CBD For Allergy Symptoms [Ultimate Relief]

Beating those nasty allergies.
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 12, 2018

CBD for Allergies

Most of us suffer from some kind of allergy, and usually, it is looked upon as an inconvenient ailment and nothing more. What you may not know is that allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S!

According to The American College Of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year! When we see stats like these, it is no wonder that people are looking elsewhere for potential treatments – and one of those alternative medicines is CBD oil.

So could the all-singing-all-dancing CBD be a potential relief for allergy sufferers who are getting no relief from their traditional medicines? In this article, we are going to explore what CBD is, and how it could be the next best thing for the treatment of allergies!

What Is An Allergy?

An allergy is our immune system’s negative response to a substance that is usually harmless. The side effects that come from an allergic reaction often range in severity and can include any of the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Sniffling/runny nose
  • Hives
  • Facial Pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, eyes or face

These are just a handful of the potential risks associated with allergies, of course in some cases; if an allergy is incredibly severe, it can result in anaphylaxis and death.

What is even more shocking is that many allergies can lead to chronic conditions which become much more serious for the sufferer, such as:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Rhinitis
  • Eczema

While there are plenty of over the counter and prescription medications on the market for all of these common allergies, research has suggested that CBD could be a more effective, and safe option!

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant. It is now the most researched of the lot, beating THC as the most sought-after compound for its ability to provide relief for a huge list of conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Anorexia

While this list is impressive, it just a handful of the conditions researchers have targeted with CBD and other cannabinoids!

How Does CBD Work to Combat Symptoms of Allergies?

In our body, we have an Endocannabinoid System which is responsible for maintaining a level of balance throughout our body. This process is known as homeostasis and is the regulation of the body to keep optimum health. The ECS releases natural cannabinoids which play a hand in regulating a whole host of things from appetite and mood to the way we feel pain!

When CBD is consumed, it works largely with the ECS to promote increased production of these healing cannabinoids! It is for this reason that CBD has proven to be so effective in such a wide range of conditions.

Along with our ECS, we also have cannabinoid receptors already built in! When we consume cannabis, the cannabinoids bind to receptors which can bring about different effects. Our CB1 and CB2 receptors are in charge of different things, for example, THC binds to our CB1 receptor which is primarily located in the brain and is in charge of thoughts, feelings, memories – which is why we get high when we consume THC!

With CBD however, while it may bind to both receptors in very small amounts, its biggest work is with both the ECS and other non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels.

How Can CBD Work For Allergies?

Research has found that CBD can prevent mast cells from releasing histamines. Mast cells will produce histamines during inflammation or allergic reactions, and it is this which brings about the common symptoms that we all know and love such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, etc.

Not only this, but CBD is a well-known anti-inflammatory which can prove invaluable during an allergic reaction as it can reduce swelling and irritation in the sufferer! It can also prevent the onset of many common side effects as it is inflammation coupled with a higher level of histamine that brings about the unpleasant symptoms!

CBD’s interaction with our ECS has even been shown to reduce almost all of the most common side effects associated with an allergic reaction, such as the following:

  • Opens up the passageways
  • Helps to stop the decrease in airway flow, making breathing easier
  • Relieves nasal pressure
  • Relieves congestion and mucus
  • Manage pain
  • Induces calmness and sleep

Medical Research on CBD

According to The Journal of Allergy and Immunology, the stimulation of the CB1 receptor may be useful in controlling allergies as well as rashes and eczema! This is due to the CB1 receptor being largely linked to mast cell activity.

An animal study published in 2013 showed the effects of CBD on the reduction of inflamed airways in guinea pigs with a food allergy. During the investigation, the guinea pigs were administered with raw egg whites which led to a trigger in mast cells and an increase in histamines. CBD was able to reduce airway obstruction and relax muscle tone, suggesting it to be a beneficial treatment for obstructive airway disorders.

