Springtime is here, and in North Carolina, that means a nice yellow coating of pollen has rolled in. If you are one of the 30% of adults who suffer from seasonal allergies, then you understand all too well that it can really put a damper on enjoying this time of year. You may also be familiar with antihistamines that people often turn to for help. Their side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, blurred vision, and trouble urinating. With a list of side effects like that, it’s no wonder more people are becoming interested in a holistic approach to allergies.
One holistic option for seasonal allergies is CBD. A 2005 study showed that CBD can aid in preventing cells from releasing histamine. The additional cannabinoids, including trace THC levels, in full spectrum CBD oil help to block T-Cell activation which can also reduce histamine and allergy symptoms.
In the same way that we react to allergies, our pets can suffer too. Often overlooked, the symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats are:
- Swollen or itchy eyes
- Excessive licking
- Rubbing on furniture
- Head shaking or scratching at ears
- Runny nose
- Skin redness
CBD is often chosen for a variety of mild and seasonal allergies as it helps to alleviate almost all symptoms. A 2015 review from UMass School of Medicine discusses the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD in detail. Inflammation is the most common allergy response in humans and pets. CBD has been shown to alleviate these symptoms significantly and aid in the following ways:
- Relieving nasal pressure
- Managing pain
- Opening passageways
- Relieving mucus and congestion
- Inducing calmness and sleep
- Making breathing easier
Our current product recommendations for seasonal allergies are:
Remember, the way CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system for allergy relief is through lessening the overactive immune response. Bringing the body back into balance through natural means makes CBD a top choice in our book for natural allergy relief.