CBD Oil and Psoriasis-Will it Help?

By | 19/04/2019

Psoriasis reigns in my family…You see, 50% of its “population” suffers from it.

Every week, my father competes with my sister claiming that his patches are worse than hers. I know, it sounds a bit silly, but they are used to living with the disease and can even laugh at themselves and their condition.

CBD oil and psoriasis could be the name of my blog.

My parents’ health issue was the reason why I started researching the benefits of this natural substance on human and animal health and wellness. It’s the reason why I decided to share my findings and passion for cannabidiol with you.

A CBD salve was the first product I bought to try it on my father. He didn’t have a clue of what it contained (this is the reason I still have his surname!). His generation and he, himself are so prejudiced and stubborn that I chose not to tell him the truth.

He was the perfect guinea pig for my experiment! Obedient and punctual with the applications.

When he started noticing the improvement, I had to reveal the secret ingredient. (Bonus reading: he almost had a stroke when I pronounced the word cannabis. He started screaming that I will be prosecuted and put to jail and he wouldn’t visit and his family has values and honor and I was the black sheep of the family and ..Got the picture?)

My father continues using the salve and his skin looks “human”. And the ingredient is a family secret, now -he thinks!

I had forgotten all about this until today, when Tony, a dear friend of mine asked me :

Btw, what can you tell me about the CBD and psoriasis?

Thanks, Tony!

“My father’s story isn’t enough”, I thought. It’s a disease we are talking about and scientific facts are needed.

Here we are !! Let’s see what CBD oil can do with your psoriasis!

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What is Psoriasis?

For that little girl -I was years ago- the word psoriasis was associated with a “demon”  who made her father suffer.

For this woman -today- psoriasis is an autoimmune disease.

An overactive immune system causes the cells of the skin to proliferate at a faster rate (up to ten times faster). Normally,  the skin cells are replenished every 10 to 30 days while with psoriasis they are replaced every 3 to 4 days!

All those dead skin cells remain trapped and build upon and under the surface of the patient’s skin forming itchy and, often, painful scales and patches.

The severity of the disease is determined by how much of the body surface it affects.

In a  mild condition, less than 3% of the body is affected while moderate psoriasis symptoms can be seen in up to 10% percent of the body. More than 10% of the body is covered by large, thick plaques in cases of severe psoriasis.

According to statistics, 125 million people worldwide (more than 8 million of them are Americans) suffer from the disease. Patients report that the quality of their life is negatively affected by the disease, so don’t think it’s, just, an esthetic issue.

Remember that psoriasis

  • is non-contagious!!!
  • is a hereditary condition but it may skip generations.
  • is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune skin disease.
  • typically appears on elbows, knees or scalp (it can develop on other areas your body though)
  • can get better and worse spontaneously. Sometimes, outbreaks can be triggered by environmental and psychological factors.
  • is linked with the increased possibility of psoriasis sufferers to develop psoriatic arthritis, lymphomas or cardiovascular disease
  • is not curable (I was right! The “demon” can’t be killed…)

What is CBD oil

CBD (CannaBiDiol) is the second most prevalent and naturally occurring phytocannabinoid that exists in the cannabis sativa plant.

It is a natural, safe, non-addictive and non-intoxicating substance.

Mounting scientific studies have shown its potential benefits to numerous ailments and health issues of humans and animals.  

The cannabinoid is extracted from special cannabis varieties which contain large amounts of CBD and which have been produced in cultivation by selective breeding.

CBD itself is not an oil. As soon as it gets removed from the plant, it is mixed with a carrier oil. This is done so it can be absorbed more efficiently by your system.

So, the CBD oil, you find in the market, is a solution that contains various amounts of Cannabidiol, terpenes and other natural substances. (Manufactures indicate the amount of CBD existing in every product. The higher the number in mg the more potent and efficient the product).

The Endocannabinoid System and Psoriasis

I bet you are sick and tired reading about your Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS) in every article of mine.

Trust me when I tell you that, perhaps now, YOU know more about your ECS than your own doctor! According to a 2013 survey, only 13% of the medical schools in the US have included the ECS in their curriculum and teach it to their students.

