Chronic conditions like psoriasis can have dramatic effects on your quality of life, especially since flare-ups can be unpredictable. Symptoms like itchy, scaly rashes and swollen joints can make life difficult for weeks at a time.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from hemp, a strain of cannabis sativa with extremely low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and an abundance of CBD. CBD may help manage a variety of symptoms naturally by affecting the receptors that influence your body’s immune system response.
CBD and psoriasis are both still being researched, and it is not yet understood how CBD can help manage skin conditions. However, CBD has a host of anti-inflammatory properties that make it a promising choice as an alternative to harsh pharmaceutical creams.
Causes of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is believed to be an autoimmune condition that occurs when some areas of skin regenerate cells too fast which causes the signature red, patchy rashes.
Psoriasis is not a constant condition and can be triggered by stress, injuries, or infections. Inflammation in the immune system can result in psoriasis flare-ups lasting weeks or longer.
Different types of psoriasis can also result in joint pain and inflammation, and there is a link between psoriasis and heart disease. There may also be links to other autoimmune diseases, including Crohn’s disease and celiac disease.
While the exact causes of psoriasis and its flare-ups are not easy to trace and prevent, the symptoms are still manageable. Traditionally, doctors have used corticosteroid creams or shampoos to reduce inflammation and slow skin cell growth, but CBD has recently emerged as a new potential way to manage psoriasis naturally.
How CBD Works
The body contains special neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids, which bind to receptors on cells to transmit signals throughout the body. The endocannabinoid system influences pain, inflammation, and general immune system responses, and can contribute to immune conditions like psoriasis.
CBD influences these receptors, reducing inflammation and pain in many cases. It can also reduce anxiety and the potential for seizures in some patients. The full process that CBD uses is not fully understood, but the potential benefits could be revolutionary for psoriasis patients who are struggling to manage their symptoms.
Evidence for CBD Cream for Psoriasis
Although studies showing CBD’s effectiveness for managing symptoms of psoriasis are limited, they are promising. One small study found that cannabinoids like CBD could slow down the growth of skin cells that cause psoriatic skin rashes. Another very small study showed a reduction in rashes for psoriasis patients who used topical CBD ointment twice per day for three months.
Neither study found significant safety concerns for CBD products. As research continues, scientists will hopefully figure out how to make CBD creams even more effective.
CBD vs Other Products
Patients often search for psoriasis treatments with as few side effects as possible. Many prescription and over-the-counter products for managing psoriasis include Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A derivatives. However, Vitamin A can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, and some types of creams containing vitamins could still irritate and inflame the skin.
Other psoriasis products like corticosteroid creams have a risk of side effects, including thinning of the skin, changes in pigmentation, and easy bruising. Corticosteroid creams can also affect internal organs if used for long enough and in high concentrations.
CBD has some mild potential side effects, including dry mouth, diarrhoea, reduced appetite, and fatigue. However, these are rare and many patients could find these side effects to be tolerable, especially if they are experiencing severe side effects from corticosteroids or other creams.
Using CBD Products
There are multiple ways of taking CBD with various pros and cons for each. Although CBD oil may be taken orally, studies so far have only focused on the topical application for psoriasis. Since topical application allows patients to focus on areas that have rashes, topical application may be a better method of usage for psoriasis patients.
Oral CBD doses only have a bioavailability of up to 15%. When used topically, CBD has a bioavailability of up to 45%. This can make a huge difference when you are experiencing severe localised psoriasis symptoms. Canzon CBD psoriasis cream features liposomal technology to encapsulate the CBD inside a biofilm to allow the compound to pass easily through the water-soluble skin layer.
A specialised product such as Canzon CBD psoriasis cream can also provide an appropriate amount of CBD while avoiding ingredients that can trigger flare-ups. Since some inactive and active ingredients can actually make flare-ups worse, using Canzon CBD psoriasis cream avoids these potential irritants and soothes the skin using colloidal oatmeal, rosemary, and other naturally soothing ingredients.
Determining the Right Products for You
Because psoriasis is so difficult to manage, talk to your doctor before beginning any new products, including CBD oil. Severe cases of psoriasis may still require multiple products to manage, and CBD can interfere with other medications in some cases.
Patients may also experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using corticosteroid creams, so CBD creams should not be used as a sudden replacement for corticosteroids. Instead, work with your dermatologist or another physician to decide how to phase in CBD creams and monitor their effectiveness.
CBD creams are worth trying. Their lack of severe side effects makes them potentially life-changing for patients struggling with psoriasis. Because CBD can also contribute to feelings of relaxation and calm, they may be able to improve your quality of life in multiple ways.
Finding High-Quality CBD Cream
Some CBD products contain fillers and cheap additives that mimic the effects of CBD or contain a very low amount of CBD that don’t substantially reduce psoriasis symptoms. Buy a CBD cream such as any from the Canzon Skincare range that is third-party tested for residual solvents as well as cannabinoid and terpene profiles to make sure it lives up to its claims.
Organic cannabis plants avoid pesticides that could contaminate the final CBD product or the environment where the hemp is grown. Choosing a vegan and cruelty-free CBD cream such as Canzon is the best way to enjoy the health benefits of CBD oil while also protecting the environment.
Hope for the Future
As CBD and psoriasis research continues to improve, more patients and doctors trust CBD products. The logic and research showing the potential benefits of CBD creams are sound, and the general relationship between CBD and the immune system is understood.
Trying a CBD oil that’s specially designed for psoriasis could relieve your symptoms and allow you to feel better in your own skin. Talk to your doctor today about how to incorporate Canzon’s CBD Psoriasis cream into your skincare routine.