When you feel like total garbage and no combination of over-the-counter cough and flu medicines seems to make you feel any better, odds are you’ve turned to a more “natural” remedy to get some relief. If you smoke weed regularly, you’ve probably discovered that it goes with just about everything- so why not try it when you’re sick?
As we’re all quite aware, smoking anything can irritate the lungs and upper respiratory system which can cause even worse symptoms when you’re ill. So is it a good idea to smoke pot when you’re sick? The answer may not be as black and white as it seems, after all.
Beware, the common cold
Colds may not seem like a big deal to most, but if you count on smoking marijuana to help you get over it, smoking can actually make symptoms worse. Mucus and other liquid goodies get lodged deep into the respiratory tract when you have a cold and the last thing you probably want to do is infuriate your lungs with hot marijuana smoke.
The good news is you don’t necessarily have to stop consuming cannabis when you have a cold (but if you want to, here’s how to stop smoking weed). Instead of smoking, try using a vaporizer. Vaporizers are fantastic in removing most of the harsh carcinogens and pollutants that gel up the lungs and they deliver a much cleaner, much smoother hit. Another method that works for some people is to use warm water in a bong. If you must smoke, the warm water reduces the shock to the lungs and trust me- your lungs will thank you.
To a smoker, a sore throat is just about the worst. Harsh smoke does nothing to help and only makes it worse more often than not. The truth is some people can handle the pain while others won’t even attempt to smoke with a sore throat. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, you have other options for getting your THC rather than smoking it.
Edibles and tinctures are definitely the best ways to get around a sore throat. Simply chow down your favorite infused treat or add a few drops of tincture to a mint and honey tea and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Catch up on those zzz’s
Cannabis is exceptional when used as a sleep aide. Depending on the person, one to three bong rips, a dab, a couple CBN capsules or drops of tincture, or a few puffs off the vape pen can put one right to bed. Sleep is sacred to staying in good health and when you’re sick, it’s the best way to let your body rest and recharge.
The truth is that marijuana can and does affect each person differently, especially when you’re sick. When consumed to help with nausea, stuffy nose, head and body aches, marijuana can be one of the better medicines to put in your body when you’re sick. If you still feel the urge to toke up while ill, it’s ultimately up to you to figure out what method of consumption works best for you without putting too much extra strain on your ailing system.