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Can Marijuana Help COPD?

23 Mar 2015
| Under COPD, Lung Disease, Treatments | Posted by | 66 Comments
Marijuana and COPD Lung Institute

Has a new form of treatment been discovered?

For those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory illnesses, the desire to find a form of treatment that can address their symptoms without negatively affecting their health can be all-consuming. Today, medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and Washington D.C., leading many Americans to ask, “What are the real benefits of medical marijuana?” Although studies on the subject have been sparse given the mixed legality of the substance, there are those that state that marijuana is beneficial and others that claim it is only harmful. Though the topic is a controversial one, as time moves forward, the use of medical marijuana has generally become more widely accepted.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to provide the facts on this ongoing issue, and find an answer to the question: Can Marijuana Help COPD?

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COPD and Marijuana

Can Marijuana Help COPD?

The symptoms of COPD are brought about by acute inflammation of the airways, obstructing and inhibiting normal breathing. In treating COPD, medications such as inhalers and corticosteroids work as anti-inflammatory agents reducing inflammation and dilating the respiratory airways. However, these forms of medication can be expensive over time and often come with negative side-effects from weight gain, blood sugar imbalance, and infection.

Recently it has been found that medical marijuana and its reported efficacy in treating respiratory illness has been linked to anti-inflammatory properties. These chemicals or cannabinoids are known to have several additional functions as well:

  • Promote better sleep
  • Serve to support the immune system
  • Possess anti-microbial properties
  • Work as an expectorant (reduce phlegm)
  • Can relieve pain

Despite the positive benefits of marijuana, the issue still remains that the act of smoking is unequivocally harmful to respiratory health.

Marijuana: The Act of Smoking

Can Marijuana Help COPD?

Though many proponents of medical marijuana may cite the benefits of the drug on respiratory health, what they often overlook are the incredibly negative effects of long term smoking on the lungs. According to the CDC, marijuana smoke contains over 700 chemicals and deposits nearly four times as much tar in the lungs as cigarette smoke.

Advocates of medical marijuana often believe that marijuana is inherently better for respiratory health than tobacco. However, marijuana can just as often be worse. Marijuana cigarettes or joints do not contain a filter, and due to the method in which it is inhaled (deeply), and held within the lungs (longer), the lungs are exposed to the harmful effects of marijuana smoke longer than traditional cigarette smoking. But does marijuana have to be smoked?

Alternatives to Smoking

Can Marijuana Help COPD?

As medical and recreational marijuana use has spread into the mainstream, the methods in which it is consumed have rapidly advanced. Where smoking was once the traditional form of consumption, now methods such as vaporizing and eating ‘edibles’ have become the norm, effectively eliminating the adverse effects of smoke inhalation.

  • Vaporizing- a method in which marijuana is heated at a cooler temperature (329 F) than required for burning (combustion) releasing the active ingredients of marijuana into a safer gas or vapor.
  • Edible consumption- a method in which active ingredients are essentially cooked out of the marijuana and added to food. Typically these chemicals are reduced down to a simple oil, this oil can be used in the creation of baked goods such as cookies, muffins, brownies, candy and even lemonade.

Medical marijuana can serve as a temporary method of treatment, but the inability to avoid the side effects (being ‘high’) and the mixed legality of it leaves its use as a future form of medication uncertain. Although COPD currently has no cure, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of stem cell research. As the scientific community continues to put their best minds to the task of solving the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering quality of life for those who need it most.

If you’re looking to make a profound change in your life or the life of someone you love, the time is now. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

Suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and considering medical marijuana? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments on the question of Can Marijuana Help COPD below.

66 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    1 month ago

    Starr:

    Thank you for the comment. You would have to talk with your primary doctor about whether you can get this prescription. It may depend on where you live.

    We have written a number of blog articles on this topic, so feel free to read those.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for COPD. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Starr

    1 month ago

    I suffer from copd and sleep apnea, using a cpap machine at night that should be connected to a oxygen concentrater.
    I also use a portable o2 delivery system for the few times I am walking. I am out of breath in twelve paces or less. I have not smoked since my diagnosis in 2004 to no avail. o2 does not help. spiriva and xopenex don’t help. any movement leads to exasperation.

