What are Allergies?
Sniffles, sneezing, and watering eyes. If these symptoms are all too familiar to you, you probably have experience with allergies. Nearly 50 million Americans are impacted by allergies in their everyday life. Whether it’s seasonal, chronic, or simply just a reaction to a specific substance, allergies affect all people indiscriminately. Allergies occur when your body’s immune system overreacts to otherwise harmless outside elements. Frequent allergens are things like pollen, pet dander, metals, dust mites, and mold spores. Our bodies produce histamines to combat these foreign substances and can cause all sorts of issues such as watery eyes, congestion, and sneezing fits.
Antihistamine and Decongestant Side Effects
The common treatments for allergies include antihistamines, which go after the histamines your body creates in response to outside elements. These can come with staggering side effects, such as:
- Fatigue and/or drowsiness
- Dry mouth, nose, and/or throat
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Upset stomach
- Pain in the legs, arms, and/or back
- Agitation and/or confusion
Alternatively, you may take decongestants, which work to temporarily reduce the congested sinuses commonly affiliated with allergies. These medications are similarly riddled with side effects, including:
- Nervousness and/or agitation
- Inability to sleep
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
When already inconvenienced by allergies, it can be hard to rationalize subjecting your body through additional exhaustion and stress from medication. Antihistamines attack the body’s immune system, which can be problematic for long term wellness. Decongestants provide mild relief for some symptoms, but cannot restore complete relief.
How can CBD help with allergies?
CBD is an excellent treatment for allergies and the perfect alternative to standard medications. CBD has been documented to have anti-inflammatory properties, fighting some of the irritation present in an allergic reaction. Additionally, CBD has been linked to blocking some of the histamines produced, stopping an allergic reaction in its tracks. CBD relieves nasal pressure, congestion, and opens up the body’s passageways to ensure air flow stays constant. CBD works to support the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. It blocks certain cells from producing histamines in response to allergens and assists with keeping sinuses open so there are very little congestion issues.
Does CBD help with seasonal allergies?
Yes. CBD will soothe your body’s hypersensitivity to pollen and other seasonal allergens by inhibiting the production of histamines. Additionally, research has been done suggesting that CBD has microbial benefits, which can relieve symptoms.
What are the side effects of taking CBD?
The most common side effects are things such as lethargy, changes to weight, changes to appetite, dizziness, stomach problems, diarrhea, and dry mouth. Always consult a physician before taking CBD alongside other medications, as CBD can affect the metabolism of those medications.
Can CBD cause itching?
No, there have been no documented cases of CBD causing itching. It depends heavily on your skin’s sensitivity, but CBD salves for itchiness and pain are one of the most popular products, so it is unlikely that you will experience discomfort when using CBD.
How much CBD should I take for my allergies?
Every metabolism and body is different, so you will have to be mindful of your dosing for the first few days until you find the right amount of CBD that works for you. It’s usually suggested to do 5mg of CBD per every 10 pounds of body weight, split over three doses. For example, if you are 150 pounds your daily dose will be 75mg, in increments of 25mg per dose.
Which delivery method of CBD is the best for allergies?
For chronic allergies, it’s probably easiest to take CBD supplements in the morning, then as needed throughout the day. If you are looking for immediate relief, such as for seasonal allergies or sudden reactions, a CBD tincture will enter the bloodstream quicker and might be the best option for you. If your skin is breaking out in hives, we would suggest applying a CBD infused balm to the affected area.
Can I give my child CBD for their allergies?
Yes, CBD is safe to give to children. Unlike its counterpart, THC, CBD has no psychoactive trait meaning it will not give your child any high. Be sure to start with a lower dose, such as 5mg, to test the waters before increasing their dose over time. Always consult your pediatrician if your child is on any other prescription medication as CBD can interfere with the metabolism of that drug.
Can my dog take CBD for allergies?
Here at White Coat, we are proud to supply quality, third-party tested CBD to soothe your allergies. We are committed to ensuring all of our products are safe, potent, and free of any heavy metals or pesticides. You can talk live to our customer service agents every day who will gladly answer any questions you may have about the products on our site.
Disclaimer: Any therapeutic claims of CBD contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are for information purposes only.