I won’t stop repeating that the ECS is considered, possibly, the most crucial physiologic system in your body. It is associated with your immune system and is responsible for the

  1. control
  2. maintenance of your health as well as the
  3. regulation and
  4. promotion of homeostasis (=balance) in your system.

It has been found that your ECS plays play a role in many ailments and a Clinical Endocannabinoid System Deficiency Syndrome may be the root cause of lots of diseases.

It has, recently, been discovered existing in your skin. So, it can be associated with potential treatments of various skin disorders.

Psoriasis and the mechanism behind it involve the ECS because of the role that the patient’s immune system plays in the manifestation of the disease.

The ECS controls the homeostasis, reproduction, differentiation, tolerance, and destruction of your skin cells.

The biochemical mechanisms, through which all kind of cannabinoids (endogenous, herbal or synthetic ones) bind to the receptors in your immune system, form the “shield” your body uses to defend your skin.  

The following four actions can describe this defensive strategy

This lab-confirmed strategy proves that the ECS is connected to the prevention or the facilitation of the development of skin disorders.

CBD and Psoriasis

The excessive and rapid proliferation and replenishment of skin cells is the source of psoriasis. Since the ECS is connected to this abnormal process, scientists conclude that the use of cannabidiol can help with such conditions.

CBD can help alleviate psoriasis symptoms in multiple ways thanks to its distinct characteristics and properties:

Modulating your Immune System

A 2008 study, reports that CBD has the ability to interact with the ECS and to modulate particular functions of your immune system. The study states that CBD can manage the deregulation of Nuclear Factor of Activated T-cells (NFAT) and suppress cytokine production.

Such a finding is important to people who have to live with the negative consequences of an overly active immune system on their skin.

Combating inflammation

As I have, already, mentioned, psoriasis is an inflammatory disease. The early maturation and death of skin cells that lead to pain and tissue damage are caused by inflammation in the layer of your skin called dermis.

One of the most important studies, regarding the action that CBD exerts on skin inflammation, has shown that it has strong anti-acne effects. Cannabidiol has been found to slow down irregular lipidic generation under the skin, to suppress cell multiplication, and to inhibit the increase of cytokine levels which leads to inflammation.

Your system induces inflammation and irritation in an infected area of your body for two reasons: First of all, to deal with the aforementioned infection and, secondly, to alert you of its presence. It’s similar to the way your body warns you of a virus attack by increasing its temperature!

A 2006 study has reported that this natural process of inflammation inducement is decreased by the signaling of the adenosine receptor (A2A). Guess who signals the receptors…  Yes, you guessed right: our dear cannabinoid, CBD!

CBD Fights Psoriasis

Wait!

There is more!

Restoring Balance in your System

Scientific research has associated the lack of endocannabinoid balance with the development of both minor and severe skin disorders. (Always remember the word homeostasis! )

Endocannabinoid signaling has been shown to have a role in the control of epidermal physiology, whereby anandamide is able to regulate the expression of skin differentiation genes through DNA methylation. The phytocannabinoids cannabidiol and cannabigerol are transcriptional repressors that can control cell proliferation and differentiation. This indicates that they (especially cannabidiol) have the potential to be lead compounds for the development of novel therapeutics for skin diseases.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3791996/

The above findings confirm a less recent study, according to which, cannabinoids inhibit keratinocyte proliferation and therefore can play a significant role in the treatment of psoriasis.

Mitigating Pain

A lot of psoriasis sufferers (my father included) experience and report pain caused by the itchy patches on their skin.

The ability of CBD to manage persistent pain has been investigated and confirmed by science. The fact that it’s a natural substance with few and non-adverse side effects makes it the perfect alternative to painkillers to help you come with the discomfort caused by psoriasis.

How Will your Skin Benefit from CBD?

The studies I mentioned have demonstrated the immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.

Immunosuppressive because it can dampen the body’s immune reaction, an activity vital to psoriasis since it is linked with an overactive immune system.

