Flu season is in full swing and with COVID-19 still very prevalent in the U.S., it is not uncommon to catch a gift that keeps on giving from work or those Friday-night bar hops. With coughs, pain and restlessness, it’s hard not to want to take an edible or smoke a pre-roll to get some relief. But should you pick up that bowl when you’re under the weather?
What is known about relationships with Cannabis COVID-19, Cold and Flu
Cannabis has pain-relieving, sleep-inducing, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial benefits.
Although currently there is not sufficient evidence to understand the impact of using THC & CBD products when sick with acute respiratory viruses such as the cold, flu, and COVID-19, cannabis may alleviate some individual symptoms associated with viruses.
Smoking flower, however, can further irritate inflamed mucous membranes, which will lead to further discomfort. But cannabis products that can be taken orally, such as infused food and drink, oils and tinctures, can be a more gentle option of consumption that still delivers the benefits of the plant without giving you an itchy throat or a worsened cough.
What is unknown about medical cannabis
The potential interaction between cannabis and over-the-counter (OTC) medications is not well understood, but it may worsen the effects of symptoms caused by OTC cold medications, such as drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision and change in heart rate.