CBD Oil and Burns: A New Option For Relief and Healing?

Let's face it, burns are a common but painful injury.

It doesn't matter if it's a small burn from splattering grease or sunburn from exposure to too much summer sun, they all hurt. When dealing with something as serious as a burn, CBD (cannabidiol) oil can be your best friend.

Beyond mild superficial burns, those that reach a severity of second degree can lead to long term disability and scaring while those that are third degree in severity can cause agonizing pain, requiring aggressive treatment and medical supervision.’

With scarring and pain a hallmark of serious burns, its no wonder that these types of injuries can have such a lasting impact on those affected. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are several groundbreaking therapeutic aids and mythologies introduced in the last decade to help.

One such potential therapeutic aid is CBD Oil. CBD oil has antibacterial properties that help fight against infections, reduce inflammatory responses and may even promote new skin cell growth while also reducing pain.

Among other factors, the effectiveness of the oil depends on the severity of the wound and how your body responds to CBD. Please keep in mind that if your burn is substantial or has resulted in an open wound it is always best to see a doctor.

That said, if your burns are minor, or if you’ve already consulted a doctor, CBD may help reduce pain, inflammation and aid in the recovery process.

So, how exactly does CBD work?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and Healing

CBD works in conjunction with your body’s own natural Endogenous Cannabinoid system (ECS). Among the many physiological processes the ECS is involved with includes reaction to infections and injuries.

The ECS is made up of three key components. There are cannabinoid receptors on the surface of the cells throughout the body. Endocannabinoids themselves are molecules that activate those receptors. Once the endocannabinoids have done their job metabolic enzymes break them down.

CBD and Fueling the ECS

The body uses CBD the same way it uses endocannabinoids. This is because endocannabinoids are the body’s natural cannabinoid. Endocannabinoids and their receptors help maintain a balance between connective tissues, organs, glands, and immune cells. When the body suffers an injury the ECS kicks in and begins the healing process. CBD oil may assist the body by speeding up the healing process and help control the pain that comes along with it.  


Inflammation is the body’s natural protective reaction to an injury. Inflammation occurs because the body is trying to remove damaged tissue or germs. The skin becomes inflamed after a burn because the ECS sends fluid and immune cells to the area. The body is trying to fight off any chance of infection.

The downfall to this is that too much inflammation can be harmful and lead to more serious problems. Chronic inflammation and auto-immune diseases are examples of an unbalanced system. Research shows that CBD oil can be used to regulate and control inflammatory disease.

Endocannabinoids limit the immune system’s inflammatory signals. Because of this, some people believe CBD oil will have the same effect on the body. When injured, the immune system sends out cells that release pro-inflammatory molecules. Endocannabinoids are also released to help control the inflammatory response. Their job is to make sure the inflammation doesn't become excessive. By preventing excessive inflammation the body is able to heal faster.

CBD’s Antibacterial Properties

Skin that becomes damaged from burns also becomes susceptible to invading bacteria that can cause painful and sometimes life-threatening infections. In 2008 a study published in the Journal of Natural Products revealed that CBD (along with other major cannabinoids) possessed potent antibacterial properties.

Wound Healing

Other research, such as that from the China Medical University studied the appearance of cannabinoid receptors at wound sites in animal models. What they found was that CB1 receptors were found at the site of the wounds, indicating that the CB1 receptor is activated during the course of wound healing. These findings implicate that supplementation or application of CBD to wound sites may bind with receptors responsible for instigating and carrying out the healing process.

Will CBD oil make me high?

CBD comes from the cannabis plant. However, unlike marijuana (the buds, flowers and leafs), CBD is harvested from the hemp of the plant.

As such, CBD oil isolate from hemp does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol),. THC is found in the flowers and leaves of the marijuana plant, and that's what produces a high when smoked or ingested.

By contrast, full spectrum CBD from marijuana DOES contain THC. This may or may not be legal in your jurisdiction, so always do your due diligence prior to purchase. When in doubt, or in cases where you wish to avoid the “high” of THC or in order to pass a drug test, always look for a high-quality CBD isolate that is third-party tested for purity and potency.

Using CBD oil on a burn

The fact that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties means it works well for burns. Inflammation (in part) is the body’s natural way of dealing with a burn and initiating a cascade of healing processes. CBD oil is used by the body the same way endocannabinoids are, giving your body a boost to help promote healing.

CBD has also been effectively used by millions of individuals for pain management, meaning it may also help ease the pain you feel while your burn heals. CBD is natural, remember that your body makes cannabinoids already on its own. When using CBD oil you are not adding drugs or other chemicals to your system. The oil simply assists the body in doing what it does naturally.

CBD is safe to use directly on the skin in either sprays or salves as well as being safe to take in orally. Use small doses when first starting out to test how your body will react to CBD. Not enough testing has been done to know how much CBD should be used at any given time. What is known is that dependency or abuse of CBD has not been reported or present while using.

If you’re looking for a natural way to treat a burn and the pain that comes with it, CBD oil may be exactly what you need.