Ah, spring is in the air! It’s a season for new beginnings. It’s the time of year for brightly colored tulips, delicate crocuses, and all things green. But for some, it also brings allergy season. As the trees and grasses start producing pollen, the symptoms begin to peak, causing discomfort for those who suffer from this condition. We explain the basics of seasonal allergies and explore the treatment options available while highlighting products that could support your healthy lifestyle. Get helpful tips for a symptom-free allergy season by reading more below.
Hay Fever and Other Seasonal Allergies
People can suffer from either indoor or outdoor allergies. The source of most allergens includes insect bites or stings, pollen, medicine, food, dust, animal dander, latex, mold, etc. Seasonal allergies occur during the spring, summer, or fall. This type of allergy can also be called hay fever or allergic rhinitis. An overactive immune system causes allergies, usually stimulated by a benign substance like pollen. The body will then release histamine and other chemicals, resulting in reactions including sneezing and swelling. The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Triggering symptoms like red and watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy or puffy eyes, difficulty breathing, etc. And in rare cases, individuals could develop hives.
Seasonal Allergies: Prevention and Treatment
The first line of defense is prevention. Here are some suggestions for limiting your exposure during allergy season:
- Close the windows in your home, workplace, and car.
- When pollen counts are high (during midday and afternoon), limit your time outside.
- Wear a pollen or dust mask and use gloves when doing yard work.
- After any outdoor activity, take a shower and change your clothes.
- Leave your shoes outside.
- Vacuum and dust regularly to limit exposure.
- Get an allergy test to determine the cause of your symptoms.
When preventative measures aren’t enough, there are other options to consider. Treatment options for managing seasonal allergies:
- Over-the-counter allergy medicines, like antihistamines and decongestants.
- Saline (saltwater) nasal spray to flush out allergens.
- Prescription pharmaceuticals, including corticosteroids.
- Allergy shots are a series of injections to help build a tolerance to certain allergens.
- Holistic alternatives like cannabinoid therapy
Supplement Your Healthy Habits with Cannabinoids.
In addition to mainstream treatment options, some adult consumers have turned to cannabis as an alternative. There are a few ways cannabinoid therapy could alleviate allergy-related symptoms. Compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta 9 THC could potentially suppress the body’s response to allergens. Cannabis also helps produce a calming effect in the body, which can help with secondary symptoms of allergies.
For novice consumers, the cannabis plant contains 540 chemical substances to date. The compounds can be divided into categories, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds act together to produce many health benefits, thanks to a process called the entourage effect. Receptors in the body interact with the available compounds activating the endocannabinoid system. This system regulates mood, appetite, pain sensation, and more.
Each cultivar has a unique combination of chemical compounds, making it difficult to accurately predict each strain’s effect. Furthermore, each person will react to this combination of substances differently depending on factors like tolerance and biology. Many types of products can be made from the cannabis plant. Formats can be inhaled or ingested, and there are even several topical options available now. Please consume cannabis responsibly and start with a low dose and increase if needed — particularly if you are new to cannabis.
The FDA regulations allow hemp derivatives that contain no more than 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC for sale in the U.S. Most states have a wide selection of compliant legal products and can be purchased at a retailer or online. However, the regulatory framework isn’t perfect. Quality control is currently up to the businesses selling these types of products, so finding a supplier you can trust is important. In addition, make sure the product has had third-party testing to ensure its high quality and meets your standards.
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It’s also possible to have an allergy to cannabis. Pollen and certain terpenes are two causes that trigger this particular allergy. The symptoms experienced can be similar to traditional allergies. Avoiding cannabis use is the easiest way to resolve this. However, products such as CBD Isolate are void of terpenes and could be an alternative if you still want to use CBD and avoid allergens.
Coping with any health-related condition can be a tricky thing. Allergies are no different. Being well educated and open to holistic supplements such as cannabinoid therapy can be an empowering tool. Everyone’s health journey is unique. It’s important to find the right path for your optimal well-being, no matter what treatment plan you choose.
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