It is from studies such as these that CBD has been proven to be an effective treatment for allergy induced conditions such as Asthma and COPD!

CBD has also been proven to be beneficial in skin allergies, due to its immunosuppressant properties, the cannabinoid has shown potential in reducing rashes and itchiness! A 2013 study showed that CBD was effective for preventing inflammation and edema, making it a promising anti-inflammatory treatment for skin conditions that result from allergic reactions!

Final Thoughts on CBD For The Relief Of Allergy Symptoms

There isn’t much that CBD can’t do for us, whether you use it for general health upkeep, to treat a debilitating condition or seasonally to prevent aggravating allergic reactions! The science behind this humble compound all points towards an all-natural therapy that can relieve you of some of the most common allergic side-effects.

When we consider the way CBD can control mast cells and histamine release throughout the body, it makes it clear that the cannabinoid could play a hand in almost all allergies! If you are a sufferer from any of the following, we suggest CBD to see if it works for you:

• Hay fever
• Dust allergy
• Eczema
• Asthma (as a result of an allergy)
• Pet allergy

As the summer months roll in, there will be a significant rise in the sale of over the counter and prescription medication designed to treat inflammation and symptoms of allergies. Why not try CBD to see if you can benefit even more, with none of the side effects!

Article Sources

  1. Amber Raper
    Pollen Allergy Rescuer

    Very, very helpful in flu, allergy or asthma. I am using this for all my three sons, they are all allergic to the pollens in the air in about mid October to end November, and sneeze and cough a lot at that time. Probably genetic, but CBD from Elixinol has been a great rescuer. I start giving them about 2 drops daily starting September till end November and we are able to pass through the season much comfortably.

  2. Zoey
    Wondering if I could give CBD to a 15 year old

    My kid has had allergies and eczema since her first month out of the womb. At times she seems tortured by them. I had no idea allergies could cause the reactions and symptoms she has. My mom had a lover when I was a kid who was allergic to almost everything they tested for but her symptoms were the standard swollen & watery eyes, runny nose and congestion. My daughters reaction isn’t so “simple”. Everything from personality changes to insomnia. She gets eczema that looks like someone pored scalding water on her face. Her hands are scabby and crack and bled and her eyes have three puffy wrinkles under them. She even has eczema on one eyelid. Also I had no clue allergies could be triggered by every season change. In fact her worst allergies used to be in fall/winter. One symptom that I never could be caused by allergies is insomnia. When the eczema gets worse and starts to spread she stops being able to sleep at night. She’ll lay in bed for hours tossing and turning. It’s frustrating for both of us. When she was younger when she’d have an episode it would cause her to have symptoms that you’d see in an autistic child. She’d hit her head on walls, scream for hours. She’d punch and bite me. One night for three hours my sister and I had to follow her around cleaning up the upended chairs and various things she’d throw. She would alternately hit herself and us and we ended up having to use protective use of force. My sister wrapped her body around hers to stop her from hurting herself or us. I felt so bad but my sister wouldn’t let me do it bc I have a chronic back condition. A couple of times my daughter tried to jump out of the car on the highway and as I held her back she bit me till I was bruised and bleeding. Afterwards she’d be devastated. Fortunately she has more control now. She will lock herself in her room and let me know she feels like crap and needs to be left alone. But she’s miserable and I’m desperate to help her. I tried traditional medicine but none of the pills worked at all, and the steroid creams burned her and she’d refuse them. Then I read that steroids can’t be a solution bc her body will just get used to them and she’ll have to take stronger & stronger steroids (which can start effecting her immune system even when applied topically), and eventually there won’t be a strong enough steroid. I’ve worked with her diet, right now she’s cut milk and cream-still eats cheese and grass fed butter. She hates dairy free sour cream but I’ve found a lactose free version. I’m hoping that will have some effect. I’m talking with her about doing an elimination diet to see if any foods trigger her, but I feel like she also needs something added. I give her quercitin, vitamin d, black current seed oil and black cumin seed oil. (I did give cod liver oil but am worried about heavy metals so I’ve switched to plant based oils.) I know there’s the warning labels that CBD oil is for those over 18 but have wondered if that’s just political since there’s still so much hysteria around anything weed related. (Even though there’s a hemp alternative.) My thought was that while in most situations it’s best for a person to not take in anything psychoactive till they’re brain is finished developing, that a substance that doesn’t have those psychoactive properties should be fine. Besides all of the issues I’ve listed my daughter also misses out on a lot. She can’t go to her friends who have cats and dogs with fur, she can’t go to her favorite indoor water park. Even having her dad come visit her (he’s got six cats and uses scented laundry detergent) causes a reaction. And god forbid she goes to his house. I hate telling her no she can’t go (he’s got a PS4 so she really wants to go to his house.) And she’s also an animal lover but can’t pet/ be around anything with fur or dander. (Fortunately we found she can tolerate breeds like Bichon & Poodle but there’s no cat breed we’ve found she can even be within a few feet of.) So you can see how desperate I am to give her some relief and to open up her life. I mean at certain times of the year we can’t have windows open and she can’t go outside without a severe reaction. I even had to start homeschooling her bc of her allergies. So my question, taking in the severity of her allergies and how they effect and limit her life, would it be ok to start her on CBD even though she’s only 15? Im desperate to help her in any way. I appreciate any help!

