- Cough, runny nose and colds will meet most of us during the winter. Even though the disease is difficult to cure with these ubiquitous viruses, we can at least relieve their symptoms, and that is where we can help medicinal cannabis.
- Read on to learn how to implement cannabisand a coneflower in its vivacity for the purpose of relieving the symptoms of a cold
What causes cough and colds during the winter?
A common cold is a disease of viral origin that is transmitted very quickly, especially during the winter. This disease, which is caused by not one but up to 200 kinds of viruses, includes the whole virussymptoms such as dry or wet cough, blocked nose, runny nose, sore throat, temperature and fatigue.
How viral nachlation affects the human body?
Viruses that cause colds are transmitted mainly by touch and air. Is thereforenes mildly important to keep thorough hygiene and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing!
As soon as the virus reaches the human, it does not shed and goes to work. First, it infiltrates the mucous membrane of the nose, mouth, neck and then begins rapid reproduction. In most cases, these viruses are not able to cause any permanent damage, but they trigger the immune system to recognize foreign intruders and then try to eradicate them. However, in people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma or a damaged immune system, common colds can pose a significant problem.
Many rhinoviruses work in a similar way - firstIt will first connect to the protein of the immune system (intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1)), which is found on the outer layers of epithelial cells - these form the outer layer of the mucosa. In this way, the virus enters the cell, infiltrates it, gains control, and begins reproduction.
The ICAM-1 molecules holdespecially in the case of certain forms of external stress or damage. The moment they are infiltrated with rhinovirus, they trigger an immune response that results in so much sore throat pain. The immune response of these molecules is the key to recovery, but at the same time results in most of the unpleasant feelings associated with the cold.
Cannabinoidy & ICAM-1
The fact that it is endocannabinoidand the bodys immune system is deeply connected, is now well known. Action cannabinoids many studies have been demonstrated to trigger many immunological reactions. However, if we want to find out what interaction takes place between ICAM-1 molecules, cannabinoids and rhinoviruses, we will know almost nothing - further research is needed.
However, specifythere is evidence of interactions between these molecules. For example, it has been observed that they are cannabinoidsable to stimulate the activity of ICAM-1 molecules in breast cancer, which in turn leads to an improvement in the bodys n ability and program cell death carcinogenic cells to prevent it from spreading.
These are good news for people with cancer, but when it comes to colds, we wont be able to use cell death programming. It seems, however, that cannabinoids act differently on ICAM-1 molecules depending on the situation. For example, when colds, ICAM-1 molecule activity is the last thing we want - viruses are able to use this activity for their own benefit and reproduction.
He willexample, research effects of cannabis on multiple sclerosis it was found that cannabinoids are able to contrast the activity of ICAM-1 to reduce slowing down the development of the disease. Of particular interest is that the development of multiple sclerosis is associated with rhinovirus activity .
However, the mechanism of transmission and pathology of rhinoviruses, along with its effect on the development of multiple sclerosis, still need to be examined much more closely. However, it is already clear that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in any case. Thus, there is potential for cannabinoids to act as inhibitors of ICAM-1 activity, which could help both in understanding the treatment of common cold and in the treatment of more severe diseases such as multiple sclerosis .
So how can Healing Cannabis help colds?
Whatever we do, it is very likely that you eat poison sooner or lateren of those 200 viruses it finds its way through our defensive mechanism and causes us a classic cough and sore throat. Unfortunately, there is nothing much to do at the moment - viruses mutate so fast that we are unable to develop any really effective antiviral. All we have to do is let the bodys immune system work and accept that we will feel "under the dog" for a few days. But what we can do is try to alleviate the symptoms of colds as much as possible - gargle salt water, drink tea with merinse the nasal cavity with saline water or collect ibuprofen.
But what about medical cannabis? There is evidence that cannabis has both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. THC, CBDCBC and CBG are cannabinoids known for their anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, cannabis also contains a range terpenes andterpenoids that have a similar effect - for example, linalool, limonene or eucalyptol.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory effects, the terpenes are also known for their soothing and sedative effects, which can be particularly useful during the course of the disease to deepen the subjective feeling of mental comfort. In addition, many people suffer from anorexia when it comes to coldsin which case a classic cannabinoid is suitable THCwhich is well known as an appetite stimulant.
How to use Healing Hempcolds
When we have a cold, we have a classically clogged nose, we have a sore throat, we have clogged or irritated bronchi and reddish eyes - whatever smoking is not going to help us in this case. Even aneven vaporization, a much finer way of applying than classic smoking can only make us worse.
In frontIt is therefore best to keep cannabis applications in the case of coldsprescription in tea , candy and other edible foods, ointments and other things that do not irritate the already sore neck and bronchi.
By far nThe most popular is cannabis tea when it comes to colds. Tea itself has a beneficial effect on subjective comfort, but if you add cannabis or CBD extract, obohayou also have a subsequent anti-inflammatory effect. If you dont have cannabis or CBD extract, check out our instructions how to prepare high quality cannabis tea for recipe.
By combining cannabinoids and tea substances (for example, catechin flavonoids, known as excellent helpers against the common cold), you will achieve a very effective way to relieve colds.
Echinacea, Endocannabinoids & Rhinovirus
Interestingly, one of the valuable researches on the endocannabinoid system and its response to rhinovirus is the research of a plant completely different from cannabis - research of a plant called Coneflower or Echinacea. The active substances of this plant (Alkylamides) act on both the previously known endocannabinoid receptors - CB1 and CB2. It is known to date that these "cannamimetic" agents act as antiviral agents and are able to reduce the duration of cold symptoms by up to 4 days.
These results were achieved directly in clinical trials, where researchers deduced that Echinacea was able to effectively reduce the intensity and duration of the cold. However, the overall mechanism of action of this plant is not yet fully known, but it is certain that its effect is mediated by the endocannabinoid system of the body.
As an ideal treatment option, a combination of cannabis and Echinacea is offered for colds. The exact way these two plants affect the human body is not known in detail, but their therapeutic effect would be a pity to forget in the case of a cold.
Cold is a disease, kThis also results in most of the absences at work and "sick holidays", along with the sale of medicines sometimes of dubious quality, which ultimately cost a real fortune.
To do thatm completely understand the mechanism of action of natural substances on the human body still need much more, consistent research. Over time, however, it seems more and more that we have to "go back to the roots" and much more thoroughly explore the therapeutic potential of these very interesting plants.