Cold and flu season is here. And while we all chug gallons of Emergen-C and echinacea tea in hopes that we won’t get sick, usually it can’t be helped: Most of us are probably going to get sick at some point this fall or winter. The thing that matters is what we do to help us have a speedy recovery.
And what can help? Sleep, fluids and a little bit of cannabidiol (CBD), of course.
Many studies have looked at CBD’s effect on the immune system. These studies have found that CBD is an immunomodulator—it can both suppress and boost the immune system, depending on the circumstances.
Whether CBD can help us avoid the cold or flu is still unknown. There’s still no research available to suggest that CBD can cure the common cold or the flu, but CBD does have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help us feel better when we’re feeling under the weather.
If you’ve got the cold or flu, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may help you feel better by:
And when we feel better, we’re more likely to take better care of ourselves and recover more quickly. Lucky for you, CBD is now easily accessible no matter where you are. If you want to prep for cold and flu season, here are a few products you can keep in your medicine cabinet for when you’re feeling a bit rundown.
Being sick can be incredibly uncomfortable: aches, pains and coughing galore; sometimes you just want immediate relief. Vaping CBD is the best way to ensure fast-acting effects while still being relatively easy on your lungs.
Wildflower’s CBD+ Immunity Vape Pen contains a blend of CBD and essential oils to provide quick relief from cold and flu symptoms. With this pen, not only will you get the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, you’ll also get comforting eucalyptus, warming cinnamon and soothing myrrh—all intended to help with your symptoms, so you can get some much-needed rest.
We’ve all been so sick and nauseous that the idea of eating was out of the question. The problem is, you need to eat to help your body recover. Research has shown that CBD can be a powerful anti-emetic—that means, it can help you feel less nauseous.
Select’s Lemon Ginger Hemp Oil Drops contain not only CBD, but ginger and lemon as well. Both of these ingredients have been used as home remedies to help with nausea for centuries. Each bottle contains 1,000 mg of CBD. Try having a few drops 30 minutes to an hour before you plan to have a meal.
If you prefer to take capsules over tinctures, Elixinol’s CBD Hemp Oil Capsules are a great option—and they’re priced right, too. Each capsule contains 15 mg of CBD mixed with medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil for fast absorption. These capsules are absorbed quickly into the body and provide relief from headaches and other discomforts in as little as 15 minutes.
Pain and congestion may be one of the most uncomfortable parts of having the flu. Luckily, Basic Jane’s Relieve Cream may be able to help. A good match for achy muscles, this cream contains peppermint, which is cooling; aloe, which is soothing; and menthol and CBD, which work together to fight pain and inflammation. And as a bonus, the minty goodness in this cream may be able to help open up those clogged airway passages.
You should definitely treat yourself when you’re sick. And Vertè Essentials Elevate Luxe Soak may be the best way to indulge. This bath soak contains Epsom salts, CBD and an aromatic blend of floral and herbal extracts. This relaxing soak is sure to help you de-stress. Plus, we all know that taking a bath is one of the best ways to bring down a fever and soothe achy muscles.
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