Botany seems like the best category for this subject. As you all may know, cannabis and the airborne dust associated with handling it (trimming, prepping for extraction, packing and unpacking tubes, disposal, etc) can be a real problem for people with severe allergies like me.
My allergies are so bad I need an inhaler, and have even had to go to urgent care to get treatment before when one wasn’t available. They told me I had walking pneumonia and a possible lung infection. I was miserable trying to work in the cannabis industry for far too long, and only stuck with it as long as I did fighting through all that because I love what I do and as far as I can tell I’m not half bad at it.
But that’s all changed now, thanks to medicine from good old mother nature. Being a bit of an ethnobotanist as a hobby, I gathered up as much research as I could on herbal remedies for lung ailments, and found a number of herbs that have all helped me immensely.
Where I used to have a terrible asthma attack just walking in our dust control room in the facility, or even peeking my head in the door for a few seconds and getting a breath full of dusty air, now I was able to walk in the dust area for a good solid five minutes today while trim was being handled and I have ZERO SYMPTOMS. Not even any chest congestion.
This has turned my whole life around and made it so much easier to work in this industry. I even got a few other employees here on the program with me, another asthmatic and another guy with chronic bronchitis.
My favorite blend to date: mullein, ginkgo, hyssop, eleuthero, ashwagandha, astragalus, muira puama, and chaga.
Here’s my list of helpful herbs for anyone with the same problems as me (all of them taste good, too!):
Mullein - Verbascum thapsus (best expectorant by a wide margin).
Yerba Santa - Erodictyon californicum (somewhat of an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, soothes sore throats and dry coughs).
Ginkgo - Ginkgo bilboa (can help prevent lungs bronchospasm / anaphylaxis, mild expectorant).
Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis (best bronchodilator by far, mild expectorant).
Licorice Root - Glycyrrhiza glabra (promotes healthy mucilage production, soothes sore throats and dry coughs, mild expectorant).
Marshmallow Root - Althaea officinalis (Same properties as licorice).
Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra (Same properties as licorice and marshmallow).
Eleuthero - Eleutherococcus senticosus (Adaptogen, helps lungs absorb oxygen better, can help prevent anaphylaxis, good expectorant but not as good as mullein).
Chaga - Inonotus obliquus (Adaptogen, very good for preventing histamine reactions like anaphylaxis or bronchospasm).
Astragalus - Astragalus propinquus (Adaptogen, helps prevent asthma attacks / anaphylaxis, and makes lungs more resilient but not the best for acute symptoms).
Muira puama - Ptychopetalum olacoides (Adaptogen, similar to Astragalus for respiratory issues but not quite as good for respiratory issues as some of the other adaptogens).
Ashwagandha - Withania somnifera (Adaptogen, similar to astragalus or muira puama for respiratory issues).
Stinging Nettle - Urtica dioica (good antihistamine, some expectorant properties, anti inflammatory and good for sore throats).
Lungwort Plant - Pulmonaria officinalis (great expectorant, good bronchodilator). Not to be confused with lungwort lichen!
Edit - Some additions!
Reishi Mushroom - Ganoderma lucidum (good expectorant, anti-anaphylaxis and anti-bronchospasm properties, anti-inflammatory, helps lungs absorb oxygen more efficiently). Better as tincture.
Lungwort Lichen - Lobaria pulmonaria (good expectorant, milder bronchodilator and anti-anaphylaxis properties). Better as tincture.