Can CBD Oil Reduce Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis?
Some doctors and alternative health practitioners have begun to include this hemp product in their treatment arsenal.
There’s been an explosion of interest in CBD (cannabidiol) oil as a treatment for pain, anxiety, depression, and a host of other ailments. Now some doctors and alternative health practitioners are using CBD, a natural chemical found in the cannabis plant (also known as industrial hemp), to help patients with psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis affects about 30 percent of people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes cells to build up on the surface of the skin, resulting in thick red patches with silver scaling. Psoriatic arthritis develops when the immune system begins to attack healthy cells and tissue, causing swelling, pain, fatigue, and inflammation in joints.
James W. Baumgartner, PhD, head of research and development and a manufacturing partner for the CBD business BIOS Labs, believes that CBD oil and medical marijuana extracts may be new alternative treatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
According to Baumgarnter, there is scientific evidence that cannabinoids, which include CBD and other active compounds in the cannabis plant, help regulate the immune system through the body’s endocannabinoid system. Researchers are still trying to understand the underlying mechanisms, he says.
A review of the scientific literature on this subject, published in a 2016 issue of the journal Current Clinical Pharmacology, makes the same point. The investigators conclude that there’s reason to believe cannabinoids have the potential to help treat psoriasis.
In a small study published in the April 2019 edition of the Italian medical journal La Clinica Terapeutica, researchers concluded that for patients with some skin disorders, especially those related to inflammation, topical CDB is a safe, effective, noninvasive way to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
How Do You Use CBD?
Hervé Damas, MD, founder of the medical marijuana business Grassroots Wellness in Miami, uses an array of CBD products for patients with inflammatory skin disorders. Depending on the severity of the disease, he says, he’ll either use topical CBD or a combination of a cream and systemic treatments (formulations that are absorbed into the bloodstream, such as drops that go under the tongue). “For issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema, I’ve found CBD very effective at decreasing flare-ups, irritation, and discomfort in patients,” he says.
Aly Cohen, MD, a rheumatologist and integrative medicine practitioner in Monroe Township, New Jersey, and the founder and medical director of the website The Smart Human, says it’s important for patients to take CBD oil under the guidance of a practitioner who has expertise in this area and knows all the benefits and potential risks. “You need to watch for dangerous interactions with antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs, anticoagulants, and anti-seizure medications,” she says.
How Much CBD Oil Should You Use?
Dr. Damas finds that dosing with CBD is more art than science at this point. “For patients with inflammatory skin disorders I typically recommend 20 to 30 milligrams for daily maintenance, but this dosage varies based on a person’s body weight, health, and other medications they may be taking,” he says. “Applying topical applications to an affected area two or three times daily usually suffices.”
What Kind of CBD Oil Should You Buy?
Damas suggests buying full-spectrum oil (containing all cannabinoids and other compounds naturally occurring in the cannabis plant), as some research has shown this form of CBD to be more effective than isolates (just CBD).
How Do You Know if Your CBD Is Pure?
Shital Mars, CEO of PharmCo RX, an independent pharmacy in Miami, explains that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD products (with the exception of a single CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy).
“The best way to choose a CBD product is to do your research, work with a licensed physician or trusted pharmacist, and get a verified certificate of third-party analysis from the manufacturer,” says Mars. “That is the only way to know you are getting a quality product.”
Mars explains that manufacturers that offer transparency merit the most trust, so ask how much CBD you are actually getting in each dose. Understand that most labels show CBD content by volume, not by dose.
CBD Oil for Psoriasis Relief
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown in clinical studies to be beneficial for a variety of skin disorders, including psoriatic disease. In this blog, we take a look at the current research regarding whether it may be beneficial to take CBD oil for psoriasis relief.
CBD Oil for Psoriasis Relief – What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a painful and often embarrassing condition that affects more than 7.5 million adults in the USA, so it is no wonder that sufferers are interested to know whether there may be benefits associated with using CBD oil for psoriasis.
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are both conditions that are classified as psoriatic disease. They occur as as a result of abnormal immune activity, which promotes inflammation. This inflammation may affect the skin and joints, manifesting itself as visible plaques and scales on the skin which occur as the skin cells reproduce rapidly. Since psoriatic disease is a systemic condition, the inflammation may also be present beneath the skin, causing painful swelling and stiffening of the affected joints.
Scientists are unsure exactly what causes psoriasis, however they do know that different things trigger psoriasis to flare up for different individuals.
CBD Oil for Psoriasis Relief – How it might help
Scientists believe that the mechanism by which CBD oil for psoriasis might work, is a similar process of interaction by which it works for many other common ailments.
When CBD is consumed or applied topically and absorbed, it binds to receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. There are particular endocannabinoids that influence pain and itch sensations, and mechanisms of inflammation. When CBD binds to the CB2 receptor, it has the ability to influence anti-inflammatory activity and stimulate the recruitment of cells that aid in the proper removal of skin debris, allowing for correct skin maturation and healing.
Taking CBD oil for psoriasis may help with the symptoms of the disease. CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory benefits, so for a condition that is caused by inappropriate inflammation, CBD offers a potential solution. CBD oil for psoriasis might help to:
- Reduce the incidence of psoriatic plaques by preventing the build-up of skin cells
- Reduce inflammation
- Provide relief from pain.
