The month of May carries pleasant connotations of warm sunshine, beautiful flowers, fun outdoor activities, and new life. But May also brings stormy weather, wind and humidity, and out of control pollen counts – meaning it’s the height of the season for allergy symptoms affecting nearly 50 million Americans every year.
Author: Jayci DeVito
How Can Zo CBD Help?
Allergy symptoms are more specifically known as allergic rhinitis. ‘Rhin(o)-’ is a prefix that means ‘nose’, and ‘-itis’ is a suffix meaning ‘inflamed’. When a person encounters allergens, their body overproduces antibodies that trigger histamine – the leading cause of inflammation.2 This inflammation of the mucous membranes inside the nose, causes the sneezing, stuffiness, runny nose, itchiness, congestion, and corresponding eye irritation (burning, watering, redness, etc.) that allergy sufferers commonly associate with the springtime season.
As allergies are such a prevalent issue, new medicines and methods are constantly being developed for reducing and alleviating their associated irritations. Overall, the best way to avoid symptoms is to avoid the allergens that cause reactions, or at the very least, minimize your exposure. However, people getting rid of their pets and remaining indoors with their windows closed and a filtered air conditioning system, is not always feasible, and in most cases, is far from desirable. This leaves a few options: nasal irrigation to directly flush allergens; allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) to desensitize the immune system and reduce reactions; and decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal sprays to soothe inflammation and block the release of immune system agents that cause symptoms.3
Several clinical trials and studies have been conducted on the potential benefits of using more natural, herbal remedies, particularly CBD products, to bring relief to people with mild to moderate allergic rhinitis. Cannabidiol has demonstrated the ability to reduce inflammation and could potentially bring relief by reducing the antibodies that trigger inflammatory responses2 by the immune system. If certain cannabinoids are proven to suppress the activation of mast cells that trigger histamine release, the world of medicine could soon make some drastic improvements in the way allergies are treated.
Instead of feeling drowsy, dizzy, nauseated, and foggy from common over-the-counter remedies, anyone can use the easily accessible and adaptable-dosage Zo CBD, to fit their specific needs without the negative side-effects from medications. If there is supposed to be a high pollen count for the day, a patient could choose to take a dose of Zo CBD in the morning to potentially help ease the impending inflammatory responses and hopefully reduce their symptom severity or manifestation altogether. Cannabidiol is still being studied, but early evidence shows it is improving the lives and daily routines of many people in a variety of applications, and likely, will also ameliorate the spring seasons of allergy sufferers everywhere.
- Medicine, Penn. “8 Facts about Seasonal Allergies.” Pennmedicine.org, Penn Medicine, 28 Mar. 2019, https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2019/march/8-facts-about-seasonal-allergies.
- Clark, Stanley. “CBD for Allergies – May 2022.” Edited by Kimberly Langdon, CBD Clinicals, 1 Feb. 2022, https://cbdclinicals.com/best-cbd-for-allergies/.
- Clinic, Mayo. “Seasonal Allergies: Nip Them in the Bud.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 27 Apr. 2022, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/in-depth/seasonal-allergies/art-20048343.