The flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It infects the nose, throat, and lungs, and can cause mild to severe illness. At times it can even lead to death. Approximately 5%-20% of the U.S. population will get the flu, and the number of people that are hospitalized due to complications is between 3000 and 49,000.
What Is the Flu?
According to WebMD, the flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B. It appears mainly in the winter and spreads throughout the upper and/or lower respiratory tract.
The symptoms associated with the flu tend to be coughing, headaches, and chest discomfort. With the flu, you’re likely to run a high fever for a couple of days and feel extremely tired and achy. The flu is a viral disease, and therefore the best treatment is rest and drinking plenty of fluids. Antibiotics won’t help treat the flu as antibiotics treat bacterial infections and not viral infections.
The flu virus is highly contagious and is transferred from person to person through respiratory secretions. It tends to jump from one individual to the next, infecting those who are in close contact with one another.
While anyone can get the flu, it is more common among elderly people and infants. People who suffer from chronic ailments such as heart diseases, lung disease, and diabetes are more prone to getting the flu than people in good health.
Cannabis and the Flu
Smoking cannabis when you’ve got the flu isn’t the best idea as it can irritate your throat and lungs further, causing inflammation, BUT that doesn’t necessarily mean that marijuana consumption is not an effective solution for fighting off the flu.
Recent research has found that flavonoids, substances found in plants and fruits, exhibit significant activity against the flu through their anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Flavonoids are important antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
Similar to all plants, cannabis also contains flavonoids, which are an excellent anti-inflammatory group of phytonutrients.
This means that by consuming marijuana when you are sick with the flu, you are helping to fix your body’s imbalances – elements that your body has been lacking in the important flavonoid department.
5 Tips on How to Use Cannabis When You’re Sick with the Flu
#1 Eat It
The problem with using cannabis with the flu isn’t the cannabis, but the way patients are consuming it. As we mentioned above, smoking cannabis with the flu can irritate your throat and lungs. To avoid this, you can eat it. By ingesting cannabis, you are going to get all the advantages of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids, without the negative side-effects of smoking.
#2 Drink it
There is nothing like a soothing, hot cup of herbal tea to get rid of the flu. Marijuana-infused tea has become extremely popular as it allows you to take advantage of all the benefits of the herb in a nonconventional way. By combining marijuana tea with the flu, you may find you’re sleeping and feeling better.
#3 Cannabis Oil
Cannabis oil (tinctures) is another popular method of consuming cannabis, and this one won’t irritate anything. Tinctures are liquid extracts of plants or herbal materials, explicitly intended for oral use. Using them is very simple. Shake the bottle well before use. Squeeze the dropper to fill the pipette with oil and drop the liquid under your tongue. It’s best to allow the oil to absorb before you swallow, so wait for about a minute. It’s as easy as that.
The carcinogens in the smoke will cause more damage than its worth, and therefore it is important to find a good alternative. Investing in a high-quality vaporizer that will remove the carcinogens will allow you to benefit from the cannabis without any unwanted outcomes.
#5 Steam It
This is a trick we heard from one of our followers. Instead of ingesting or using a pipette, you place cannabis oil in a steamer or a hot bowl of water and then inhale the steam that is created from the heat. We’re not sure if it’s really effective, but it’s sure worth a try.
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