The potential medical applications of cannabis being promised these days almost make the plant seem like a panacea. So much so that the DEA wants to put the kibosh on what they deem as outlandishly optimistic and misleading claims. But now that we’re heading into the winter months, where sub-zero temperatures and free flu shots are a way of life, we’re all wondering: is cannabis going to help or hurt a cold or flu?
While the general public has heard about the positive impact marijuana has on the symptoms of terminal conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and epilepsy, we haven’t heard much about those pesky germs from which no one who ventures outside of their house is safe. If you have children in school, take public transport, travel by air, touch ATM buttons or do just about anything, you’re at risk of both cold and flu.
Here’s how you can use the herb to survive cold and flu season
Nullify Pain: THC is a gentle way to relieve the aches and pains associated with the common cold, from muscle soreness to headaches. Besides consuming THC, you may want to show some additional love to those CB1 and CB2 receptors in your epidermis with a marijuana bath soak or soothing balm.
Show Viruses the Exit: According to studies such as this one, cannabinoids have anti-viral applications and may help fight off the common cold and flu.
Condition your Endocannabinoid System: Cannabinoids can have a profound effect on the immune system, which is under duress during flu episodes. Bring yourself back to a state of homeostasis with a balanced 1:1 tincture so your body’s immune system can function at it’s best.
Sleep Deeper: Rest is one of the most important things when waging an internal flu war. But nasal congestion, aching muscles, headache pain, and fever can make the proposition of sleep nearly impossible. Time to bring in reinforcements: a heavy indica.
Increase your appetite: Nutrient- and calorie-rich foods can help sustain your strength while sick but if your illness is making you toss your cookies then what’s the point? Marijuana can quell an upset stomach, whet your appetite, and make that chicken noodle soup taste even better than usual.
And remember folks, if you want to reduce your chances of picking up a virus in the first place, get that free flu shot and pay attention to those with whom you’re sharing your blunt and bongs with.
Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.