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Is It Safe to Smoke Weed If You Have a Cold or the Flu?

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There isn’t any evidence that smoking weed while you have a cough, cold, or the flu is inherently unsafe. But does it make sense?

If your throat and lungs are already irritated, smoking may exacerbate your discomfort. Smoking weed has short- and long-term effects on lung and respiratory function.

You may also find that your body responds differently to weed when you’re sick. Both smoking weed and common illnesses such as the flu can cause fatigue, chills, and headaches. You may feel these effects more intensely when you’re sick.

If you already smoke weed on a regular basis, doing so while you’re sick probably won’t have a drastic impact on your symptoms. Still, you should proceed with caution. This probably isn’t the time to experiment with new dosages and strains.

You should also keep in mind that you can spread your illness to others by sharing a joint, bowl, or bong.

Read on to learn more.

At this time, there isn’t any available research on smoking weed while sick with the cold or flu. Research exploring the use of weed for medicinal purposes is still extremely limited.

Although there may be benefits to smoking weed while sick, it’s unclear if they outweigh the potential negative effects.

Anti-inflammatory

According to a comprehensive 2017 review , there’s evidence that weed smoke has anti-inflammatory properties.

Inflammation plays a role in a number of cold and flu symptoms, including:

  • sore throat
  • swollen nasal passageways
  • fever

Weed’s anti-inflammatory properties might help relieve some of these symptoms, but more research needs to be done to understand the exact benefits.

Pain relief

The same 2017 review concludes that weed is an effective treatment for chronic pain among adults.

Chronic pain is ongoing. It’s different than the acute aches and pains caused by a cold or the flu.

Still, it’s possible that smoking weed could help relieve pain associated with short-term illnesses such as a cold or the flu.

Sleep aid

A 2017 review of research on cannabis and sleep indicates that weed’s active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may help sleep in the short term.

Given this, smoking weed might help you sleep, but when you’re sick with a cold or the flu your sleep cycle might already be altered.

However, long-term weed use is associated with tolerance to the drug’s sleep-inducing effects. In other words, if you’re a regular user, weed might not be as effective in helping you sleep.

Although there’s no serious risk, combining weed with OTC cold and flu medications that have sedative effects, such as NyQuil, can intensify drowsiness and affect cognitive function. You may find it more difficult to concentrate or make decisions.

Can smoking or ingesting marijuana while taking OTC medications for cold and flu result in any adverse effects?

Marijuana should be used with caution while taking OTC medications for cold and flu. Some OTC remedies alter how the body processes the psychoactive components of marijuana, which may lead to an accumulation of excess effects.

Additionally, many OTC options have dry mouth, sedation, confusion, blurry vision, heart rate alterations, and loss of balance as typical side effects in susceptible users; marijuana consumption may lead to worsening of these effects.

To avoid risk of adverse effect, wait to use marijuana (if an occasional or rare user) or do not increase your typical dose consumed (if a routine user) if you require OTC cold or flu medications.

Daniel Murrell, MD Answers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.

Remember, there hasn’t been any research on weed use while sick with a cough, cold, or flu. In addition, studies on the use of weed for medicinal purposes are limited.

There’s moderate evidence that smoking weed can lead to the following side effects, but this list may not be complete due to the lack of research.

Worsened cough

According to a 2017 review , smoking weed in the long term is associated with a chronic cough and excess phlegm production.

If you’re sick with a cough, cold, or flu, smoking weed could make your respiratory symptoms worse. This is because weed smoke irritates the throat and airways.

Other routes of administration, such as vaping, generally don’t have the same effect on the respiratory system.

Dizziness

Dizziness is a common side effect of both inhaling and ingesting cannabis. Cannabis use can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure that may leave you feeling faint or light-headed.

If you already feel weak or dizzy while sick with a cough, cold, or flu, weed could make it worse.

If you’re a regular user, you may be able to minimize dizziness by decreasing your dosage.

Stomach pain

Inhaling or ingesting cannabis activates cannabinoid receptors in the gastrointestinal system. This can cause a variety of effects, including stomach pain and inflammation.

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a rare condition linked to long-term cannabis use, causes severe stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Weed use could exacerbate stomach symptoms caused by a cold or the flu, especially if you tend to experience stomach pain when you use weed. You may be able to minimize these effects by decreasing your dosage.