    Am wondering about the cannabis/marijuana oils I am seeing daily advertised on facebook? Does this help and will my doctor in georgia prescribe it.

  3. Lung Institute

    2 months ago

    Nora:

    Hi there! Thank you for the comment and interest in our blog. I have added this link to a blog we recently did on the topic you mentioned. Maybe that info will help.

    I can only tell you about what it is that we do here. That’s not to say patients haven’t tried it but unfortunately, it’s not something we focus on here at Lung Institute. If you are looking at other treatment options I would be glad to have a patient coordinator call and reach out to you for more info. We focus on stem cell therapy as it relates to pulmonary conditions and would be glad to see if we can help.

    Kind Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  4. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that your wife is having a difficult time. It’s always a good idea to explore all of your options, and your wife’s primary care doctor is a great source of information. I would recommend asking her primary care doctor about medical marijuana to discover if it’s legal in your area and if it’s a good treatment option for your wife.

    -Lung Institute

  5. Anna

    3 months ago

    Sorry about THE caps it would not allow me to not do caps…
    I been smoking medicinal marijuana for about a month now.
    Even though Arizona does not use marijuana for COPD and respiratory issues I Use it for PTSD AND INSOMNIA.
    I would like to SAy this….
    Before using marijuana I had three different inhalers Nebulizer treatments 2 to 3 times a day and I am on oxygen… I suffer allergic reaction to steroids pills, inhaling, injection I am allergic to Steroids.
    Since using marijuana i have not used my Nebulizer once I am only using oxygen and WITHIn the month use Only 1 INHALER and that is my Adavir and only used it 2 times in a month. I use to have to use it twice a day everyday and i would HAVE massive medical issues from it.
    Since using Marijuana and not having to use Inhalers, my Neurological issues have disappeared, I am not HAVING pain breathing in or out, I feel calmer and i am able to sleep soundly.

    I am greatful I was able to use marijuana for my other medical issues and it has been helping me with my obstructive pulmonary disease because it was a concern it could make it WORSE well not for this 44yo.

  6. mary ellis

    3 months ago

    I live in MONTREAL QUEBEC CANADA MY WIFE HAS COPD STAGE 4 AND HEART PROBLEMS SHE IS ALWAYS IN PAIN TIGHTNESS IN HER CHEST HER FEET ARE SWOLLEN can cannabis oil HELP her AND WHERE CAN I BUY IT? RIGHT NOW HER OXYGEN LEVEL IS BETWEEN 74/82 PULSE 117/125 SHE IS 68 YEARS OLD SHE IS EXTREMELY WEAK AND UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING SHE DON’T WANT TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL ANYMORE

  7. MB

    3 months ago

    MORPHINE PARALIZES THE LUNGS. THEY DIE BECAUSE THEY STOP BREATHING.

  8. Nora

    3 months ago

    Will marijuana help my COPD

  9. Jane Peters

    5 months ago

    My mother has COPD really bad. I wish they would hurry up and legalize marijuana so she could use it.

  10. dotty

    5 months ago

    IM 75 YEARS OLD. I HAVE LOST PART OF MY LEFT LIUNG AND TOLD BECAUSE OF SMOKING.I HAVE BEEN ON ADVAIR,NEBULIZER ETC,,.I NOW BECAUSE OF SEVERE BACK PAIN FOR OVER 14 YEARS I SMOKE MEDICAL MAR.IT DOESNT MAKE U HIGH AT ALL IT DOEST CONTAIN THB. I CAN BREATHE MUCH BETTER .I WAS RX FOR COPD AND BRONKITIS 2016 BY 2016 IN SEPT I HAD A CHEST X RAY AND WAS TOLD NO CHRONIC COPD OR BRONKITIS WOW WAS I SURPRISE JUST SMOKING A LITTLE BIT NOT EVERYDAY. IM HAPPY NOT TAXING MY LUNG . TU AND IT GETS ME MAD BECAUSE HALF THE GOVERMENT SMOKE OR DRINK BUT ITS NOT OKAY FOR US. IM HAPPY I FEEL SO GOOD FINALLY.IVE BEEN SMOKING FOR 2 YEARS AND NO CANCER ,COPD,BRONKITIS ETC.SO IT HAS HELPED ME .

  11. andrew tackor

    6 months ago

    Yes Marijuana is useful for COPD, Marijuana use help patients who are suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. And also marijuana is great alternate for pain.

