CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound derived from the extract of the hemp plant. It has got much more popular due to its potential health benefits and therapeutic uses proposed by some independent research studies. For those who are new to CBD, it is very important to know that it is a completely non-psychoactive and non-toxic cannabinoid compound, unlike all other cannabinoids which contain THC contents. For this reason, CBD is not only safe but there are very much fewer chances of overdosing from it.
Can you use CBD for Insect Bites?
Insect Biting is a very common medical condition, particularly in rural areas. People usually do outdoor tours and picnics, particularly in the summer season. These outdoor tours are full of enjoyment and happiness but there is a disadvantage in the form of trouble of mosquitoes and other insects as well. Even though you take all the precautionary measures such as closing windows, using sprays and use insecticides, etc., the threat of insect biting is still present. Insects have a tremendous capability of smelling blood and amino acids from up to 15 meters. So, they can easily smell your blood particularly O type blood group, and move for biting you after laying eggs. Pregnant Women and people who breathe heavily are more susceptible to insect biting.
The major signs and symptoms of Insect Biting are as follows:
- Allergic Reactions
- Trouble in breathing
People use different traditional methods to Treat Insect Bites such as natural ointments like honey or modern drug. However, Can CBD help you in the treatment of Insect Bites? Well, in short words “YES”. CBD might help you in the alleviation of signs and symptoms of Insect Bites. According to some independent research studies, CBD may help in Insect Bites through the following possible mechanisms:
As we have discussed earlier, pain and inflammation are two major signs and symptoms of Insect Bite. CBD might be effective in reducing pain and inflammation by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System of the Body.
The Endocannabinoid System is an additional immune system in the body that is responsible for the regulation of many important functions in the body by interacting with internal and external cannabinoid compounds. The major functions which are regulated by the Endocannabinoid System include pain and inflammation responses, mood, sleep, memory and body temperature, etc.
The Endocannabinoid System regulates these functions through its receptors which are known as the Endocannabinoid receptors. There are two types of Endocannabinoid receptors in our body; CB1 and CB2. CBD interacts with both these receptors and produces certain cannabinoids in the body. These cannabinoids are then binding on the surface of Endocannabinoid receptors and block their activity as a result of which the body start feeling relief from pain and inflammation. The mechanism of pain and inflammation reduction by CBD is approved by many independent research studies.
Some researchers have reported the skincare and anti-acne properties of CBD. It might be effective in reducing itchiness and redness arises from stings and insect bites. We have already discussed the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.
In a recent research study, CBD has been found to be effective in preventing the excessive secretion of sebum by sebaceous glands. The sebum can cause inflammation and itchiness of the skin after stinging and insect bites. CBD prevents inflammation and itchiness by reducing or even blocking the secretion of sebum from sebaceous glands.
How to Use CBD for Insect Bites?
CBD is available in different forms in the market like edibles, vapes, and capsules, etc. However, the most suitable form of CBD for insect bites is CBD Oil. CBD Oil is the pure extract of hemp (marijuana) plant having all the non-psychoactive and non-toxic properties of CBD. You can take CBD Oil in two ways; sublingually and topically. If you want to take CBD Oil sublingually, you just have to place 4-5 drops of CBD oil under your tongue and after some time, it will automatically enter your bloodstream and start affecting you.
If you want to use CBD Oil externally, CBD topicals are available in the market in the form of lotions and creams. It is actually one of the easiest ways of taking CBD oil because you don’t have to taste it. You will apply the CBD topical on the bump and leave it for some time. After some time, you will start experiencing its benefits and everything will be fine.
What is an optimal dose of CBD for Insect Bites?
Unfortunately, there is no fixed dosage of CBD for Insect Bites. You have to decide on an optimal dose of CBD by yourself. We highly recommend consulting with your family doctor in this regard. An optimal CBD dosage varies from person to person because it depends on many factors like body weight, body chemistry, the medical condition you want to treat with CBD, and the form of CBD you are using. By consultation with your doctor, you will decide an optimal dose of CBD for you by considering all these factors. If you want to start using CBD for Insect bites, we recommend that you should start with a few mg first like 2-3 mg. If the effects of this dose are positive on your health, you can increase the dosage gradually.
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