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Can CBD cure psoriasis or relieve symptoms?

February 15, 2021 5 min read

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What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease, and it is a chronic condition that ranges in severity from scattered red, scaly plaques to large patches that cover entire regions of the body, including the scalp.

Psoriasis involves the rapid proliferation of skin cells, where the skin cells are producing at a much faster rate forming scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.

The thick red patches on the skin are mainly on the upper body but some serious cases have been witnessed to have those in the genital area as well that is a horrendous torture to the victim’s physical and mental state.

Symptoms of psoriasis

  • Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Thickened, pitted nails
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Swollen and stiff joints
  • Small scaling spots

Many people are not even aware of the symptoms of psoriasis in early stages.

What causes psoriasis?

The exact causes of psoriasis are not fully understood by scientists, but several risk factors are recognised.

Family history, smoking, alcohol, Vitamin D deficiency, bacterial infections, stress, obesity, and smoking are just some of the risk factors that can trigger psoriasis.

Can psoriasis be cured?

There is currently no cure for psoriasis. Unfortunately, it is a chronic condition that comes and goes.

While it cannot be cured, certain treatments can slow skin proliferation and offer relief. Specific topical treatments can help manage inflammation, reduce scaling, and encourage the dead skin cells to slough off. Although psoriasis has said to be non-curable with any of the medicines or documented procedures, its symptoms can often be slowed down and controlled with CBD oil without causing any known side-effects.

Can CBD oil relief psoriasis symptoms?

More psoriasis patients are turning towards CBD oil as an alternative and natural treatment. CBD is gaining popularity, because of how CBD works in the body dealing with the factors that cause psoriasis and for the effect on the skin in the problematic areas. 

The properties of the CBD oil are believed to reduce its symptoms and slow down the excessive cell growth that is also the main cause of the skin disease. This might not seem attractive, but anything that reduces the extreme pain and itching is beneficial in comparison with medicines that neither relief nor reduce the symptoms, but just tend to provide temporary relief that has its own disadvantages. 

In February 2018, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) released a public statement saying "topical application shows promise for skin diseases" and expressing interest in further research on using CBD as a treatment method for chronic skin conditions like psoriasis.

"Because cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties, there may be potential for topical cannabis to improve conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema by reducing the inflammation associated with these diseases. Moreover, she says, no negative side effects have been associated with topical cannabis treatment, aside from contact dermatitis, which could occur with any substance applied to the skin." Dr. Jacknin, American Academy of Dermatology Association 

The National Psoriasis Foundation in the USA has a very interesting podcast with dermatologist Dr. Jason Hawkes, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of California called "Facts About CBD Use and Psoriasis" where they discuss, how CBD can help with pain from psoriasis by influencing the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body.

CBD oil has natural benefits and some very effective properties like:

Anti-inflammatory effects

The CBD oil possesses some natural anti-inflammatory properties that are also one of the symptoms of psoriasis in which the patient gets the red marks and patches after severe internal and external inflammation. This inflammation also causes the matches to become thick and then later bleed in the sensitive cases.

Slowing the increased cell growth

The CBD oil slows down the cell growth by controlling the body’s cell production system after directly affecting the endocannabinoid system of the body. This way the skin disease is given relief and rests from the painful symptoms that psoriasis cause.

Pain relief

CBD oil has well documented the pain-relieving effects, which are very relevant for psoriasis patients dealing with excruciating pain from itching etc.

Controlling the immune system

CBD oil can influence the immune system of the body, which is the known causes of psoriasis.

Positive mental effects

The mental effects of psoriasis include depression, stress, and anxiety and many other negative effects. CBD directly influence the endocannabinoid system and can assist the brain with dealing with it.

How to use CBD oil for psoriasis

CBD oil can be taken orally or applied to the skin depending on the symptoms. It can be applied topically for localized relief of pain or discomfort of the rashes on the skin. It can be taken orally to help with the modulation of the immune system to reduce the symptoms. Once CBD oil is applied to the skin, it creates a protective film on the skin.

The benefits of CBD oil in the treatment for psoriasis are highly dependent on the quality of the product. A high quality CBD oil can be effective in relieving the symptoms of psoriasis. In many cases, some of the treatment regimens did not show any effect because the CBD concentration in the used product used was too low.

Research of CBD for psoriasis

There is no scientific research to support that CBD oil can cure psoriasis. However, CBD oil might help reduce its harmful effects and symptoms that do not allow the disease to grow and spread to other parts of the body.

Studies have shown that CBD can also help manage psoriasis through their interaction with the endocannabinoid system by regulating the proper function of the immune system. CBD can assist with preventing or reducing psoriasis flare-ups by activating the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system by modulating the immune system functions.

Research suggests that cannabinoids like CBD can often help treat psoriasis symptoms by managing the overactivity of T cells, because psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin inflammatory disease. CBD also reduces the levels of tumour necrosis factor-alpha, which is an indicator of inflammation and found to be unregulated in many psoriasis patients.

Research has also shown that CBD has inhibitory effects on the proliferation of many tumorigenic cell lines mediated via cannabinoid receptors. It has been documented that CBD slow down the growth and division of skin cells involved in psoriatic skin rashes.

It has been therapeutically demonstrated that CBD may have a lot of health benefits for psoriasis patients. 

Studies have shown that CBD also elicits an anti-inflammatory response to reduce the red, flaky patches associated with psoriasis. 

References

(1) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355840

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17157480

(3) Bíró, T., Tóth, B. I., Haskó, G., Paus, R., and Pacher, P. (2009). The endocannabinoid system of the skin in health and disease: novel perspectives and therapeutic opportunities. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 30(8), 411–420.

(4) Parisi, R., Symmons, D. P. M., Griffiths, C. E. M., & Ashcroft, D. M. (2013). Global Epidemiology of Psoriasis: A Systematic Review of Incidence and Prevalence. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 133(2), 377–385. doi:10.1038/jid.2012.339

(5) Nima Derakhshan and Mahboubeh Kazemi, “Cannabis for Refractory Psoriasis—High Hopes for a Novel Treatment and a Literature Review”, Current Clinical Pharmacology (2016) 11: 146.

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