This might sound weird and ridiculous but contrary to popular opinion, cannabis can help asthmatics in many ways.
I couldn’t believe it myself when I first started research for this article, but, as it seems, compounds found in cannabis can relieve certain acute and life-threatening symptoms of asthma.
When you think about cannabis, I bet the first thing that pops into your mind is smoking a joint.
Of course, smoking is most often associated with various adverse effects on our lungs, but things are never that simple when it comes to cannabis.
Cannabis and asthma have a three-millennia long relationship.
Around 1200 BC, ancient Egyptians used the herb to treat many conditions, including asthma.
French writer Marcel Proust used cannabis regularly to manage asthmatic symptoms referring to it as “anti-asthma cigarettes”. (1)
More recently, and not so long ago, before cannabis was demonized and pushed into illegality, cannabis was used as a cough medication:
In the early 1920s, medical practitioners were allowed to prescribe it, and cannabis tinctures were one of the preferred additions to cough …