Can CBD Soothe Insect Bites


Bug bites are an annoying reality of warmer weather, and if you live in the south, you may be bothered by pesky flying and crawling creatures year round. Let’s break them down into two groups, those that bite and those that sting.

Biting Bugs

This category includes mosquitos, flees, bed bugs, mites, spiders, ticks, and gnats. These unpleasant little critters are looking to feed off the human body. The insect or arachnoid will create a small hole in the skin in which to feed off of your blood. When making this incision, they release a saliva that creates many types of skin irritations such as itching, burning, swelling and numbness.

Stinging Bugs

This category includes bees, hornets, and wasps. These flying insects will sting as a defense mechanism. When a stinger penetrates the skin it carries a venom that causes a reaction. Typically the affected area becomes quite painful, red, and swollen.

cbd-soothes-bug-bites

Why the Reaction

When a foreign substance from a mosquito bite or a bee sting enters the body, your lymphatic system is alerted. The lymphatic system then rushes white blood cells to help fight off this foreign invader, causing inflammation. This surge of white blood cells causes skin issues such as redness and itchy skin. These are common symptoms of insect bites and although they are annoying, they are not usually serious, just uncomfortable and subside within a day or two.

The Over Reaction

Occasionally, a person may have a severe allergic reaction, and even anaphylaxis. These situations require serious and immediate medical attention particularly if you have any difficulty breathing. There are also times when the insect at hand is carrying a disease. For example, mosquito bites do have the potential to transmit West Nile Disease, and tick bites can lead to Lymes Disease. If you have an insect bite that is not healing, and pain and swelling are not subsiding, then a trip to the doctors is in order.

Post Bug Treatment

Proceed with these next steps to treat the skin inflammation.

  • Wash affected area with soap and water to remove any additional venom or saliva from the insect, as well as remove any dirt or bacteria from the open hole
  • Remove stinger if there is one
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack

Over the Counter Treatment

Typical over the counter treatments are oral and topical antihistamines and also pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Antihistamines will have anti-inflammatory effects, to help reduce itching and swelling. Pain relievers are pretty self explanatory. These treatments are fairly routine, but there can be adverse side effects from these over the counter applications.

CBD, the Natural Option

A quick lesson on CBD for those who are not familiar with this new natural remedy. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and is one of over one hundred cannabinoids found in the industrial hemp plant . CBD is legal is the United States, as long as the THC concentration is less than .3% THC. CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects such as marijuana, which is extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD is not addictive, like many prescription medications.

CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD works directly with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to keep the body in balance, including excessive inflammation. CBD adheres to the ECS receptors to help prohibit over inflammatory responses. Since inflammation is the most common source of discomfort in the body, many people use CBD products for pain relief.

cbd-products-soothe

How CBD can Help

When you are suffering from the pain or itching from a bug bite, your body is overproducing lymphatic cells to help heal the area, much like when you have an infection or injury. The body sends these immune cells to heal the affected area, but often the immune system response is more than necessary causing the inflammation. CBD works to keep the immunes system from overproducing the inflammatory cells in a natural way.

Topical CBD

Topical products such as CBD cream or lotion can be applied directly to a bite or sting after it has been cleaned. The skin will absorb the CBD where it can go to work reducing excessive inflammation. Many CBD topicals also have beneficial essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus to help soothe and restore skin health. For stings that are painful, a lotion with camphor, such as Palm Organix Camphor Blend Lotion, will provide added pain relief in addition to soothing inflammation. CBD can be helpful with all types of skin conditions, such as dry skin, and help promote healthy skin.

Edible CBD

Edible or oral CBD, such as CBD oil, CBD capsules, and CBD gummies, will be digested into your body, and go to work reducing inflammation throughout your entire system. While this may not provide immediate relief, if may be a good option to help the healing process speed up. The amount of CBD needed for positive results will vary from person to person, and depends on many things such as body weight, age, sensitivity, and metabolism.

Benefits of CBD

There are many benefits to using CBD products as a natural alternative to over the counter options, but it is important to use high quality products. A reputable CBD brand will have available their laboratory reports to ensure that each product line has been tested for potency and purity. Additionally, a trusted CBD company will offer a money back guarantee.

Side Effects of CBD

Using CBD may cause some side effects, but they are very few. You may experience dry mouth, sleepiness, or intestinal upset, if so, you may need to adjust your dose accordingly. Be aware of the other natural ingredients in your CBD product, such as the carrier oils, or additional botanicals, which may be an issue if you have extremely sensitive skin or are currently taking other medications.

Palm Organix CBD

Palm Organix carries a lot of products, both topical and edible, that are always lab tested. Additionally, Palm Organix CBD is THC Free, organically grown, non-GMO, and manufactured in a GMP certified facility. Palm Organix stands behind their brand and offers a satisfaction guarantee on all orders, not to mention, they also provide Free Shipping.

So when outdoor activities get interrupted by natures little crawler and buzzers, have a little CBD on hand to help soothe and ease away the itchy painful annoyance of the dreaded bug bite.