What is CBD Oil?
CBD is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant that’s gaining a high momentum with every passing day. CBD Oil is a highly safe and effective compound that doesn’t sedate you and works in a heavenly good manner to maintain homeostasis of the human body. It’s a great help for any ailment you are suffering from and helps to boost normal body functioning for a better and healthier life. In this article, we will discuss the most asked question “Can CBD cause a Rash”.
It has a hundred years old history but it’s getting hype nowadays because every second person in today’s life is sick and tired and tensed and stressed. Even medications don’t seem to work properly and in these situations, CBD works like a magical healer and helps in reclaiming the drained spark.
CBD extracted from the cannabis plant and there is a number of patients/users who are reporting cannabis allergic reaction. Cannabis allergy is a commonly reported occurrence and hence CBD is also a cannabinoid, it can also impose allergic reaction.
Before diving deep on can CBD cause a Rash, let’s first understand what is a rash.
Can CBD cause a Rash
What is Rash?
A rash is usually a symptom of an allergic reaction happening due to any underlying factor. The underlying factor or stimuli that cause an allergic reaction is known as Allergen. Upon exposure to an allergen, the human body may react in many ways as a sign of allergy, one of them is redness and rash over the skin which itches and gives a burn like sensation.
How did allergies happen?
Our bodies are gifted with the strong defensive immune system that keeps us protected and fights with external particles unexpectedly entering the body and keep all other organ systems safe of danger.
An allergic reaction occurs when our defensive immune system overreacts to a ‘harmless’ external substance known as an allergen. The immune system is here to protect our body from infections, pathogens, viruses, and diseases. However, an allergic reaction happens in response to a harmless material. The allergic person gets sensitized to that specific allergen and even minute exposures to this allergen can produce an allergic reaction.
Symptoms of an Allergic reaction:
Allergic reactions are disturbing and stressful. Common symptoms associated with an allergic reaction are:
- Sneezing and an itching, running or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis)
- Red, itchy, watering eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing
- Raised, itchy, red rashes (hives)
- Swollen and itchy lips, tongue, eyes or face
- Abdominal pains, vomiting or diarrhea
- dry, red, scaly and cracked skin
CBD and Allergic Reaction:
Researchers have proved that the cannabinoids of Marijuana plants do execute allergies. If we consider this case, there are chances that CBD can also impose allergies to users because of being a part of the cannabinoid family.
Exposure to the cannabis plants in any form like smoking, eating, or touching can trigger cannabis allergies. Also, inhaling pollen grains of the plant can cause a severe allergic reaction which is named Hay Fever in medical terminologies.
A study was conducted in 2018 for allergic reaction and common allergies and researches found out that anyone who is allergic towards cat dander, mold, dust mites, and plants is at a relatively higher risk of developing cannabis allergy.
Also, if you think/know that you could be allergic to weed, pollen or mold, there are high chances that contaminants in CBD products could be a concern for you.
In 1971, a study revealed that THC could produce an allergic reaction. CBD and THC have almost similar molecular structures and also, there are a lot of chances that your CBD product has traces of TCH, which means that CBD has the potential to cause a reaction.
But before confusing CBD’s side effects with allergy, you should consider differences between both.
Allergic reactions with CBD oil:
Allergic reactions are never the same for every person and not every person using CBD is at risk of having an allergic reaction. However, if someone has a sensitive immune system, he can experience an allergic reactions even from the safest and non-toxic CBD.
It’s also necessary to distinguish between side effects, adverse effects and allergic reactions. Side effects are mild disturbances that never need a separate treatment or follow up like lethargy, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, and a dry mouth. Adverse effects are severe kinds of side effects and to our good, there are no adverse reactions ever witnessed associated with CBD oil whereas allergic reactions are way different and are previously explained in the article.
CBD oil allergies have different effects, mainly:
- Skin irritations: When you use a CBD product you may experience hives, but the important thing here is, another ingredient of the mixture could also cause an allergy so need you need to look twice before marking CBD as an allergen.
- Dry, itchy, or red eyes: Here THC is the culprit, not CBD but some users may experience this after using CBD.
- Migraines: Experience a slight headache for the first few uses is a common side effect but if you are experiencing heavy migraines, it could be an allergy.
- Respiratory problems: These problems are the main symptoms of allergic reactions. Breathing issues with CBD may be the result of poor-quality products that contain contaminants like pollen or mold.
People with plant allergies are advised to avoid CBD products especially full-spectrum ones as they contain so many compounds and any of them could be an allergen but is impossible to point out.
CBD isolates could help in avoiding allergic reactions as an isolate is a product that contains nothing but pure CBD and usually, CBD itself rarely causes allergy. It’s good to start on CBD with a very small amount so you can see if you’re allergic or not.
The Bottom Line:
It’s a confirmed and witnessed case that allergic reaction primarily due to CBD itself is a quite rare thing to happen. But allergic reactions are seen with CBD products and the reason could be the impure solution having trace TCHs, weed or pollen due to poor manufacturing. Although an excellent way to mitigate CBD’s allergic reactions is to buy from a high-quality, trusted and reviewed brand.
Right now, there is only limited research on CBD allergies hence saying something with authenticity is not possible yet.
We recommend talking to your physician about your allergies so he can better guide you for using a CBD product.