CBD Could help with Allergies and Asthma

CBD could have surprising benefits to your Allergies or Asthma this spring. Everyone knows smoking, cigarette or cannabis, will exacerbate the problem when it comes to Asthma or Alleges. So its not surprising that people would turn to the wide variety of smoke free CBD products as an anti- inflammatory alternative.

CBD can treat and protect against asthma and allergy flare ups.

There are anecdotal claims and emerging research that CBD can reduce inflammation and mucus production related to allergies and asthma.

By interacting with endocannabinoid receptors, CBD may treat and protect against asthma and allergy symptoms. However, more research will help to better understand this process.

 

Symptoms of Asthma:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Depression

Tigger’s of Asthma

  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Exercise
  • Illness
  • Pets
  • Weather
  • Smoke
  • Medication
  • Stress

Asthma is often confused with being an allergy since symptom’s are only seen when triggered. However, asthma is a chronic disease and is always present even when a patient is not experiencing symptoms.

There is no known cause of asthma. Genetic abnormalities are considered the most likely culprit. Anyone can develop asthma, yet some people are more susceptible and may experience more severe symptoms.

The disease is more common in children than adults, yet adults are four times more likely to die from it.

Symptoms of Allergies:

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

    Allergies is the air are more likely to affect the eyes, nose and lungs, while ingested allergens will cause reactions in the intestine, stomach and mouth. Allergies occur when the immune system responds negatively to foreign substance in the body. There are lots of allergens floating around everywhere we go. Most of us aren’t affected, although people with allergies tend to have hypersensitive reactions.

CBD could help people with allergise and asthma by serving as a general anti-inflammatory agent. It may also interact with the endocannabinoid system to reduce mucus production. More specifically, cannabis activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors, and that can decrease airway sensitivity in people suffering from asthma.

CBD as an Anti-inflammatory

According to the Brazilian study, CBD has the potential to reduce inflammation in asthma patients. T-helper cells find their way to the respiratory system and produce cytokines when responding to an asthmatic trigger, such as an allergen. In turn, cytokines produce inflammation which results in shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

CBD is an anti-inflammatory as it suppresses the responses of T-helper cells. As a result, cytokines are drastically reduced and inflammation subsides, allowing patients to breathe easier. CBD may also reduce the pain associated with inflammation by activating endocannabinoid receptors.

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) also plays a role in inflammation and adds to the severity of asthma. TNF is another type of cytokine that causes inflammation and influences other cells to do so as well. 

CBD Inhibits Mucus Production

Mucus adds to the severity of asthma symptoms and contributes to the obstruction of airways. The introduction of cytokines causes the excess mucus. The cytokine protein IL-13 is widely considered to be the cause of the occurrence.

Fortunately, CBD has been shown to specifically reduce IL-13 levels in the lungs. This effect allows patients to more easily expel mucus from their body via coughing and prevents excess production.

CBD May Prevent Airway Obstruction

The airways in asthma patients tend to be hyperreactive and contract too easily. This often leads to obstructed airways. A study by the Institute for Clinical Pharmacology in Germany showed that an endocannabinoid neurotransmitter called anandamide could restrain this obstruction.

When asthma is induced by a trigger, anandamide increases in a fluid created by the bronchi. The level of anandamide present correlates with the severity of obstruction and inflammation in the airways. For example, if the concentration of anandamide was high, the severity of the obstruction was low.

CBD has been known to promote anandamide levels. It does so by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down anandamide, maintaining higher anandamide levels and preventing bronchi obstruction.