Allergy Season Is Here: Here’s How CBD Can Help

Allergy Season Is Here: Here’s How CBD Can Help

At last, Spring has sprung. The sun is shining. The flowers are blossoming. But if you’ve been spending this time of year all watery eyed and sneezing, that’s how you know that allergy season has hit.

According to Dr. David Fischer, allergy expert and past president of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, approximately 25-30% of Canadians suffer from environmental allergies. An allergy is defined as a disease that causes the immune system to become hypersensitive to certain external substances, known as allergens. This hypersensitivity leads to a misguided attempt to defend the body against these invaders, which produces allergic reactions.

Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Nasal and eye irritation
  • Hay fever
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Dermatitis and skin irritation
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation

Well, maybe Spring doesn’t have to be so treacherous anymore. As it turns out, CBD may be a natural solution for alleviating your sneezing, wheezing, and other exasperating allergy symptoms. Here are the top three symptoms that CBD may be able to treat.


Many of the most challenging symptoms of allergies are actually associated with inflammation. Rhinitis, sinusitis, and asthma are a few examples of problems caused by inflammation. CBD may play a therapeutic role in both cases of inflammation. CBD has shown potential in helping to mediate the immune response associated with certain autoimmune diseases. This cannabinoid acts to combat inflammation and its associated stress in numerous ways, including exerting an immunosuppressive effect on cells that play a role in inflammation, pain, and immunity.

Rashes and Eczema

Eczema, very simply put, is inflammation of the skin. Sometimes known as dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition that causes symptoms such as dry skin, irritation, itching, and inflammation. Research has found that even our skin contains cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are an essential element of the endocannabinoid system, a system that is now known to be directly associated with allergic inflammation. CBD oil can help ease skin conditions such as eczema by reducing inflammation and relieving dry skin. CBD creams and lotions can be especially effective in relieving localized itching or dryness. Since cannabinoid receptors are also present in the nervous system, CBD has also been shown to soothe eczema symptoms such as itching and pain when taken orally (CBD oil or tinctures).


Studies are now linking allergic rhinitis and other types of allergies with sleep disorders such as insomnia. The World Health Organization reports that CBD can result in a deeper, more restorative sleep (also known as REM sleep) by calming the nervous system. CBD has been shown to significantly reduce chronic inflammatory pain by possibly activating certain receptors, making a comfortable sleep more possible. In short, CBD can help a person fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.

While CBD oil has been found to be effective in treating the symptoms associated with allergies, it is important to note that it is not a cure for the underlying condition.

CBD for Beginners: What’s the Magic Number?

CBD for Beginners: What’s the Magic Number?

The buzz surrounding CBD (short for ‘cannabidiol’) and cannabis therapeutics has probably left you intrigued while scratching your head at the same time. As a beginner, you’re likely confused about what product to start with and at what dosage. It is important to note that the therapeutic use of cannabis is a personal journey and process so results will vary from individual to individual. There is no one strain, product, dosage or frequency that will work best for everyone. Our aim, however, is to answer key questions you may have in order to help you to make informed, safe and effective decisions regarding CBD use.

Despite the astounding amount of news and discussions leading up to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, not all health professionals are caught up on the subject. CBD, a naturally occurring compound found in the flowers of cannabis plants, has been widely researched and applied in medical use for serious health conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain. The fact that CBD is non-psychoactive (does not alter brain function to produce a ‘high’) is an attractive option for those seeking relief associated with a medical condition, or those who simply want to relax and loosen up on Friday night! Interested in starting off your weekend by swapping that glass of red wine for a dose of CBD? Keep reading to learn what dosage or product may best suit you.

It’s important to start off with a CBD product and dosage that won’t produce any unwanted side effects. The key in starting off with any cannabis product is always to start low and go slow.

Methods of Consumption

Besides ground dried cannabis flowers for smoking or vaping, many attractive products exist including oil concentrates, vaporizer liquids, topical treatments, nasal sprays, and edibles (lozenges, beverages, tea, gel caps, tinctures, or cannabis infused alcohol). CBD vaporizer liquids may be vaped similarly to tobacco e-liquids CBD oil products can be taken orally (edibles) or sublingually, meaning under the tongue. The oral pathway is the most ‘efficient’, as absorption occurs directly into the bloodstream. The duration and onset of effects vary based on the product and administration.

Consumption Method When Effects Could Begin How Long Effects Could Last
Inhalation (Smoking, Vaping) A few seconds to minutes Up to 6 hours
Edibles (Food, Capsules) 30 to 90 minutes Up to 12 hours
Sublingual (Under the Tongue) 5 to 30 minutes Up to 12 hours

*Note that some effects could last up to 24 hours 

Finding the Right Dosage

Beginners should experiment with doses as low as a few milligrams (mg) of CBD oil. An effective dosage can start at just few milligrams and range to a gram or more. Daily users of CBD may take 10 – 20 mg once or twice daily, while those seeking to relieve severe pain may increase this to three times a day, or may up the dosage to as much as 30 mg. There is no right or wrong answer, as some find relief from 1 – 5 mg doses regardless of whether they are treating chronic pain or using recreationally.

Start slowly, by experimenting with small dosages of varying concentrations of both CBD and THC. Starting off with a high CBD/low THC oil is recommended, as the intoxicating effects of THC may be unpleasant for some. Always keep track of how much CBD you’re ingesting and be aware of the labels denoting the concentrations within each product.

Tips for finding your ‘sweet spot’:

  • Start slow and opt for consistent small doses rather than one large dose
  • Observe the effects after each dose as this will help you make informed adjustments
  • If you overdo it, remember that CBD has no adverse side effects and the uncomfortable feelings will pass with time

The goal any cannabis or CBD user is to personalize a dose that works best for you. It’s important to listen to your body as effects may vary each time. CBD is a fantastic alternative medicine for treating health conditions or even for recreational purposes. Knowing the facts will allow you to safely enjoy the many appealing benefits of CBD.