There isn't any evidence that smoking weed while you have a cough, cold, or the flu is inherently unsafe. But if your throat is already irritated, smoking may feel uncomfortable. Your body may also respond differently to weed while you’re sick. Here's what you should know about toking, vaping, edibles, and more.

\n \n smoking weed casuing tonsilitis?

\n so i recently got tonsilitis and from that glandular fever

and i started feeling the symptoms 1-2 days after smoking weed.

this has happened once before and i got tonsilitis a few days after smoking.

so can you get tonsilitis from smoking weed.

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\n Smoking weed makes tonsillitis awesome.

I dunno, I got mine out at 4 years old. I smoke weed all tghe tiem.

but could bacteria/viruses survive the heat from smoking it?

I don’t know if they do this where you live but here they spray it with silicone, grit and all types of stuff to make it weigh more.

some can, especially if they aren’t immediately exposed to an open flame (i.e. if you where smoking a joint)

noone here (except maybe some very stupid or desperate people) would even consider buying weed that appeared to be sprayed with chemicals or mixed with various crap.

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\n wow. thats weird.

chronic tonsilitits might be your plight good sir.

and where the HELL do YOU live Greenie. you wouldn’t survive doing that stuff in FL.

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Rarely done here, only heard about it happen once, most of the stuff you mentioned is really bad for you but probably won’t give you tonsillitis.

on second thought, maybe cig packs aren’t the best choice of material for filters.

\n wait maybe i shoulda explained the circumstances

the first time this happened was about a year ago and i smoked weed on school camp. it was a ****ing three day trip into hell, we went canoeing on the open ocean.

and the second time was a few weeks ago and i smoked and then had a saw throat alllllll week
then i got ****ing off my head that weekend and whilst i was dealing with my hangover my throat started to hurt. and then all of a sudden i got ****ing tonsilitis and then glandular fever.

but can the weed contibute to the sore throats all week leading to getting tonsilitis?
oh and btw i smoke often

so i recently got tonsilitis and from that glandular fever

and i started feeling the symptoms 1-2 days after smoking weed.

this has happened once before and i got tonsilitis a few days after smoking.

so can you get tonsilitis from smoking weed.

No, tonsilitis is caused by either a bacterial or a viral infection, smoking (anything, not just dope) could irritate it but it would not be the actual cause of the infection.

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\n no i went to the docs and everything

had blood tests and i had tonilitis AND glandular fever at the same time

mum was like wtf. when i couldnt ****ing move and my temp was through the roof

Sorry to dissillusion you, but unless you have a mate that grows it you can almost guarantee that whatever you are buying has had some crap added to it to bulk it out – you’ll probably never know unless you test it in a lab, or get ill from it.

And TS, if you aren’t used to smoking you might have just hurt your throat form the smoke, and weakened it so you caught tonsillitis. Or someone you were sharing a spliff with might have had tonsillitis and given it to you.

some can, especially if they aren’t immediately exposed to an open flame (i.e. if you where smoking a joint)

noone here (except maybe some very stupid or desperate people) would even consider buying weed that appeared to be sprayed with chemicals or mixed with various crap.

You say that but here sometimes that’s all you can get and so people will buy it. I’m not gonna lie, I still buy it if there is no alternative. It’s quite annoying to find out that it seems to be a British problem rather than worldwide.

Sorry to dissillusion you, but unless you have a mate that grows it you can almost guarantee that whatever you are buying has had some crap added to it to bulk it out – you’ll probably never know unless you test it in a lab, or get ill from it.

Sorry, but I don’t live in England, and I’ll tell you this doesn’t happen here very often.

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wait maybe i shoulda explained the circumstances

the first time this happened was about a year ago and i smoked weed on school camp. it was a ****ing three day trip into hell, we went canoeing on the open ocean.

and the second time was a few weeks ago and i smoked and then had a saw throat alllllll week
then i got ****ing off my head that weekend and whilst i was dealing with my hangover my throat started to hurt. and then all of a sudden i got ****ing tonsilitis and then glandular fever.

but can the weed contibute to the sore throats all week leading to getting tonsilitis?
oh and btw i smoke often

Weed can’t cause tonsillitis by itself, but the smoke can be pretty harsh (Especially if you’re not used to smoking), and could surely exacerbate conditions like a sore throat.

That being said, it’s more than likely a coincidence. It definitely won’t cause any of it on it’s own, but it’s still inhaling smoke.

so i recently got tonsilitis and from that glandular fever and i started feeling the symptoms 1-2 days after smoking weed….. this has happened once…