Treatment Objectives

COPD Treatment

COPD Treatment

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Treatment

When there has been damage to the lungs and airways the body develops certain groups of conditions which make it hard for a patient to breathe normally. COPD treatment is not a cure, but it does improve the quality of life for that of the patient by opening the airways and reducing inflammation. Acquiring the knowledge of what dietary choices best help COPD, and following the direction of medical professionals, COPD symptoms can be minimised.

Medical Cannabis Treatment for COPD

There is no known cure for COPD at this stage in time. Symptoms can be relieved in a number of ways including oxygen therapy, anticholinergics ( these help relax muscles ) and through pulmonary rehab. Pulmonary rehab includes exercise, education and nutritional support.

How Cannabinoids may help COPD
  • Cannabinoids relieve inflammation
  • Cannabinoids are anti-microbial
  • Cannabinoids support / modulate the immune system and its response to infection and disease
  • Cannabinoids are expectorants
  • Cannabinoids are analgesic (pain relief)
  • Cannabinoid medicine has little to no side effects

In COPD, air flow is restrictive due to:

  • The airways + air sacs have a lack of elasticity
  • Air sac destruction and inflammation
  • Increased mucus and clogged airways
  • 1 in every 20 people in Australia aged 55+ has some form of COPD
  • 310,700 people have COPD in Australia
  • 5th leading cause of death

What is COPD?

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Progressive disease (worsens over time)
  • Chronic Bronchitis – Long term cough with mucous
  • Emphysema is the result of destruction of the lungs over the course of ones life

Causes of COPD

Smoking cigarettes has been proven to deliver a whole array of chemicals that should not be inhaled into the lungs. In order for COPD to improve, jt is imperative patient’s refrain from smoking and immediately. The damage from having a smoking habit or being in close proximity (second hand) with cigarette smoke is one of the main causes for COPD. Exposure to pollutants, fumes, even harsh cleaners have the ability over time to cause damage to your lungs. Asthma sufferers also have a strong tendency to develop COPD.

Symptoms of COPD

  • A persistant cough that is worsened within the early hours of the morning.
  • Excess mucous – someone suffering COPD will produce 3x the mucous if exposed to irritants
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue and extreme tiredness
  • Frequent flare ups

What is Emphysema?

  • Emphysema is among a group of diseases called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
  • Emphysema is referred to as an obstructive lung disease due to the destruction that is evident within the lung tissue.
  • Emphysema is a long-term, progressive disease which causes a patient to be short of breath.
  • Emphysema is classified as primary or secondary emphysema.
  • Emphysema is commonly classified by location into panacinary (panacinar) and centroacinary(centriacinar).

    Panacinar emphysema: The entire respiratory acinus is expanded. This includes everything from the respiratory bronchiole to alveoli. Mostly this will occur within the lower lobes, basal segments, and anterior margins of lungs.
    Centriacinar emphysema: The respiratory bronchiole becomes expanded. The distal acinus or alveoli don’t change. Occurs in the upper lobes.

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