This article explores the benefits of CBD for seasonal allergies, and sheds light on CBD’s role in decreasing inflammation to help reduce unwanted allergy symptoms.

While corticosteroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants may help to temporarily relieve symptoms, CBD for allergies is a proven all-natural approach to reducing allergy symptoms and targeting the root cause of your allergy symptoms: inflammation.

What Are Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies result from exposure to airborne substances (such as pollens) that appear only during certain times of the year.

These allergic reactions cause itchy skin, a runny nose, sneezing, and sometimes itchy or watery, bloodshot eyes. Doctors can usually diagnose these allergies when typical symptoms (such as a runny, itchy nose and itchy eyes) develop during a particular season.

Seasonal allergies (commonly called ‘hay fever’) are very common. They occur only during certain times of the year – particularly the spring, summer, or fall – depending on what a person is allergic to.

Symptoms involve primarily the membrane lining the nose, causing allergic rhinitis, or the membrane lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes (conjunctiva), causing allergic conjunctivitis.

The term ‘hay fever’ is somewhat misleading because symptoms do not occur only in the summer when hay is traditionally gathered and never include fever. Instead, hay fever is usually a reaction to pollens and grasses.

The pollens that cause hay fever vary by season:

  • Spring: Usually trees (such as oak, elm, alder, birch, beech, poplar, ash, and olive)
  • Summer: Grasses (such as Bermuda, timothy, sweet vernal, orchard, and Johnson grass) and weeds (such as Russian thistle and English plantain)
  • Fall: Ragweed

What Are the Symptoms of Season Allergies?

Hay fever can make the nose, roof of the mouth, back of the throat, and eyes itch. Itching may start gradually or abruptly. The nose runs, producing a clear watery discharge.

The sinuses may also become congested, causing headaches and occasionally sinus infections (sinusitis). Sneezing is also very common.

The eyes may water, sometimes profusely, and itch. The whites of the eyes may become red, and the eyelids may become red and swollen. Wearing contact lenses can irritate the eyes further.

Other symptoms include coughing and wheezing (especially in people who also have asthma) and sometimes irritability and trouble sleeping.

The severity of symptoms varies with the seasons.

Inflammation & Its Role in Allergies

Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system, and inflammation plays a significant factor in their symptoms.

CBD has been shown to play a significant role in decreasing inflammation and in helping to regulate the immune system.

By lowering histamines, CBD can reduce your unwanted allergy symptoms – and improve your quality of life during allergy season.

A 2005 study shows that CBD aids in preventing cells from releasing histamines. This means a reduction in itching, sneezing, and other allergy-related manifestations.

Another study in 2005 discovered that CBD impairs the activation of T-cells, a type of white blood cell that increases antibody response and activation. Active T-cells leads to an increase in histamines, and by blocking this process CBD can reduce allergy symptoms.


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