Survive the Cold & Flu season with CBD

 

As we have just come in to Autumn, Winter is just around the corner. As you can tell the nights and early mornings have started to change, darker and colder. This also means flu season is upon us, but with CBD boosting your immune system, having the common flu or a cold might not be that bad and become more bearable.

 

CBD

CBD is the compound naturally found in the cannabis plant. The non-psychoactive cousin to THC, CBD can’t get you “high”.

Instead when ingested, CBD gets to work on your body’s endocannabinoid system. Our bodies endocannabinoid system is in charge of regulating sleeping patterns, appetite and general mood. Our bodies already produce cannabinoids in its regulation of emotion and sleep, ingesting CBD can trigger the release of more.

In addition to triggering the release of cannabinoids, CBD also works with the nervous system to intercept the transmission of pain signals in the body. It also influences the release of specific hormones and enzymes that can aid in digestive health and cognitive function.

 

What causes a common cold or flu?

The common cold is a contagious viral infection caused by roughly 200 different strains of virus. Around 50% of the time, the common cold is caused by the rhinovirus, but other cold-causing viruses include influenza, coronavirus, and adenovirus.

When these viruses enter the body, they attack the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and mouth. After a few days, the virus might also make its way to the lungs. The body’s immune system will fight the virus in all of these areas, causing inflammation and an overproduction of mucus, which carries dead, infected cells and expels them from the body. This is what ultimately causes the tell-tale symptoms of a cold like:

  • A blocked nose
  • A sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughs
  • Sneezing
  • A raised temperature (fever)
  • Pressure in your ears or face
  • Loss of taste and smell

 

CBD can fight inflammation

 Research shows that cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBG, and CBC can all help drive down inflammation all around the body. Some of the terpenes in cannabis, including linalool, limonene, and eucalyptol, all have anti-inflammatory potential too.

Our body’s attempt to fight cold and flu viruses automatically causes inflammation in the throat, sinuses, nose, and lungs. The cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis may help drive down inflammation in these areas, and therefore relieve symptoms like a runny or congested nose.

CBD affects the immune system

Some studies show that cannabinoids help suppress the immune system, which is what ultimately gives them their anti-inflammatory effect. This is good news for people suffering from conditions characterised by chronic inflammation. However, it’s also important to remember that acute inflammation is a necessary bodily process and a sign that our immune system is actively fighting a threat in our body (like a virus, for example).

However, other studies show that cannabis can boost the immune system when necessary. HIV/AIDS, for example, is underlined by immunodeficiency that gets worse over time. Research indicates that cannabis can help strengthen the immune system of people with HIV/AIDS by increasing their number of T cells. This suggests that cannabis may be able to help strengthen the immune system when needed, such as when fighting an immediate threat like a cold virus.

CBD, Echinacea and the common cold

Echinacea is a genus of plant used to make health supplements that are commonly used to reduce the symptoms, severity, and duration of the cold and flu. Studies show that Echinacea concentrates can help significantly boost the immune system during a cold, as well as reduce symptoms.

It’s interesting to note that Echinacea contains a variety of alkylamines that—like many of the compounds found in cannabis—interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. This suggests that stimulating the endocannabinoid system may play an important role in helping our body fight cold and flu viruses. This is promising news for cannabis.

CBD for flu aches and pains

Millions of people living with chronic pain (or suffering from the aches and pains associated with the flu) turn to CBD as an alternative to harsh, potentially-damaging pharmaceutical drugs. CBD is a natural analgesic. It has been shown to inhibit the body’s absorption of anandamide, a compound associated with pain regulation. CBD helps calm inflammation, reduce pain and provide instant relief for head colds and body aches.

 

 There are all sorrt of different CBD products to help you through your winter cold. At https://maryjanelabs.co.uk/, there is a wide range to choose from. From CBD Oil to CBD edibles. Start your journey today in to the CBD world and take full advantage of the CBD benefits it has on your body.