The Flu season is in full swing by now and we all know someone who has been affected by this nasty illness. In fact schools have had to close down for weeks to clean and kill off germs. The flu is nothing to mess with this year as doctors are saying its taking a bigger toll on victims.
As many get sick the lay on their couch wondering if there is anything that will help. Most have a hand full of medicine to take to try help the flu symptoms but end up not feeling great still. While many are turning to a different alternative to help make it through the roughest week of their life, according to some.
If you keep up with our articles chances are you may already be familiar with the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis. Research shows that cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and CBC can all help drive down inflammation all around the body. Some of the terpenes in cannabis, including linalool, pinene, and myrcene, all have anti-inflammatory potential too.
Our body’s attempt to fight cold and flu viruses automatically causes inflammation in the throat, sinuses, nose, and lungs. The cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis may help drive down inflammation in these areas, and therefore relieve symptoms like a runny or congested nose.
Terpenes have therapeutic properties ranging all the way from anti-bacterial to anti-inflammatory and more. There are also many terpenes with virus-fighting properties: linalool, pinene, and myrcene.
Linalool: Whether it was used as an early antibiotic is unknown, but linalool (often in the form of lavender or peanut stems and leaves) has been used in traditional medicine practices for its sedative and anti-epileptic properties.Linalool also makes the immune system more resilient to the destructive effects of stress.Stress causes a shift in the distribution of white blood cells in the body (i.e., the cells of the immune system); the percent of lymphocytes decrease, and neutrophils increase.
Some of linalool’s pain-relieving abilities can be ascribed to its elevation of adenosine levels, an inhibitory brain chemical that is notably blocked by caffeine. Together, this multitude of nervous system targets contribute to its sedative, anxiety-reducing, and pain-relieving benefits.
Pinene: Pinene (or α-pinene) is an aromatic compound commonly found in cannabis that smells a lot like – you guessed it – a forest of pine trees. But pinene brings a lot more to a strain’s experience than just flavor.Some of pinene’s known effects and benefits include:
Bronchodilator (helps improve airflow to lungs)
Helps counter short-term memory loss associated with THC
You should note that these effects are modulated by other compounds.
α-pinene has been found to be an effective bronchodilator. This means the terpene helps to open airways in the respiratory system.
Further research has identified pinene to be effective at protecting the lungs against certain types of viral infection. A study published in the journal Molecules details both α- and ß-pinene to be effective at inhibiting infectious bronchitis virus. The researchers suggest, that α- and ß-pinene could therefore be considered as potential pharmaceuticals against infectious bronchitis virus.
Inflammation is a cause for concern and this terpene has been studied to have an impact on how the body responds. It improves the blood circulation in the problem area and can help alleviate some of the underlying symptoms associated with one’s condition. If the inflammation is immediate, this can offer an abundance of benefits and will relieve some of the stress put on the body.
Due to its calming profile and ability to offer a soothing sensation to the body’s nervous system, this terpene provides a wide array of pain relief benefits.Since it acts as a viable solution for pain transmission, it can also provide appropriate sedation.
This terpene has a prominent impact on the immune system and can act as a tangible antibiotic for the human body. It is able to relieve some of the symptoms and make sure the body is able to stave off symptom-related pressures effectively. This is combined with its ability to garner positive results while offering anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. It is noted as being a robust antibacterial agent.
CANNABIS AFFECTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Current research has made it clear that cannabis affects the human immune system. How it does so, however, isn’t 100% clear.
Some studies show that cannabinoids help suppress the immune system, which is what ultimately gives them their anti-inflammatory effect. This is good news for people suffering from conditions characterised by chronic inflammation. However, it’s also important to remember that acute inflammation is a necessary bodily process and a sign that our immune system is actively fighting a threat in our body (like a virus, for example).
Being sick is not fun. We understand that. By using a whole plant CBD, you are able to have a full panel of cannabinoids that also includes many terpenes needed to aid your immune system fighting off a virus. Start fighting back before you even catch something floating around.
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Sources: Leafly and Royal Seeds.