With the onset of the cold and flu season and the rise of RSV, this blog shares information on how cannabinoids support the immune system. 

RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. The symptoms usually cause mild, cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, decreased appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing. Infants and older adults may develop severe infections from RSV, such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis. Our immune systems identify invaders and release cytokine surpluses into the bloodstream to fight off the invaders.

In 2018, a clinical study looked at cannabinoid receptor type 2’s effects in human subjects and mice with respiratory syncytial virus infection. An accumulating body of evidence suggests that the endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in pathophysiological processes and impacts disease severity; in other terms, the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in managing the symptoms we experience.  


Treating With Cannabis


Smoking cannabis may not be the best option to improve immunity due to its impact on chronic inflammation.  Incorporating cannabis-derived CBD-rich tinctures such as our Focus 20:1 CBD: THC formula into your routine is an easy and effective way for cannabinoids and the immune system to work together while not increasing inflammation.

Furthermore, the study mentioned above suggests, it may be beneficial to explore the implication of the cannabinoid system and viruses to maintain immune homeostasis during viral infections.  In addition to incorporating cannabis-derived CBD into your daily wellness route, there are other home remedies you can do to help mitigate the symptoms. 


Additional Home Remedies for RSV Symptoms


The Mayo Clinic suggests the following home remedies:

Create moist air to breathe by using a humidifier or vaporizer to help ease congestion and coughing.  Drinking plenty of fluids, such as clear broths and spring water, is vital to allow your body to break down and eliminate mucus and congestion. Furthermore, daily use of a Netty pot with saline or saline nasal drops is recommended to help support your body during a virus.