Healthy Lungs #2: Marijuana And COPD

In this second installment of our Healthy Lungs series, we’ll look at the case for medical marijuana and COPD. It’s no myth that marijuana smokers have an increased lung capacity. But, can the herb actually help treat chronic respiratory illnesses? Contrary to popular belief, many patients with respiratory diseases have found relief with cannabis oil. In this second installment of our Healthy …

Pneumonia & COPD: All You Need To Know

Pneumonia is a common cause of COPD flare-ups. Here is all you need to know about the link between pneumonia and COPD. What is it’s history? Pneumonia has a long history, going all the way back to the ancient and primitive worlds. It was described for the medical community by Hippocrates around 400 B.C. Still, little was known about it until the end of the …

Different COPD Stages: How Do You Know It’s Near the End

COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can …

Tips for Staying Healthy With Stage 3/Severe COPD

COPD is a chronic inflammatory illness of the lungs and airways that gets progressively worse over time. How long that takes can vary from months to years. Eventually, though, most people who have a diagnosis of COPD will end up in Stage 3, which is also called “severe COPD.” For the purposes of assessment and treatment, COPD status is divided into four …