  12. Alley

    6 months ago

    3 years ago i was dIagnosed with C.O.P.D and have been given various treatments yet despite that i was Still using 3/4 reliver inhalers a moNth esp at night…not good not under control. I started using MARIJUANA about 6 months ago just a small smoke in the EVENING before bed. It quickly releases any tighness in my chest and i sleep much better not waking up gasping for air and reaching for my nebuliser in fact i use APPROXIMATELY 1/2 of my relIver inhaler once a month i rarEly need it now. Ive taken up sports that ive not played in years and have had no Attacks or hospital admitence since early december.

  13. Phoebe

    6 months ago

    Dear Ron,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, stem cell treatment is not covered by insurance companies. As with any newer medication or treatment option, it may take some time before insurance companies decide to cover it. However, we’re hopeful that stem cell treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the future. Some prescription medications for COPD can be expensive, especially over time. It’s important to discuss all of your questions and concerns with your doctor, including worries about the cost of the medications you take. We understand your apprehensions regarding the cost of treatment various options. We’re happy to talk with you one-on-one about your questions and concerns regarding stem cell treatment, candidacy and cost, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Phoebe

    6 months ago

    Dear Toffi,

    Thank you for your comment. First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges your mother has been facing with COPD. For some people, they develop COPD even though they never smoked. Currently, there is no cure for COPD or other chronic lung diseases. However, there are treatment options available to help people manage their symptoms, which may include medications, inhalers, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, lifestyle changes and more. It’s important that your mother sees her doctor regularly and always discusses her questions, concerns and treatment options with her doctor. Feel free to keep checking-in with our blog to read more articles on a variety of topics to help people with chronic lung diseases breathe easier. We’re glad to hear our articles are helpful for you and your mother. We wish you and your mother the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. Toffi

    6 months ago

    Good day sir/mam, im toffi, from philippines. my mother is suffering copd for 30years, she is 47yrs old now and a non-smoker person, she got it when she was in high school after her tuberculosis. i am still looking for possible signs of curative agents to help her live her life to the fullest and your institution/blogs/ and facts about copd gives me a ton of idea to support her everyday living. thank you very much lung institute :)

  16. Ron

    6 months ago

    Stem Cell is a joke, stem cell was and is only designed for the RICH. beings it’s not a drug insurance companies don’t pay for it so if your not rich then forget about treatment. Even tho stem cell receives millions of dollars every year treatment is not affordable for the common Person. It’s all about money ! Even your precipitation drugs for copd are expensive ($400.00 plus ), it seems and drug or treatment a person needs to stay a live is super expensive!

  17. Ugene

    7 months ago

    I’m a 68 year old black male. I was a heavy cigarette smoker from the age of 14 or so. I was around 2nd hand smoke at a young age as family was full of smokers. I was still pretty active an athlete growing up with occasional asthmatic incidents. In my 50’s, I was pre-diagnosed with copd. What I didn’t realize is my smoking of marijuana was masking my copd. When I felt labored breathing I’d take a toke or two. within 10-15 minutes my lungs felt relaxed, my breathing wasn’t labored. this was happening long before the diagnosis. I had shared this with my md in the 90’s. the relaxed effects would last for hours only with a slight high. I was functional and had relief. the only side effect, I had the munchies in a few hours.

    I’m not pushing cannabis as it may not work for everyone. I for one, it has helped. I would say it’s time for the people to fully expose that cannabis has medicinal benefits and may have some cures. Big pharma and our government don’t want us to get better, so they don’t provide cures. seems cannabis may be a cure for many things without the cost of pharmaceutical poisons, deadly side effects and tremendous profits/expense. haven’t heard of one negative that is worse than breathing the poisoned air from using cannabis. this government knows it has no harmful benefits except, it can be grown in your backyard and they can’t profit.

    29 states have legalized it yet the FEDs still won’t get off the illegal campaign. we know it’s negatively supported by big pharma, tobacco and alcohol. I say, majority rule feds! we are the government, you are the employee of the people. we say legalize it or we will continue to ignore and expose your methods to keep people ill.

    If you can’t smoke it, teas and edibles provide similar relief. seek your own cures. government and pharma prefer you ill.

