Got asthma? Survey shows half of cannabis-consuming respondents still smoke weed

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Doctors need to speak to patients with asthma about their cannabis use and its possible effects, suggests a new U.S. study that found half of the participants smoked weed despite having uncontrolled asthma. Published last month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology , the survey reflects input from 489 people 18 and older who have allergy/asthma, completed the anonymous, online survey, conducted in collaboration with Allergy & Asthma Network, and are current cannabis consumers. Participants were asked about cannabis knowledge, attitudes and patterns of use, according to a statement from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology . Of the cannabis-using participants, 53.4 per cent smoked weed while 35.2 per cent vaped it. In all, 58 per cent of the cannabis users — 33 per cent used THC, 19.3 per cent used CBD and 47.7 per cent used both — reported current asthma, with 39.2 per cent being uncontrolled. The Lung Association – Ontario and Tetra Bio-Pharma hoping to fill the gaps in cannabis research Will using marijuana reduce my lung capacity? New ‘The Toker’ campaign offers tips on protecting the lungs and weed-smoking during the pandemic Joanna Zeiger, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator, says she was surprised that more than half of patients currently with asthma smoke cannabis. But Zeiger may have been even more surprised that the percentage does fall appreciably, remaining at about half, for those who report having uncontrolled asthma. Additionally, about a third of respondents reported they vape weed. Smoking and vaping are both “inhalation routes likely to affect one’s lungs,” the college notes. Why would people with asthma smoke or vape cannabis? Survey findings indicate that 65.9 per cent of the group said they did so for medical or medical/recreational purposes. Patients who consumed cannabis reported positive effects — such as reduced…

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