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Posted by FoM on November 23, 2000 at 21:49:06 PT
By Duncan Welch 
Source: Budapest Sun  

medical A team from Hungary has conducted research into marijuana and established a link between the drug and asthma which could help develop new treatments for respiratory-related illnesses. Back in the mid-1970s US professor Donald P Taskin found that "recent studies demonstrated significant, acute bronchodilation in healthy young men after they smoked marijuana".

Now research in Hungary, Italy and the US indicates that while some asthma sufferers are prone to coughing when exposed to elements of the drug, others seem to be less affected by such irritation when lung muscles are tensed.

According to Dr Tamás Freund of the Institute of Experimental Medicine of Budapest, the knowledge gleaned from this research could alter the way respiratory illnesses are treated.

"Colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, found that induced bronchular constriction was antagonized by anandamide, a substance with the same properties as cannabinoids, a material found in marijuana.

"The contribution of my laboratory was to localize the molecules released by anandamide and its effect on nerve fibers in order to ease the muscles, helping reduce the substance that constricts the muscles," he explained.

Marijuana is currently being examined for medical properties in the fields of asthma, stroke and cancer research, as well as being utilized for pain relief and the control of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment.

Freund and his staff of researchers have completed their part of the project, but say the day drugs utilizing their work are widely available to help asthma sufferers is still some way off in the future.

"This is the basic research, more study is required before drugs can be made available," said Freund. At present the research has involved animals, but in the US research is soon to be conducted on humans.

Danielle Piomelli, of the University of California, said, "We think that by targeting cannabinoid receptors in the upper airways we can control coughs in a number of conditions."

For the moment, the Institute of Experimental Medicine is now continuing its work with marijuana based substances, examining the link between learning and memory.

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Source: Budapest Sun (Hungary)
Author: Duncan Welch
Published: November 23, 2000 - Volume VIII, Issue 47
Address: Városmajor utca 13. II. emelet
Copyright: 2000 The Budapest Sun
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Comment #10 posted by freelance on June 07, 2002 at 16:24:46 PT:

Asthma and Marijuana
I am a 27 year old male who has lived with severe asthma all my life. I am on several medications. For the past year I have smoked about 2 to 3 marijuana joints per week. I can honestly say that my asthma has not been any worse prior to smoking. I cannot say that my asthma has been any better but I can say that when smoking it does not induce my asthma. Can someone email me information that is in laymen's terms.

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Comment #9 posted by Danny on August 27, 2001 at 20:18:40 PT
My son, and medical marijuana
My son was born with severe asthma, and has almost died numerous times in his life, from it. He's 24 years old now, but still suffers from the severe asthma.

About the time he got his driver's license at 16 his asthma mysteriously got better..... My wife and I assumed that he was finally growing out if it. Unbeknownst to us, he was smoking marijuana.

2 years ago he got busted with a joint. He was put on probation with random urine tests, and was unable to smoke any pot for a long time. His asthma came back just as severe as it was before he started smoking pot.

I'm convinced that pot helps asthmatics. My son is living proof.

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Comment #8 posted by Ethan Russo, MD on April 10, 2001 at 08:06:17 PT:

Every Project Deserves Research
Krissy, you might start by searching the PubMed site and plugging in keywords such as cannabis asthma Tashkin (a noted expert):

Cannabis actually is a bronchodilator (opens up breathing passages) and was employed in therapeutic cigarettes at the turn of the last century for this purpose. Interestingly, THC alone may promote coughing, but the mixture of cannabinoids and essential oils in herbal cannabis have net anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant effects that are helpful.

The book, Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts by Zimmer and Morgan is an excellent resource for information on this and similar issues that is accurate, understandable and scientifically meritorious.
Good luck!

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Comment #7 posted by Krissy on April 10, 2001 at 07:51:18 PT:

Asthma and Marijuana
I am researching a project on how marijuana can aid in asthma treatments. I was wondering if there are any medical experst out there who can expmin to me in plain english the pros and cons based on the research that has been done.

