The next time you find yourself suffering with a common cold, you might consider reaching for a product like CBD to help with symptoms such as headaches, congestion and lack of sleep. Some patients also find CBD products beneficial for treating the aches and pains associated with the flu.
CBD As Anti-Inflammatory
There is no cure for the common cold, so the best you can hope for is to treat the symptoms and get plenty of rest while you wait for the virus to pass and take precautions so your cold doesn’t develop into something worse. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is legal in all 50 states, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that may help with respiratory congestion and other symptoms, including pain. CBD is generally well-tolerated and very low in toxicity. CBD can also interact with other medications such as blood thinners, so consult your doctor if that might be an issue.
Scientific evidence is mixed
Scientific evidence is limited on the impact of CBD on viral infections such as a cold, and one study published by the National Institutes of Health came up with a decidedly mixed conclusion, as outcomes varied depending on the virus involved. The study, titled “Cannabinoids and Viral Infections,” concluded that cannabinoids such as CBD, which can be derived from marijuana or hemp plants, may be helpful in dealing with persistent viral infections. But in rare cases, cannabinoids were suspecting of compromising or limiting the body’s natural immune response.
The study summarized research done on a wide variety of viruses, including serious diseases. If you suspect you have something more than a common cold, you should always seek medical attention.
A wide variety of products to choose from
CBD is available in a wide variety of delivery mechanisms, including pill form, edibles, oils, and topical creams that can be applied for any aches and pains. You can even find CBD bath salts or bath bombs, so you can take a relaxing and therapeutic steam bath while ingesting a dose of CBD. Another idea is to try one of the CBD teas now on the market, or perhaps add some CBD honey to your existing tea.
Look For CBD Only Products
The federal government generally turns a blind eye to CBD sales, but the industry is young and lightly regulated, so you may need to experiment to find products that are consistent and effective for you. One issue is that it’s hard to know whether the product you buy has the amount of CBD promised on the label. A University of Pennsylvania study analyzed 84 products from 31 different companies and found nearly half had more CBD than indicated, while 26 percent had less CBD than indicated. Some CBD products may contain significant amounts of THC that can cause intoxicating effects, although reputable producers should say so on the label.
While CBD might be good for colds, THC can suppress the immune system, so you should probably avoid it until you feel better. And it’s pretty much common sense that you don’t want to be smoking while you are sick with a cold – your respiratory system is already compromised by your illness, and you certainly don’t want to spread the sickness by passing a joint or a vape pen.
A cold can make you feel miserable, but the symptoms generally pass in a week or two. Take care of yourself, get plenty of rest, and try a few supplements along with the chicken soup to see if there’s something that makes you feel better.
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