Since 1940’s CBD oil is serving human kind in many ways to upkeep their wellbeing. But can this wonderful substance play the role of a nasal decongestant particularly when a bad common cold has hit you? Well, despite all the other health benefits associated with CBD, it cannot necessarily help you get rid of congested nostrils.
The truth is that there is no cure for the common cold (at least as of this writing). The culprit behind common colds is a virus. So, you cannot expect the common cold to go off until the virus finishes its course.
However, the most important thing is that we shouldn’t forget the fact that cannabidiol comes with some anti-bacterial properties as well. Those properties may have the capacity to prevent some of the routine complications associated with the common cold. In addition to that, CBD is a good anti-inflammatory agent so it may help you breathe easier by diminishing the severity of sinus congestions.
Scientifically speaking, CBD can be considered as a compound with non-psychoactive characteristics. So, it is not a compound that can make you high. The human body comprises of a special system called endocannabinoid. The receptors linked to this system are located in the body as well as the brain. THC triggers receptors named CB1 and CB2. On the other hand, CBD doesn’t trigger any of those receptors.
Your central nervous system is the place for most of the CB1 receptors. In addition to that, the liver, lungs and kidneys have CB1 receptors in smaller numbers. However, CB2 receptors are integrated to the immune system as a part of it. In addition to that, CB2 variety can be found in the hematopoietic blood cells. The job of CB1 is to be a part of producing and releasing neurotransmitters. If you consume a cannabis-related product that comprises of psychoactive characteristics, the aforesaid receptors will be triggered.
Meanwhile, the job of CB1 receptors is to take part in the lipogenesis process. It is a process that happens within the liver and thereby it maintains homeostasis levels of the body. Experts say that CB1 receptors are directly related to concentration, appetite, pleasure, pain tolerance, memory etc.
However, CB2 receptors are related to the immune system. Experts say that CB2 receptors are responsible for modulating feelings such as discomfort. Also, they may affect the normal bodily functions.
The important fact is that CBD doesn’t affect any of those receptors. However, CBD can activate serotonin, vanilloid, and adenosine receptors. With the assistance of the trigger caused by CBD, those receptors can regulate inflammation, temperature, and general perception of discomfort.
Common cold cannot be cured with any medicine. However, you can use various methods to lessen the discomfort related to it. Although CBD oil can deliver some benefits you expect, you cannot consider it as an effective nasal decongestant or solely depend on it as a cure for the common cold. In other words, it is completely OK to go on with some hot chicken soup, proper hydration, steam etc. while using a nasal spray. Also, it is always better to get enough nutrition and basic hygienic routine while using a nasal spray or other nasal decongestant agents immediately after feeling any discomfort.