Cannabidiol (CBD) has been researched for a wide variety of different uses, including everything from severe neurological disorders to anxiety-induced disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Beyond its potential for being an aid for serious issues like the ones mentioned above, CBD is best known for being used for smaller issues like reducing inflammation, improving mood and increasing happiness, reducing stress, and functioning as a sleep aid for people suffering from insomnia.
However, something that many people don’t know is that CBD can be used to deal with those nagging allergies that a lot of us have to deal with at some point every year.
CBD Oil for Allergies: Just the Facts
Simply put, the symptoms caused by allergies happen because of an overreaction by our immune system. One of the immune system’s primary jobs is to prevent and protect us from health threats but, for many people, being exposed to the smallest things can trigger their immune system’s protective response leading to that miserable feeling that many know far too well.
While things like certain foods can cause allergies, a few examples of environmental allergens include dust mites and pollen from plants, which is why during spring, when flowers are in bloom, many people see an aggressive spike in their allergies.
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), 10-30% of the world population suffers from allergic rhinitis every single year. Allergic rhinitis, more commonly referred to as hay fever, is what most people know as seasonal allergies and the thing that gives them a runny nose, stuffy head, watery eyes, and non stop sneezing.
The AAAAI also reported that in 2012, 7.5% or 17.6 million adults were diagnosed with hay fever in the past 12 months. In that same year, 9.0% or 6.6 million children reported having suffered from seasonal allergies.
If you thought you were the only one suffering from allergies, think again! There are a lot of people in the same ballpark as you looking for a better way to deal with their allergies.
While you can surf the internet and find plenty of articles and individuals on social media threads claiming that CBD oil cured their allergy symptoms, at the moment, there simply hasn’t been enough research to confidently claim that CBD oil is a direct solution for your seasonal allergies.
With that being said, there is ample evidence that CBD helps regulate our immune system, so it’s possible that it does indeed help, just indirectly.
To get a better understanding of how CBD may boost your immune system and, in turn, help with allergies, we need to introduce you to the endocannabinoid system and provide a brief overview of how it functions.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS), by definition, is a complex cell-signaling system that plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes such as our mood and how we sleep, just to name a few.
In terms of how the ECS functions, the ECS works as a signal system and provides instructions for our immune response, including how, where, and when to engage our defense mechanisms.
As we mentioned earlier on, CBD has been shown to relieve inflammation in humans.
In a 2015 study from the University of Massachusetts, researchers found that CBD can reduce inflammation in the body and has the potential for being an effective treatment for conditions that include inflammation as a characteristic.
Studies like this one are important to note because inflammation plays a major role in allergies and because we know that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, it may reduce the symptoms caused by allergies.
When considering how to use CBD oil for allergies, it’s best to think of it as a preventive wellness product. It’s important to understand that CBD is not a cure for your allergies but rather a way to possibly alleviate the symptoms you are likely to get from allergies.
For the recommended dosage, please take a look at this article, which gives a precise breakdown of dosage by weight.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States alone, 28.9 million people or 11.6% of adults have been diagnosed with a sinus infection.
While there are numerous forms of sinus infection, many of the symptoms are identical to those you’d experience with allergies.
Since you now have a decent understanding of the endocannabinoid system we reviewed earlier, understanding how CBD may help with sinusitis will be relatively straightforward.
One of the characteristics of sinusitis is that it can cause infections, which create inflammation in your sinuses. Because evidence shows that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, it is possible that CBD could be an effective treatment. Another characteristic of a sinus infection is the bacterial clogging of the sinuses making breathing a difficult task. Since CBD also contains anti-bacterial properties, it may be useful in reducing clogging.
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