It’s an analgesic, so it has the power to relieve nerve pain, headache pain, muscle pain, and can even provide relief for treatment-resistant pain. Cannabis has been found to be effective in reducing chronic inflammation and at curtailing the pain associated with inflammatory-related diseases. If you’re suffering from sinusitis, smoking cannabis wouldn’t be a practical way to treat this condition as your breathing is already affected.
Opting for other cannabis products such as edibles or tinctures may be more appropriate, so be sure to speak to your medical marijuana doctor as to which method of ingestion is best for you. Is It Safe to Smoke Weed If You Have a Cold or the Flu? The safety and long-term health effects of using e-cigarettes or other vaping products still aren’t well known. In September 2019, federal and state health authorities began investigating an outbreak of a severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and other vaping products . We’re closely monitoring the situation and will update our content as soon as more information is available. There isn’t any evidence that smoking weed while you have a cough, cold, or the flu is inherently unsafe.
If your throat and lungs are already irritated, smoking may exacerbate your discomfort. Smoking weed has short- and long-term effects on lung and respiratory function. You may also find that your body responds differently to weed when you’re sick. Both smoking weed and common illnesses such as the flu can cause fatigue, chills, and headaches. You may feel these effects more intensely when you’re sick. Summary If you already smoke weed on a regular basis, doing so while you’re sick probably won’t have a drastic impact on your symptoms. This probably isn’t the time to experiment with new dosages and strains. You should also keep in mind that you can spread your illness to others by sharing a joint, bowl, or bong. At this time, there isn’t any available research on smoking weed while sick with the cold or flu. Research exploring the use of weed for medicinal purposes is still extremely limited. Although there may be benefits to smoking weed while sick, it’s unclear if they outweigh the potential negative effects. According to a comprehensive 2017 review , there’s evidence that weed smoke has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation plays a role in a number of cold and flu symptoms, including: sore throat swollen nasal passageways fever. Weed’s anti-inflammatory properties might help relieve some of these symptoms, but more research needs to be done to understand the exact benefits. The same 2017 review concludes that weed is an effective treatment for chronic pain among adults. It’s different than the acute aches and pains caused by a cold or the flu. Still, it’s possible that smoking weed could help relieve pain associated with short-term illnesses such as a cold or the flu. A 2017 review of research on cannabis and sleep indicates that weed’s active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may help sleep in the short term. Given this, smoking weed might help you sleep, but when you’re sick with a cold or the flu your sleep cycle might already be altered.
However, long-term weed use is associated with tolerance to the drug’s sleep-inducing effects.
In other words, if you’re a regular user, weed might not be as effective in helping you sleep.