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Using CBD for Allergies, is it Beneficial?

As CBD’s popularity grows worldwide, following the WHO report indicating that it is generally safe to use, people are trying it out as a supplement to assist with almost every condition imaginable. Although definitely not a panacea, CBD definitely has its uses, most commonly used with success in managing anxiety and stress, sleep problems, and pain. However, when it comes to handling seasonal allergies, is there any evidence to suggest that using CBD for allergies is a wise choice? Our Soulsome CBD101 guide has taken a deeper dive into this issue and reports back on CBD and allergies below.

 

CBD for Allergies? Is it beneficial?

With the research into CBD still in its infancy and with many states keeping a firm grip on cannabis laws and research limitations, we have a way to go before we see a conclusive body of reliable research emerge. However, there are some things we do know already which can guide our choices concerning CBD and what we use it for. Although there is no directly conclusive evidence that using CBD for allergies or allergic reactions (for example, seasonal allergies to pollen), some evidence exists to show that it may well help manage the symptoms of allergies.

 

CBD, inflammation and its role in allergic reactions

Allergies aren’t bad reactions; they’re a body’s overactive immune system rushing to our defense. In our allergic reaction to things, inflammation plays a significant role as one of the primary symptoms. With this in mind, we do have a good understanding that CBD plays a direct role in managing inflammation and has been shown to decrease inflammation and help to regulate our immune system.

 

One early study in to CBD’s functioning in the body revealed that CBD prevents cells from releasing histamines. As I’m sure you already know, Histamine is an endogenous chemical that is released into the bloodstream by the white blood cells in our bodies whenever our immune system feels it must defend us from a possible allergen. If CBD effectively limits the release of histamines, as this study claims, it could result in a lessening of the typical sneezing, itching, and inflammation generally associated with our allergic reactions. Similarly, a second study has found that some cannabinoids will limit the activation of our T-cells, a white blood cell that increases our antibody response. Very active T-cells mean an increase in histamine production and, with cannabinoids limiting this function, one might experience a real reduction in allergic symptoms when using CBD for allergies.

 

All of this suggests a positive future for more research into the action of cannabinoids on our immune system, and the use of CBD for allergies. A recent study concluded that CBD played a vital role in the reduction of inflammation and worked well as a palliative for certain conditions which featured inflammation as a symptom. Indeed, one of the most striking features of CBD is its ability to suppress or limit inflammation and, in turn, help us to manage pain. Working with specific receptors of the human endocannabinoid system, CBD can have a considerable effect on our emotions, our anxiety levels, sleep, our experience of pain, and inflammation. When it comes to inflammation management, CBD seems to help manage pain, inflammation of sinuses, and nasal pressure, assisting with sleep, relieving congestion, and having a generally calming effect on us. So, it doesn’t seem to be too much of a leap of faith to consider using CBD for allergies.

 

In short, you may well want to consider a quality CBD oil such as Soulsome’s cold-pressed raw hemp flower CBD oil to help with the management of unwanted allergic reactions. Although the research into using CBD for allergies is not yet conclusive, we know a little of how effective CBD can be in managing inflammation and pain, and this, in itself, might be helpful. However, as with any change to your healthcare, diet, or lifestyle, we strongly advocate discussing these changes with your healthcare professional or your doctor to make sure that these changes will ultimately benefit you.

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in this post is for general information purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner to make sure that CBD oil is the right choice for you.

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