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Can CBD Help With Spring Allergies?

Can CBD Help With Spring Allergies?

It’s springtime — which; unfortunately, can also mean pollen season for millions of people across the country. Several of us go through this time of year with one or many allergic symptoms such as watery eyes, itching, sneezing, runny nose, rashes, or even hives.

In some cases, allergic reactions can become so severe leading to chronic health issues like eczema, rhinitis, asthma, and sometimes death.

And while we can go to our nearest store or pharmacy for prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines season after season, research is pointing towards Cannabidiol (CBD) and its potential to work more efficiently and safely than traditional medications.

woman with allergies

What Are Allergies?

Allergies often occur when our immune system reacts negatively to a substance that may typically appear as harmless. But with seasonal, spring allergies, the reaction may be the result of grass, pollen, molds, or weeds. But it’s the side effects from those reactions that range in severity and symptoms.

Over 50 million people in America experience allergies every year according to the medical association of allergists-immunologists and health professionals. And allergies are part of the top, leading causes of chronic illness in the United States — ranking at number six.

How Does CBD Affect Allergy Symptoms?

During an allergic reaction or through inflammation, the antibodies from our immune system create histamines, and it is those histamines that cause all of the common symptoms we associate with allergies — the coughing, watery eyes, itching, etc.

What studies have shown is that CBD may restrict our system from producing histamines, and because of the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, it may also help with reducing the swelling, discomfort, and prevent the triggering of other adverse effects due to inflammation and histamines occurring together.

Furthermore, CBD may help to alleviate allergic reactions by

  • Opening up passageways for air flow
  • Releasing mucus buildup and congestion
  • Reducing nasal pressure
  • Promoting sleep and peace
  • Mitigating pain signals

man blowing nose

How Is CBD Able To Work Against Allergies

Each human body possesses an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) — a network of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) — that plays a critical role with our bodily systems maintaining a healthy balance. The natural cannabinoids released from the ECS regulates several biological functions such as mood, sleep, and even pain.

When CBD enters the body, it interacts with the ECS reinforcing that healthy balance which gets our bodies back to optimum performance; we refer to this process as homeostasis, and it’s the primary reason why research connects CBD to several healing properties

With CBD, the ECS can regulate the mast cells and their release of histamines as well as the inflammation which makes quite easy to see how CBD can help with various other allergies.

And as spring and other seasonal allergies begin this year, keep CBD in mind as a safe and natural alternative to traditional medicines; it won’t just cover up symptoms of allergic reactions but possibly return your body to homeostasis — its peak of health and well-being.

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