  18. Phoebe

    7 months ago

    Dear Gail,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story with us. Like you, many people with COPD have anxiety about their condition. For some people, taking a few minutes to listen to soft music or sitting outside for a few minutes helps them relax. Other people have found it helpful to try very gentle breathing techniques designed to help people with COPD. Click here to read about some relaxation tips. Remember, if you see a change in your lung health or overall health, it’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  19. gail

    7 months ago

    Yes, I was a smoker for 40yrs. I was diagnosed in 2014 and wore oxygen at night only. Of course by now,I am on 24/7 and use an inhaler. My concern now is what comes next. My pulmunary Dr. doesn’t seem concerned but did give me 20 Xanex to help with anxiety, but NO more. I realize there is no cure, even though I have suggested LIPO-SUCTION for lungs–but no one has tried yet. All I ask for is relief for anxiety and fear of suffocating..

  20. Matt

    8 months ago

    Hello Alice,
    We’re sorry to hear you’ve been having problems. We’d recommend you discussing your situation to your doctor before trying another treatment. Thanks again and have a great day.

  21. Alice Johnson

    8 months ago

    I have COPD, a pretty mild case so far, and I’m using three different inhalers. They’re probably helping, because I’m doing quite well most of the time. I do get short of breath on a one-mile walk, but I manage. I’d like to get off these inhalers, so I’m going to try medical marijuana. Wish me luck.

  22. Mirna Esparza

    10 months ago

    I have been dealing with food for about 4yrs now. I can’t say what level of the disease I’m in because my mother passed from this combined with heart failure and it’s really Scarry plus if and when I become ill to the point Where they have to use machines I’m just like my mother I refuse to be put through that. Here lately my lungs have been getting bad most likely cause of the changes in the weather. Here in Tx. marijuana has not yet been approved for medical use and that’s a shame because listening to my daughter’s advice I have been drinking a marijuana tea and st least in my opinion it has helped me out a bit. Granted that I don’t drink the tea everyday because I initially started drinking it for pain from my osteoarthritis band realized that this teal helps in more than one area of my health problems by no means am I trying to tell anybody to take it, but it has worked for me.

  23. PB

    12 months ago

    Dear Lou,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear that you have been going through such a difficult time with COPD. Like you, many people with COPD develop or have a chronic cough and shortness of breath. We’re not familiar with or associated with any stem cell clinics or medical professionals in Australia, so we’re not able to recommend anyone. However, you can talk with your doctor to see if he or she can recommend someone, such as a pulmonologist, who may be able to help. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  24. Lou

    12 months ago

    Hi guys

    I have been diagnosed with COPD sometime ago and have been placed on inhalers without success. I gave up smoking in November 2009 expecting to breathe better but it never happened. I am short of breath and have develop a chronic cough that drives me crazy.
    My doctors are not really giving me any options and I only want to be able to walk freely.
    Can you put me in contact with someone in Canberra, Australia that might be able to help. I am willing to try canabis oil if that could help, I just want my avail to regenerate.

  25. Simon Hardinsky

    1 year ago

    I live in Virginia where any kind of Cannabis is highly illegal. Cannabis oil is legal for epilepsy and marijuana is legal for those who have cancer or glaucoma. Since I have stage three emphysema I cannot access cannabis of any kind. I know for a fact that even smoked pot opens up my lungs like nothing else however Virginia is the seat for the pharmaceutical industry, especially Richmond, Virginia and money trickles down from the top to keep cannabis illegal because F.D.A. approved medications are so very profitable since most of the expense of a drug after F.D.A. approval is seen in marketing and advertising. This is a shame because a natural herb is the very best remedy with no side effects.

  26. Ronald vaughn

    1 year ago

    marijuana has plagued my life. having been homeless, drug dealers “front” the drug until you get your disability check , unemployment, or food stamps, then the drug dealers ‘collection thugs” come around on those days for their money. you try to get an apt. or hotel room and can’t afford it. this kept me in rescue missions, food lines homeless for a very long time. This started after I started smoking cigarettes, trying to feel I belonged to a part of society. and always when you buy street drugs, other drugs are going to be offered Now their is a drug mixing heroin and fentynyl used to anesthetize elephants. cigarettes are a gateway drug.

