There are so many things to love about being outdoors. Bug bites are not one of them.
Nothing ruins a great fishing trip, camping expedition, or hiking adventure like a plethora of hungry mosquitos. Not everyone has the same reaction to bug bites and apparently, some people are tastier than others. In this article, we will learn a little more about why mosquito bites itch and how CBD for bug bites can help.
Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
Mosquitos do more than just nibble at you. They are taking blood, but also leaving saliva. The simplest response to the question, “why do mosquito bites itch?” is because of mosquito spit. The saliva contains anticoagulants and proteins. The protein is interpreted as a foreign substance by the body. The immune system rushes in with guns blazing and triggers the release of histamine. Histamine helps white blood cells get to the affected area, but also induces itchiness, redness, inflammation, and swelling.
Some people may experience more severe reactions. If you or someone you are with is experiencing shortness of breath, swelling throat, or any other signs of anaphylactic response, you should seek emergency medical attention. Anaphylactic responses to mosquitos are rare, but not unheard of. Common symptoms of bug bites include:
The unpleasantness of itchy bug bites is essentially caused by our bodies fighting back against foreign invaders. Inflammation is helpful for a brief time but often overstays its welcome.
CBD for Bug Bites
Itchy bug bites can really ruin a good time. CBD for bug bites may just the natural remedy for bug bite itch that you have been looking for.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The ECS is a complex bodily system, much like the respiratory, digestive, or any other system. It is made up of endocannabinoid receptors (primarily CB1 and CB2) which have a two-way communication system that helps them to restore and maintain balance (homeostasis) in the body. These receptors are found all over, including directly under the skin where itchy bug bites tend to cause the most problems.
CBD is unique because it has minimal affinity for directly binding with these receptors. Instead, CBD can have a strong impact by either inhibiting or enhancing the binding potential of receptors with other chemicals in the body.
CBD and Inflammation
Topical CBD for bug bites can provide mosquito bite relief by helping the ECS regulate the immune system and find balance. Using CBD for bug bites as a natural bug bite remedy can provide noticeable relief almost instantly for many people by naturally reducing inflammation. CBD is also an antioxidant, which can work both topically and internally to decrease free radicals in the body and keep inflammation from getting out of control.
Choosing the Best CBD for Bug Bites
We know that some people have taken CBD tinctures and placed a drop directly on the bite. This makes sense but is not the most effective delivery method. Receptra Naturals Serious Relief Targeted Topical + Arnica, is specifically designed to be transdermal, which means it penetrates the skin to get into the bloodstream. Receptra’s topical CBD also has the added benefits of camphor to increase absorption and arnica for soreness.
In addition to helping relieve itchy bug bites, Receptra’s Targeted Topical is formulated to help relieve pain and soreness from living an active lifestyle. This product comes in several different sizes including a 200mg travel size to carry along in your backpack, wherever adventure takes you.