Thanks a lot for your help.

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Comment #6 posted by Concerned Smoker on February 28, 2001 at 14:08:05 PT:

it really works?
Hey - I was wondering if smoking weed will cause more asthma attacks, the day and days after i have smoked it already because of the smoke i have inhaled. I have smoked before and havent gotten attacks afterward, but when i was high i felt like i could take huge breathes of air into my lungs and i could breathe really good. I was also wondering since you are inhaling smoke - wouldnt that make your asthma worse? If not - than why not??? Please send answers to - thanks so much!

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Comment #5 posted by matthew11 on February 26, 2001 at 14:04:03 PT:

hi i have asthma and i smoke pot the doctors dont know . they think i smoke smokes.they are telling me to stop. what shod i do

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Comment #4 posted by lizzie on January 21, 2001 at 20:31:00 PT
Smoking and Asthma


I'm a born againg Christian and an asthma sufferer. About 4 years ago my asthma had gotten so bad that in addition to my three inhalers and Pulmoaide (home breathing machine that administers medication like they do in hospital, my doctors wanted to put me on steroids. I was horribly reluctant but I had view choices as my trips to the emergency room were becoming more and more frequent. I had smoked pot in high school but had quit before my senior year.
I thought a lot about what I should do until I read a high times article about a 10 year old girl controlling her asthma with pot. I didn't think I had much to lose despite my "religious" convictions. Two hits stops an attack immediately. I've never had such quick relief and as an expectorant it works better than any prescription med I've tried. I've had breathing and lung trouble sice early childhood. Now I can breathe. God knew what he was doing when he made pot! Knowlegde is everything. Take charge of you health. You are your own best advocate.

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Comment #3 posted by Rev. Jonathan Adler on November 25, 2000 at 09:49:12 PT:

Asthma and Cannabis
Aloha, I have suffered from asthmatic attacks since 10 years of age. I had near fatal episodes with using medi-halers and allergy shots (12) twice a week by injection. I discovered after smoking my first joint at age 17, that it expectorated my lungs of mucus immediately and relieved my anxiety which also intensified the attacks. When you can't breathe you tend to get anxious. Asthma is NOT an approved condition in the minds of Hawaii State Officials and is not included in the language of our new law or rules. Any discussion of asthma has been sluffed off, by Dept. of Health and Dept. of Public Safety. Iwill relentlessly pound on our State and Federal Officials until they recognize and acknowledge my legal use of marijuana under registered religious authority which they MUST respect and protect. Rev. Jonathan Adler
Hawaii Medical Marijuana Institute

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Comment #2 posted by schmeff on November 24, 2000 at 13:32:07 PT:

McCaffrey calls this "Junk Science"
Back in the mid-1970s US professor Donald P Taskin found that "recent studies demonstrated significant, acute bronchodilation in healthy young men after they smoked marijuana".

Notice how scientists in other parts of the world are building on science conducted here in the US, in this case, thirty years ago, but Barry McCaffrey, with all the billions of our tax dollars at his discretion and whim, can't find any credible research to bolster the idea of marijuana as medicine.

He must have glaucoma.

He certainly deserves it.

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Comment #1 posted by maleksalem on November 24, 2000 at 13:11:45 PT:

broncodilation-it really works!
I have been a woodworker for over twenty-five years. I was also a tobacco smoker for almost thirty-five years (I quit a few months ago). Between the wood dust, the chemical products used in woodworking and the tobacco smoke I began having periodic trouble breathing. I noticed years ago that whenever I had problems breathing I could smoke cannabis and almost immediately find relief. Coughing would cause me to expectorate and and breathing would become easy. Of course we all could have been enjoying the various medical benefits of this wonderful plant except for our oppressive government and greedy business practices. Free the people by freeing the cannabis.

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