Canna(bliss) for Women: It’s That Time of the Month

Canna(bliss) for Women: It’s That Time of the Month

Being a woman is tough. And, as many of us are aware, it can certainly be painful.

Many women suffer from menstrual cramps – maybe these cramps occur occasionally, or maybe they occur every single month, like clock-work. The pain from menstrual cramps can range from mild to severe and can involve the lower belly, back, and thighs.

Some women, however, are living with a disorder called endometriosis. According to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, endometriosis affects approximately 1 in every 10 women of reproductive age. Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (endometrium), grows outside of the uterus. This can be an extremely painful condition because the displaced endometrial tissue acts as it would if it were inside the uterus – it breaks down and begins bleeding with each menstrual cycle – only it has nowhere to go, which leads to what can often become severe pain.

Whether you suffer from endometriosis or just the typical discomfort that comes rolling around with your monthly cycle, CBD oil may be the solution for you.

While interest in CBD and all of its potential benefits has been growing at an alarming rate over the past decade, studies on the ways in which CBD affects the female body specifically have only recently started popping up. Even though this research is preliminary, it isn’t hard to take the bounds of research that have already been conducted on CBD and apply them to the common issues that many women face during that time of month.

So, what can CBD do for you during that monthly visit?

Pain and Inflammation

During your period, your body releases inflammatory compounds in the tissues within your pelvic area. This inflammation causes other symptoms such as pain and bloating to worsen. Since CBD has been proven itself to be a strong anti-inflammatory, it could be a better (and safer) alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSADs). Side effects and complications of NSAIDs are common and serious and can lead to death if consumed regularly.

As sudden changes in hormone levels begin, they trigger contractions in the muscle tissue within the uterus. These contractions are the cause of the inflammation, pressure, and discomfort that are often associated with menstruation. CBD can be effective in managing this pain and inflammation through its ability to modulate pain thresholds and inhibit the release of proinflammatory molecules, similar to ibuprofen. In particular, CBD is able to reduce the inflammatory process by lowering the production of cytokines by the immune system, and by inhibiting some of the receptors responsible for pain perception.


PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, has become a well-known term to describe the emotional symptoms that occur in the days or weeks prior to a woman’s period. These symptoms can include anxiety, depression, irritability or anger, and general mood swings. CBD has been widely used as a natural mood-

booster. In fact, a growing body of research has found that CBD boosts serotonin levels and elicits an anti-depressant response faster than some of the most common prescription drugs.


Two common symptoms of menstruation include both fatigue and insomnia. The World Health Organization reports that CBD can result in less REM-sleep disruption due to pain or other discomfort. In short, CBD may help a person fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer by calming the nervous system and inhibiting the receptors responsible for pain perception.

So next time you feel those cramps coming on, you might want to reconsider reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen and try something more natural, safe and effective.

CBD: An Insomniac’s Dream

CBD: An Insomniac’s Dream

A good night’s sleep can have the most astounding effects on our minds and bodies. You may think you’ve got it all figured out with lavender essential oil and chamomile tea to help you wind down for the night. Although these are well known sleep-supporting herbs, there’s another plant that has recently swept into the market to knock out those sheep you’ve been counting. You guessed it, that plant is cannabis! And its effects on your sleep quality could be extraordinary. Today, sleep disturbance is a common problem. According to the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS), approximately 10% of Canada’s adult population experience persistent insomnia with an additional 20% to 25% reporting occasional insomnia symptoms. While insomnia can be a problem in children, adolescents and adults, it is most common among women, older adults, and people with medical or psychological problems. The increased stimuli attributed to today’s modern habits can also affect our sleep quality and duration.

Why is sleep important?

A regular sleeping pattern is incredibly important for our emotional, mental and physical state. So critical is sleep, that even one day’s deprivation of sleep will cause side effects such as reduced cognitive function (slower reaction times, lower productivity and creativity), less energy, over-eating, and increased irritability. We’ve all been there right? But what many of you may not be aware of are the more dangerous effects of sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness, which can lead to an increased risk of numerous chronic diseases. Sleep is critical for our memory, immune systems, metabolism, appetite control, learning ability and anything else that keeps you well, alive.

How can CBD help?

Cannabis has actually been used for centuries – yes centuries – to promote sleep. Cannabinoids, the compounds extracted from the cannabis plant – most notably CBD and THC – are an attractive holistic alternative for sufferers of sleep disturbance or insomnia. The World Health Organization reports that CBD can result in less REM-sleep (that deep, restorative sleep) disruption than THC. In short, CBD may help a person fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer by calming the nervous system.

With patience and careful tweaking, you can find a THC-CBD ratio that works best for you as a safe and natural alternative to over-the-counter sleep aids without the sluggish side-effects. The therapeutic use of CBD as a sleeping aid requires patience as there is no strain, product, dosage or frequency that fits everyone. Knowing the facts can help you safely incorporate

cannabis products into your bedtime routine or for those occasional stressful nights when you might need a little extra help easing into a slumber.

If you’re curious to try CBD for insomnia, it is important to start low and go slow. Start with a low dose to see how you feel, and then increase as needed. Starting off with a product of high CBD/low THC is recommended, as the intoxicating effects of THC may be unpleasant, especially for beginners. CBD on the other hand, is non-psychoactive, having little affect on brain function (no ‘high’) but resulting in a sedating feeling in the body. Incorporating CBD into your lifestyle will not only help you sleep better but can alleviate inflammation, pain, anxiety, spasms and many other symptoms that could be responsible for your poor sleep.

Just remember, moderation is key. Consume safely, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!