Updated on April 1, 2024

CBD for Colds

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Key takeaways

  • CBD may improve symptoms of cold and flu via its interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
  • CBD influence several aspects of our life including the nervous system, and immune cells.
  • CBD may provide support from colds by providing (anti-swelling) roles, clearing nasal congestions, promoting sleep and pain relief.

Using CBD when you have a cold or flu may support the reduction of some of the symptoms associated with the condition. This article will discuss some of the possible roles of CBD in colds or flu.

What does research say about CBD and symptoms of cold/flu?

Some studies suggest that CBD may have potential benefits for certain symptoms associated with colds and flu, such as pain and immune response modulation.

CBD may influence the body's nervous system, anti-inflammatory proteins, and immune cells to potentially provide relief from cold and flu symptoms. Research shows that using CBD oil and gummies may contribute to the body's ability to combat viral infections within blood vessels. Some of the roles of CBD for cold or flus are discussed below;

  1. Supporting good sleep

CBD's potential to support sleep is attributed to several mechanisms. Firstly, it possesses anxiousness-reducing properties, interacting with the endocannabinoid system to reduce anxiousness and create a relaxed state conducive to sleep. Secondly, CBD's analgesic effects may support pain relief, facilitating better sleep for individuals experiencing discomfort. Its influence on the sleep-wake cycle suggests a role in regulating circadian rhythms for improved sleep patterns. Additionally, CBD may activate serotonin receptors, influencing mood and contributing to enhanced sleep quality. By reducing overall stress levels, CBD creates an environment conducive to restful sleep. While there is anecdotal evidence supporting these effects, scientific research is ongoing, necessitating further studies for conclusive insights. Individual responses to CBD can vary, and factors such as product type, dosage, and personal differences should be considered. Consulting with an expert is advisable for personalized guidance on using CBD to support sleep.

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties

Swelling caused by colds can lead to discomfort in the nose and throat lining, resulting in symptoms like congestion and sore throat. CBD's anti-inflammatory qualities can mitigate these symptoms, enhancing comfort and airflow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) caution against the unpredictability and severity of flu-related swelling, especially in individuals with pre-existing conditions. CBD may assist in managing these flu symptoms and preventing swelling from escalating.

  1. Supporting pain relief:

CBD may support the alleviation of pain from body aches by engaging with the body's dual cannabinoid receptors, CBD regulates the nervous system, reducing aches and pains throughout the body. CBD's neuropathic properties, combined with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial attributes, position it as a natural remedy for numerous flu and cold symptoms, as well as other conditions affected by the flu.

  1. Antiviral properties

Researchers have reported the possible roles of CBD to produce antiviral properties which may be useful to people dealing with flu and cold symptoms. The antiviral effect of CBD may limiting the virus's progression and reducing susceptibility to other infections. Research suggests that CBD and other cannabinoids may enhance the immune system by isolating infected cells and regulating antiviral signaling pathways.

  1. Clear nasal congestions

While limited scientific evidence suggests CBD's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties could theoretically alleviate nasal congestion symptoms, conclusive proof is lacking. Individual responses vary. Stay informed about evolving research on CBD's potential applications for a comprehensive understanding.

  1. Supporting nutrition and metabolism

CBD's potential impact on nutrition and metabolism is a subject of emerging research. Early studies suggest that it may influence appetite regulation, modulate metabolic processes, and exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. While not a direct weight-loss solution, CBD may play a role in weight management by influencing factors like fat browning. Individual responses vary, and caution is advised.

Frequently asked questions

Will CBD oil help a sore throat?

Yes, CBD oils may deal with swellings in sore throats. CBD's anti-inflammatory properties, interacting with the endocannabinoid system, may theoretically inhibit the release of proinflammatory proteins linked to throat discomfort. However, more rigorous research is needed to confirm its efficacy for sore throats.

Is CBD good for congestion?

Although CBD may not have been reported as a decongestant, it is speculated to work on the endocannabinoid system to reduce swelling and congestion.

Does CBD help you breathe better?

Research suggests that CBD usage may alleviate symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and enhance breathing. Studies have reported positive effects on respiratory health, indicating a potential role for CBD in improving breathing conditions.

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