How can CBD help Asthma?
CBD oil relaxes and calms the respiratory system by reducing inflammation
The hyper responsiveness of the airways is accompanied by inflammation— something that cannabinoids can be very effective at reducing. 247 The conventional treatment of asthma remains problematic and often involves a combination of drugs with varying side effects. Research has shown that both CB1 and CB2 receptors are present in bronchial tissue and are involved in lung protection. The activation of CB1 receptors on nerve endings in the lungs creates a bronchodilator effect by acting on the airway’s smooth muscle, and research has suggested this may be beneficial in airway hyper reactivity and asthma. 248 Several studies, dating back to the 1970s, suggest that targeting cannabinoid receptors could be a novel preventative therapeutic strategy in asthmatic patients. 249 Evidence is mounting that asthma may be triggered by bacterial or viral infections, such as Streptococcus, in early childhood that leave the immune system more vulnerable to allergens. The resulting development of treatment strategies involving antibiotics, however, has led to antibiotic-resistant super-bugs. Cannabinoids have been shown to have a broad-spectrum bactericidal effect
Leinow, Leonard; Birnbaum, Juliana. CBD: A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis--Healing without the High (p. 164). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.
What questions to ask when deciding on a CBD Oil
1. HOW IS THE OIL EXTRACTED?
✓ Subcritical Co2 Extraction - most expensive, non-toxic, extremely efficient, ensures highly potent, pure extract.
X Liquid Solvents (butane, isopropyl alcohol, hexane, ethanol), most common method, simple and inexpensive, plant is soaked and heated, commonly used for vape products, destroys beneficial plant waxes, often bitter taste, can leave traces of impurities in the finished oil.
X Olive Oil - simple and inexpensive, heated for extended amount of time, oil cannot be concentrated using this method so a large quantity is required for medicinal benefits, highly perishable, should be stored in cold, dark place.
2. IS IT ORGANICALLY CERTIFIED ?
✓ No CBD product can officially be certified organic. However, the hemp is grown in organic soil and tests free of all heavy metals, mold, chemicals and pesticides.
3. IS THE ENTIRE PLANT USED?
✓ Whole Plant/Full Spectrum - taken from the flowers, stem, stalks and leaves, this means ALL the available cannabinoids within the plant are present, the way nature intended. When all the cannabinoids work together, you experience the beneficial 'entourage' effect, working synergistically to provide the most beneficial properties. This is why the blend has numerous cannabinoids, CBD, CBDV, CBN, and CBD and not just CBD. This is also why ‘The Blend’ contains over 60 medical terpenes!
X Isolate - compounds are extracted and/or separated from each other, it does have anti-inflammatory benefits, but does not have the medicinal quality and value of a full spectrum oil, often marketed as '99% pure CBD. A lot of isolate is making its way into North America via China and can be synthetic. Isolate is heavily processed as it is the third and final step in an extraction process.
4. WHAT CARRIER OIL IS USED?
✓ Hemp seed oil is the carrier oil, using and encompassing the entire plant. When using all aspects of the plant, this increases the synergy. Hemp seed oil is derived from the seed and has nutritional benefits.
5. WHY ARE TERPENES IMPORTANT?
✓ Terpenes are a crucial part of the plant, they are just as powerful at delivering properties as cannabinoids. Click here to read about the benefits of terpenes and the terpenes found in ‘The Blend’.
X No terpenes = Not a full spectrum plant.