Sunny springtime is right around the corner with its beautiful flowers, sunshine, tweeting birds… and allergies! The season of sneezing, water eyes, and runny noses is more common than you’d think. 10 to 30% of the human population goes through seasonal allergies each year making this a common human experience each spring. 

Why do we get allergies?

But why do we get allergies in springtime.What causes our bodies to react so dramatically? Springtime brings a lot of living things back to life like flowers and trees. After a cold winter, life starts to blossom again with plants releasing their pollen into the air. This pollen helps the world come back into full bloom but it can also aggravate allergies like runny noses, headaches, itchy & watery eyes, sneezing, and more. 

What causes allergies?

Allergies are caused by our immune system overreacting to that pollen. Pollen particles and mould spore particles can be mistaken by our immune system as harmful even if they aren’t. This promotes an immune system response to flood the little invaders out. Resulting in that annoying runny nose and watery eyes.  This can be quite dramatic for some allergy sufferers and can impede their everyday life in the springtime. 

What treatments are there?

There are many medications on the market for people suffering with seasonal allergies. Most are antihistamines that can make you drowsy. Antihistamines work by blocking histamine in the body. Histamine is what our body produces when the immune system reacts to allergens. It can cause swelling and inflammation to occur as a result. However, antihistamines are not the only treatment out there for seasonal allergies. 

How can CBD help?

CBD may be able to help you through the spring time with its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD has been known to help with pain relief, anxiety, and sleep aid but not many people know that it could also help with allergies. A 2011 study showed that CBD effectively diminished inflammation in a group of rats. Although there are few studies that link allergy treatment in people and CBD, we can gather that if you are suffering from allergy related inflammation, CBD may be the right treatment to try. 

Oral CBD in the form of CBD Gummies, Oils, or soft gels are the best way to get CBD into your system. Try taking a few drops under the tongue each morning for treatment of allergies this spring. Voyager has edible CBD available with oils made from CBD isolate mixed with MCT coconut oil. This natural alternative may be able to help you get through the sneeziest season of the year.

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