Cannabis is widely praised for its medical uses. From arthritis to stress and even cancer, people have used cannabis to alleviate symptoms or even cure people of their ailments. The possibilities seem endless, and now there seems to be one more medical use for cannabis: the common cold.

That’s right, smoking cannabis may help you kick that cold, or at least help treat some of the more common cold symptoms.

What Symptoms Does Cannabis Help?

While there isn’t a lot of research on using cannabis to treat common colds and flus, there is some evidence that it does help with some of the worst symptoms. Healthline found that cannabis could help with inflammation, pain relief, and as a sleep aid.

Remember, while cannabis could help with these symptoms there’s also a mild risk that it could make some of the symptoms – like coughing – worse. But reaching for a vapourizer or homemade edible instead of a joint could easily help with this problem. Just make sure to be careful if it’s your first time trying cannabis to help with your cold. Start out slow and see how it helps first, then increase the amount.

Inflammation

Inflammation causes some of the most common flu symptoms. It’s what gives you that nasty sore throat, swollen nasal passages, and your fever. Some medical evidence suggests that cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties and could alleviate these symptoms. For many people, it seems to bring inflammation down quickly.

Pain Relief

Both THC and CBD are known to help relieve pain, which is why many people will reach for cannabis to help with aches and pains. These pain relief properties can also be used to help you when you’re sick, which is when pain is usually at an all-time high. You’ll want to be careful when you’re choosing a strain to help with your pain relief. High THC strains will cause you to experience a strong head high, which is actually pretty unpleasant when sick. Instead, reach for a high CBD, low THC strain. Or, try some CBD oil to take the edge off your pain.

Sleeping

Your body needs sleep to recover when you’re sick, but it can be hard to fall asleep and stay asleep when you’re not feeling well. Certain cannabis strains are well-known for their ability to help you sleep. Unfortunately, if you’re someone who regularly uses cannabis to help with sleep, you may find it doesn’t really help when you’re sick. Still, it’s worth a try!

How to Get Your Cannabis When You’re Sick

You might want to consider some changes to your normal cannabis routine when you’re not feeling your best. First of all, we don’t recommend smoking cannabis while you’re sick, as it could worsen your coughing or congestion.

That being said, one of the best ways to ingest cannabis is in an infused tea or honey. Tea is already something many people use to help with the flu, so incorporating cannabis is a quick and easy way to enhance the benefits. You might also find some benefit in using cannabis oil – either in your cooking or as a topical to treat aches and pains.

Make sure you talk to your doctor before treating your cold and flu symptoms (or any other ailment) with cannabis. You don’t want the cannabis to react badly to your medications or to worsen your symptoms.