By Spike Bowan | December 09, 2017
CBD Oil, the herbal supplement made from Industrial Hemp, has a thousand and one uses when it comes to personal wellness. But what about nasal congestion from a common cold?
Can CBD Oil help rid the clogged nostrils of a person suffering from a common cold? The short answer is no. Not really. CBD Oil can do many things, but when it comes to the blocked up air passages that are a result of the Rhino Virus, CBD Oil doesn't help.
Colds are caused by viral infections, and the must run their course as their is no cure for the common cold. However, the good news here is that cannabidiol (CBD) may be able to help prevent routine complications that come with this common complaint thanks to its potential anti-bacterial properties. CBD is also believed to demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties that might help lessen the effects of clogged up sinus passages and might make it easier to breathe.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis and hemp that doesn’t make you high. As you may know, inside the human body there’s the endocannabinoid system, with receptors spread throughout the brain and body. THC activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors, while CBD does not directly stimulate these receptors.
CB1 receptors are found mostly in the central nervous system, and in smaller numbers in the liver, kidneys and lungs, while CB2 receptors are part of the immune system and found in the hematopoietic blood cells as well. CB1 plays a role in the production and release of neurotransmitters; cannabis products that exert psychoactive effects stimulate these receptors.
At the same time, CB1 receptors are involved in the lipogenesis process that takes place inside the liver, and seem to play a role in the maintenance of homeostasis (body’s internal equilibrium). Various studies suggest that CB1 also influences pleasure, concentration and appetite, memory and pain tolerance.
CB2 receptors, on the other hand, affect the immune system being involved in a variety of functions like immune suppression or apoptosis (programmed cell death). Studies suggest that CB2 receptors modulate sensations of discomfort and could play a role in various normal body functions, including normal response to common offenders.
CBD does not stimulate these two receptors. Instead, it activates other receptors like the vanilloid, adenosine and serotonin receptors. By activating the TRPV-1 receptor for example, cannabidiol plays a role in the mediation of several normal body fucntions including maintaining safe temperatures, influencing the perception of discomfort and influencing inflammation. Then, CBD inhibits the FAAH enzyme, a compound that activates the CB1.
With all the talk of "miracle cures" out there, you may be tempted to hop on the CBD bandwagon without actually doing your research. Ultimately, though, there is no cure for the common cold, but there are ways to mitigate the discomfort that accompanies it. Incorporating CBD tincture into your daily routine may bring you the benefits you want, but don't forget to focus on the time tested remedies we all depend on as well. There is nothing wrong with a good bowl of chicken soup, a nice hot bath, rest and fluids to help you feel better. And CBD, combined with good nutrition, handwashing and standard infection prevention measures may be the perfect combination to help ease your mind and body when your under the weather.
The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine.