While there’s no cure, many believe that vaping peppermint can significantly reduce asthma-related symptoms
While e-liquids are the most popular option for vapers, vaping can also be performed with oils, waxes, and dry herbs of various types. As vaporizers become more common, and more research is conducted on their effects, different uses for the technology continue to be discovered. One such use, that’s gaining popularity is vaping peppermint as a treatment for asthma symptoms.
According to the American Lung Association, almost 26 million Americans suffer from one of the many forms of asthma. There are many different options for prescriptions, but those looking for a more natural treatment have long been stumped, not being able to find a natural approach that is effective or affordable. Recent research, however, has found that vaping peppermint leaves or oils can significantly decrease the number of asthma outbreaks as well as the severity of several asthma-related symptoms.
Impact On Asthma Sufferers
Asthma is a severe condition that, in some cases can be fatal. It can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, tightening in the chest, or make someone unable to breathe. While Asthma can have many different triggers the most common are allergy-induced asthma, exercise-induced asthma, and occupational induced asthma. Exercise-induced asthma is a reaction to strenuous activity. Occupational is triggered by exposure to certain chemicals or substances. Allergy triggered asthma, however, is caused by exposure to dust, dander, or other materials the individual may be allergic too. When asthma attacks are triggered, they cause the release of histamine into the body.
Peppermint has proven itself to have many uses, as a natural bacteria inhibitor, or helping with digestive issues. In the case of asthma, peppermint is useful because it is a natural antihistamine. People suffering from asthma can use peppermint in several ways. This includes topical treatments with ointment or cream or simply ingesting it through a pill. The most effective and quick method, however, is vaping peppermint leaves or oils. The use of peppermint may not be right for all asthmatics as the strong aroma can in rare cases trigger asthma symptoms, but for many, this is a fantastic holistic option to help with their asthma.
The Impact On Vaping
While vaping culture’s primary focus has long been on ending tobacco use around the globe, research like this opens vaping up be studied as an effective tool for other medicinal purposes. Vaping has been proven to be a quick and efficient delivery method for several medications.
Globally, while scientific studies tout vaping’s relative safety to cigarettes and their effectiveness in smoking cessation, vaping is still often viewed in a negative light by legislators and public health agencies. Findings like these, however, show the good vaping can accomplish and are a significant step towards changing people’s minds on vaping. They highlight the relatively low risk that people who use vaporizers face, while simultaneously giving another reason for public health officials to support them.
While the culture of vaping has long been focused on ending tobacco use, studies that showcase its other medicinal functions open the door for many different types of people to vape. If vaping can be used safely for something like this, then the general populous may be more willing to hear and accept its safety as a harm reduction tool.
While people who vape e-liquids have long been threatened by the FDA’s treatment of the industry, people who utilize it for asthma treatment would have nothing to worry about. The FDA has been threatening to pull the trigger in a flavor ban for several months now, and if enacted this ban could reverse so much of what the community has achieved. The FDA, however, can not simply place a ban on substances like peppermint leaves and oil. Ultimately this is just one more step towards improving the public understanding of the differences between vaping and smoking.
Have you ever heard of vaping peppermint to improve asthma symptoms? Do you think that finding more uses for vaping like this will improve the chances of it being accepted by the general public? Should we as a community be learning about more alternative uses for vaporizers? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.