Emphysema and Marijuana Information: Treat Emphysema With Cannabis

Emphysema is one type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a category of lung diseases that also includes chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis.

Emphysema is caused by damage to the alveoli, the tiny air sacs in the lung where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. With emphysema, damage to the alveoli results in air becoming trapped, causing them to expand and rupture.

Damage to alveoli, and the resultant compromise in air exchange results in a decreased level of oxygen in the blood (hypoxemia) combined with an increased level of carbon dioxide in the blood (hypercapnia.)

Symptoms of emphysema include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough (may be dry or productive)
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Muscle atrophy

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