  27. Fred

    1 year ago

    My hereditary bronchiectasis has been the same everyday for 45 years the only thing that ever helped me cough and loosen the mucus so I felt I could breathe easier is Cannabis. Nothing else creates that more unclogged feeling like Cannabis does, eaten, vaped or smoked, the smoke is light, floral and antibiotic naturally.

  28. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Dave,

    Thanks for your comment. We have reached out to your patient coordinator, and your patient coordinator will contact you directly to discuss this further.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  29. Dave Owens

    1 year ago

    I have been diagnosed w/ COPD, I’m 67 and scheduled for Stem Cell Therapy in Cranberry, Pa.approximately in January/ February of 2017. I used to smoke generally 11/2 packs a day and quit cold turkey 31 years ago. I have mild bronchitis. Could I elect to have some form of cannabis treatment administered like in an inhaler on a once a month basis very low dosages to see if any benefit could come of this? I figure it this way, what do I have to lose, since this CBC has shown to reduce inflamation and helping lung cancer patients, maybe it could help in healing some parts of my lungs. My information is on file w/ the Lung Institute-Tampa, Fla. Stevie Gordon. Thank you for your time, anxiously await your response via my e-mail!

  30. Mily

    1 year ago

    Please only choose hospice if ur family is ready to pass. The morphone doesn’t help your breathing it realaxe’s you enough to make u not even think about breathing and they will keep up in the dose to quote keep them comfortable until evenly they will not be able to do anything for themselves this process take’s as little as 1week to 6months. we are currently about to try cbd therapy on my mom she has stage 4 copd.. still full of life but generally uncomfortable from the pain of poor circulation bc she is able to get up much due to shortness of breath. Diabetes they list goes on and on thanks to big pharma pusing pills to make money. We are hopine to ease her mind will update when we know more_

  31. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Becky,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the difficulties your father is having with COPD, CHF and breathing. Because of the personal nature of your question, it’s best to discuss any possible changes to your father’s treatment plan with his doctor before trying other options. Your father’s doctor knows him, his health situation and his treatment plan well, so your father’s doctor will be able to best guide you on the risks and benefits on the use of edibles in your father’s situation. We wish you and your father the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  32. Becky

    1 year ago

    Hello, my father is 76 and on Hospice with stage 4 COPD and CHF. He is currently taking morphine when his breathing becomes extremely difficult and does not have an easy time doing so because of the side effects. Should I talk to him about trying edibles?

  33. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Jane,

    Thanks for your comment. Because chronic lung diseases affect everyone differently and because of the variety of personal treatment plans for people lung disease, it’s best to discuss questions, concerns and other options, such as medical marijuana, with the doctor before changing the current treatment plan.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  34. Jane

    1 year ago

    Looks like the only answers given here are, “Ask your doctor”….not a lot of help.

  35. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Nancy,

    Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, it’s important to discuss changes to your treatment plan with your doctor before trying those changes. Your doctor will be able to answer your questions about medical marijuana, and he or she can advise you on the benefits and risks. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  36. Nancy Card

    1 year ago

    I have COPD, and Mild CHF. I considered medical marijuana, but I don’t want to get high. I like to be in total control of my faculties. I don’t take prescription pain killers, or other meds that alter my mental faculties. I think I will look into stem cell therapy, and if that’s not available to me, then I will just wait until a therapy is available to me that will extend my quality of life.

  37. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Rose,

    Thanks for your comment. Some researchers are studying the effectiveness of marijuana for a variety of illnesses and other reasons. You can read more about different trials being conducted by clicking here. Before changing your treatment plan, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor. Because your doctor knows you and your health well, he or she will be able to guide you best. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell therapy for COPD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  38. Rose

    1 year ago

    Are there any effective clinical trials using cannabis oil.
    We as starting seeing a lot if adds. I have COPD.
    I am on several inhalers including Albuterol. We are curious as cannabis is being used to help/heal many disorders.

