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During winter, coughs and colds affect most of us. Although the simple, ubiquitous viruses that cause these common illnesses are very hard to “cure” outright, there are various ways that cannabis can be used to ease their symptoms. Read on to find out how to incorporate cannabis into your diet and health care regime to prevent and treat colds!
What causes Coughs and Colds in Winter?
The common cold is a viral, highly contagious illness, which is more likely to affect people during the winter months. Responsible for a range of symptoms including dry or chesty cough, runny or congested nose, sore throat, fever, and fatigue, the common cold is not caused by just one virus. Instead, it is associated with as many as 200 different strains.
One type of virus particularly associated with the common cold is the rhinovirus (with “rhino” meaning “nose”, this literally just means “nose-virus”!). There are three main species of rhinovirus, and at least 99 different serotypes (strains). As well as rhinovirus, the common cold is also associated with various strains of coronavirus, adenovirus, enterovirus, and influenza virus.
How Do Cold Viruses Cause Symptoms?
Cold viruses are passed from person to person by hand-to-hand and hand-to-surface contact, as well as airborne transmission of viral particles. Hence, it’s important to cover the mouth or nose while coughing or sneezing, and to wash hands regularly!
Once a cold virus has infected a human host, it gets to work – infiltrating the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat, and reproducing rapidly. For the most part, cold viruses such as rhinovirus don’t cause any particular damage to the body – they simply cause an immune response as the body recognises unwanted invaders exploiting…
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