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Medical Marijuana and the Flu: Can It Help?

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When you come down with the flu, chicken soup, vitamin C, and other home remedies sometimes seem insufficient. If your state has legalized medical cannabis, you may wonder how marijuana and the flu relate and whether your edibles or vapes can help relieve your symptoms. 

At LeafMed, we provide Mississippi residents with high-quality medical marijuana products and aim to educate the public on leaf medicine. We answer questions like, “What is medical cannabis?” so you can make informed decisions.

Can Medical Cannabis Help with the Flu?

Unless you have a severe case of the flu requiring prescription antivirals, you must grit your teeth through it and let it run its course. Medical cannabis may help you reduce symptoms during the recovery stage of the illness. However, using marijuana when you first get sick could result in a longer recovery, so you might stop using cannabis at the beginning of your illness. 

What Flu Symptoms Does Medical Cannabis Help With?

The most prominent chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant are THC and CBD. Both of these compounds may help you manage various flu symptoms, including:

  • Inflammation: The immune system triggers inflammation, which causes many unpleasant effects, such as swelling, pain, fever, and chills. CBD has the potential to help reduce inflammation and pain. It may also help relieve related discomforts like throat swelling, body aches, and fever. 
  • Headaches: Medical marijuana patients relieve all kinds of chronic pain using cannabis. If the flu leaves you with an aching head, medical cannabis may help. It widens blood vessels, which improves blood flow to the brain.
  • Nausea: The body needs plenty of fluids when it’s sick, but staying hydrated isn’t always easy if you’re dealing with persistent nausea and vomiting. Medical cannabis has the potential to help ease nausea, so it may help you keep down liquids and revive your appetite. 
  • Congestion: The body makes more mucus than usual as part of the immune response, causing symptoms like a stuffy nose or congestion in your lungs and throat. Medical cannabis may help slow your body’s production of mucus, providing relief from congestion. 

What Is the Best Way to Use Cannabis for the Flu?

When it comes to marijuana and the flu, you want to avoid any consumption methods that may irritate an already sore throat, so you might need to eliminate smoking or vaping from your routine until you feel better. Luckily, medical cannabis comes in edible and oil forms that don’t cause adverse effects on the respiratory system.  

Many people prefer cannabis oils and tinctures, which they take sublingually (by placing drops under the tongue) because these kick in fast, often within 30 minutes. You may have to wait up to an hour and a half for edibles to start working, making it easier to overdo it. 

What Other Remedies Help with the Flu?

If you catch a flu virus, you’ll likely get better much faster if you prioritize rest and hydration. Medical cannabis may help relieve certain symptoms while you recover, but nothing will help quite like quality sleep and drinking lots of water.

We recommend waiting until after you recover from the flu before trying medical marijuana for the first time. Cannabis products affect people differently, so it may be better to first find out how it affects you when you’re in good health. 

Find High-Quality Medical Cannabis at LeafMed in MS

People use medical marijuana for muscle spasms, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, and various other symptoms. Mississippi residents must get medical marijuana cards to buy marijuana, and the state does not list the flu as an eligible condition. When it comes to marijuana and the flu, the CBD oil or cannabis edibles you use to help with another condition may help you fight off the flu. 

LeafMed is a physician-owned medical cannabis dispensary. Visit one of our MS locations in Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, or Vicksburg to shop for cannabis flower, edibles, and more.