Chicken soup? Orange juice? CBD? Do these things help fight colds and flu? Different viruses cause both the common cold and the flu. If you have a cold, you’ll have a stuffy nose, congestion, and a sore throat. Flu symptoms are even worse: headache, chills, fever, and more. The worst cases of flu include nausea and vomiting. The doctor will usually just tell you to let a cold or even the flu run its course, but that could take several days. In some bad cases of influenza, doctors will prescribe antiviral medication. It’s always best to stay adequately hydrated and get lots of rest when you’re sick.
Is there anything you can do to lessen the symptoms and shorten the illness? Popular home remedies like garlic, vitamin C, and Echinacea have been studied scientifically, but most trials have found these remedies no better than placebos in helping symptoms. Chicken soup is a little better; it has been found to have a mild anti-inflammatory effect.
Can CBD help? Possibly. CBD has shown promise in alleviating many of these symptoms. CBD is short for cannabidiol, a powerful cannabinoid from hemp and marijuana plants.
CBD has pain-relieving properties, so it could help with the aches and pains in the joints or headache that often accompany the flu virus. Most people use CBD for pain, and it has shown tremendous promise. CBD has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties, so it could help to relieve the pain and inflammation in your nasal tissues and throat. CBD is derived from hemp and is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which alleviate inflammation.
CBD has been used to fight nausea and vomiting, so it may be helpful when you have the flu. At higher doses, CBD can be an effective sleep aid, which will help aid in getting you better sooner.
There is a growing body of compelling evidence that CBD has strong anti-bacterial and antiviral properties, so it may help combat the viruses that cause colds and flu.
CBD does bind with specific receptors known as CB2 receptors, which help keep the immune system in balance, so it could be beneficial while your body is fighting to restore the imbalances caused by these viruses. Hopefully, you won’t get a cold or flu this season, but if you do, and you have your MMJ Certification, you may already be helping your body to ward off an attack. CBD certainly has medicinal and therapeutic benefits that show promise.
At your local Dispensary, look for an edible that contains Rick Simpson Oil “RSO” (full spectrum cannabis oil), which includes both CBD and THC. Candidates such as “lozenges” or “gummies” are particularly well suited to soothe a sore throat as opposed to vaping or smoking, which can cause additional irritation. RSO, which combines THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD, can help with your ailment and reduce the mental stress that comes with the cold or flu.
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