Could CBD help with cold and flu?

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It’s cold and flu season. Oh joy. Or as of 2020, ‘is it cold, flu or COVID-19?’ season.

Either way, it’s likely we’ll end up catching something during the winter months. Whether it’s a cold that consists of the usual stuffy/runny nose, sore throat, headache, aches and pains, cough and sneezes, or flu with the added fatigue, no appetite or having it come out of both ends (grim, we know). 

Whatever illnesses we’re hit with during this winter season, it’s best to be prepared, and not just with the paracetamol and ibuprofen. 

While more studies need to be done in regards to CBD, in a 2020 article called ‘Immune Responses Regulated by Cannabidiol’ that looked into several studies, it said “Considering all the studies conducted on immune responses and inflammation, the data overwhelmingly demonstrate that CBD is immune suppressive and anti-inflammatory.” 

When the immune system responds to a virus, it causes an inflammatory response that produces cold or flu-like symptoms. And while the body’s endocannabinoid system regulates endocannabinoids to help maintain internal homeostasis, it’s not always capable of controlling the inflammatory process. So when CBD is used, it can help your body rebalance again. 

Although more research needs to be done, this could suggest CBD may help with inflammation from symptoms such as sinus pressure, sore throat, swollen nasal passageways and fever, and that constant use of extracts may help to keep your body intact, helping to prevent a future attack. 

So if you haven’t already, it might be time to add CBD to your daily routine.

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