Psoriasis is a painful auto-immune condition traditionally treated with prescription steroid creams. Science is now looking for safer, more effective alternatives. The focus has turned to CBD for Psoriasis and if it can help.
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CBD for Psoriasis: What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a term for an autoimmune disorder that causes skin cells to multiply too fast. It affects the skin, scalp, and nails, causing a painful, itchy build-up of dry, silvery skin.
Currently, there is no cure, and managing symptoms is the only treatment available. Approximately 1 in 3 people who have Psoriasis have a chronic condition called Psoriatic arthritis. It causes the same painful and swollen joints as arthritis.
Psoriasis can flare up due to triggers such as stress, cold weather, and illness. Like other autoimmune disorders, most people have times when they suffer the symptoms for months at a time, followed by a respite of no symptoms.
CBD for Psoriasis: What Is CBD?
CBD works with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that controls your body’s homeostasis. Homeostasis is a system of pathways in your body that maintain your health and well-being. It achieves this by maintaining and adjusting the biochemical pathways that connect all the body’s systems and organs.
The ECS is responsible for pain management (inflammation), appetite, sleep, and memory. It is thought that CBD can improve the body’s responses to the ECS system to help relieve pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness. While studies are ongoing, people have understood CBD’s benefits, which, unlike THC, is non-psychotic for decades.
The discovery of the ECS helped science to understand why CBD affected the body.
Hemp-derived CBD contains less than 0.3% of THC. It is legal under the federal law known as the Farm Bill.
CBD for Psoriasis: Medical Cannabinoid Developments
Medical science is eager to understand the scope and possibility of cannabinoids to treat a wide range of conditions. There have been several clinical studies published to date concerning inflammatory skin conditions, such as Psoriasis.
In 2019, the outcome of previous studies prompted a pharmaceutical company to work with a company that develops cannabinoid-based medicines. The initial clinical study results encouraged the pharmaceutical company to proceed with the development of a medical topical cannabinoid-infused spray. (1)
CBD for Psoriasis
While there is no guarantee that CBD will alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, there is a medical interest in the possibility that it may reduce inflammation at a cellular level.
In a study, 20 people were asked to apply CBD enriched creams at home. They applied the enriched cream twice daily, over three months.
The team who ran the trial noticed an improvement in the volunteers’ skin, notably without side effects.
‘Results: Based on skin evaluations (hydration, TEWL, elasticity), clinical questionnaires (SCORAD, ADI, PASI), and supported by photographic data and investigators’ clinical assessment, the results showed that topical treatment with CBD-enriched ointment significantly improved the skin parameters, the symptoms and also the PASI index score. No irritant or allergic reactions were documented during the period of treatment.
Conclusions: The topical administration of CBD ointment, without any THC, is a safe and effective non-invasive alternative for improving the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders, especially on inflammatory background.’ (2)
CBD for Psoriasis: Light Therapy and CBD
UV light therapy has helped many control their Psoriasis. It exposes skin to UV light to reduce the itching and size of plaques.
Many people find it useful, but unfortunately, UV can also damage our skin.
A study that worked to improve the outcome of UV treatment for Psoriasis studied the effect of taking CBD before UV treatment. The results showed it decreased the risk of cell damage and increased the ability to retain the skin’s water that prevents drying out.
‘Our results suggest that CBD induces pro-apoptotic mechanisms in psoriatic keratinocytes while simultaneously improving the antioxidant properties and preventing the loss of trans-epidermal water of keratinocytes of patients irradiated with UVB. Thus, CBD has potential therapeutic value in the treatment of psoriasis’ (3)
CBD for Psoriasis
If you are interested in using CBD for Psoriasis, it’s recommended to start with a topical cream, lotion, or balm.
While we await conclusive evidence that it could improve the skin condition of those with Psoriasis, anecdotal evidence, along with limited clinical studies, indicate it may help manage Psoriasis.
If you are currently taking any medications, discuss with your doctor before taking any CBD product as it may interact with your medicine.
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