According to Statistics Canada, and with figures gathered between 2009 – 2011, there was 1.3M “reported” (diagnosed) cases of COPD in Canada, and in excess of 4M Canadians with a lung function that may have been indicative of this disease.
You can get it at any age, but middle-aged and older adults are most likely to be diagnosed with COPD. Worldwide, COPD affects men and women equally.
According to the Lung Association Canada COPD can’t be cured, but it can be treated. Early diagnosis, lifestyle changes and appropriate drug and other treatments can help, but sadly. some of these medications may come with unwanted side effects!
Dr. Phil Leveque,(One of the pioneers who helped forge medical marijuana legislation in Oregon,) stated…
“Marijuana is one of the best bronchodilators, much better than any other class of drugs. For these respiratory diseases, [asthma and COPD] marijuana can be life-saving.”Source
Dr. Leveque also claimed that smoking marijuana was not bad for the lungs, claiming cannabinoids are beneficial for lung tissues.
There are also published studies that confirm Dr. Leveque’s assertion. In some cases, lung function increased with pot smokers who did not use tobacco cigarettes that are saturated with 600 added chemicals, mostly toxic and carcinogenic. (Source)
Studies that attest to support Dr. Leveque’s view may be accessed here.