Can CBD help with seasonal allergies?
Yes and no.
Let us explain…
First, the bad news: CBD won’t make you not allergic to things. We wish that were the case, but it’s simply not. CBD is cool, but not sci-fi cool.
Now, the good news:
CBD can help with seasonal allergies.
CBD is antimicrobial, which means it can kill microorganisms or stops their growth. So while CBD won’t make you un-allergic to spring pollen, it can help fight off those tiny microorganisms that make you sneeze, itch, and get all stuffy.
CBD is also anti-inflammatory, so all that pollen that makes you swell up? CBD helps the swelling go down.
But here’s the most fascinating part: CBD can help stop mast cells from releasing histamines.
Let’s break it down:
Mast cells are “a type of white blood cell that is found in connective tissues all through the body, especially under the skin, near blood vessels and lymph vessels, in nerves, and in the lungs and intestines. Mast cells play an important role in how the immune system responds to certain bacteria and parasites and they help control other types of immune responses.” Source
Mast cells release histamines, whose job it is to get something OUT of your body.
So if you’re allergic to pollen, for instance, when pollen enters your body, the mast cells go on high alert, releasing histamines to flush out the pollen however they can – through snot, tears, or other means.
Histamines get a little, erm, over-eager during spring, reacting to everything your mast cells deem even a tiny threat.
So how does CBD help seasonal allergies?
CBD calms down the mast cells, keeping them from overreacting to every tiny bit of pollen they interact with. This keeps them from releasing histamines, which keeps you from having to carry around a box of tissues and eye drops all day.
We recommend a high dosage of CBD if you’re after seasonal allergies. Try tinctures for best results.