COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s an umbrella term used to cover chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, and emphysema. Considered incurable and progressive even with mainstream medical applications, COPD leads to other maladies caused by oxygen shortages.
The pharmaceutical drugs used to manage symptoms long term only worsen the condition.
Early symptomatic stages of COPD include shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and a chronic need to cough up the sputum (phlegm) lodged in bronchial tubes. COPD can be tested to determine which of four stages one is in. It’s best to start treating COPD sooner rather than later.
The most common test is the spirometry test, where the volume of air is breathed out completely and forcibly and a meter creates a graph that measures the volume held.
There are various other pulmonary function testing methods used with or without the spirometer, but the forced exhalation spirometric test is one most are familiar with. It’s also concerned with how much CO2 one exhales.
Asthma produces similar breathing problems, even wheezing, but is usually not chronic and without the level of coughing up sputum often involved with COPD.
Smoking is blamed for COPD, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes asthmatics can develop COPD, and folks with COPD can have asthma attacks.
The pharmaceutical remedies for COPD, which seem to help at first, are side effect nightmares that most COPD sufferers eschew upon discovering other more natural solutions.
Albuteral inhalers are commonly prescribed. But one tends to use them often enough to suffer side effects that include nervousness, shakiness or trembling, and heart palpitations that can get too extreme.
There are several natural options existing that can make life less miserable for COPD sufferers. The problem is difficulty breathing tends to push one into taking anything that well help restore normal breathing.
One substance that has only recently been discovered as highly effective for COPD sufferers is cannabis.
Cannabis is a Healthy COPD Remedy
It is not considered an option in many medical marijuana states, but there’s a way to get around that, which will be revealed a few paragraphs later.
It’s too early to tell if cannabis can completely cure one with COPD. But it serves to relieve the anxiety of not breathing well while simultaneously restoring normal breathing.
One of the pioneers of forging medical marijuana legislation in Oregon, Dr. Phil Leveque, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 90, has prescribed cannabis for over 5,000 patients and stated for the record:
Marijuana is one of the best bronchodilators, much better than any other class of drugs. For these respiratory diseases, [asthma and COPD] marijuana can be life-saving.
Dr. Leveque also pooh-poohed the idea that smoking marijuana was bad for the lungs, claiming cannibanoids are beneficial for lung tissues. And it seems And there are some other studies that confirm the Dr. Leveque’s assertion.
In some cases, lung function increased with pot smokers who did not use tobacco cigarettes. Find out more with this great Dr.Levque source.
However, those not familiar with smoking marijuana may suffer from throat irritations at first, causing some coughing. The common choice for most COPD sufferers are edibles, which effects last longer than smoking, concentrated oils, and tinctures.
Using a cannabis vaporizer, commonly known as vaping, is almost smokeless. The cannabis is heated, not burned, and a cool vapor is created and inhaled.
This serves as instant relief for sudden attacks of tight chested shortness of breath, but the positive effects don’t last as long as edibles and oils.
Still, most medical cannabis friendly states don’t have a specific provision that allows cannabis for COPD. Therefore many COPD sufferers have to be diagnosed with other diseases considered co-morbid that are covered by medical marijuana statutes in each state.
For example, one person was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and he used that to get his medical cannabis card, which he used for his COPD.
Prior to that, this same person was living in a very medical marijuana unfriendly state, and he was getting his cannabis oil from underground sources in other states.
But CBD or cannabidiol without THC is easier to get and seems to work for some COPD sufferers, depending on its quality.
To determine what cannabis strain would work for your COPD or a friend or loved one, I recommend searching online for a COPD – cannabis group on facebook or other social media or chat site. There are a few.
Of course, some of those progressive medical marijuana states have now opened the flood gates to allow recreational cannabis use. With that level of open cannabis marketing, COPD sufferers would have access to their medicine.
But generally, medical cannabis is more potent and less expensive than recreational marijuana.
Other Natural Options for COPD
The herb lobelia is an excellent natural bronchodilator (bronchial dilator), and it is sold over the counter in most health food stores or online. The herb can also be made into a tea.
If possible, I recommend consulting with a Chinese medicine or Ayurveda practitioner to get other herbs and recommendations for the right diet. Modern Western allopathic medicine has little to offer without adverse side effects.
Salt caves are great places to hang out, relax and breathe for healing the bronchial area and lungs. But they are not easy to find unless artificially created, which also work fine. There are portable unprocessed salt inhalers available on line that are not costly as well.
If the COPD one experiences tends toward chronic bronchitis, there is a case where high quality Essiac tea was used to resolve that issue.
Moderate exercise such as walking should not be ignored. It is helpful, even though most COPD sufferers find it difficult unless they’re using cannabis or lobelia.
It’s also wise to avoid lung infections with COPD. It’s easy to nebulize colloidal silver into the lungs with an electric motor powered nebulizer. Make sure you use high quality colloidal silver, it should be tea colored, not clear. Ionic silver is clear. This is my best source of colloidal silver.
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