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Marijuana and COPD: Can It Help?

7 Dec 2016
| Under COPD, Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 16 Comments
Marijuana and COPD: Can It Help?

In this recent election, it seems as though marijuana may be here to stay. But, when it comes to marijuana and COPD, can it help?

As states across the U.S. continue to push marijuana law reform, there are currently 26 states that have legalized marijuana in some form or another. For those who currently suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another form of chronic lung disease, finding an effective treatment option can be difficult. For many with the disease, traditional treatment options can only work to relieve symptoms rather than address disease progression. When seeking alternative treatment options, the topic of natural treatments can be a reoccurring subject- namely the effects of marijuana cannabinoids on opening up the airways of the lungs.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to breakdown the sometimes controversial topic of Marijuana and COPD: Can it Help?

Marijuana and COPD- What Does It Do?

COPD symptoms are typically brought about by acute inflammation of the airways, which obstructs and inhibits normal breathing. When treating COPD, commonly prescribed medications such as inhalers and corticosteroids are employed to work as anti-inflammatory agents, acting to reduce inflammation and dilate the respiratory airways. The downside of these medications, however, is that they can be expensive over time and often come coupled with more than a few negative side-effects, including weight gain, blood sugar imbalance and infection.

In recent medical developments, it’s been found that medical marijuana has shown efficacy in treating respiratory illness, and it has been linked to holding anti-inflammatory properties. These beneficial chemicals latent in marijuana are called cannabinoids and are known to have several additional functions including:

  • Supporting the immune system
  • Possessing anti-microbial properties
  • Phlegm reduction
  • Pain Relief
  • Promoting Better Sleep

However, regardless of the potential benefits of these marijuana chemicals, the issue remains that the act of smoking is still inherently dangerous to respiratory health.

Marijuana and COPD: Can It Help?

The Problem with Smoking

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, smoking is terrible for you. Not only does it actively shave time off your life, but it reduces the quality of life for the time that you have. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marijuana cigarette smoke contains over 700 chemicals and deposits nearly four times as much tar as tobacco smoke. Now, though cigarette smoke is different than that of marijuana, the downside to a marijuana cigarette or joint is that it does not contain a filter. Often the smoke inhaled from marijuana is held in deeply and fills the lungs for a longer period of time than traditional cigarette smoking. This inherently makes it as—if not more—dangerous to respiratory health as cigarette smoking.

But is there a way to ingest these beneficial chemicals without having to inhale them?

Alternatives to Inhaling

The benefit to marijuana in comparison to other traditional treatment options is the flexibility of the form. Today, marijuana can be ingested through baked edibles, boiled and strained into teas, vaporized rather than consumed through smoke or consumed through non-THC reactive oils such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which can be taken orally as a drop.

Although medical marijuana can serve as a temporary method of treatment for symptom relief, in all cases of marijuana consumption aside from CBD oil (which removes the THC reactive chemical that gets you high), marijuana has the unfortunate side-effect of getting you high. Another consideration is that although some form of legalization has occurred in 26 states, the legality of marijuana on the federal level is still an ongoing issue.

Marijuana and COPD: Can It Help?

Moving Forward…

It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD, including information about marijuana and COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of stem cell research, and the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

Interested in our Marijuana and COPD: Can It Help? Share your thoughts and comments below.


  1. Lung Institute

    6 days ago


    Thank you for your comment.

    We have written a few articles regarding CBD and COPD. Here is a link to one of them.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Lori Meyer

    1 week ago

    I’m a 50 year old woman, smoked for years, diagnosed with copd after bout of pneumonia. Wish to avoid traditional meds, steriods, oxygen, am trying cordyceps and othe medicinal mushrooms. Wold also like to try cbd oil for relief. Very. Active not ready to THROw in towell. What are best cbd methods for relief?

  3. Lung Institute

    3 weeks ago


    Thank you for your comment. You took the first step in helping your COPD by giving up tobacco use. As for vaporizers, that is something you may want to discuss with your primary physician. We did write a blog article about recently and it may provide some information for you.

    If you have questions about COPD and our treatments, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. Chronic lung diseases affect everyone differently, so we can best help you by speaking with you over the phone. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. grahame

    3 weeks ago

    what are your thoughts on vaporisers I gave up baccy 4 years ago been smokin pure since .just been diagnosed with early copd thcx

  5. Lung Institute

    1 month ago


    Thank you for the comment. CBD Oil has been used by people to treat various diseases, including some testimonials of people with COPD. We have written some blog articles about medical marijuana and COPD. This is a personal choice and you will need to discuss this with her primary physician or do research on the Internet.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    The Lung Institute

  6. Michelle L Thomison

    1 month ago

    My mother has copd. Nothing is helping her. I want to try cbd oil. Where do i start?

  7. Lung Institute

    2 months ago


    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

  8. Gale

    2 months ago

    Have done some research on cbd oil and it sounds promising. I’m tired of inhaling chemicals and also use Xanax for anxiety which it’s supposed to help with as well. Anyone tried it? Love some input.

  9. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Neal,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with COPD. Like you, many people with COPD feel very tired and have a hard time breathing. If you’re noticing a change in your COPD symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you and work with you to develop the best COPD treatment plan for you.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. neal

    10 months ago

    never tried a joint, but would like to i cant walk around the rooms of my house without sweating and grasping and breathing hard. As a young child i had ashma really bad but went away as i got older now i have copd my work was i steel mill and welding. im only 53 and cant do much tired all the time and hard to breath.

  11. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Linda,

    Thanks for your comment and questions. It’s important to talk with your doctor about all medications, supplements, natural alternatives and marijuana before you try using them or try changing your treatment plan. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you about any risks or benefits. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Linda

    10 months ago

    I have COPD. Do u have to have Dr’s script? My Dr doesn’t believe in this. Very religious.

  13. Richard Furie Soles

    10 months ago

    Thanks dr.Jack ,for having an article about this cannabis …there is also Cannabis oil that can be used and Vape pens…along with a new item that I learned about cannahoney, edible honey with a mixture….

  14. Karen

    11 months ago

    There is also suppositories for taking Cannabis Oil. I have been taking cannabis this way for the past 10 months and my FEV has improved from 31% to 54%.

  15. PB

    11 months ago

    Dear Joan,

    Thanks for your comment, and we’re glad to hear that the articles we write help you. As always, we’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for COPD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We wish you the best and hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Joan DalCerro

    11 months ago

    I am sure many people would like to have stem cell therapy, but the cost is much too high for most.
    Too high especially for those who live way out and have no neighbors and don’t/can’t work like myself.
    I do appreciate your information that you send very much!

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