Cannabis does not affect respiration
A new study shows that cannabis, and in particular the THC component, has no effect on the breathing system. The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) has conducted research into this. The outcome is important safety information when using cannabis for medical purposes.
There is not much knowledge on the effect of cannabis on ventilatory control – the unconscious and automatic process of breathing. The clinical study at the LUMC administered vaporized Bedrocan® to 18 volunteers to study the effect of THC on breathing with and without the addition of an opioid. Since opioids can potentially cause life-threatening respiratory depression, it is important to understand if combining opioids with cannabinoids can intensify this problem. It is possible that such a combination of products will be used in the treatment of chronic pain. Fortunately, the results of the clinical trial suggests that THC has no effect on ventilatory control.
Below you can find the original abstract of the study, executed by the research team of professor dr Albert Dahan.