Spring is just around the corner. For many regions across the country this means saying goodbye to colder weather as things start to warm up, with the outside world seemingly coming back to life.
Trees will start to grow new leaves.
Plants will start to bud and blossom.
And allergy sufferers everywhere will find themselves once again turning to allergy medication to seek relief from symptoms brought on by this otherwise beautiful time of year.
If you’re someone who is plagued by seasonal or environmental allergies, then this discussion is for you. Because there’s a chance that CBD may provide some relief.
In this article we’ll chat about what allergies are, how they’re commonly treated, why CBD may be a good alternative or supplemental option, and the different ways you can take CBD in order to lessen the impact of your springtime allergies.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are an immune system response to a foreign substance. 
Put simply, something that is not naturally produced by your body is flagged as bad by the complex network of cells and proteins that is your immune system. Ultimately, it’s decided this invader is worth fighting and the immune system gets to work. 
The results can be any combination of wheezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, or more severe symptoms.
The most common springtime allergies are related to grass and tree pollen. Other allergies you might be familiar with include dust mites, animal dander, various foods, and mold. 
But why do we have these allergies?
Competing theories exist, with everything from ideas about how the body reacts to parasitic worms to evolutionary protection mechanisms! 
But if you suffer from allergies like I do, you’ll agree that what we really want isn’t some long explanation about where allergies come from. Nope! What we want is relief.
Common Allergy Medications and Their Side Effects
There are several medications that folks typically use to deal with allergies and get that relief we’re all after.
The most common are antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids. They come in a variety of forms including pills, liquids, nasal sprays, drops, and inhalers, among others. 
The potential side effects with these kinds of medications are very wide-ranging. When it comes to antihistamines and decongestants, people most often complain of drowsiness. Other issues include dry mouth, dry eyes, dizziness, rapid heart rate or feelings of anxiety, and nausea.
Corticosteroids on the other hand can cause high blood pressure, fluid retention, and psychological effects such as problems with mood swings or memory.
While some temporary respite from your allergies is nice, sometimes these side effects can be just as much of a nuisance. Especially when they keep you from your work or family.
Why CBD May Work to Combat Your Allergies
Cannabidiol, known more commonly as CBD, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity recently thanks to changes in the laws governing industrial hemp production. Those were important because hemp is where CBD comes from.
You see, CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in hemp. Cannabinoids are compounds that mimic endocannabinoids, the molecules that your body naturally produces. They’re one part of something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which researchers are studying a lot these days due to its importance.
One area of interest connected to the ECS is inflammation. And inflammation plays a big role in allergies. A 2015 review of CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation found that it is indeed effective, which is great news for us allergy sufferers. 
In addition to this, two studies from 2005 showed even more promise for CBD as an aid in allergy relief.
The first, conducted by researchers from Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu and the Harvard Medical School, found that CBD may help in preventing cells from releasing histamines. That would result in less itching, sneezing, and similar allergy-related symptoms! 
The second, published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology which focuses on immunology, found that cannabinoids can stop the activation of T-cells. These are a type of white blood cell related to antibody response and activation. Again, this is related to histamines because active T-cells increase them. So, stopping this process could lessen allergy symptoms. 
While perhaps not a miracle cure, CBD is proving to be beneficial in the relief of some allergy symptoms, especially those related to springtime.
How to Take CBD for Allergies
If you’ve decided that CBD is something you might want to try for allergy relief, and you’ve first consulted a healthcare practitioner to make sure it’s right for you, there are several ways that you can go about using it.
One way is to eat or ingest something containing CBD. For folks on the go, you may want to consider Broad Spectrum Soft Gels or Gummies. The soft gels travel well and can be taken anywhere, any time. The gummies will be the same, but with the added bonus of being chewable and delicious.
Another great option for CBD on the go is Chewing Gum. In addition to making your breath minty fresh, CBD gum is another portable option to ensure you’re getting your daily dose of CBD wherever you are.
You can also make CBD as part of your at-home routine with Full Spectrum CBD Oil. The suggested number of drops under your tongue is a simple and quick way of taking it. And very effective.
That’s because the oil, much like the gum, is absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth and under your tongue. The delivery into your system will be efficient and quick.
So you can see there are several different ways to get your CBD, depending on both your preference as well as your lifestyle.
Spring, for most people, is a great time of year.
Now, with CBD in your personal care regimen, you can be freer to enjoy it with fewer symptoms brought about by your allergies.
It’s definitely worth speaking to your doctor about this before everything starts to bud, grow, and bloom. This way, your system will be ready for what nature throws at it when the time comes.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.*