If you have not got a Flu shot, it’s recommended that you do despite this years Flu shot being only 10-20% effective...it still provides protection from the Flu and will help ease symptom duration.
Where can I get a flu shot?
Most drug store chains offer flu immunizations, as do most primary care physicians as well as local urgent care facilities.
The New Mexico Department of Health offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other health insurance should bring their insurance cards with them to the clinic.
For information on locations in your area visit the NM DoH Public Health Offices page or use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder website.
Smoking cannabis when you’ve got the flu or common cold isn’t the best combination as it can irritate your throat and lungs further, causing inflammation, BUT that doesn’t necessarily mean that medical cannabis consumption is not an effective treatment for fighting off the flu, as utilizing other forms of medical cannabis dosing will allow you to keep taking your medicine and treat the flu or common cold.
How Can Medical Cannabis Help Fight The Flu and the Common Cold?
Flu and colds are contagious respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. Flu and colds appear most frequently in winter and early spring. These viruses attack the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract. For most people, the flu and common cold is mainly a bad nuisance, though it can be much more problematic for young children, seniors, and other at risk groups, such as people with compromised immune systems or asthma.
What are the conventional recommendations for treating a miserable bout of flu or a nasty head cold? Generally speaking, a good doctor will recommend bed rest and plenty of fluids and tell patients to simply wait it out.
Dr. David Allen has good reason to think, “Cannabidiol (CBD), may offer control of the immune system and in turn provide protection from viral infections. Cannabis has already been recognized to inhibit fungus and bacteria and can be considered a new class of antimicrobial because of the different mechanism of action from other antimicrobials.”
“Cannabinoids are proving to have significant cidal (killer) activity to many viruses, including hepatitis C and the HIV virus. Cannabinoids down-regulate (inhibit) the immune response to the infection,” continues Dr. Allen, and this would be crucial with treating Ebola.
Medical Cannabis can help ease many symptoms of the common cold. CBD has natural antibacterial properties which can help fight against the virus itself. Cannabis can also help fight the pain, such as sinus pressure, associated with colds. CBD is an anti-inflammatory which can work to open up the sinus passages and increase ease of breathing. THC can help reduce pain and help sufferers to sleep, which allows their body to rest and self-heal from the cold. Cannabis can also be extremely helpful at reducing headaches and migraines, both which are common symptoms that people experience with their colds.
Stopping Your Immune Response
Dr. Robert J. Melamede, the chairman of the Biology department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has found that dampening effect of cannabis on the immune system could make it a good choice for treating your cold.
Similarly to how cannabis can be helpful at fighting autoimmune diseases, cannabis’ ability to reduce the immune system response could keep your system from over working. People often only have severe problems related to colds or flus when their immune system becomes overworked, which can lead to serious consequences like organ failures and even death.
The Endocannabinoid System
Research has found that Flavonoids, substances found in plants and fruits, exhibit significant activity against 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 bodies imbalance -elements that your body is lacking in the important flavonoid department.
Cannabis can help with this process because it provides a supplement for your bodies natural endocannabinoids that are released during your bodies natural immune response. Cannabis can calm and regulate the immune response so it does not become overactive. Edibles and vaporizers are much better dosing choices for people suffering from colds rather than smoking. Smoking can lead to irritation of the throat and lungs, which is often already a problem for people with colds.
Cannabis also has antioxidant properties that make it helpful for people with the common cold. CBD has become a popular item in recent years for its immune strengthening properties. CBD that is sourced from hemp is nationally legal and it is now being seen as a supplement that can help fight the common cold and other illnesses that tend to crop up during the colder months.
Cannabis is a Superfood
The Chalkboard Magazine recently featured hemp oil on its website as a great component in an immunity boosting superfood tea. The omega 3 fatty acids in hemp and cannabis oil can work to reduce the inflammation in the body to not only help cure the cold, but to work to strengthen the immune system against contracting other viruses.
Cannabis can be combined with other superfoods like turmeric to boost its anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabis can be consumed in the form of a tea to help sooth your symptoms and support your immune system. Cannabis can be brewed into tea directly with other cold-busters like ginger, lemon, and honey, or you can mix your favorite herbal tea with cannabis infused honey for a soothing treat. Cannabis can help alleviate you common cold symptoms and help support your body in the process of fighting the cold.
How to Use Cannabis When You’re Sick
#1 Eat It
The problem isn’t the cannabis, but the way patients are consuming it. As mentioned above, smoking cannabis with the flu will irritate your throat and lungs. To avoid this, you can ingest it. By ingesting cannabis, you are going to get all the advantages of CBD and THC without the negative smoking side-effects.
#2 Drink it
There is nothing like a soothing hot cup of herbal tea to get rid of the flu. Cannabis infused tea has become extremely popular as it allows you to take advantage of all the benefits of the herb in a non-conventional smoking way. By combining cannabis and the flu you’ll also sleep and feel better.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE A CANNABIS INFUSED TEA TO FIGHT A COLD
#3 Cannabis Oil, Tinctures, And RSO
Cannabis oil or Tinctures are another popular way of consuming cannabis, and they 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 place under your tongue. It’s best to allow the oil to absorb before you swallow. 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. Invest in a high-quality vaporizer that will remove the carcinogens allowing you to benefit from the cannabis without the nasty outcome.
#5 Steam It
Instead of ingesting it 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.
The Department of Health Suggests these Good Health Habits for Preventing the Flu
Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve/clothing.
Clean your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, and hands are not visibly soiled, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
What should I do if I get the flu?
Stay home from work or school, and rest.
Avoid contact with others.
Rest and drink lots of non-caffeinated fluids and avoid alcohol
Wash your hands often to protect the people around you.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
If you are in a high-risk group, see your health care provider and ask if you should be taking antiviral medications.
Go to the doctor or the emergency room if you are having these symptoms:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Severe or persistent vomiting
Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with worse fever and cough