Can CBD help my psoriasis?

Tuesday March 16, 2021

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes skin cells to rapidly multiply. This causes scale-like patches over the body, scalp and face. These patches tend to be itchy and painful. And it can make you feel self-conscious about your skin’s appearance.

Sadly, there is no known cure for psoriasis and it can be hard to manage but there are treatments to ease symptoms.

More and more people are turning to CBD oil for psoriasis as it becomes more widely known about.

What is CBD oil?

CBD is short for ‘Cannabidiol’, a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant which is believed to have wide-ranging benefits to health and wellbeing, is deemed safe by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and is legal in the UK.

CBD is used for a wide range of wellness properties. Most notably, people have found CBD to be useful for pain relief, reducing anxiety, as a sleep aid and as an anti-inflammatory. CBD oil has been embraced by arthritis sufferers and those with acne and other skin complaints too.

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CBD for Psoriasis – studies, benefits, side effects

There are relatively few studies on the affect of CBD for psoriasis symptoms. However, the few which have been conducted to date have shown promising results.

A 2007 study suggested CBD could help reduce the build-up of skin cells.

A 2019 study found “topical treatment with CBD-enriched ointment significantly improved the skin parameters, the symptoms and also the PASI index score.” There were also no irritant or allergic reactions. They concluded “The topical administration of CBD ointment, without any THC, is a safe and effective non-invasive alternative for improve the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders, especially on inflammatory background.”

A review of research in the same year said, “Cannabinoids have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antipruritic [anti-itching], anti-ageing, and anti-malignancy [anti-cancer] properties by various mechanisms including interacting with the newly found endocannabinoid system of the skin thereby providing a promising alternative to traditional treatments.”

What are the properties of CBD which could potentially ease psoriasis?

There are three properties CBD is well known for which we believe could be helpful for psoriasis sufferers:

  1. Anti-anxiety
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Pain relief

Anti-anxiety: Often anxiety and stress can trigger psoriasis flare ups. These flare ups cause further discomfort, anxiety and self-consciousness. All in all, it is a vicious cycle which can be hard to overcome. CBD oil appears to help anxiety reduction, with studies providing evidence of this too.

Anti-inflammatory: As shared above, studies show that CBD is a useful anti-inflammatory. Many people have found it useful for calming their arthritis, acne, and other conditions including psoriasis.

Pain relief: perhaps one of the best-known benefits of CBD is its use for pain management. Plenty of research backs up the therapeutic use of CBD for pain relief. A 2008 review of studies on CBD for relieving chronic pain concluded that CBD was effective in managing pain without causing unwanted reactions. This is important for psoriasis sufferers, as flare ups can cause a lot of pain and itching.

It’s important to note that whilst more research is needed before the relationship between CBD and psoriasis is fully understood, many people with psoriasis use CBD to soothe their condition. Maybe it’s time you gave it a go?

Which CBD product to use for easing psoriasis?

There is not enough independent scientific research to indicate which form of CBD will help best for psoriasis sufferers.

Our research with customers show that CBD oils for psoriasis is the most popular product generally, as it can be taken under the tongue and effectively absorbed. In addition, many customers use the rejuvenating CBD cream for psoriasis as it helps to hydrates the skin whilst delivering CBD to the localised area.

We suggest you talk to your doctor before using a new product and research the brand you are buying from. A reputable CBD brand will share their lab reports to show exactly the quality and quantity of cannabinoids in the product. You can find our independent lab reports in this link here. Once you have selected your CBD product, start off at a low dose and increase slowly until you achieve the desired effect.