  3. Pamela Stanley
    I can answer any questions about CBD.

    Yes, CBD is one drop fits all. Its helps people and animals of all ages. It has done wonders for me and my allergies among several other things. If you are interested in CBD, i can help you by answering any questions.

    1. Susan
      Help need advice

      Post nasal drip, sinusitis with severe facial pain and asthma. What do you recommend and where do I get it? Help! Many sleepless nights!

    2. Aniket

      Hello pamela Stanley,
      Please advice me if CBD can help me cure allergic rhinitis, head congestion
      Please reply, your means alot

  4. René Lemann
    Working for me

    Guys I have devised my own manner. I inhale the CBD steam, over my home steamer or a nebulizer whenever I have cold and cough. I just add 3 drops of the 100ml Premiumjane drops which are full spectrum and MCT stamped, and it gives me relief.

  5. Judi DeQuaker
    For Allergies

    How do I use it for allergies? Runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing… all the fun stuff. But what is best application?

  6. Jody

    My dad actually thinks it’s cbd he’s allergic to. He’s taken a few drops and has had an acne like break out

  7. S.M.

    Often hives with unknown origin are because of your water supply. Town water had bleach in it and some places use ammonia as well.
    Pelican shower filters help a lot.
    If you look up chloramines and their effect on lungs, hospitalizations etc you’ll be chocked that we use it. It’s scary.
    CBD is amazing stuff. Even generally well people should try it.

  8. Mats Bengtsion
    Question about possibility allergy solution

    My situation is that I am suffering, since 10 years, from hives on my skin ( mostly arms & legs )which according to the doctors most likely are caused by allergies.
    I have consulted with both a dermatologist and lately a allergist to find the causes.
    In spite of many tests nothing has found a clear source. As of today I have stopped drinking red wine and eating berries and products which might contain artificial colorants.
    Unfortunately, the hives have only been reduced and by no means eliminated .
    My questions is : Could CBD be a potential solution?
    If so, what kind of CBD can be more effective in helping me ?
    Your comments will be highly appreciated

    1. Dylan

      Hi Mats, certainly I would not say that CBD is guaranteed to help, but it may be worth at least trying given its anti-inflammatory effects and action on the body’s endocannabinoid system. If you have access to legal medical or recreational dispensaries you might want to try something like a 1:1 cannabis oil (equal parts THC and CBD), otherwise there are a handful of quality full-spectrum CBD hemp oils that are available in all 50 states. Best of luck my friend.

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