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Marijuana Use and Chronic Bronchitis

6 Oct 2014
| Under Chronic Bronchitis, Treatments | Posted by | 17 Comments
Marijuana Use and Chronic Bronchitis

Marijuana use can be a controversial topic. Let’s confront it head-on.

For those who suffer from Chronic Bronchitis, maintaining one’s quality of life can be a difficult struggle. As a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) chronic bronchitis describes a set of symptoms that may or may not be present in COPD such as chronic cough, wheezing, mucus production, and fatigue. However, recent legal and medical advances have established medical marijuana as an emerging form of treatment for a variety of ailments including lung disease.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to explore the relationship between Marijuana Use and Chronic Bronchitis and see just how this emerging form of treatment can be used to combat the disease.

Smoking Marijuana

Marijuana Use and Chronic Bronchitis

When marijuana is traditionally consumed through smoking, spreading at least 33 known carcinogens, 300 additional chemicals, and deposits 4 times as much tar into the lungs as cigarette smoke. Due to the method in which marijuana is smoked–typically deeper than cigarettes with a tendency to hold the smoke in the lungs longer– these variations only contribute to making the inherent negative effects of smoking worse.

Marijuana Use and Chronic Bronchitis 

Due to the mixed legality of medical marijuana, there are few studies available showing or disproving the effectiveness of medical marijuana as a form of treatment. As the topic of medical marijuana is explored further as a form of treatment for lung disease, the question remains: how does marijuana affect someone who struggles with chronic bronchitis? Some tests indicate the positive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on opening the airways, while others point to negative outcomes from marijuana smoke inhalation.

Chronic bronchitis flare-ups can occur whether instigated or not.  Adding smoke of any kind can cause symptoms of chronic bronchitis to become severe, especially coughing, sputum (phlegm), wheezing and shortness of breath. Although studies have shown that a low rate of marijuana use (1-2 joints a month) can be beneficial for those with chronic lung disease, while habitual marijuana use (25 joints a month) can weaken immunostimulatory cytokines and in turn, weaken the immune system. Smoking marijuana, coupled with chronic bronchitis, can lead to a higher probability of developing a lung infection as well.

THC and Chronic Bronchitis 

Marijuana Use and Chronic Bronchitis

There have been some conflicting studies that have produced results that THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana, is actually good for your lungs. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved THC as a drug, which means that THC’s benefits outweigh its risks. Studies have also shown that THC can act as a bronchodilator, increasing airflow to the lungs. In turn, this could increase lung functioning and efficiency. However, although THC is an approved drug and has some beneficial attributes to lung disease symptoms, consuming THC products does not necessarily constitute a safe form of treatment for people diagnosed with chronic bronchitis.

Although the use of medical marijuana can serve as a temporary method of treatment, the inability to avoid the side effects (being ‘high’) and its mixed legality 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.

The Lung Institute has helped hundreds of people seeking an alternative treatment for COPD by using the stem cells in their own body to promote healing. 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 Bronchitis and considering medical marijuana? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments on Marijuana Use and Chronic Bronchitis below.


  1. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Sophie,

    If you’re interested in learning more about stem cell treatment options for chronic lung disease, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Sophie Nesbitt

    2 months ago

    Hi- I stopped cigarette smoking after 4o years, in May this year. Went in hospital for operation on my leg. Woke up in intensive care. Took me hours to come round & had a lung infection.
    After a lot of chest thumping & oxygen & ventilators, I was able to breathe properly for the first time in years. My doc says I had early emphasymia. Will see him again soon –
    I smoke cannabis with organic tobacco. I also take oil daily & use a Vape pen too. Would be interested in getting more info from you. Thank you.

  3. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Mary,

    Thanks for your comment. Quitting smoking is important to better lung health. For tips on quitting smoking, click here. Your doctor is a great resource, and he or she will likely have suggestions to help you. We recommend discussing and developing a treatment plan with your doctor.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Mary Jane

    3 months ago

    I’m a heavy MJ user more than 10 yrs daily use. I also had severe childhood asthma now I have bronchitis and have been having really bad mucous build up and shortness of breath with a tight chest. I have gotten to where I CANT smoke and I wish I could. Thinking abt vaping but have also read about it causing worse symptoms for some as smoking. I guess the best thing is to quit altogether but MJ helps me with depression and relaxes me I don’t want to take any prescription drugs

  5. Frances Murphy

    5 months ago

    Hi i have Emphysema for over 36 years & i must have tried every inhaler & meds there is can you tell me if cannabis oil or paste will help please

  6. Maverick

    5 months ago

    I was diagnosed with copd at 12 I would lay in bed for months because of how crippling it was on my day to day actions, now im 15 I starting smoking marijuana medicinally at around 14 it helps treat my depression, anxiety, and my copd. I used to stay in bed for months now I dont even stay in bed for days it truly has changed my life even the medication that they’d used give me couldnt stand up nearly to the standards that cannabis now sets out for me. And yes everyone smoking anything has negative effects on your health thats why I use a vaporizer or a ice bong.

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  8. Jason

    8 months ago

    I am a medical marijuana patient and I use it for ptsd, anxiety, and other reasons. I had bronchitis that developed into pneumonia I did not use marijuana when I was diagnosed with bronchitis however I smoked when I had pneumonia and smoking helped me clear my lungs. Not to mention I believe some of this article is not true. Let me ask everyone a question. Why does it state that marijuana is dangerous to health when it has been medically and scientific my proven the marijuan does not harm your lungs or your body unless you have an allergy to it.

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  10. ken

    11 months ago

    I’ve suffered from chronic bronchitis since I was ten, I’ve been smoking weed regularly since I was 17 (now 23) and I have had significantly less attacks over the last few years. I used to have 2-4 horrible month long sessions of coughing a year till I would pass out or puke when I was younger, now it can be once a year or not even happen. I may have grown out of the coughing slightly or it could be the weed helping… I’m not a scientist ;p

  11. oregon

    1 year ago

    Please correct “cells found in proteins”.

  12. rmsadmin

    1 year ago

    Thank you Chuck but everything is ok on our end. What browser are you using?

  13. Chuck

    1 year ago

    Your pictures on your website are coming up. Thought you’d want to know.

  14. Perry Bird

    2 years ago

    I use a vaporizer, it burns oil works great as a broncho dilator, as long as I use it sparingly. heavy use does seem to expand my lungs too much, and is counter productive.

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  16. adriel

    2 years ago

    Yeah I wonder if thc effects the lungs without direct contact

  17. carl

    2 years ago

    Would eating thc in the edible form have any positive or negative affect for bronchitis? It isn’t inhaled so it wouldn’t even touch the lungs.

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