90-day CBD Oil Experiment Day 18 — CBD Oil For Chronic Sinus Infections
Sep 24, 2018 · 3 min read
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.
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.
I really want to know — can taking CBD oil everyday for a long time prevent sinus infections from coming back?
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.”
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.
Let Down With Taking CBD Oil For Sinusitis
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.
The CBD oil I use, CBDPure 600 has been satisfactory so far for other things. Using CBD oil to prevent chronic sinusitis will take a few weeks to see results. If I don’t get another sinus infection after the 90 days, I’ll know CBD oil works to prevent sinusitis. Because I felt the symptoms of this recent sinus infection coming on a little bit at the beginning of my experiment, and it had been a problem a few weeks before I started using CBD oil, I can’t say it won’t work to take CBD oil to prevent future sinus infections.
After I beat this sinus infection, and I don’t get another one after 90 days, I’ll be able to tell if CBD oil works for sinusitis. As long as I don’t get the headaches I know lead up to a sinus infection, and I don’t have to take antibiotics again, I’ll be happy I chose to take CBDPure 600 to beat my long battle with chronic sinusitis.
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…
Can CBD Treat Sinusitis?
Last updated: March 10th, 2020
Published: May 23rd, 2019
What is sinusitis?
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.
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.
Current treatments for sinusitis
In the majority of cases, antibiotics are used to treat acute sinusitis. If the condition becomes chronic, then topical steroids and even surgery may be used to try and drain the sinuses. With issues surrounding the persistent use of antibiotics on the rise, researchers have been looking at alternative means of treating sinusitis. Given that inflammation is a key mechanism in both the onset and treatment of sinusitis, the endocannabinoid system has become a critical focus due to its influence on our immune and inflammatory systems.
What is the link between the endocannabinoid system and sinusitis?
Our endocannabinoid system is made up of a complex array of receptors. These receptors are found throughout parts of our digestive system, specific areas of our brain, and most importantly, our immune and nervous systems. Activation of these receptors, either via cannabinoids like CBD or endocannabinoids produced internally, causes a range of biological effects. One area that cannabinoids have shown some effectiveness is in the reduction of inflammation.
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.
CBD as a potential solution 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.
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.
The future of sinusitis and allergy-related treatments
The possible link between our ECS and the modulation of the inflammatory response is an exciting development. Unfortunately, much of what scientists hypothesise has yet to be extensively proven and validated. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to the ECS, nor the use of cannabinoids. However, as our understanding grows, so too does support for cannabinoids as a novel treatment. With the potential for cannabinoids like CBD to support the regulation of inflammation, its use in treating sinusitis could only be a matter of time.
Click the link to learn if CBD and the endocannabinoid system could help treat sinusitis, and therefore help prevent the need for antibiotics.