Is Cannabis the New Allergy Relief We’ve Been Waiting For?
As widespread as they are, allergies affect an estimated 50 million Americans every year. Whether chronic or seasonal, from food to pollen to animal hair; the symptoms can be legitimately dangerous as well as irritating.
As such, those living with allergies, and the symptoms they bring (such as sneezing, coughing, inflammation, dermatitis and more) are ever on the lookout for new ways to relieve their symptoms. But what if a potential relief is already available?
Here, we’re going to look at the role of cannabis, and whether it can work to relieve your allergies or not.
Is cannabis the right treatment for allergies?
The compounds present in cannabis known as cannabinoids have a lot more uses than simply being recreational. CBD and THC are the two relevant components and have been shown to potentially alleviate pain, nausea, balance the body’s immune system, and much more. There are also signs that cannabis compounds may even be a safer treatment than the commonly used antihistamines.
Given the influence that THC has on the immune system, it is argued that it can slow or stop the overreaction of the immune system to allergens, which is the cause of the symptoms in the first place. Meanwhile, CBD has been demonstrated in preventing the airways from closing, meaning it may be able to offer relief with coughing and breathing, some of the most common allergy symptoms.
How might cannabis be able to help?
The effects of cannabis on those suffering from the symptoms of allergies are still being widely studied. However, there are some indications of symptoms it can prevent or ease, as well as how cannabinoids may even counteract the mechanisms inside the body that cause those symptoms to manifest in the first place.
Cannabis and inflammation
CBD and THC have been shown to be working treatments of inflammation. An allergic response causes inflammation, the mechanical cause of many of the most recognizable symptoms like itchiness, sneezing, hives, and the like. How cannabis impacts inflammation is still under study, though some believe that it stops the release cytokines, which are the main inflammatory pathway.
Cannabis and chronic pain
Cannabis has been shown to be widely effective in combating all kinds of chronic pain, which can come as a result of the inflammation caused by allergy symptoms. Both high-CBD and mixed CBD/THC strains may be able to soothe all types of pain.
Cannabis and histamine
The release of histamine, triggered by antibodies in response to allergens, is what brings on the different symptoms of allergies. The cannabinoids in cannabis have been shown in some clinical trials to impair the activation of the antibodies that cause the release of histamine. They may also have a role to play in how THC can suppress mast cell activation, which is another way that histamines are released.
As such, cannabis may be able to suppress the release of histamine, which could delay the onset of allergy symptoms and reduce their severity as well.
Cannabis and asthma
Many allergy sufferers are already trying cannabis alongside traditional treatments to see if it is effective at managing their symptoms. One of the symptoms it is known to alleviate is the nasal congestion, coughing and difficulty breathing that is common amongst many types of allergy, but most severe in cases of asthma.
Both CBD and THC have been shown to open constricted airways in early trials, while also soothing the inflammation that leads to the congestion in the first place. As such, it may certainly be possible that cannabis could be an effective treatment for asthma. However, as dangerous as the condition is, it’s important that you talk to a doctor before making any changes at all to your asthma treatment plan.
Cannabis and seasonal allergies
Cannabis, especially high-CBD strains and CBD products such as oils, have antimicrobial abilities that may be able to help with seasonal allergies like hay fever as well. Many prefer to use non-smoking cannabis products, as the actual act of smoking can aggravate an inflamed throat or sinus. However, CBD oil, edibles, and other high CBD products may be able to open those sinuses without causing the same discomfort.
Is it time to see whether cannabis is the allergy relief you need?
The signs that cannabis could be an effective treatment of allergies are looking very good, indeed. Planet 13 has as wide a selection of high-quality strains, from Medizin’s Animal Cookies to Sherbert that can give you the best chances of allergy success from the best Las Vegas dispensary near the Strip.
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Treating Your Allergies With Weed
Researchers confirm what medical users have long known.
- by Meagan Angus
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:30am
- Eat Drink Toke
Good news, stuffed-up stoners! As it turns out, cannabis could be the next treatment for your chronic, acute seasonal allergies. It all starts with cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD.
For some time now, self-medicating folks have been aware that CBD oil works as a powerful treatment for asthma and COPD by suppressing the symptoms that lead to an attack. Now there is a paper in the journal Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics to back them up: CBD treatments have proven to stop the decrease of airway flow and make breathing easier. Further, when an allergen was introduced into the subjects, CBD oil helped control the production and behavior of mast cells—the white blood cells that freak out when an allergen enters your body and produce histamines, the part of our immune system that provide the classic effects of allergies: sneezing, rashes, itching, coughing, all the fun stuff.
Other cool stuff cannabinoids do for allergy sufferers: control inflammation, open the sinus passageways, relieve nasal pressure, manage pain, and of course induce calmness and sleep. Interesting side note: Histamine production is also kicked up when we are super-active or stressed out, but it is mellow when we are mellow, and pretty much stops when we sleep.
And remember, CBD is the compound in cannabis that does not get you high, meaning there’s no reason it can’t serve as a regular treatment for these issues. But if you have the day off, do consider the “entourage effect.” When THC and CBD work together, they both do a better, more complete job. CBD oils or edibles with as little as 3 percent THC will induce this effect without getting you mega-stoned.
I am not a health-care professional, but let me make a suggestion: If you are feeling the effects of spring already starting to kick in, consider blending some locally grown whole-plant CBD-rich oil with a hyper-local honey at a dosage level that allows you to take half a teaspoon a day. Antimicrobial and antibacterial, honey has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Hyper-local honey is created by bees in your city, maybe even your neighborhood, and it contains the pollens you are breathing in daily and possibly reacting to. Taking small doses of honey containing these local pollens can, for some, act as an inoculation against those allergens, reducing or eliminating your reactions to them.
However: If you think you may be allergic to cannabis—it is itself a pollinating plant, after all—talk to your doctor or naturopath to make sure this is safe for you, and to get a proper dosage dialed in.
Researchers confirm what medical users have long known.