We all know by now that cannabis is a very powerful plant. We can read about the medicinal properties of cannabis in the news almost every day thanks to all the researchers out there. The amazing cannabis plant has over 100 active ingredients and a multitude of aromatic components. Now that spring is in full swing, we wanted to take a closer look at the relationship between cannabis and seasonal allergies such as hay fever. Can it be the perfect cure?
In the Netherlands, over 20 % of the population is suffering from hay fever every year. If you are you one of them, keep on reading.
Research shows that THC and CDB, active substances from the cannabis plant, can help keep your airways open. These substances are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties. This make’s us wonder, can it be the perfect cure for your hay fever?
The effect of cannabis on hay fever
Let’s start with the good news.
CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, has antimicrobial properties that can alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies such as hay fever.
As a result, you can use cannabis that contains a high amount of CBD to open sinuses such as your forehead cavity. It can also relieve the pressure on your sinuses. The third known effect of CBD is that it can help prevent a stuffy nose.
Sounds good, right?
Yes, it does. However, there are some things you should take into consideration. If you suffer from hay fever there is a good chance that your throat and sinuses are inflamed during pollen season. Therefore, it is not recommended to smoke your cannabis. Smoking can further irritate your throat, respiratory tract, and sinuses.
A better way of treating your hay fever would be the use of CBD oil or to consume cannabis as an edible. For example, you can make a cup of tea with CBD oil, honey, and ginger.
When you want to relieve your airways, using a vaporizer is also a great idea. A vaporizer is suitable for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Thanks to vaping, you can consume cannabis without the health risks associated with smoking.
Need more information on how to use a vaporizer? Ask us next time you visit the shop.
More useful tips
Besides using CBD-oil, consuming edibles and vaping, you can also use the following tips:
- Hay fever is caused by pollens. When at home, close windows and doors during pollen season. This will help reduce irritation to the eyes and lungs.
- Wash your hands and hair regularly. Washing your pillowcases more often can’t hurt either.
- Planning on going outside? Put on your (sun) glasses. This way, pollens are less likely to come into contact with your eyes.
- Check your hay fever app before you make any plans. Apps like these allow you to check live pollen updates for your location. Very useful technology!
Do you see any tips missing in this article? Let us know.