• Ear infection
• Strep throat
• Chest infection
All of the symptoms of the common cold stem from inflammation  . Your immune system—not the pathogen—underpins symptoms such as a sore throat and runny nose. The body instigates an inflammatory response for a key reason: to allow white blood cells easier passage through the tissues to reach the site of infection.
Along with inflammation, CBD may help to reduce cold and flu-related pain. For example, a 2007 study  found CBD to act as an orally effective therapeutic agent for chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain in mice.
As research has started to show, cannabis produces a variety of cannabinoids and other compounds with therapeutic potential. But are they able to help alleviate cold and flu symptoms? We can’t say for certain, but the current studies out there look promising.
The common cold can strike at any time, but infection rates increase dramatically during autumn and winter. The lack of humidity during these months causes the nasal passages to become dry, contributing to infection. The start of the academic year also means there are more people in close proximity, which helps cold viruses spread.
“If you’re doing cold and flu [treatment], if you’re doing heavy exertion at the gym, you can put CBD in that situation and it’ll just be next to your Advil,” said Clifton.
CBD, a known anti-inflammatory, can lower inflammation and irritation caused by a sore throat. In a similar manner, CBD can open nasal and sinus passageways, helping those with a stuffy nose breathe easier. The best tactic, however, is to combine CBD use with another superfood like turmeric to boost anti-inflammatory effects.
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By the way, this idea of CBD being a cure to cold and flu symptoms isn’t necessarily new. Robert Melamede, who previously served as the chair of the biology department at the University of Colorado Boulder, claimed 10 years ago that scientists should focus on treating cold and flu symptoms with cannabis.
We’ve reached that time of year when washing hands and avoiding errant sneezing particles is essential. Cases of the common cold usually begin in August, but no one wants to sick in the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when parties are abundant and work becomes less so.
Potentially missing out on this relaxing time of year because you’re sick in bed with the cold is a nightmare. CBD companies, however, promise their products can alleviate many of the symptoms associated with the common cold. Before we get to that, an important caveat: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has not issued regulations around CBD products, and peer-reviewed research studies aren’t plentiful due to restrictions placed on scientists worked with cannabis.