One inhales steam as a method of introducing warm, moist vapors into the lungs via the nose and throat for therapeutic benefit. Plant essential oils are commonly added to water to provide additional relief. The therapeutic benefits of inhaling steam have been known for eons, ancient Egyptians recognized the favorable physiological effects of inhalation therapy through the use of public baths.
Inhaling warm vapors are an invaluable treatment for respiratory complications and are recommended for dealing with many common ailments such as the cold, flu, acute and chronic sinusitis, asthma, and seasonal allergies. Dehydrated and inflamed air passages are again humidified, causing mucus to loosen allowing for easier elimination.
Some common plants essential oils used to add medicinal vapor to the air are Peppermint, Eucalyptus Chamomile, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Rosemary. These are known for giving amazing relief in a variety of ways including, upper respiratory and sinus congestion, headaches, and tension. Individuals all over the world have enjoyed essential oil vaporization for their relief.
I have used therapeutic steam therapy with essential oils personally, finding relief with a variety of different plant essential oils. I have shared this tradition with my own children. My youngest, Ryleigh has been relieved of congestion by standing in a steam filled bathroom as an infant. Our daughter, Brave Mykayla Comstock, received the benefits of essential oil vaporization for her own much needed relief last night. She found relief from vaporizing Cannabis plant extract oil.
Mykayla is closing in on the finish of her second consecutive week of ARA-C, otherwise known as Cytarabine, a nucleoside metabolic inhibitor. You can find information about this chemotherapy agent along with the reported common side effects of as provided by Cancer.gov via medlineplus.com
During previous protocols of chemo, Mykayla has not responded well to this drug. She has had to experience multiple transfusions and was found to be very neutropenic during these two week ARA-C intervals. This phase she responded differently, the drug was not as toxic to her systems as it has been in the past. The horrid nausea that this drug creates however was still present, making an erratic and irrepressible appearance yesterday.
Mykayla and Ryleigh were playing while I was working around the house while Erin was out running necessary errands. I noticed Mykayla suddenly go outside, knowing this usually means she got “over-heated” and nauseous; I immediately went to assist her. She was vomiting stomach bile with tears running down her eyes. A ginger candy wouldn’t have the efficacy needed to quell this bout of nausea this was going to be one of the rare times she would need a Zofran.
Mykayla quickly took the little dissolving pill and soon felt better. I helped her clean up and we returned inside where she retired to her bed to rest. Fifteen minutes passed and Mykayla asked for some of her Cannabis oil, to help her feel better. I obliged and gave her .5 grams of the thick full extract oil. I returned to my work, and before I knew it Mykayla was making a beeline for the bathroom. Upon entry I found her again vomiting, this time is was black from the oil and red from her strawberry flavored capsule. Too soon to try another Zofran, I could only offer a cool glass of water and a ginger candy. This approached seemed effective, she returned to bed. I decided to hang out with the girls and just be there for Mykayla, hoping to help her feel relaxed. She quickly became nauseous again and went outside. I was in tears watching this continue; there was nothing I could do but stand there and support her while she again got sick and began trembling and crying.
Erin soon returned home, I had to deliver her the bad news. As we were talking Mykayla said she was again nauseous, she went to the bathroom to be sick. Erin decided to try one last Zofran. We began to worry about dehydration, and considered and emergency visit to Randall Children’s Hospital. Mykayla even began to wonder if she would need to go. Our poor little girl couldn’t even keep water down, what would we do? As Erin stood there with Mykayla, I went inside and began to think of things we could do to avoid this nausea for Mykayla’s sake.
My eyes landed on a vaporizer. I knew what had to be done. Many conversations have transpired between Erin and I about Mykayla and vaporizing. We considered it an emergency option only in the most extreme cases of nausea, which she rarely experiences on that level anymore. This was inarguably one of those moments. I grabbed the inhaler-like vaporizer and turned around to show Erin. I was terrified that she would react negatively to my offering. I worried for no reason, Erin’s eyes running with tears met mine, she nodded in recognition, it was time to try it.
We chose to use some of our personal butane honey oil (BHO) in an amber form that is produced by our very close friend. This extract has been lab tested. This oil tested for 95.91% total cannabinoids. 92.95% of the cannabinoid profile being comprised of THC. ∆9THC is tremendously effective in eliminating nausea rapidly and lowering pain levels, amongst other immediate and longer-term effects from the lesser-cannabinoids released during vaporization.
Vaporizing cannabis plant material or concentrates is preferable to smoking. Vaporization steadily heats the substance past the point of decarboxylation, on to the boiling point, THC 314.6°F (157°C), CBD 180 °C (356 °F). Most commercial vaporizers do not heat past 210°C (410 °F) or have a built in safety feature that alerts the user that maximum temperature has been reached. This prevents combustion of the material. The combustion point is 451°F you can remember this by recalling the Ray Bradbury novel, Fahrenheit 451.
Combustion creates smoke; smoke contains carbon monoxide and tar amongst other things. Smoke is irritating to the mucosal lining of your throat, sinuses and lungs; it is damaging to your bronchial system and inappropriate for children. We as adults are comfortable with smoking a bowl of fine flowers; however it is not wise for any child to inhale smoke. Hence, the reason we chose Cannabis vaporization for Mykayla.
Vapors do not cause the same irritation or damage and do not contain the many impurities created from combustion of plant material. Cannabis vaporization is controlled by the patient, leaving little room for dosing errors, and actually uses less medicine, more effectively than capsule consumption. The overall safety and efficacy of vaporization leaves little room for question when it comes to immediate relief.
Our experience with Mykayla and vaporizing was a complete success. We effectively suppressed her nausea immediately and permanently. Within ten minutes Mykayla declared that she felt much better. She looked much better as well. She resumed being our happy energetic little girl, and ran off to play games with her sister full of laughter and fun. Mykayla and I had a movie night with Ryleigh. During the movie Mykayla was laughing and joking with me, she followed along with the story line, asked intelligent questions and had an overall enjoyable experience. I believe her and I would not have enjoyed a movie together, instead we would have ultimately ended up in the hospital without allowing Mykayla to vaporize Cannabis.
Once again, THANK YOU CANNABIS!