What is an allergy?
An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system. This means: The body classifies actually harmless substances (e.g. pollen, animal hair or certain foods) as dangerous and wants to fight the substances. Normally, this succeeds with the production of histamine - and it is precisely this tissue hormone that is the main reason for the typical allergy reactions. From a runny nose to watery eyes to constant sneezing.
By the way: In Europe, one in eight people suffers from hay fever. In total there are around 60 million people in Europe with an allergy.
CBD against allergies
Allergies are usually treated with so-called Antihistamines. These drugs inhibit the production of histamine. The problem: Many of those affected do not tolerate the antihistamines particularly well and a number of side effects can occur (e.g. nausea, tiredness or impaired vision). In addition, long-term use of antihistamines can lead to dependency.
That's why more and more people are trying to treat their allergies with natural alternatives
CBD seems to be a promising treatment option because of its properties:
- CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect
The anti-inflammatory effect of cannabinoids such as CBD has now been scientifically proven. By blocking inflammatory substances, CBD could reduce the symptoms of allergies like hay fever.
- CBD strengthens the immune system
- CBD calms the nerves
Many allergy sufferers suffer from stress and nervousness. CBD has a relaxing effect and can alleviate the annoying hay fever symptoms. At the same time, cannabinoids can increase the serotonin level (happiness hormone).
- CBD has an antimicrobial effect
Many allergy sufferers suffer from skin problems and eczema (often with itching). CBD can kill bacteria and fungi responsible for allergies and speed healing of affected skin areas.
- CBD is non-addictive
Unlike antihistamines, CBD does not pose a risk of addiction. In addition, CBD is free of side effects and, as a natural product, is easily tolerated by most people.
- CBD improves sleep
Refreshing sleep strengthens the immune system and well-being. This is not directly related to allergies, but can be an important piece of the puzzle for allergy sufferers and increase relaxation.
How to take CBD
There are several ways to take CBD for hay fever and allergies: On the one hand, there are CBD products like CBD oil for oral consumption. On the other hand, there are CBD products for topical application such as CBD ointments. Both variants could be suitable for the treatment of hay fever.
Important: Further studies are definitely needed to investigate the effects of CBD on hay fever and other allergies in more detail. Basically, CBD research is still in its infancy.
CBD offers a natural alternative for treating allergies. This is mainly due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of CBD - but it is also clear: the previous findings on CBD for hay fever and allergies are mainly based on anecdotal experiences. They are not yet sufficient to recommend CBD as an effective form of treatment. Our recommendation: try CBD and see how your body reacts.