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How CBD Treatment Can Help Burns Stop Hurting

CBD Treatments To Help Pain Caused By Burns

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The skin protects our bones, muscles and organs from the outside world. It helps in regulating temperature, fats and nutrients. On average, human skin can take up 2 square metres, weighs roughly 9lbs, and accounts for approximately 15% of a humans body weight. You have a lot more skin than you probably think, and taking care of it is of the utmost importance.

However, no matter how careful you are with your skin, sometimes the damage is unavoidable. Burns are a common occurrence for most people. Whether it was on vacation in high temperatures, while taking a dish out of the oven, lighting a candle, or throwing an extra log onto the fire, the chances are you’ve suffered a burn at some time in your life.

The variations of burns is extensive. A small burn may just sting for a couple of minutes, while others can do lifelong damage which requires extensive surgeries. The factors which contribute to the severity of the burn are the location on the body, the depth of the burn, the substance involved and the way it is treated in the period immediately afterwards.

Treatable Types of Burns

Burns are classified in relation to their severity. Depending on the extent of tissue damage caused, burns can be first degree, second degree or third degree.

First Degree Burns: These are also known as superficial burns. This is a moderate degree of burn that affects only the surface of the skin, also known as the epidermis. First-degree burns damage the nerve endings of the skin and often result in redness, minor swelling, and pain.

The healing period of a first-degree burn is about three to six days. During the first two days, you may observe that the skin starts to blister and dry skin may peel off. Sunburn is a very common example of this.

Second Degree Burns: This degree of burn affects both the epidermis and the superficial dermis layers of the skin. These burns are more severe and result in blisters (small bubble in the surface of the skin filled with fluid), redness of the skin accompanied by extreme pain. These burns take at least three weeks to heal fully.

Third Degree Burn: This a very serious burn that affects all three layers of skin. It may also damage the bones and muscle. In extreme cases, it can cause nausea and may even result in cardiac collapse, and unconsciousness or mental incapacity. Urgent hospitalization is needed in these cases.

CBD – The Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoid

CBD is an oil which is extracted from the cannabis plant. This oil, however, doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects or a “high”. CBD has been studied in relation to the many medicinal properties it boasts. Although cannabis is classed as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, many states across the United States have taken the step of legalizing it for medical use. This has happened as a direct result of the mounting scientific data supporting its use as a medical treatment.

Some of the illnesses, conditions and disease which it is being used to treat are:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Atopic dermatitis

Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding cannabis and its abuse have seriously hampered the efforts of researchers to date. The fact that cannabis is illegal makes it difficult to acquire in the quantities needed for large-scale, representative investigation. This, in turn, throws any research which has been conducted into doubt by critics. And this doubt only serves to reinforce old stereotypes about the drug.

While the scientific data remains sparse, the anecdotal evidence in support of CBD is undeniable. For years, people have been using cannabis to treat their ailments. For centuries it has been used as a natural pain reliever. And in recent years with the advent of the internet and the ease with which we can now share information, people are using it more than ever before.

How Does CBD Help with Burns?

A wide range of CBD topical treatments has hit the American market. These products are ideal for treating burns because the effects of the CBD are highly localized to the affected area. Salves, ointments, and creams containing CBD can speed up the healing of first and second-degree burns. This is because of its powerful anti-bacterial abilities which help to prevent infection. CBD is also an impressive anti-inflammatory. These two properties make it highly effective at reducing pain.

Another reason for CBD being used as a treatment for burns relates to the endocannabinoid system. This is a system of neurological receptors which is scattered throughout the human body. The vast majority of these receptors, however, are found in the skin.

It is thought that CBD acts as a kind of supplement to this system. The endocannabinoid system has been strongly linked to skin health. This is why many people now use CBD to treat common skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It is, therefore, perfectly reasonable to assume that it plays an important role in the healing of burns.

Thinking of Treating Your Burns with CBD?

Burns are very commonplace. No matter how careful you are with your skin, to never experience a burn would be an enormous achievement. Thankfully, the vast majority of us experience only very mild to moderate burns and will never require such extreme treatments as surgery to address them.

If you are someone whose skin burns easily in the sun, or who works in an environment where occasional burns are inevitable (such as a professional kitchen), CBD topical creams could be an excellent investment for you.

If you are considering using CBD for burn treatment, or any other condition or health issue, please remember that CBD is not legal in every state. So, it is vital that you research the laws where you live in regard to its status. It is also important to keep in mind that, for now, CBD and any treatment containing it remains very much experimental. Studies have proven its safety for home experimentation time and time again, but there is always some degree of risk when using a medical treatment not yet approved by the FDA.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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