the symptoms of COPD? How can an herb help ease the suffering?
Can cannabis ease COPD symptoms? COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive disease that restricts the air flow in and out of the lungs. This happens due to a build up of phlegm and inflammation of the airways. These conditions, if left unchecked will get increasingly worse and has been known to be fatal! Standard AMA approved methods of treating COPD include inhalers, nebulizers, and corticosteroids. Inhalers and nebulizers are delivered to the lungs by inhaling. That indicates that medication delivered into the lungs has a quicker reaction time. Corticosteroids are taken orally or by injection to get the medication into the blood stream.
How can cannabis ease COPD symptoms? My opinion here is somewhat bias because I too had to deal with similar symptoms. Not being able to breathe easily and having a low O2 level, the doctors put me on an oxygen therapy. Daytime levels improved but night time was another issue. After a period of time, the CO2 built up in my blood which caused hypoxia. That trip to the hospital resulted in increased oxygen at night along with a Bi-pap machine. As unusual as it was, my attending physician recommended that I use cannabis and delete the opioid that I had been taking for restless legs and muscle pains.
How to use Cannabis to ease COPD
We have already learned that standard treatment includes delivering directly into the lungs and into the bloodstream. Cannabis can be delivered by both means as well. I found relief by smoking some cannabis before bedtime. However, I must report that the harshness of the smoke was sometimes tough to take. I bought a small inexpensive vaporizer that could vaporize the dried herb. That made inhaling the cannabis much easier and less harsh, without the burnt carbon and higher heat. This gets the medication into the source of the problem. I found that after a relatively short period of time that I was able to stop using the O2 during the day. Every morning I could count on coughing up phlegm.
After making my first batch of RSO, I stopped vaping and just took the oil orally. Soon afterward the doctor determined that I no longer needed the Bi-pap and reduced the nightly O2 amount. I personally have found benefits to both delivery methods and have become comfortable using both methods and I enjoy easy breathing.
How does cannabis ease COPD
Cannabis has many compounds that are still being discovered. The two main cannabinoids are THC and CBD. Both of these elements act as anti-inflammatories and relaxers. I found through research that the cannabinoids in cannabis are easily absorbed because the body already has receptors to receive them. Much like the food that you eat is digested and assimilated, so is the cannabinoids assimilated.
Chemicals and lab produced compounds have to trick your body into doing what it wants it to do. The body can not absorb these pharmaceuticals and therefore often have some lingering and often serious side effects. You need to decide what method of treatment you would prefer. Discuss it with your doctor, or one that with discuss it with you. I have taken a very proactive stance on my health recovery and it seems to be working. I hope that this information helps to answer any or at least one of your questions that you may have had.
The Beginning of my medical cannabis journey
My medical cannabis journey started some time ago. I have been reading and learning about the medical benefits of cannabis for over 2 years. Taking the herb by inhaling occasionally at night to help me get to sleep. It helped with my restless legs and eased the muscles. The problem was that marijuana was still not legal in our state as yet. So I would alternate with an Opioid prescription. At the end of March 2016, I was hospitalized with Hypoxia, a condition where the oxygen in the blood is very low. I was told that the CO2 level in my blood was 135. I was also told that level would be fatal in most cases but my body’s ph was high enough to counter the CO2 poison.
The Dr. in charge made the recommendation that I stop the Opioid and only use the cannabis since there are no known ill effects. Since then, our state legalized for medicinal use but with many restrictions. I ordered and grew my own weed with the plan to make my own oil. I had a moderate amount of success and got enough bud material to produce a fair amount of oil.
What are my symptoms
The doctors have all kinds of words to describe various issues. Mine are much simpler. I want to list all my symptoms and keep track of any changes. As of January 2017, I have been dealing with severe muscle spasms and muscle rigidity. This has become so bad that I could not walk even with a walker. I also have a bladder incontinence problem with the need for reading glasses and more than 100 pounds overweight. With constipation, restless legs (evening time), night time hypoxia (shallow breathing), tinnitus. I am taking Rick Simpson’s challenge and that is to find something the oil won’t help.
