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If you suffer from atopic dermatitis, or other types of eczema, you may be interested to learn about recent developments around the use of CBD products for treatment of this common skin condition.
CBD oil is derived from the seeds of hemp, a type of cannabis. CBD oil has over 60 active agents. Of all of those, only one (known as THC) is an intoxicant which can cause an addictive ‘high’. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC so is perfectly safe to use for people with eczema.
As far back as the turn of the 20th century, it was understood that cannabis could relieve the itching of eczema and prevent flares. There are many features of eczema which cause an intense itching of the affected area including dry skin, histamine release and sensory nerve fibers. However the compounds which are found in CBD oil have a powerful ability to stop itchiness.
First, they interact with receptors naturally occurring in the skin which in turn reduce the signs and appearance of eczema. In particular, studies have demonstrated that these compounds, known as cannabinoids, can inhibit the production of cytokine and chemokine while encouraging the production of T-regulatory cells to suppress inflammation.
Secondly, the cannabinoids can manage the colonization of staphylococcus aureus, which both complicates and drives eczema. In particular, five of the cannabinoids show potent activity against many strains of s. aureus. However, the current research is minimal and more research in this area is needed.
Third, THC has be proven to suppress histamine production in eczema (or contact dermatitis) in mice . In rats, molecules similar to those in cannabis have shown significant pain management properties. There have also been reports of improvement of eczema through the use of topical cannabinoids in humans, where they inhibit the production of histamines. Histamine release causes inflammation and the intense itching associated with eczema.
In a study involving rats and arthritis, transdermal application of cannabinoids was found to reduce pain and inflammation significantly. It found that cannabinoids are hydrophobic are not readily bioavailable when taken orally, so that the topical administration of these molecules was effective without any associated gastrointestinal issues.
In a human trial, topical cannabinoids were an effective eczema treatment that reduced itching and sleeplessness by 60% in trial patients. 20% of these patients were able to stop their topical immunomodulators, 38% stopped taking their oral antihistamines and 33.6% felt they could stop their topical steroid mediation by the conclusion of the study. These are extremely promising results and indicate that CBD oil may well provide a viable alternative to prescription medication as a cure for eczema in the future.
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Care should be taken when choosing an eczema treatment cream because some have terpenes which can irritate the skin further. Care should also be taken to choose a skin care product which includes active ingredients that target eczema issues rather than one for joint or muscle pain.
Furthermore, the hemp industry has far less regulation that the medical marijuana industry. Some hemp products on the market may introduce other irritants, solvents and contaminants onto the skin and should be approached cautiously. However, based on the research which has been carried out thus far, there is little or no cause for concern.
Read labels with care as incorrect labelling is abundant in this under regulated industry. Third party testing by an independent laboratory for specific products should also increase consumer confidence and provide you the best product available for your eczema.
There is much hope for CBD as the perfect treatment for eczema as the cannabinoids have demonstrated effects on several aspects of eczema which contribute to the condition. Even severe cases of eczema have been dramatically improved as a result of CBD oil. Topical CBD products hold the promise of reduced inflammation, reduced itching, control of s. aureus and histamine production, and improvement in the appearance and occurrence of AD. All of this can be achieved without the risk of a number of side effects that are seen with many of the current treatments which doctors may prescribe.
There is still more work to do in order to fully explore the potential of CBD oil for eczema and countless other conditions. Further research will also help inform better regulation and production in the industry, which will benefit patients enormously. But one thing is for sure; the future of CBD oil in the treatment of eczema is promising.
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