CBD Oil for Psoriasis
Hemp products have been used to treat skin conditions for thousands of years, yet only now are people wising up to the incredible powers of hemp-derived CBD oil as a natural remedy for a variety of skin conditions.
The beneficial properties of this natural oil have been increasingly confirmed by science, as well as by the thousands of individuals turning to it for the treatment of skin conditions such as Psoriasis.
But could it work for you? In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about using CBD oil to deal with Psoriasis.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common, yet visually unappealing, uncomfortable and sometimes painful skin condition. It causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin which often give the appearance of being covered with silvery ‘scales’.
Psoriasis most commonly appears on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back but it can appear anywhere on the body. People of all ages can experience Psoriasis but the condition usually develops in adults under the age of 35.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can vary in severity. For some people, it can dramatically affect their quality of life.
Why Do People Get Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is caused by an increased production of skin cells. Usually, skin cells are made and replaced every 3 - 4 weeks but in the case of a psoriasis sufferer, this process takes a much shorter time - around 3 - 7 days. This means that there is a buildup of skin cells which creates these patches of dryness and irritation.
Although the exact underlying causes of Psoriasis are unknown, it is thought to be connected to issues with the nervous or immune system. Psoriasis is also thought to have a genetic component, meaning you may be more likely to get it if it runs in your family.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the 100 or so compounds (also known as cannabinoids), which are found in the Cannabis, hemp or Marijuana plant. In fact, many plants contain cannabinoids but they are most commonly associated with the cannabis and hemp varieties. When isolated and mixed with an oil such as hemp, olive or coconut oil, the mixture is referred to as “CBD oil”.
CBD oil is an increasingly popular natural remedy for a variety of ailments, with an ever-increasing number of studies showing the range of benefits it may provide to those who need it.
CBD oil is believed to help in a variety of areas including:
• Pain Relief
• Reducing anxiety and depression
• Helping with acne
• Alleviating symptoms related to cancer
• Preventing diabetes
• Reduce arthritis pain
• Treating seizures and epilepsy
• Treating insomnia
• Reducing stress
The oil is made by extracting the CBD compound from the hemp plant, before being added to a carrier oil, and is available in a wide range of strengths and concentrations. However, with CBD, more is not always better.
How Does CBD Oil Help To Treat Psoriasis?
Research and patients’ experience are collectively proving that CBD oils, creams, balms and other topical applications can reduce inflammation and slow down skin cell growth, thus helping to treat Psoriasis.
Your endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating the life of skin cells. In fact, the main role of the endocannabinoid system appears to be in helping to control the balance or your cells. Studies have shown that CBD oil can balance the excessive production of skin cells in Psoriasis patients.
Not only this, but CBD can also reduce anxiety and stress, both of which are thought to trigger Psoriasis.
Conventional medication which is prescribed for Psoriasis can carry unpleasant side effects. CBD has very few reported side effects, which adds to its appeal as a treatment.
Studies have shown that CBD acts to both tackle the cause and the symptoms of Psoriasis. It acts as both an anti-inflammatory and an immune-modulator. It can change and correct the underlying causes of the condition and the symptoms brought on by it. This makes it an incredibly powerful natural remedy - good news for all Psoriasis sufferers!
Will CBD Oil Get Me High?
No. CBD oil is not psychoactive like marijuana. CBD is not psychoactive. This is because CBD oil does not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive substance found in cannabis and marijuana. CBD is a completely different compound from the THC which people smoke to ‘get high’.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Yes! CBD is legal in all 50 states thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. It is important to remember that CBD oil is produced from industrial hemp, which is also used to make textiles. The plant contains tiny trace amounts of THC, which is not enough to make you high and not enough to make you fail a drug test.
What Are The Side Effects Associated With CBD Oil?
CBD oil is generally considered to be very safe and few people have reported any major side effects. CBD oil is reported to have fewer side effects than prescribed acne medications. It is also much gentler on the skin, reducing pain and inflammation.
Some reported side effects of CBD oil include:
• Mood changes
• Dry mouth
Although these side effects are rare, everyone reacts differently to natural remedies. CBD oil can also interact with certain medications. If you are unsure about whether CBD oil is right for you, you should speak to a trusted expert who will be able to advise you.
Is CBD Right for Psoriasis?
In light of research, it is clear that the ability for CBD oil to treat Psoriasis is more than just speculation. Evidence shows that some of the effects CBD produces may indeed help to improve the symptoms associated with this skin condition. And while more research is necessary, individuals should be cautiously optimistic. Further, thousands of anecdotal reports claim that CBD has helped them with everything from arthritis to wound healing.
With so many individuals suffering from psoriasis, CBD might just be what the doctor ordered. Speaking of doctors, always consult yours before beginning any new supplement of any kind.