Can Marijuana Help Fight the Flu?
With Flu season just around the corner many people are looking for alternatives to the flu shot…and marijuana may be part of the answer. The flu is is believed to be caused by being exposed to the virus, in addition to a weak immune system that is unable to fight off this virus.
Flavanoids are one of the most highly recommended substances to consume for anyone looking to strengthen their immune system and fight the flu. Flavonoids are also responsible for many of the plant colors of fruits and vegetables including yellow, orange, red, and GREEN! Sources of flavanoids can be found in blueberries, black beans, onion, parsley, tomatoes, and cannabis aka marijuana.
There are about 20 different flavanoid varieties found in cannabis. There are a few flavanoids that can be found in other plants, however, there are other flavonoids that are unique to cannabis, such as cannflavins. Flavonoids exert a wide range of biological effects including acting as an anti-inflammatory. An indicator that you need higher flavanoids is increased frequency of infections, including the flu. So can marijuana help fight the flu? If flavonoids are part of the answer, then so is medical marijuana.
What else do high-flavonoid foods including Marijuana do for you?
- Help protect blood vessels from rupture or leakage.
- Enhance the power of your vitamin C.
- Protect cells from oxygen damage.
- Prevent excessive inflammation throughout your body.
- Function as an antioxidant in the human body.
- Antibiotic activity act directly as antibiotics by disrupting the function of microorganisms like viruses or bacteria.
Excerpts from Cannabis and Cannabinoids by Ethan B Russo & http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=119