CBD Oil for Psoriasis Relief – What the current research says
- A study carried out in 2007 found that cannabinoids could possibly treat psoriasis by stopping the build up of skin cells; a subsequent study in 2019 also found that cannabinoids may be able to treat psoriasis
- A 2019 study demonstrated that CBD ointment applied twice daily for two months on psoriatic skin improved skin hydration and elasticity, as well as several quality of life measures that were assessed with the Psoriasis Area Severity Index
- A 2020 study examined the effect of a CBD-enriched shampoo on patients with scalp psoriasis. It showed that the CBD shampoo was effective at reducing scalp inflammation, itching and burning
- A 2020 study showed that CBD was able to improve quality of life measures in patients with psoriasis, such as improved sleep and reduced depression and anxiety
- There is lots of existing research that demonstrates that CBD is able to help with pain management across a wide number of inflammatory health conditions.
CBD Oil for Psoriasis Relief – Choose Transcending Organics
If you are suffering with psoriasis and you are interested to see whether you can benefit from CBD oil for psoriasis, you can choose Transcending Organics CBD products with confidence. Our CBD oil is full-spectrum, so that you receive the maximum health benefits, and it is produced using only the highest quality organic, non-GMO and vegan ingredients.
When you choose to purchase CBD products from Transcending Organics, you can be sure that you will be receiving a superior product. All of our CBD oil undergoes stringent filtration procedures to ensure that the final product contains no THC, giving our customers peace of mind that they can enjoy the many health benefits that CBD oil has to offer, without any psychoactive or addictive properties whatsoever.
The blog post above, entitled ‘CBD Oil for Psoriasis’, has been posted for educational purposes only. Transcending Organics does not intend to diagnose or treat psoriasis or any other condition or illness, and it should not be taken as general or medical advice. Transcending Organics always recommends that you seek the advice of your trusted healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition and treatment recommendations.
I hid my psoriasis under make-up for six years – but CBD cannabis oil cured it in weeks
A SALES manager claims CBD oil has cleared her psoriasis in just a few weeks – and has shared incredible before and after pictures to prove it.
Sarah Kerr, 23, from Littleborough, near Rochdale, has been battling the skin condition – which causes red, itchy patches of skin to flake away – for six years.
Sarah hated her skin, which people would mistake for burns, and would slap on foundation to hide the red marks. But make-up only made it worse.
She told Fabulous Digital: “It doesn’t look nice, I was always worried about wearing short sleeved tops because people always say ‘oh have you burned yours arms?’
“It gets worse with stress and I have a stressful job, so I’d have bad flare-ups.
“At its worst, it covered about 15 per cent of my body. I had it down both sides of my nose, marks down the side of my face, my neck and my ears as well.
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“I would always wear make-up to cover it, but that just made it worse.
“It just kept spreading. I tried creams prescribed by doctors and natural remedies like coconut oil – but nothing ever worked.
“That was when I literally felt like I would try anything.”
Sarah started using cannabis oil by 1CBD in December and was amazed by the effect it had on her skin.
She said: “I noticed a difference within a month. I just pop one drop on my tongue and rinse it down with water.
“It took about four months to clear completely because it was bad at the time. But it’s properly healed now, especially on my elbows.
“I’ve never had normal elbows and now I can see normal skin coming through – so it really works.”
Sarah also credits the CBD oil with curing her anxiety, which was once so bad doctors banned her from using her car.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
- Cannabidiol is one of hundreds of cannabinoids that are extracted from hemp plants, mixed with oil.
- It has no psychoactive properties and some forms of it recently became legal here in Britain.
- Reported benefits include pain relief, relieving anxiety and depression, and anti-inflammatory properties – which could help combat skin problems like acne.
- In Sarah’s case, her psoriasis is stress-related, meaning the calming effect she’s felt has probably contributed to clearing her skin.
- Dr Nick Knight said: “There are many reported benefits of CBD oil. These include reducing anxiety, alleviating pain, reducing nausea, improving quality of life in those with chronic fatigue syndrome and helping to control rarer forms of childhood epilepsy.
- “The fly in the ointment to all these is that they are all yet to accrue enough rigorous clinical evidence.”
- So more tests are needed before these benefits become facts in the eyes of the NHS.
She said: “Last year I started getting stress induced seizures, the doctors stopped me from driving and everything.
“I had panic attacks, paranoia, I was constantly crying, it was all stress induced.
“After two weeks of using CBD oil, I could notice a difference in myself. I now have no anxiety whatsoever, it’s literally been a Godsend.
“I take one drop every other day now and I really notice a difference when I forget to take it.
“I’ve finally got my confidence back. I do worry about my anxiety coming back, but it’s been amazing.
“It’s had a really positive effect on my life in general.”
Sarah’s boyfriend Chris Fielding, a personal trainer, also uses the oil to aid recovery after the gym.
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While Sarah’s had great results with CBD oil, the NHS warn there’s no guarantee shop-bought supplements are of good quality, or provide any health benefits.
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