I finally made my oil and got started with the very small dose on January 20th, 2017. Just a quick note, start off with small doses. I made the arrogant decision to think that I could handle a larger dose. This oil is very potent and will make you feel euphoric. I licked the spatula and about 2 hours later was well aware of my mistake. The great thing was that I had no toxic effects and a couple hours later, I was fine.
I can tell you that after only 2 weeks of using my cannabis oil, made according to Rick Simpson, I no longer need a prescription for muscle spasms and no longer need oxygen during the day. I had to use a Bi-pap at night with oxygen and now I only need the oxygen at night. My weight loss is going well also.
Time for an Update
This is now May of 2017. I have moved from the place that I lived off and on for the majority of my life. My wife and I decided to move to sunny Florida for the year round warmth and to be with our son and his family. I won’t get into details, but stress levels and emotions were very high and chaotic for awhile. See, I lost both parents within 4 weeks of each other. I will miss them greatly but my biggest sorrow was that my father could not get over the negative stigma and propaganda about cannabis to give it a try.
We the people are taught that Doctors know best. I have found that they, in fact, have a lot of training but rarely think outside the box. My father had prostate cancer that was treated with them common chemo and radiation. Cancer disappeared but the radiation caused bleeding in his intestinal tract. The doctors cauterized the bleeders with, you guessed it, more radiation. He ended up with another disease that I can not remember or spell. All that I knew was that the doctors told him that it was similar to leukemia. His bone marrow was no longer able to produce red blood cells. They told him that there was no cure and that he could receive transfusions as long as they were helpful. Needless to say, the transfusions stopped being helpful. I tried to get him to try the cannabis oil, but he was that there was no information to think that it would be beneficial. My thought was that if it, his disease, was similar to leukemia just not cancerous, how could it not be a possible benefit. My dad was unwilling to give it a try and now he is gone.
Back to my medical cannabis journey
I gradually increased the dosage of cannabis oil to nearly a gram per day taken at bedtime. My supply of oil has been used up, so until I can get enough bud material to make more I am left with inhaling at night and using CBD oil during the day. I am happy to say that the Stanley brother in Colorado have a very fine product at https://www.cwhemp.com/ and they are some of the front runners in the cannabis industry. I do not use pharmaceuticals for muscle spasms or restless legs. Little else has changed but I have barely begun. Please stay tuned to this website and check back for more updates on my medical cannabis journey.
There is much thought and discussion about the Bible and cannabis. I have read several articles and even watched a couple of videos. After all of that, I want to share with you, my suggestion. What is the true word of God on the subject? Let’s not get into conjecture and “what if”.
I will be giving you Scripture verses from the New International Version of the Bible. I use that version because it is easier for me to read and understand, just plain English. Genesis 1:12, “The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” You notice that there is no specification other than “plants bearing seed”. That indicates to me that seed bearing plants and fruits are good.
Genesis 1:29-30, 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. Here again, literal words tell us that every green plant that bears seed is given to us, by God, for our nourishment. Surely we can feel safe to believe that cannabis being a seed bearing green plant was given to us for our benefit.
The Bible and Cannabis is clear
The Bible and cannabis are really clear. Some people want to retranslate the Bible into saying that cannabis was used in the formula to make anointing oil. I do not have the knowledge to do this and therefore I am not going to promote that theory as truth. I do accept that the bible is the living word of God and is our literal guide to living as our Heavenly Father would have us. There again the scriptures warn us of over indulging in anything and cannabis is NO exception. Hosea 4:6, my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”
I would encourage you to do right by your Creator and yourself. Take control of your health. Communicate with your elected officials and get the laws changed! Don’t be a victim of the greedy pharmaceutical companies.
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