Flu Season and common colds: CBD can be your friend!

Flu Season and common colds: CBD can be your friend!

Shifra Klein

Bad News: CBD will not stop you from catching the common cold or influenza.

Good News: CBD may determine how well your body fights off the common cold or influenza!

How? By giving your body what it needs to strengthen its own immune system.

Look, you might not be into holistic approaches and feel that popping some generic cold meds and aspirin may be the only thing that brings you any relief, even if it’s minimal.

Consider this: While you might be getting some relief from over-the-counter meds and no doubt, sometimes they can be helpful, they are quite simply masking your symptoms and not healing them.

Think of it as if your body is a computer. To truly fight against any outside viruses or hacks, it’s necessary to have a properly running “machine” with regular security updates and maintenance.

Your body is essentially your machine; it has its own running systems including the immune system and endocannabinoid system. And you can keep your systems balanced by a many number of things, like regular exercise, proper sleep, and choosing foods and supplements that boost and protect your systems - making it easier to fight and recover from colds and flus.

We have all heard of the vitamins and supplements that can be helpful for immune support, such as Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, and Turmeric. What you may not have heard of but has been under your nose since the beginning of time, and just as effective and a great additional to your regular health defense regimen, are natural plant Terpenes.

Terpenes are compounds found in plants (concentrated amounts found in cannabis) that not only determine the plants taste and smell but are responsible for the medicinal effect of the plant.

Many Terpenes have anti-inflammatory properties, and others even have anti-viral and anti-cancer benefits. Here are some of our favorites Terpenes and luckily for you, Mitzva Wellness products are packed with them for overall wellness all year around:


Limonene
- (found in citrus, dill and mint) anti-viral and anti-inflammatory (1)

Linalool - (found in lavender, basil) anti-inflammatory and activates immune system (2)

Caryophyllene - (found in cinnamon and parsley) anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant (3)

a-Pinene - (found in Rosemary, Pine needles, orange peel) anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator (4)

b-Pinene - (found in celery, parsley, rosemary) anti- inflammatory, anti-stress, antiviral (5)

Humulene - (found in sage and cardamom) anti-inflammatory and antibacterial (6)

Nerolidol - (found in lemongrass, tea tree and jasmine) anti-fungal and antimicrobial anti-biofilm, anti-tumor (7)

Myrcene - (found in hops and mangoes) anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer (8)


Notice the common thread? You got it!

Anti-inflammatory.

What exactly is inflammation and how does it affect my body?

(Time to get nerdy! Brace yourselves... it’s science!)

The endocannabinoid system is known to play an important role in regulating immunity and scientists consider it to be one of the “keys” of the immune system. It includes receptors known as cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2) as well as the endogenous cannabinoids anandamide (AEA), 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and enzymes that influence the production of these endocannabinoids. There’s scientific evidence that cells of the immune system express both CB1 and CB2. (9)

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa, is a phytocannabinoid that acts on the endocannabinoid system and may have the ability to maintain a balanced and healthy immune system. Transient receptor potential vanilloid 2 (TRPV2), a protein that facilitates the communication of cells with their extracellular environment, also plays an important role in healthy immune system function. CBD activates TRPV2 and influences other transient receptor potential (TRP) channels involved in supporting immunity. Hemp-based CBD oil may have both direct and indirect mechanisms for maintaining immunity.  Mitzva Wellness Tinctures are packed with blends of CBD and natural plant terpenes, that may provide anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-viral properties, to boost the immune system. (10)

At Mitzva Wellness, we strive to provide supplements to support your overall wellness, especially through cold and flu season. We suggest Mitzva Good Day in the morning to start your day off right and Mitzva Good Night in the evening to promote a peaceful night’s sleep!

 
Stay Healthy,
The Mitzva Family


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Sources

1 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15778119

2- https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/jf900420g

3 - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0024320518308610

4 - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25242385/

5 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6920849/

6 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2785529/

7 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6272852/

8 - https://www.fundacion-canna.es/en/anti-inflammatory-anti-nociceptive-properties-v-myrcene

9 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2768535/

10 - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15778119/

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