Cold and flu season is underway in Massachusetts and many of our patients have asked, can cannabis be a good remedy for the common cold? While there is no cure for the common cold, there are a number of benefits of using cannabis to relieve symptoms of the common cold or flu. THC and CBD, the two most commonly known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, are known for their reported anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties as well as being a natural sleep aid. At Bask, we’re always searching for ways to incorporate cannabis with other natural remedies. That’s why we’ve created cannabis infused honey sticks just in time for cold and flu season.
Patients can easily consume the infused honey right from the stick or add it to tea, coffee, yogurt, dressings/marinades, granola, etc. See below for our favorite warm infused honey beverage!
Why Use Honey for Common Colds?
Like cannabis, honey is an excellent choice for natural medicine due in part to its ant-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Honey is also loaded with antioxidants, which help fight off free radicals in your body. For thousands of years, honey has been used as a natural medicine dating back to the Ancient Egyptians and Ayurvedic medicine. One of the most common medicinal uses for honey is for treating symptoms of the common cold including cough and sore throats. The World Health Organization also recognizes honey as a natural cough remedy. A recent study found that patients reported more relief from honey than over the counter cough suppressants. Doctors believe this is because of the high viscosity in honey. Honey is also naturally soothing and is used in Ayurvedic medicine for stress and sleep conditions like insomnia. Another benefit is that it can be used as a natural sweetener, which makes it easy to incorporate with a number of food and beverages.
Cannabis Infused Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
At the onset of a cold, this warm beverage may help soothe and heal a sore throat, reduce coughing, body aches, headaches, and a number of other symptoms. Lemon is great for the immune system because it’s packed with Vitamin C. Ginger helps with upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and can help warm you up from the inside out while you fight the common cold. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, is packed with antioxidants, and is a natural cough suppressant. THC and CBD have both shown anti-inflammatory properties which may reduce pain, help with sleep, and reduce headaches and migraines, which are common symptoms of a cold. These ingredients used together create a powerful vitamin-rich, antioxidant, immune boosting beverage that can help get you through cold and flu season this year.
Cannabis Infused Honey Tea Ingredients:
1 Inch of grated ginger
1 Cup boiling water
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Cannabis infused honey*
Grate ginger and add to one cup of boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or use a loose leaf tea infuser for the ginger for easier cleanup. Add lemon juice and THC infused honey after straining water. Sip and enjoy.
*Please note, it is always best to go low and slow with edibles. If you are unsure of your tolerance with infused edibles, speak with a Patient Advocate at Bask for more information about dosing. It may take 2+ hours to begin feeling the effects of edibles. The effects typically last 2 to 6 hours.
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Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
This product has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of edible marijuana may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of MA.