Anti-inflammatory because it has the ability to suppress inflammation by reducing cytokines.

CBD Oil Salve
CBD SALVE
CBD Body Butter
CBD BODY BUTTER

In the topical level, you can use CBD infused products that can be applied on your skin, such as balms, creams, lotions or salves.

The presence of cannabinoid receptors in your skin cells means it is possible to treat psoriasis in two levels: topical and systemic.

In the systemic level, you can ingest the cannabidiol that is found in CBD oil and edible products such as CBD infused gummies. You can also vape CBD oil. (Warning: recreational use of cannabis -yes, it’s the joints I’m talking about- will worsen your psoriasis!)

In my father’s case, I chose a product containing 1500 mg of CBD by Endoca. I didn’t use a CBD tincture or CBD oil for a simple reason: he is on blood thinning drugs and I can’t regulate his drug’s dosage -you see  I am not a doctor. So, in case you are on any prescribed medication, consult your trusted physician.

You should know that the outcome of the treatment depends on the quality of the product you use and the severity of your condition.

A lot of people report that they have seen amazing improvement -some even say they saw their patches disappear! Others claim that they have experienced a significant decrease in the inflammation and far less itching.

People, who haven’t seen any improvement, report using a product with too low concentration in CBD.

CBD Hemp Balm Lotion
CBD BALM
CBD-salve
CBD SALVE

Form an Anti-Psoriasis Alliance

It would be a strategic move to form a powerful alliance and use it in the battle against psoriasis.

Cold-pressed hemp seed oil might be a potent ally to CBD oil because it has similar properties according to science

Scientists have found that some psoriasis sufferers have a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids.

Hemp oil is packed with omega 3 and other essential fatty acids which can fight inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis.

You could include hemp seeds or hemp seed oil in your diet to fully exploit the power of this supplement.

Final Thoughts About CBD for Psoriasis

Even though I am not a psoriasis patient, I’ve lived the frustration, embarrassment, discomfort and the suffering it causes through my father.

We used to choose the less crowded beach in summer because he didn’t want people to look at him disgusted by the condition of his skin. For the same reason, I don’t remember him wearing short-sleeved shirts or shorts even when the temperature hit high degrees!

I remember my mother struggling with the “snow-like” flakes and vacuuming-continuously. I can still hear her complaining about the mess-continuously!!!

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I remember kids laughing at my father and me for being his daughter because of the looks of his skin. How many of them avoided him fearing of being infected? Too many…

For those of you facing the same problems, the news is good!

Thanks to nature and science, there is hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, isn’t there?

You know that CBD can offer you its services to deal with the inflammation, the itching, and the pain, psoriasis causes. You know that cannabidiol can interact with your Endocannabinoid System to regulate your skin cells replication and renewal process.

CBD oil may help you combat both the symptoms and the root cause of psoriasis.

Close your eyes and imagine:

Imagine a life where the symptoms of psoriasis are alleviated.

Imagine a life without itching, bleeding, swelling.

Imagine yourself in shorts, mini skirts, short-sleeved shirts!

Imagine yourself living without embarrassment and suffering.

Stop imagining! Take action NOW!!!

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22 thoughts on “CBD Oil and Psoriasis-Will it Help?

  1. Joo

    Hi Effie,
    This is another thoroughly researched article. Thanks for all the information here, and I really enjoyed your humour.
    I can understand the amount of suffering associated with the skin, as my kids have severe eczema that used to affect every waking and sleeping moment. It is not skin deep, it can be bone deep.
    Please keep on writing about ECS in every post. My memory can’t take such scientific stuff, but everytime I read it, it gets refreshed in my mind.
    Grateful that CBD oil is bringing relief to people with psoriasis, and grateful to you for spreading such awareness.

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    1. Effie Post author

      I wish your country’s laws changed so that you could experiment with CBD for your kids’ eczema, Joo. I know what it means to suffer from a severe skin condition. It affects not only the life of the sufferers but also the lives of the rest of the family. Don’t give up on hope, that things will change. Thank you so much!

