Can our favorite plant actually help with colds!? I mean it’s not like the cure-all to everything but let’s be honest it’s pretty beneficial.
Okay first let’s talk about the common cold and what’s happening. Colds happen when 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 sends them from the body. This is what ultimately causes the telltale symptoms of a cold, like a runny nose and nasal congestion, a sore throat, coughing and sneezing.
Now let’s talk about how and why weed works. When you have a cold your system is working at max capacity attempting to bring you back to homeostasis so chances our to regulate this, your endocannabinoid system is working on overload and could use a break, smoke weed! No I’m serious! Here’s why, marijuana consumption, including both THC and CBD rich strains, can help replenish these endogenous cannabinoids that are depleted during sickness. By refreshing the endocannabinoid system, people can potentially heal from sickness more efficiently.