Sunday, May 26, 2024

Can Pollen Allergies Be Helped By Cannabis

Pollen season is here and people’s head and noses are clogged and miserable…can cannabis help?

Over 100 million people in the US and Canada have to deal with seasonal allergies. As spring starts and flowers and plants bloom, noses start their annual running.  More than $13.4 billion was spent in 2021 on people seeking relief from the sniffling and sneezing. Typical symptoms including congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes, nose and throat, runny nose and eyes, and post nasal drip. But can pollen allergies be helped by cannabis?  It sort of depends.

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While pollen is a generally an issue when it warm…it can go from spring to fall. For many  this means February onwards for tree pollen, followed by grass pollen, then ragweed in the later summer and autumn. While more research can be done, for a portion of those afflicted, marijuana may help.

green grass field under white sky during daytime

Marijuana is known to be anti-inflammatory and it seems marijuana can lower histamine levels in the body. This suppresses the immune system’s allergic response to pollen and other allergens. By reducing inflammation, marijuana may be able to open up airways and provide relief similar to over-the-counter allergy medications, but without some of the side effects.  In addition, for some, it can be a sleep aide to help get over the loss of sleep/fatigue hump.

However, it’s important to note that marijuana itself can also act as an allergen for some people. The pollen-rich cannabis plant may trigger allergic reactions in those with sensitivities, leading to symptoms like congestion, watery eyes, and itchy nose. There is also a risk of cross-reactivity, where people allergic to things like trees, weeds, or latex may experience reactions to hemp or cannabis products.  If you plan to try cannabis to help, consider gummies as way to consume the distilled plant.

For those exploring marijuana to help, pay attention to actually benefits you may receive.. While it may provide relief for some, marijuana is not a one-size-fits-all solution for seasonal allergies. As with any new treatment, it’s important to work closely with a healthcare provider to find the best approach.

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