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Finding out how to treat eczema in a safe and natural way is more difficult than it might appear. Even though around 20% of children develop eczema during their childhood, but there is still no cure. About 3% of adults have the condition, and the cost to the economy and society is huge. People with eczema can develop infections, have ruined sleep, need drugs to help with the pain and itching, be excluded from sports or other activities, and find their appearance less attractive to their prospective partners.
There are thousands of options available for people with eczema, but exactly how to treat eczema properly depends entirely on your skin, genetics, environmental factors, and luck. So far, the best treatments involve hydrating topical creams or unguents, anti-inflammatories, and avoiding triggers. This is far from satisfactory, but it is what is available.
Home remedies for eczema can leave a lot to be desired, especially in severe cases. Mild soap can help some, bleach baths are unpleasant but can relieve some symptoms.
Other treatments, like steroid cream, can have long-lasting side effects that can harm the health of the patient, so it is a compromise between immediate relief and suffering in the future. A good system of health care will help for this skin condition, but there are different types of eczema and they all react differently.
If you are reading this article, you might be reaching the point where you have tried everything else and need more options. You have probably heard of CBD. The hype might have brought you here, or maybe you have used it and want to know more. There are lots of reasons, but here we are going to discuss the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and find out how to treat eczema with it.
“Suffering from Eczema? CBD Oil Could Be Your New Best Friend”. It sounds enticing, and it is one of the first page results on Google for “eczema CBD”. Surely something so popular could never be entirely hype? Is there any science backing up this claim?
CBD is undergoing something of an explosion of popularity at the moment. The legalization of cannabis products in some parts of the developed world have lead scientists and users alike to the promise of using these highly tolerable and apparently safe drugs for treating a wide range of conditions.
The users got there first, however, and the evidence remains slim. There are literally hundreds of testimonies on the internet from people who have used CBD to cure this or treat that, but it cannot be trusted. Commercial, financial, and personal goals are hard to spot sometimes, so how do you know if what they are saying is reliable or not? Science, that is how.
So far, the direct evidence for CBD helping with acne is hard to find. In fact, that is basically no evidence whatsoever. When we are evaluating the potential for CBD to in how to treat eczema, we have to look elsewhere for evidence. One large review from some years ago found that cannabinoids are potentially very useful for treating atopic dermatitis. However, this is about as far as the evidence goes. There has been preliminary research into the use of CBB with conditions like acne, herpes, and other inflammatory diseases, which indicate that CBD could be useful for this disease, but it is far from conclusive.
Because it continued criminalisation of cannabis products around the world coming it is difficult for the scientific community to study and evaluate cannabinoids. What studies have been performed are, in general, small, of low quality, and of little reproducibility or representability. This is desperately frustrating for the millions of people who could potentially benefit from CBD but do not use it because it is not well studied. For most medicines, there is a rigorous testing regime and approval is a long, time-consuming process. This has not happened entirely with CBD yet.
Even though the studies have been generally poor, they do point to some excellent effects from CBD that could be useful for eczema.
CBD is a well-known anti-inflammatory. This means that it has the effect of reducing the body’s response to infection, the immune response. Because eczema is probably an autoimmune condition and related to the skin having trouble transferring moisture between layers, CBD is likely to be an effective treatment.
Autoimmune conditions are when the immune system starts to recognize its own tissues as something foreign. It decides to attack this “foreign” tissue. When this occurs, the body becomes inflamed, sore, the tissues can break down and die, and the person can get very ill. Eczema appears to be a mild type of autoimmune disorder. Anti-inflammatories appear to be useful for eczema because they reduce the level of attack the body is using to fight itself.
This is the largest network of receptors and agonists in the human nervous system. It extends from the brain down to the very tips of your fingers. The skin has endocannabinoid receptors throughout, and one of the reasons that CBD could be helpful for eczema is that eczema is possibly a part of the ECS working improperly.
A paper talking about the ECS states “the main physiological function of the cutaneous ECS is to constitutively control the proper and well-balanced proliferation, differentiation and survival, as well as immune competence and/or tolerance, of skin cells”. When this is off-kilter, as some suspect contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis to be the result of, the skin is not functioning properly.
Cannabinol is one of the regulatory neurotransmitters involved with the ECS. It changes how other cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system and seems to help balance things. The hope is that by using CBD with eczema, the ECS can return to its normal functioning and relieve the cause of eczema.
This is currently unknown. Further research is needed to establish if this is the case, but these two reasons are potentially why some people have benefited from using CBD.
Safety and Psychoactivity
Many people will be concerned that by using CBD they will get high, or that they will be breaking the law. CBD is not psychoactive, when you take it there are no noticeable effects like hallucinations or shifts in perception. Occasionally, some people do experience slightly noticeable effects, but they are usually mild and not long lasting. Other side effects include diarrhoea, nausea, headaches, and a dry mouth. Only about 10% of patients suffer from these side effects, and the side effects usually go away in a short time.
The overall safety record of CBD is relatively unknown. People have been using cannabis plants for food, clothing and medicine for thousands of years with very few negative side effects, so it can reasonably be assumed to be a safe drug when compared with paracetamol or ibuprofen. Nearly every study ever performed with CBD has found it to be highly tolerable. It is also non-toxic.
How to Treat Eczema with CBD
If you have decided to use CBD for your stasis dermatitis, dry skin, contact dermatitis, or atopic dermatitis, there are several ways you can use the drug.
Cream or Ointment
Applying CBD in a cream can be a good way of getting your usual cream or ointment to the affected area with the added bonus of CBD. Add a measured amount (record how much) to your cream, stir it in, and apply as you would normally. Coconut oils are a good mixer.
Pure CBD oil might be the best treatment for eczema, it depends on your skin. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD are going to be most effective if there is a lot of CBD on your skin, so by adding it pure, you are getting the full effect.
Add a small, measured, amount to a cotton swab or bud. Apply directly to the affected area and let it dry naturally.
Talk to your Doctor
Your doctor knows how to treat eczema. If you are using CBD, make sure they know what you are doing.