Can Cannabis Treat A Cold?
Yes, it is officially that time of year. Cold season is upon us. Did you know that the common cold is responsible for up to 40% of all employee absences from work? Well, it’s true! No matter how hard we try to maintain our health sometimes we just get sick. We can do all the right things in terms of supporting our immune system
Proper diet …check
Daily in take of immune boosting super foods….check
And yet you still end up my like me this past week, sick as a freakin dog!!!
If you follow our Insta Story then you have and idea of how miserable I’ve been. You also know that I haven’t exactly been able to just park myself in bed and that I’ve also been taking various edibles to get me through. I have received a few questions about why and how cannabis has been helpful in my cold treatment and so I was inspired to write this weeks post. To start let’s quickly discuss what we know about the common cold.
So what do we know about the common cold?
A cold begins when a virus attaches to the lining of your nose or throat. Your immune system in turn reacts to protect you from the invading virus. The symptoms that we commonly attribute to a cold come from a variety of natural substance called inflammatory mediators, which kick into gear in order to help protect the body from infection and other harmful events. As these mediators switch into viral ass kicking mode your nose and throat tend to become inflamed and make a lot of mucus. With so much of your energy directed at fighting the cold virus, you're left feeling tired and miserable.
There is no treating a virus. The best you can do is continue to support your immune system and make yourself comfortable by treating the inflammatory response in your body. Typically, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) , such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are commonly prescribed to effectively treat the inflammatory side effects of a cold such as, such as feverishness, chilliness, muscle ache, pain, cough, and fever.
But guess what side effect often come associated with these NSAIDs?
Irritation of the gastrointestinal tract
If you follow this blog you know I am not touching anything that could possibly make my already sensitive belly worse. Also, I try and say F*ck You to chemicals as much as humanly possible.
So what is a girl to do if she doesn’t want to go the route of a pharmaceutical NSAID to help diminish symptoms?
Employee the use of a strong natural anti-inflammatory of course!
Numerous studies have proven that cannabis is effective in treating inflammation as well as addressing the accompanying pain. This is because of the presence of its 2 major cannabinoids, THC and CBD.
Let me drop some science on you……..
Both THC and CBD are effective in reducing inflammation that is linked to several diseases. But another compound found in cannabis called the beta-carophyllene also affects the CB2 receptor. A 2008 study analyzing mice who had swollen paws and were given oral doses of beta-carophyllene showed a 70% decrease in inflammation. The mice without CB2 receptors didn’t see any improvement.
If that didn’t impress you
A study published by the US National Library of Medicine found that cannabinoids control the response of the immune system and works in suppressing inflammatory responses. The human endocannabinoid system has 2 receptors: CB1, which is located in the central nervous system, is responsible for psychoactive effects; and CB2, which is found in the tissues and is responsible for inhibiting inflammation.
Basically, enough evidence exist showing that various compounds found in cannabis have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. THC, CBD, CBC and CBG are all known to exert varying degrees of anti-inflammatory and analgesic action.
Oh and get this……..
Cannabis and Echinacea both interact with the CB2 receptor in a similar fashion. The CB2 receptor is largely responsible for regulating the immune system and inflammatory response. In cannabis, psychoactive THC is the primary stimulator of the CB2 receptor. Similar to THC in cannabis, the N-alkyl amides (NAAs) in echinacea are responsible for regulating the immune system, pain and inflammation.
For Fighting Inflammation Caused By Your Immune Response To A Cold Echinacea and Cannabis are a power house duo!!!
Cannabis is a great natural way to ease your cold symptoms, while you ride out the battle beging waged against your immune system. Let’s be smart about it smoking, vaping or dabbing will probably exacerbate cold symptoms such as sore throat and cough. For this reason, it’s best to stick to edibles, topicals, and anything else that doesn’t cause irritation to the throat and lungs. Also, talk to your local budtender to make sure your getting the right edibles for the purpose. If your trying to ease symptoms and melt in your bed so you can get rest then you are going to want something a bit different then AM sativa gummies that eased my symptoms while givig me a bit of energy to still get shit done.
This my loves leads me to my go-to Cold tonic
This tonic is pretty much made up of the A Team of natural cold care......
We have got
Cannabis…….I think we just covered this👆🏻.
Echinacea…..👆🏻Yup, yup we talked about that up there too.
Honey……...Raw Honey is know for its antibacterial and antimicrobial effects. It has been shown to boost the immune system and helps the body fight the colds faster. Plus, it is delicious!
Juniper Berries…….Juniper offers antibacterial and antimicrobial effects that can aid the body in fighting infections. In addition, the berries work to clear both nasal and chest congestion.
Eucalyptus…….Just like the last two eucalyptus is known for its anti-microbial effects Eucalyptus leaf oil extract has been proven to inhibit the growth of potentially destructive bacterias including staphylococcus aureus, the cause of strep throat.
Orange Peel…..Perhaps one of the most amazing and beneficial qualities of orange peel is its histamine and irritation reducing action. Think congestion relief and a lot less sneezing. And of course it is loaded with Vitamin -C need I say more!
Peppermint….Peppermint tea is laced with nutrients that help the body fight off illness. It also can act as an expectorant, helping the body to cough up mucous.
We are making a simple tea here no rocket science involved!
1 Tsp Cannabis Infused Honey (Binske's is Bomb) Note: Don't Fret I'm already on a DIY post for crafting your own
1 tea bag of Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Plus or your preferred Echinacea Tea.
20 oz boiling water
Your favorite mug or drinking container
The How To
Place your organic cold 911 tea in an infuser or tea ball
Add both teas and boiling water to your drinking vessel
Let steep for 4-7 minutes
Remove Tea infuser and tea bag
Add Honey, give a good stir, and enjoy!!!!
As I mentioned, I am already working my magic in the kitchen and experimenting to find the best honey infusion recipes so stay tuned! In the meantime, I want to hear what are some of your favorite ways to ride out a bad cold?
Other Great Immune Teas And Such
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