Achoo. Bless you. Yup, cold and flu season is here. So, naturally, we wonder if and how cannabis could be used to help with symptoms or as a preventative measure. Read on to find out.
Can Cannabis Help with the Flu or Your Cold and What are the Best Ways to Use It?
Flus and colds are a drag. They make you feel weak, tired and ever so grumpy, which makes finding effective ways to dampen the negative effects an important endeavour. Whether you currently consume cannabis or are on the fence, there may be good reasons to include cannabis in your future flu and cold treatment regime.
Common Symptoms of Flus and Colds
Headache, runny nose, dry cough and a general feeling of malaise characterize most common flus and colds. However, some illnesses can include body aches, sweating and high fevers. In most cases, folks can recover from colds and flus in a few days, with some symptoms hanging on for weeks. As always, consider contacting your family nurse practitioner or physician if symptoms are severe and sustained.
Can Cannabis Help?
While evidence-based research on cannabis, colds and flus is hard to find, holistic naturopathic-based medicine finds that the positive benefits of CBD and THC may help in treating colds and flus. CBD and THC are known for anti-inflammatory effects, as well as positively influencing stress, anxiety and even getting a good night’s sleep—all things we need when we are down and out with a bad cold or flu. Some research has shown that cannabinoids may influence the immune system positively as well. One universal caution is to avoid smoking cannabis as a means of consumption. This makes sense, right? Inhaling hot smoke down an already inflamed, phlegmy windpipe flies in the face of common sense. Infusing cannabis into your soups, teas and balms is the way to go.
Infusing Cannabis into Cold and Flu Treatment
Hot drinks when feeling the effects of colds and flus are always a welcome remedy. A nice cup of healing cannabis tea with canna-honey will most certainly hit the spot. The great thing about this tea is that, when prepared properly, has low to no psychoactive effects and has healing terpenes that appear to reduce inflammation, relieve joint pain and cramps.
Another excellent way to bring cannabis to your treatment regime is through slurping some cannabis-infused bone broth soup. The paleo heads out there know that bone broth soup is an excellent way to hydrate and consume healthy fats and proteins. Preparing a big pot of cannabis-infused soup is an excellent way to control the dosage amount.
If soups and teas are not your jam, you can find THC infused bath bombs, cannabis-infused sleep aid oils and delicious smoothy recipes.
Best Strain for the Colds and Flus
Looking for strains high in CBD, the cannabinoid most closely linked to anti inflammation, anxiety reduction and mood improvement, is a great choice when looking for a complement to your cold and flu treatment. If you are feeling well enough to consume strains with THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid), it might be a good idea to look for a hybrid strain with CBD in the mix. Going this route can bring benefits of a good night’s sleep coupled with the aforementioned CBD benefits.
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