Can Smoking Marijuana Activate TB?
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious lung disease that killed the poet John Keats, plus tens of thousands of more obscure victims of England’s bad climate and the worse hygiene of the Industrial Revolution. Because those stricken with tuberculosis would stereotypically lose their appetite then slowly waste away after taking melodramatically to their beds, the disease acquired the romantically gothic name “consumption.” But there is nothing romantic about its shattering chest pain or bloody sputum.
While anyone infected with TB may fall ill with the disease, there are some who have greater odds of falling ill, including people who:
- Are malnourished
- Have diabetes
- Have HIV
- Interact with people who have TB
- Treat TB patients
- Use IV drugs
- Use tobacco products
- Have compromised immune systems
Babies and small children have a higher risk when exposed to tuberculosis because their immune systems haven’t developed fully. Other people who may have a more significant vulnerability to the condition include patients who are taking medications to suppress their immune systems, like organ donation patients and those who have cancer and are receiving chemotherapy treatments.
A long history of using cannabis to treat tuberculosis has been documented in many parts of the world, and in some cases use of cannabis as a folk treatment for TB has persisted to this day—although for the most part, the spread of modern medical practices has wiped out cannabis use in folk medicine. When an individual is infected with tuberculosis, a set of immune responses that defines the progression and outcome of the disease is triggered—this immune response differs between individuals, and for the vast majority of humans, no symptoms will ever become apparent. It is not known precisely what mechanisms determine natural immunity to TB; there are multiple different strains, and various different environmental and other factors can exert an influence.
There is substantial evidence demonstrating the link between tobacco smoking and increased risk of tuberculosis infection, which has led some to surmise that cannabis smoking also carries an increased risk. However, there is no evidence to suggest that smoking cannabis (or utilising alternative means of inhaling cannabinoids, such as vaporising) directly increases the risk of developing tuberculosis.
On the other hand, there is significant evidence demonstrating that the spread of tuberculosis and other contagious respiratory diseases can be facilitated by unsafe methods of consuming cannabis—shared bongs, shared joints, even ‘hot-boxing’ a car or room can increase the chance of tuberculosis microbes being transmitted. In the case of shared bong usage, the risk of transmission may be more than doubled.
In different areas around the world, people have been using marijuana and tuberculosis treatments since historical times. These days, in many cultures, people consider cannabis folk medicine for treating tuberculosis and other disorders. Below are five marijuana strains for tuberculosis you can try to effectively relieve your TB symptoms.
Charlotte’s Web (Sativa):If you’re looking for a strain to treat your TB symptoms that doesn’t cause you to get high, Charlotte’s Web is it. It is incredibly high in CBD, and only contains 0.5 percent THC, sometimes less.
Strawberry Cough (Sativa):This strain is ideal for TB patients who want to relax their mind, but also treat their fatigue. It’s a beneficial daytime medication, as it provides you with the energy you need to fight your fatigue and get through your day. Patients have also used it to treat their:
- Lack of appetite
ACDC (hybrid): ACDC has a 1-to-20 THC-to-CBD ratio, which offers potent healing properties, but no psychoactive effect. Doctors have been using it to treat conditions like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, and it effectively addresses side effects of chemotherapy, pain, anxiety and more.
Girl Scout Cookies (hybrid):GSC gives a happy and euphoric high while offering TB patients relief from pain, stress, insomnia, lack of appetite and depression.
Blue Dream (hybrid): Blue Dream provides you with fast relief for many tuberculosis symptoms, such as stress, pain, nausea, depression and insomnia.
Source: marijuanadoctors.com, sensiseeds.com, thefreshtoast.com