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.

Inflammation

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).

Sleep

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.