The legalisation of hemp derived CBD has been without doubt one of the most exciting pieces of news we have come across in the wellness industry. The choices that a customer is now open to, is beyond one’s imagination. Of the several CBD health benefits that are being talked about and especially pertaining to relieving of allergy symptoms, there are talks of CBD being the cause of some. Are these merely rumours of CBD side effects or do they have facts and studies behind them? Let’s find out.
What Are Allergies? How Does It Happen?
Allergies are just the reaction of the human body in response to foreign substances that it considers harmful. These foreign substances are called allergens and some of the common allergens include pollen, mites and dust. The immune system makes what is called antibodies to combat the foreign invaders.
When all of this is happening, the body releases a chemical called histamine.This is what causes the symptoms of allergies to surface. Some of these are:
- Watery eyes and redness
- Nasal congestion
These can also aggravate and cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and may require a hospital visit if symptoms don’t fade away in a few hours or worsen. There are some life-threatening reactions to allergens, like anaphylaxis and this is seen as difficulty in breathing, wheezing and swelling of the lips or the tongue.
Can CBD Cause Allergic Reactions?
Even though the chances are extremely low, it still is there. People can fall allergic to anything. For example, there are people who are even allergic to peanut butter. Anything and everything has the possibility of becoming allergen and CBD falling in that category is not exempted.
This is why hypersensitive people with an extremely ‘fragile’ immune system, will see CBD as an allergen.
Can CBD Be Used For Allergies?
Yes, CBD can be used in many ways and is considered a safer natural alternative to most antihistamines present in the market.
CBD Is Used To Counter The Inflammation
CBD binds the receptors that cause the effects of inflammation. CBD prevents the production of histamine from inflammatory cells called mast cells. This effectively limits the symptoms of allergies like reddening and swelling.
Helps In Controlling The Spread Of Skin Rashes
CBD topicals work to reduce the inflammation and alleviate the effects of flakiness and itching that occurs due to allergies and conditions like eczema.
Helps Reduce The Secretions In The Airways
This again points to the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, which reduces the secretion in the airways that lead to clogging. CBD use also allows for improving breathing by clearing up the nasal passages.