    Thanks

  39. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Mr. West,

    Thanks for your comment. It’s important to discuss any possible treatment plan changes with your doctor before modifying your treatment plan. Smoking in any form can cause damage to the lungs, so discussing tips to quit smoking with your doctor is a good idea. You can also discuss edible forms of marijuana with your doctor so that you could receive the benefits of it without smoking.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  40. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Domonik,

    Thanks for your comment, and we’re glad that you’ve found our article helpful. We recommend talking with your doctor about any new, changing or worsening symptoms, such as chest tightness or coughing. It’s also important to discuss any treatment plan changes with your doctor before modifying your treatment plan.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  41. Domonik

    1 year ago

    Thank you for the article, at least I have room for reason now. As a kid in had farmers lung and to some extent I know I still have issues with my breathing. For the better of 10 years I have used Mary Jane, ideally for the recreational purpose but subconsciously to self medicate. Recently I stopped using in last month and noticed my chest getting tighter in the night. Not smoking is the only thing different I have done and cam attribute to my restless sleep. So I was curious as to whether the two were related. You have given me room for reason and I’d like to say thank you.

  42. Mr West

    1 year ago

    Hi i am determined to quit milds but was hoping i could smoke weed helps me in many other areas. just told i had copd. Never had any real health problems. I’ve smoked weed since 23yrs. Old cigar/black&milds about same im 42.

  43. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Grady,

    Thanks for your comment. To best answer your questions, it’s important to discuss them with your doctor. Because your doctor knows you and your health the best, he or she will be able to guide you and will know how different medications interact with each other. We recommend writing down any questions or concerns you have and taking them with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  44. grady swafford

    2 years ago

    smoked mj and ciggs for 30 years. quit ciggs 10 years ago due to copd diagnosis. still a heavy pot smoker, and copd is worsened as a result. have been on Qvar and Abuterol for several years. I’ve had several exacerbations where the inhalers were not effective.
    Aside from running or working out, I manage pretty well doing various chores, mowing lawn, walking,etc.
    recently, I’ve truly felt quitting smoking mj is the most important thing now. My doctor said ot wasn’t good to continue using qvar and albuterol for extended periods of time and she prescribed “spiriva”. it seems like the list of side effects is scary. I wonder if Spiriva is a good idea. I want to try Rick Simpson oil, as it is available in all the shops. Worker told me the brand they sell has a great reputation and is organic, etc. Is it ok to try this while taking pharma inhalers too? any good news about Spiriva?

  45. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Keith,

    Thanks for your question. To speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We are happy to answer any questions you have about stem cell treatment, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  46. keith

    2 years ago

    What number do i need to call from the UK?

  47. Robert

    2 years ago

    i have found that if u do not process it into oil your results may not give you what it should .Nothing negative . I vap the oil you do not need a lot it. I do not qualify for stem cell i have cancer of the blader also.they give me BCG which eliminates me.Good poor going forward.

  48. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Reece,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time. Staying on top of your lung health is important, so seeing your pulmonologist regularly is also important. Remember to write down any questions, concerns or symptoms you have so that you can take them with you to your next appointment. Discussing your questions, concerns and symptoms with your doctor is always important. In the meantime, you can also keep checking in with our blog to read articles on a variety of subjects, such as apple cider vinegar and COPD.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  49. Reece Jacobsen

    2 years ago

    My name is reece and I am actually only about to be 21. Have all sorts of signs of copd or some other respiratory issue (aswell as 2 small nodules), (just waiting on pulmonologist tests) what is best recommended? I’m too young to be going through this

  50. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Karen,

    First and foremost we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies that your brother did not see the improvements to his pulmonary health that you or he expected. Although 84% of patients in our most recent study have found improvement in their quality of life, the human body is complex and can react in a variety of ways that can be impossible to predict. Unfortunately, 16% may not see any improvement.

    You could start researching about CBD on Google, and you can also ask your brother’s doctor about it. Remember that it’s always important to talk with your brother’s doctor to discuss any questions, concerns, and symptoms before modifying his treatment plan.

    If there is anything we can do for you and your brother moving forward please give us a call at (855) 313-1149, and we’d be happy to help.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  51. karen

    2 years ago

    My brother has copd stage four the stem cell didn’t work was wondering about the cbd need help so bad where do I start how do I find out about this

  52. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Edwin,

    Thanks for your comment. Although we would strongly advise against smoking in any form due to the damage it causes to your lungs, if you choose to consume the substance rather than inhale it please keep us updated on your progress. However, if you are looking for an alternative to marijuana that will work to address the disease itself, rather than just the symptoms, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators. Stem cell therapy might be the best alternative for handling your symptoms without the psychoactive and physiological effects of marijuana use.

