Thanks to a number of medical research attempts that have occurred over the last decade, cannabis is finally receiving the recognition it deserves for its almost endless medicinal benefits, resulting in 29 US states legalizing the substance for medicinal use. However, when it comes to medical conditions that affect the respiratory system, the idea leaves most scratching their heads. Here we will take a closer look at the real way cannabis works within the body and why it can benefit conditions like COPD. 

First, it’s important to separate the fact from fiction. For propaganda reasons, cannabis is often grouped into the same category as harmful substances like tobacco. While cannabis and tobacco are both commonly smoked as a form of ingestion, this is where the similarities end. Tobacco is more often than not combined with harmful chemicals that burn and damage the lungs, it also offers no health benefits whatsoever. Cannabis, however, is an entirely natural substance and packs strong anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, cannabis can heal the lungs while tobacco will slowly destroy them. 

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an inflammatory condition often compared to asthma, as they both result in a swelling and blocking of air passages. Unlike asthma however, it's more difficult to find a sustainable treatment option for COPD. The condition is typically treated with inhalers that are fairly expensive and come with a host of damaging side effects.

Fortunately, studies have surfaced showing the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis can work just as powerfully as high-end inhalers. While the substance isn't likely to be smoked by a COPD patient, cannabis based oils and edibles have been shown to have an immediate effect on clearing blocked airways for those suffering from a COPD attack. 

If you, or someone you know, suffers with COPD and would like to legally seek out cannabis as a treatment option, we suggest starting off by checking with your state’s list of qualifying conditions.