The common cold: often an unwanted visitor this time of year, especially if you’re in a colder climate. The aching, the sniffling and sneezing, the headache… it all adds up to a pretty crappy few days!
It’s fairly common knowledge that once that cold hits, there’s not a whole lot you can do for it besides loading up on hot tea and getting lots of sleep. But what if I told you research tells us a lot about the benefits of CBD oil for colds?
Let’s dig a little deeper…
(Ironically, I am sitting here surrounded by used tissues as I write this. I dosed myself with CBD this am, but if only I’d taken my own advice sooner…)
CBD Oil for Colds
What causes a common cold?
As a kid, my mom always used to tell me to wear a coat or I’d catch a cold. Of course, as an adult I know that that’s not really what leads to those cold and flu symptoms. Now I know to thank those airborne viruses we’re exposed to in confined areas (work, school, even home), viruses that can live on surfaces for hours.
Sure, after about a week (although it feels more like a year) most of us will bounce back and those symptoms will quickly become a bad, but distant, memory. But what are you supposed to do during that week of hell?
What’s the deal with CBD oil for colds? Can it help?
You’d better believe it!
1. Boosts Your Immune System
When you’re sick, your endocannabinoid system can take a real beating. As your body tries to fight the cold virus, the healthy cannabinoids in your system can naturally decrease. Since we know that cannabinoids are working hard to maintain balance in your body, you want to help boost them back up.
Doing so naturally boosts your immune system.
Not only can this help you get rid of that cold faster, it’ll also protect you from secondary viruses invading your body as it’s trying to fight off the initial attack!
2. Relieves Aches and Pains
When I’m sick, my whole body becomes one big ache. And it’s that bothersome ache where you can’t get comfortable, no matter how you try. And let me tell you, that sinus pain… man, it really sucks.
Research shows that CBD can help inflammation and relieve those aches and pains.
CBD works by inhibiting the absorption of anandamide, a natural cannabinoid molecule that regulates pain. When CBD enhances anandamide signaling it increases levels in the bloodstream, helping to reduce pain throughout the body.
A nice thing about using CBD for pain is that it doesn’t work like other anti-inflammatory drugs by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 receptors, which means you don’t run the risk of developing gastrointestinal ulcers or heart attacks, hooray! Research even shows the CBD can be up to 20X more potent as an anti-inflammatory agent compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
3. Helps You Sleep
When you’re sick, one of the best things you can do for yourself is sleep.
Because it can help calm your brain and reduce the pain that’s causing you to toss and turn, CBD may just be the answer for those sickness-induced sleepless nights.
4. Soothes Dry, Cracked Skin
All that nose-blowing results in not only pain, but really dry, cracked skin. It often gets to the point that blowing itself is painful because of how bad your nose gets! And then of course your lips face the same problem. Sure makes you feel great, doesn’t it?
The skin actually has its own endocannabinoid system, making it the perfect target for CBD. Because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, it can soothe the burn and help heal the irritation.
Dab some CBD on your nose or lips and gently massage it in, or grab a CBD salve made especially for topical use. (This is what I use.)
A Dropper of prevention?
Here’s a major bonus: not only can you use CBD oil for colds that have already hit, you can also use it for prevention.
CBD oil has mega antibacterial properties. In fact, research shows that CBD is effective at killing bacteria, so if you’re out and about, around people who are sniffling, do yourself a favor and give your body a fighting chance to ward off those germs before they settle in.
So, in the end, can CBD cure the common cold? Sadly no, a dropper when that sore throat hits won’t leave you feeling sunny and cheerful the next day. It’s pretty fantastic, but it’s not magic. That said, it can help you better deal with the crap that comes with a cold and perhaps even get you out of bed sooner, and it’ll be far more gentle on your body than some of the alternatives.