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Is cbd oil good for eczema

Get the Facts: CBD

From creams to body oils to facial serums and more, there’s a good chance you can find a CBD-containing topical at a grocery store, pharmacy or specialty shop near you. Many of these products promise to clear, heal and otherwise soothe symptoms of eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid, a chemically active molecule found in plants in the cannabis sativa family, which includes both marijuana and hemp. Unlike the best-known cannabinoid, THC (delta [9]-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD isn’t “psychoactive.” In other words, it won’t get you high. Like THC, however, CBD has some potentially potent health effects.

“I think topical CBD is a very promising treatment for eczema; in theory, it could decrease itch, pain and inflammation. In the correct vehicle, it could also help heal the skin barrier,” said Peter Lio, MD, who is clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center.

How can CBD help the skin?

Since the 1990s, scientists have known that humans (and many other animals) have a complex system of cannabinoid receptors running throughout the body, including in the skin. This endocannabinoid system helps regulate and normalize many physiological processes, including pain, mood, stress, sleep and immune system function.

The body makes its own cannabinoids that activate the system, and CBD and other plant-based cannabinoids also stimulate its healing effects. “Specifically, CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti-pain properties that make it extremely attractive as a medicinal compound, particularly in dermatology,” said Lio.

Is there any scientific evidence that CBD topicals improve eczema symptoms?

There are very few studies of topical CBD in people with eczema. A small study published in 2019 in Clinical Therapeutics that included a few people with atopic dermatitis found that a CBD ointment helped clear skin and reduced itch and the sleep loss it caused.

Research also suggests CBD is anti-microbial, with some data showing it works about as well as antibiotics to kill Staphylococcus aureus. Staph can infect the skin of people with atopic dermatitis, triggering flares and other complications.

“Evidence in humans is still pretty limited, which means it’s hard to know how well CBD works for eczema, or the key components necessary for success,” Lio said. Clearer answers about CBD and eczema may be available soon. The results from a trial of a CBD gel in about 200 people with moderate atopic dermatitis are due this year.

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So, are CBD topicals safe—and worth a try—for people with eczema?

Research to date shows topical CBD is safe.

“I think that for adults who want to try a CBD topical, there’s little to lose,” said Lio, who noted he has many patients who said they benefit from the products. Like anything else applied to skin, CBD products can cause reactions, so test a small area over a few days before applying widely.

What else do I need to know before buying a CBD cream or oil?

Some CBD products are labeled “isolate,” which means CBD is the only cannabinoid they contain. Broad- and full-spectrum CBD products are made with multiple cannabinoids, sometimes including THC.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration doesn’t verify how well specific CBD products work, whether they’re safe or if they contain the labeled compounds. Lio suggests asking your dermatologist to vet specific products.

Reputable manufacturers may also offer a certificate of analysis (COA). Often found on company websites, COAs are compiled by an independent, accredited laboratory and detail the quantities of a product’s various cannabinoids.

Are CBD products legal?

Usually, but state laws vary. CBD is legal on the federal level and in most states. THC is legal in some states but still illegal under federal law. Check the laws in the state you’re living or traveling in if you’re unsure.

CBD Oil For Eczema: Your Questions Answered

Everyone is on the lookout for a miracle cure for everything, aren’t they? A magic pill for every ill. It is this powerful idea that fuels the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, it drives them ever onwards to make normal life experiences into medical problems.

Had a bereavement and feeling awful?

Well, not only is there a whole variety of pills for this but if the trauma of this has caused your blood pressure to rise, we can give you something for that too. There is a complete failure, and in some cases, an absolute determination, not to recognise this moment of your life as a normal phase that will pass.

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Going through menopause? Yes, we have plenty of things for that and the list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, in 15 years of working as an osteopath, I have yet to stumble across any pharmaceutical drug that brings the taker of its good health. In fact, I have seen pharmaceutical cocktails rob people of their quality of life and ruin their days.

I once had a very sick patient who was taking 17 different drugs every day. It was the drugs making her sick. I explained to her that if I, a relatively fit chap, took those 17 drugs I would become sick. So if they make a fit man sick, how on earth are they going to make a sick person well?

Sadly, the chances are you will see the pusher (for that is what the medical system is rapidly becoming in too many instances) of these drugs would probably disparage a gentle therapy such as reflexology or homoeopathy whilst busily poisoning their own patients!

However, I have taken a long hard look at CBD oil, or in the case of CBD One, what I prefer to call cannabis oil since CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of many cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in our products.

There are still plenty of people who think CBD is a scam or a gimmick and I have much sympathy for this viewpoint. Why?

Well because, sadly, there is no regulation and there are thousands of unscrupulous sellers of CBD products with no CBD in them or cheap, rancid products that do nothing to help anyone except for filling the pockets of the sellers.

Because of this, there is an unfortunate reputation attached to much CBD on the market, much of it rightly earned.

However, I am pleased to say that if you manage to find a well-run brand and product like the one we have here then much of what the world is raving about starts to make sense.

We are run and owned by a health professional, that’s me, Nick the osteopath. In my work, I spend my days doing my utmost to show people how to be healthy.

The road to good health is not a complicated one but the path has been blurred by food processing companies, big pharma, a disjointed and childlike (in its view of the body and illness) medical system and many other factors such as our insane desire for convenience.

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An example of this is that I have lost count of the number of times I get asked if my health food shop sells something to help people lose weight.

My answer to this is that more often than not there is no shortcut and the asker of the question knows the answer already – do not eat as much food as you currently do! Yes, it is a revolutionary diet called the eat less diet!

Weight loss is generally achieved with a combination of 80% food and 20% exercise.

This drive for convenience is harming us, our communities and our environment and another area where I see this is in the treatment of eczema.

The basic medical response is simplistic which is to take steroid creams of some form. The lack of any logic in doing this is astounding. Eczema itself was not caused by a lack of steroids on or in the person’s body. It is not the absence of steroids that is causing the problem in the first place.

However, this is a quick and easy response and there are times when it appears to, temporarily, work. Yet long term use of this type of cream actually damages the skin and can cause horrific withdrawal symptoms that can drive people to depression and even suicidal thoughts.

Our medical system is under so much pressure that the line of least resistance is taken far too often leading to people being sent away with a variety of chemicals, lotions and potions that have just as much chance of causing more harm as they do of fixing you.

So with eczema symptoms, as with most health problems, a more nuanced and logical approach is needed.

Disclaimer: This article may contain occasional references of CBD “for” a specific topic, for example, “CBD Oil for Eczema”.

It is important for us to clarify that CBD is a food supplement that, while very useful for many people, is not sold “for” any specific purpose other than general health and wellbeing.

Any references of CBD for a specific subject are simply so we can clarify this to anyone searching for these terms.