During week 2 of my 90-day CBD Oil Experiment my sinus infection came back strong. I felt it coming on, mostly in my ears, and only used natural remedies — CBD oil orally, ear drops, nasal flush, supplements. Eventually, it came on strong, made me half deaf in one ear, and I got sick and depressed. So, now I have to take a double dose of antibiotics for at least a week just to feel normal again.
But, after two weeks, that wasn’t my experience. I still believe it can work, but only after several weeks, and in conjunction with other natural remedies like nasal flushes.
Most patients with sinusitis also suffer from headaches and migraines. I’ve read that cannabidiol has pain-killing properties that can provide relief for headaches caused by sinusitis. So this is a benefit I hope to reap. But, the CBD oil wasn’t enough to overcome my sinus headaches on the worst days of this most recent sinus infection.
I also read that cannabis creates a bronchodilator effect which makes it easier to breathe. This should also keep my respiratory system functioning optimally.
Let Down With Taking CBD Oil For Sinusitis
Although taking CBD oil is expensive, it’s much cheaper in the long run if it works to prevent chronic sinusitis in me and millions of other people. And, if everyday use of CBD oil can prevent chronic sinus infections, it could reduce the inappropriate/overuse of antibiotics (which is leading to many other public health concerns).
My thinking is that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil will help to un-inflame the sinus tissues and the proper flow of air will prevent germs from getting stuck in the sinuses.
High on my wish list of best possible outcomes from taking CBD is to know if taking at least 20 mg/day of CBD oil prevents chronic sinus infections from recurring.
Every 2–3 months I feel a sinus infection coming on with bad headaches, nasal stuffiness, clogged ears, and pain in my face/jaw. I don’t want to take antibiotics anymore, but I do because it’s the only way to feel better.
Wikipedia says, “Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection or rhinosinusitis, is inflammation of the sinuses resulting in symptoms. Common symptoms include thick nasal mucus, a plugged nose, and pain in the face.”
It goes on to say, “Chronic sinusitis affects approximately 12.5% of people. Treatment of sinusitis in the United States results in more than $11 billion in costs. The unnecessary and ineffective treatment of viral sinusitis with antibiotics is common.”
Cases of sinusitis are well into their millions and typically affect adults, although cases of children with sinusitis do exist. Some instances can last several months, but the condition is considered to be acute rather than chronic. Those who suffer from chronic sinusitis are classified as having the condition for longer than 90 days, or recurring within a 10-day period.
That is where CBD steps in. The compound has shown the ability to promote the activation of a range of receptors (including CB2), while prohibiting certain enzymes. CBD may take an indirect approach, but it allows the ECS and its receptors to operate more efficiently. We still need to understand exactly how this mechanism can be triggered, not to mention what dose of CBD may be sufficient, but the potential exists nonetheless. CBD could be used to promote activation of CB2 receptors, which, according to the study above, may reduce the inflammation associated with sinusitis.
Current treatments for sinusitis
The severity and symptoms of sinusitis are directly related to our inflammatory response. Scientists believe that the endocannabinoid system may prove pivotal to managing this response, supporting our body in tackling inflammatory issues without the need for antibiotics. However, the study above, alongside several others, has suggested that to achieve this, we may need to activate CB2 receptors linked to the ECS.
Many people are all too familiar with how it feels to have sinusitis as the condition is, unfortunately, widespread. This swelling of the sinuses causes a buildup of mucus that puts pressure on the sinus cavities. Depending on where the buildup occurs, the pain may result in strain around the eyes, headaches, swelling, or an inability to breathe through the nose. Sinusitis is the result of an infection, either viral or bacterial. Fungi-induced sinusitis can also occur, but this is usually the result of an underlying allergy that develops into sinusitis.
This reduction has been observed in the inflammatory response caused by aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). AERD is a chronic medical condition that includes asthma, sensitivity to aspirin, and sinusitis. The study found that activation of CB2 receptors linked to the ECS lead “to decreased type 2 inflammation”. The researchers went on to add that suppression of the CB2 receptor may be related to airway inflammation in AERD. Despite the potential shown by the results of this study, the researchers were quick to acknowledge that additional studies were needed to validate the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in the treatment of AERD.
The endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in keeping you in a state of general wellbeing. It has what’s known as CB2 receptors over your whole body that trigger different antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties when it senses things are getting out of balance.
Nasal congestion is an indicator that your endocannabinoid system isn’t working as it should. CBD can act as a regulatory agent to activate the CB2 receptors and put you back into homeostasis. For example, one study found that activating these receptors leads to a direct decrease in the inflammation caused by asthma and sinusitis.
Let’s go through the evidence of using CBD for congestion so you can determine whether it’s worth trying the next time you get stuffed up.
Can CBD be Effective in Treating Nasal Congestion?
When you use CBD for your sinuses, it can reduce the number of bacteria and viruses that reproduce within inflamed tissue. This targets the source of your congestion and makes it easier to breathe through your nose while also addressing other common symptoms of sinusitis like headaches/migraines, body aches, feelings of fatigue, and disrupted sleep.
Nasal congestion (known as sinusitis ) occurs when your sinuses become swollen and inflamed. This can happen when allergies trigger an inflammatory reaction or your system succumbs to an infection like the flu.
What does this mean for congestion? The first step is understanding the connection between CBD and your endocannabinoid system.
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