During a normal flu season, frequent weed smokers know the drill.
Pay closer attention to everyone's cough patterns during a smoke sesh. Stop accepting mouth-wet blunts from strangers. And if you think you're coming down with something, wave a lighter under the mouthpiece before passing the pipe.
This year, obviously, things are a bit more serious. We're dealing with multiple citywide quarantines, global economic disruption, and a pandemic being compared to the damn Spanish flu. It's enough to make self-respecting cannabis enthusiasts re-evaluate their medicine cabinet and diversify their stash box.
Obviously, there's no dependable research on CBD's or THC's effect on COVID-19. But we do know a few things about cannabis and general wellness. Down the rabbit hole of alternative cannabinoids and non-psychoactive cannabis, there is a wealth of potential medicinal benefits both preventative and curative.
At least when it comes to the regular flu, CBD has been found to help support immune systems, ease symptoms, and replace over-the-counter pain relievers, sleep aids, and medicated salves currently taking up space in our medicine cabinet. But not just any CBD will do, and CBD alone won't do it all.
Obviously, the best course of action right now is to keep vigorously washing your hands, mind your coughs, avoid large crowds, and be a bit more stingy with your pipes and joints. But if you find yourself slipping under the weather, for whatever reason, here are a few things to know about how CBD might help ease symptoms.
Tons more research is required to accurately map the relationship between the immune and endocannabinoid systems, but it's well established that CBD helps reduce self-harming autoimmune and inflammatory responses. "CBD has been found to act as an immune system modulator," says Anna Symonds, director of East Fork Cultivars' CBD Certified program. "This means that it's like a thermostat—it can turn the level of activity down or up, depending on the body's needs."
What To Get: Full-spectrum CBD Oil that can be added to morning coffee, tea or juice as part of a regular wellness routine
According to Symonds, CBD can act as a bronchodilator—a medication that opens the airways of the lungs by relaxing bronchial muscles. That's not a suggestion to smoke a fat blunt if you're already fighting bronchial irritation. But if you're clogged up with phlegm, using a tabletop vaporizer to smoothly inhale flower with a high concentration of alpha-pinene—a known bronchodilator—could support easier breathing.
What To Get: CBD Oil that has scents of evergreen trees and counts alpha-pinene in its terpene profile
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