The arrival of Fall is the beginning of the most festive time of year. It means that Christmas is right around the corner, and baby it’s getting cold outside. While these seasons are a time of merriment, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas season also usually means that more people are prone to sickness.
Here are the 10 most common fall and winter illnesses and how cannabis can help:
Colds and flu: There’s no doubt about it; colds and flu are the bane of these seasons. Cold weather can compromise the immune system, so it’s important to stay warm by wrapping up. It’s especially important for asthmatics to take care of their immune system during this time of year.
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Toke up: The anti-bacterial properties of CBD can help your body fight the virus. It can also help treat the pain from sinus pressure if a cold or flu bogs you down. If you get hit by a cold or flu, sleep is critical to healing and a good indica strain can help you get some shut-eye. If you’re looking for added protection from colds and flu, sublingually using some CBD oil or tinctures can help prevent the virus.
Toke up: Toss your painkillers and turn to cannabis, which contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can protect the bones and muscles in your back. CBD and THC are also effective painkillers, so go ahead and smoke up!
Cold sores: Caused by the herpes simplex virus, cold sores are more common when we’re stressed and fatigued, but seasonal changes can also trigger an outbreak. Cold sores are contagious, so it’s important to take care avoiding babies and people who have weak immune systems if you have a breakout.
Toke up: You might not want to smoke if you have a sore on your lip, but grab some edibles instead. THC has been shown to be helpful in suppressing and decreasing breakouts. If you do get a breakout, another way to deal with it aside from taking edibles is by applying a topical salve or lip balm that contains cannabis.
Dry skin: Anyone with problem skin or dry skin could probably feel like fall and winter mean miserable skin. The lack of sunlight, cold and dry weather, and dehydration that comes with being around a central heating system can all contribute to dry skin and other problems. Alcohol, stress, lack of sleep, and poor health from too much festivity can also make it worse.
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Toke up: The skin has CB1 and CB2 receptors, this is why skin conditions interact with topical cannabis products very well. Topical lotions can be applied to the skin and the cannabinoids will be soothing while providing relief from painful flaky skin caused by dryness.
Hangovers: Let’s be real: all the parties and drinking are definitely going to give you hangovers. You can minimize your hangovers by not drinking on an empty stomach – eating a meal rich in carbs and fat can make it more tolerable, as well as drinking water in between drinks and before you go to sleep.
Toke up: Skip the alcohol altogether and get high! But if you can’t avoid it, there’s good news: cannabis might just be the best hangover cure in the world. Aside from just making you feel so much better in general, a few bowls will also help with nausea. As an added bonus, cannabis also helps protect you from liver disease.
Heart attack: The colder months bring along with it an increased risk for heart attacks because the heart needs to work harder. Combined with cold weather, overexertion, influenza or flu, and overheating can also compound the risk even more.
Toke up: Studies show that micro-dosing cannabis can help support heart health. By making sure that you avoid the risk factors – eat well, get enough sleep, and avoid overexertion, cannabis can help support you during the rough cold months. If you don’t want to smoke, you can microdose with edibles, oil, and tinctures.
Stomach pains and indigestion: Double or triple your usual intake of fat, sugar, and alcohol can have an impact on the digestive system. The only way to avoid this completely is by maintaining a healthy diet during the holidays – but be realistic, you’re going to want to reach for another slice of cake.
Toke up: Take some peppermint tea and have a nice bowl of your favorite strain. Cannabis can help you manage and combat gastrointestinal pain.
Stress: The irony is that even the most festive season can also be a time of intense stress. Family arguments over Christmas, money worries, lack of sleep, and having your in-laws over can all contribute to stress.
Toke up: Stress is one of the most common reasons people use cannabis. Avoid anxiety and stress by getting lit, although some people find that micro-dosing is also more effective at treating stress than taking huge hits.
How does cannabis help you stay sane and healthy during fall and winter?
*Article originally appeared at Healthy Holistic Living.
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