    Looking forward to hearing from you Edwin,

    -The Lung Institute

  53. Edwin

    2 years ago

    I have COPD and yes I’ve smoked marijuana and going to try it in cooking to. Was just trying too fine more information if it was helping with pain to I know about the getting high part. To me it did seem to help with pain to

  54. Martin Gonzalez

    2 years ago

    Folks the component in Marijuana that seems to have great results with epilepsy and COPD and other conditions is the CBD not the THC. CBD Hemp Oil extract is legal to buy in any state as long as the THC content is point something(very little). research youtube lots of info. I have emphesyma now for 7 years have researched this extensively.

  55. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi Stephanie,

    Unfortunately, we’re unfamiliar with RSO. However, for other natural remedies, check out our apple cider vinegar article and our five natural remedies to promote lung function article. We hope you find these helpful.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  56. stephanie cooper

    2 years ago

    My mother is ANTI mmj and has stage 4 COPD what is out there that can help her I’m thinking RSO

  57. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi Dale,

    Thanks for your comment. If you’re looking for more information about medical marijuana, you could try looking up your questions on Google to see what information is available there. If you’re looking for more information about stem cell therapy, please feel free to contact one of our well-qualified patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149. We would be happy to answer your questions.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  58. At 55, I just learned last week I have COPD. I also live in Texas, where Laws are very different from Colorado! Is there a place where I could learn more on this? Thank you, Dale

  59. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Mr. Aronson,

    Although we aren’t qualified to speak on CBD oil, from our research there are several states closer to you in New Jersey that have varying access to medical marijuana and its derivatives. Try this link, it will provide you information on the states and the capital that permit varying degrees of medicinal use. If you ever have any questions regarding stem cell therapy please feel free to reach out to us at (855) 313-1149 and we’d be happy to assist.

    Enjoy your day Merrill,

    -The Lung Institute

  60. Have copd and want to try CBD oil extractive product. Where do I go from here? I am 73 and live in NJ. What is my best option-move to Colorado?

    Thank you,

    Mr.
    Merrill Aronson

  61. Lu

    2 years ago

    Now what pulmonologist is going to give information about whether or not to use MM for COPD? Doctors aren’t trained in this. Most likely they’re gonna say no.

  62. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hey Patti,

    Thanks for your question. In response to your inquiry, costs actually depend on treatment type and can therefore vary. If you’d like to get more detailed information on the treatment types that we offer, please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. Their wealth of knowledge should be helpful.

    Happy Holidays Patti and we look forward to hearing from you,

    The Lung Institute

  63. patti sullivan

    2 years ago

    Please tell me how much stem cell treatment costs.

  64. Arlo

    2 years ago

    I am 65 years old and have had COPD since 1990. I use small edibles, and a few weeks after starting I went to my doc who said my breathing was better than it has been in the last ten years. Nothing else had changed. The wheezing went away and my need for O2 decreased. Because in California it is terribly expensive I have gone without for a couple of weeks and my breathing isn’t as good. I do not think this is a placebo effect. I only use the kind that does not alter cognitive functioning. I have also used the tinctures. There are chews that resemble a piece of candy. Those are the most helpful. I am however spending approximately $ 300.00 a month. But like everyone else I want to live as long as I can. I also use all of my prescribed medication.

  65. bobby scott

    2 years ago

    I have COPD and when I’m short winded or congested I’ll smoke a joint (if available) and it helps me breathe after a few puffs. However, the first few puffs causes me to almost cough up a lung but after that it’s smooth sailing and I’m breathing good again. It may be illegal but if it helps me breathe to hell with the law. Let’s see…..obeying the law or asphyxiation….I say again …to hell with the law..I wanna live. I’ll take a joint every time.

  66. fae

    3 years ago

    Unlike cigarette smokers people who smoke marijuana did not chain smoke 3 packs of joints a day. When using THC CBD for the treatment of COPD it is not smoked or baked into food. This is in oil form and an amount the size of a grain of rice is placed under the tongue. The user doesn’t get high due to the amount used.

    I have COPD and have had your procedure. I just don’t understand why one alternative treatment doesn’t put more effort into researching the positive effects of another alternative treatment that may work hand in hand to the betterment of the patient.

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