CBD allergies you need to know about

September 23, 2022

Being one of Northern Ireland’s leading CBD producers is all about doing the right thing, every step of the way. Even though CBD is a real life-changer for millions, and nothing but natural, there is always a (very small) chance you could activate an allergy you never knew you had.

In the interests of transparency and openness, we want to talk you through the little-discussed topic of the CBD allergies you need to know about. The idea here is not to try and scare you off CBD for good; more to show you that when you deal with a company that’s totally open at all times, you get the precious peace of mind that you simply cannot put a price on. Let’s dive right in and take a look at the details no one else is talking about right now…

What is an allergic reaction?

When your body takes in something from outside, it’s the job of your immune system to determine if it’s safe or if it’s a hazard. Food and water are safe, poisons and foreign bodies causing infection are not safe.

Over the course of your life your immune system builds up a cellular database of everything that it needs to let through unhindered, and the key things it needs to attack and neutralise. This is perhaps a little simpler than an immunologist would like, but you get the point: your immune system works to try and target only the substances it thinks will do harm.

The problem is that — like all types of threat detection systems — the immune system is not 100% accurate. We’re not talking about when you get ill as a result of your immune system becoming overwhelmed by a heavy cold or a dose of the flu — we’re talking about initial misidentification. Simply put: the immune system can overreact to the presence of certain substances, attack them, and cause an allergic reaction.

Let’s now take a look at the (very rare) allergic reactions you could potentially encounter when taking CBD products for the first time.

Dizziness has been reported in a small number of cases

Taking CBD without properly investigating the ideal dosage for your intended purpose can — in a small number of cases — result in mild feelings of dizziness. While nothing to worry about in terms of your immediate or long term health, such an experience will understandably be disconcerting if encountered unexpectedly.

The key here is to remember that dosage and consumption data is readily available, making it easier than ever before to make an informed decision as to the best way forward for you. And because you’re dealing with Londonderry’s finest CBD supplier, you can sleep easy knowing that everything you need to judge the purity and efficacy of any purchase you make is readily available. Not sure what to do next? Reach out directly and we’ll guide you through everything you need to know.

A dry mouth is most commonly associated with oral treatments

Taking CBD products and oils orally is a popular option, but it’s also one that can result in a small minority of users experiencing a dry mouth. While the experience is largely fleeting, it could be a little unpleasant if you were completely unaware of the possibility beforehand.

The problem here is that simply drinking more water will not alleviate the symptoms, because the root cause of the sensations you’re experiencing is not dehydration. Waiting for the CBD to leave your body is the best approach to take, although sitting and waiting may not always be what you’re immediately inclined to do when you feel like your mouth is in some need of refreshment.

Some report lethargy, although these instances are rare

Lethargy is a common side effect of virtually every known allergic reaction because your body only has a finite amount of energy it can store. When you unwittingly send your immune system into overdrive, it’s going to burn through energy at a much higher rate than you’re used to. The result will be a noticeable feeling of lethargy that builds throughout the day. If in doubt, attempt to sleep it off as best you can so that you’re don’t become so depleted that you leave yourself open to infection from something that’s always about like a sore throat or cold.

Others encounter mild nausea on a small number of occasions

The receptors in the brain that CBD connects with are responsible for a whole host of things in the body that scientists are only just starting to get to grips with. One of the interesting things about this is that we don’t yet have a full understanding of how one person’s receptors differ from those of another.

The upshot of this is that there are no 100% guarantees that the receptors in one brain will react and bond with cannabinoids in exactly the same way as those in another. While divergence from the norm is highly unusual, and virtually always mild in nature, there are instances of nausea being reported from first-time users. This is just something to be aware and not something that should scare you away from the life-changing benefits CBD has to offer anyone.

A tiny minority of people report an upset stomach due to CBD

Like any new ingredient you put into your body, there’s always a chance that CBD can upset the good bacteria that make your gut work. With over 2,000 unique species in there, each with their own dedicated jobs and areas of focus, it only takes one bit of misalignment to result in a bloated or upset stomach. Luckily this will pass in a matter of a few hours as the CBD quickly and efficiently leaves your system so your gut balance can return to normal.

Hay fever symptoms like sneezing, rashes, and itchy skin can also occur

And last but not least, it probably won’t surprise you to know that cannabis is a plant and can therefore cause symptoms very similar to hay fever. Itchy eyes and skin, sneezing and a mild rash have all been seen in an isolated number of cases. While they’re certainly something you’d rather avoid, they will always pass quickly and relatively uneventfully. Just something to bear in mind if you find yourself loosing sleep because you’ve convinced yourself you’ve used Londonderry’s finest CBD products to trigger chronic, year-long hay fever.

Final thoughts 

Now that we’ve covered the basics and opened your eyes to the big picture for the very first time, you have everything you need to make an informed decision at your leisure. In our opinion, and based on our years of experience to date, the benefits of CBD and CBD-based products far outweigh the potential downsides of a very narrow collection of rare symptoms.

That said, the last thing we want to do is try to force or pressure you into taking something you’re not completely 100% happy and satisfied with. If you’d like an extra level of reassurance and peace of mind, connect directly and we’ll introduce you to a wealth of purity and efficacy data you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

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