The type of "CBD" has a huge bearing on the potential for allergic reactions. Here are the topics: Quick intro to the allergic reaction process Can a person be allergic to CBD Allergies to Full Spectrum CBD Allergic to hemp oil Allergic to CBD isolate Can you get allergic hives from CBD Can dogs be allergic to CBD. To really see how allergies may or may not be caused by CBD, we need background. The allergic response is actually part of our immune system. Mast cells are special cells throughout the body that are designed to look for foreign entities as a sign of attack.
They're guards so to speak on the lookout for bacteria, viruses, and other intruders. Their role is to get that stuff out of the body any which way they can. We know all too well what the "symptoms" are but this is just the M.O. One of the key weapons Mast Cells has is histamine. Histamine is a hormone released from these cells when triggered. It's the key root of all these allergic reactions in the body. Interestingly, histamine is excitatory in the brain there's a whole discussion on CBD for histamine and anxiety here.
to the question at hand… Can you have an allergic reaction to CBD? This is where it gets confusing since CBD oil is not regulated. People are usually taking in lots of other stuff with their "CBD oil". Let's talk about allergies based on three main ways people take CBD: Full-spectrum CBD oil Hemp oil CBD isolate. These three options will have a very different allergy and histamine profiles. Basically, with full-spectrum, you have a lot more of the hemp plant material in the oil. This gives plenty more ways to have an allergic reaction. Full Spectrum CBD is allowed to have up to .3% THC which is a known allergen. if you have other allergies, there's a good chance you'll have a reaction to cannabis in its raw form. A study showed that 70% of the 50 million Americans with allergies will have a reaction to cannabis. It's a plant after all and plant material is a known issue for people with allergies. It turns out that there are proteins in the plant that set off the allergic reaction to cannabis. CBD oil is derived from hemp which is just another name for cannabis with less than .3% THC. Full-spectrum CBD is basically extracted CBD added back into hemp oil. It's a way to jack up the CBD volume above what naturally occurs in the plant to get a baseline amount. If full-spectrum is hemp oil with CBD added to increase volume of CBD amounts, hemp oil is just the oil. Millions of Americans are using hemp oil and a good percentage of them are probably allergic to it. Just google "hemp oil NIH" and it will all be CBD (and maybe THC). CBD is very different, even directly opposite to THC. THC has some known issues (new report on how it affects Sperm gene pathways just today!). There may be lots of good stuff in there but not if you're prone to allergies. This is especially true for: Women (allergies and histamine issues have a significant gender effect) Adults over 40 (falling hormones affect allergic sensitivities) People allergic to other substances. It's all one system in terms of how we respond to allergies. Hemp oil has all the same allergy-provoking proteins we mentioned in full-spectrum CBD. CBD isolate usually refers to CBD the chemical, being added to a base oil. The common base oils are: MCT oil (extract from coconut oil) Hemp oil Olive oil. You can also get just CBD as a crystal (it's raw form) but this is not as popular since it's more difficult to deal with. Obviously, the hemp and olive oil may pose the same issues we discussed above with just hemp oil.
CBD is best absorbed in the presence of fats (see CBD and food article).
The key with MCT oil is that it's an extract rather than the full plant material.