As I researched the subject of sinusitis more thoroughly for our Members here at Cannabis Animus, it became clear that the medical community at large appears as confused and conflicted as usual. For example, the recent patient data shows that not only has traditional treatment been unsuccessful, it further supports the evidence that sinus congestion relief and CBD (cannabidiol) is clearly showing lasting results from CBD therapy for our sinuses.
The traditional explanation from the medical community is that sinusitis is caused by bacteria that infects the nasal passages as we breathe in air all day long that contains trillions bacteria. So physicians prescribe antibiotics when they determine that the patient’s symptoms have become rather uncharacteristically acute or chronic (“continuing or occurring again and again for a long time”).
Yet physicians continue to prescribe antibiotics when it’s clear that they all know (or should know) that the renowned Mayo Clinic and other research refutes the bacterial infection hypothesis. These opinions are based on the fact that antibiotics target bacteria “which are not usually the cause of sinusitis.”
What Causes Sinusitis?
Lots of organic stuff! Mold & fungus spores are the most common, serious allergens. So are viruses.
Inflammation of the sinus tissue is triggered when they become blocked, and then bacteria and germs collect in large numbers causing infection response called inflammation.
This inflammation of the tissue triggers all the undesirable symptoms that develop.
Causes range from the common cold to allergen sensitivity (compromised immune system) to our diet. Temporary or acute sinusitis is handled with time, rest, proper diet and hydration. But when it persists and is not corrected by the various systems of the body, chronic conditions (meaning persistent and lasting longer than 12 weeks and/ or recurrent) obviously require more serious attention.
The aforementioned studies at the Mayo Clinic reveals a 93% of all chronic sinusitis patients where having reactions to these nasty organics that we all have to deal with – even our domesticated pets. Additionally, headaches and migraine are common symptoms that are neurological responses to sinus inflammation and subsequent infection.
2 Types of Sinusitis
Acute Sinusitis is typically lasts only 2 weeks or so, but is still considered “acute” up to 30 days. Sub-acute sinusitis is described as lasting 30 – 90 days. It is typically caused by viral infection. Other causes of sinusitis range from smoking tobacco, chronic gastrointestinal acid reflux, air pollution, to even dental disorders.
Chronic Sinusitis is described as either persistent or recurrent. It is typically caused by infection from bacteria, fungus, or other allergic stimuli. Still originating from inflammation, other common causes from a deviated septum in the nose which does not allow for proper drainage of mucus from the sinus cavities can be the cause. Nasal polyps also cause sinusitis.
Natural Remedies for Sinus Congestion
The good news is that folks like Dr. Donald Dennis have shown that even acute sinusitis and rhinosinusitis (stuffy nose) is better treated with natural remedies including CBD. These solutions are far more practical, economical, and non-evasive.
Cannabinoids from the various Cannabis plant species and strains are even shown to be effective in killing bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics, not to mention that there are no side effects that are typical with antibiotic treatments.
But, before I summarize the various natural remedies for sinus congestion, check out this short, but informative, video from Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. He’s a Board Certified, Otolaryngology specialist (ear, nose and throat)… often referred to as an “ENT”. Dr. Teitelbaum is also a leading authority on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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