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CBD and Asthma

The use of cannabis to treat asthma isn’t entirely new, and the bronchodilating abilities of THC have been investigated.1 CBD is a new area of research, and a recent review of preclinical data suggests that CBD could be useful in treating inflammatory lung diseases by reducing the protein concentration and production of inflammation-inducing cytokines and chemokines.2 A preclinical study in Brazil supports the use of CBD to modulate the inflammatory response in asthma.3

  1. A. Calignano et al., “Bidirectional Control of Airway Responsiveness by Endogenous Cannabinoids,” Nature 408, no. 6808 (2000): 96–101.
  2. Sumner Burstein, “Cannabidiol (CBD) and Its Analogs: a Review of Their Effects on Inflammation,” Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry 23, no. 7 (2015): 1377–85, doi:10.1016/j.bmc.2015.01.059.
  3. Francieli Vuolo et al., “Evaluation of Serum Cytokines Levels and the Role of Cannabidiol Treatment in Animal Model of Asthma,” Mediators of Inflammation 2015, (May 2015). doi:10.1155/2015/538670.