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  2. Trish

    Great article. I have some family and friends that suffer from this and they some have struggled to find any help. I am going to share this article with them and see if this might help them as well. Thanks so much for the information.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Welcome, Trish! CBD oil can be very helpful to psoriasis sufferers. Please, do share the information with the people who need it. Thank you!

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  3. Jon

    I guess I’m further along the path towards trying CBD oil than I realized. I already consume a tablespoon of the Nutiva Hemp oil you feature in a morning shake!

    That aside, I am particularly fascinated with the topical applications of CBD oil. The notion that it could down-regulate an autoimmune response such as psoriasis is of particular interest.

    And I don’t think you are mentioning the Endocannabinoid System too much! It is integral to the function of CBD oil and while I’ve read a number of your articles, I’m still working to fully understand its role, and more holistically, where it fits in with other bodily functions. We are truly complex, interrelated systems, and I think the ultimate challenge is understanding how it all works together.

    Thanks for another informative article!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Joh, I believe that the Endocannabinoid System is of great importance to our health. for this reason, I always mention it in my articles: to raise awareness regarding it. I was surprised to find out that not all doctors are taught about it. Perhaps, you missed my CBD oil and the Brain article where I talked about the ECS in a more detailed way!

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  4. Andrew

    Hi Effie. Thanks for more great information. I’m amazed that so many people are still resistant to hearing the word Cannabis. I like the stealth approach you used with your father. I can imagine that now he has first-hand evidence that the products work, that he will be a fine promoter of CBD lotions and related products. I look forward to learning more from you about this amazing gift from nature.
    Many thanks for sharing.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Andrew, my father is 79 and prejudice is his middle name. I think it is a characteristic of his generation. They lived in an era when the only source of information was the TV and its propaganda. My father still thinks the product he uses should be held as a secret. It’s hard to make him change his mind and I really don’t care to do it. For me it’s important that he continues using the CBD product, that’s all!

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  5. Lorraine Whitworth

    Another great article on this website. Thank you Effie. This is definitely my go to site for CBD information. Love the fact that you didn’t tell your father the “truth” at first! I think there is a lot of prejudice and concern over the word cannabis. Thank you for continuing to raise awareness. Lorraine

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    1. Effie Post author

      Welcome back, Lorraine! He wouldn’t have accepted to use the botty butter If I had told him the truth. When I revealed the “secret” and I explained the science behind CBD, he was a bit relieved. His reaction was very amusing. Now I am planning of buying him a hemp shirt. What do you think? LOL. Will it be an interesting present?

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  6. Nida Ventura

    It is helpful to know that there’s a product that would really combat Psoriasis issues. I have seen patients suffer with this skin condition. Some due to their age and other health condition finds it hard to control the severity even though they have been using creams and ointments that have been prescribed by their doctors. The treatment out there does not address the underlying issues causing this condition, that’s why!

    As for your father, how long did it take for his condition to improve after starting CBD therapy?

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    1. Effie Post author

      It took him about two-three months. His condition is a severe one and I was obliged to approach the situation only topically -I couldn’t use a systemic approach. Thank you so much for your visit, Nida!

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  7. Phil

    I’m curious whether zona and psoriasis are the same, and whether they are or not, if CBD oil can help with the treatment of zona. I’m sorry to hear that your dad was so badly affected… for me too, someone dear to me has been suffering from zona. Hope you can help!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Phil, I believe it’s shingles you are talking about, right? CBD has the potential to alleviate many of the symptoms of shingles. People have reported that a systemic and topical approach to the disease helped the rash subside. It helped them cope with the pain and inflammation.

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  8. Matt's Mom

    I do not have psoriasis thank god! But, a few months back I started getting a dry patch on my face. It is small but it appears slightly red and is kind of scaly and dry. I am wondering if any of these products would also help with this? I have think skin due to a prescription I take. So I get bruises and blood under the skin super easy. I use a high grade vitamin E oil to help heal it fast. I did try this on my face and it seems to help somewhat, but leaves my skin oily. A good cream that would help would be wonderful!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Why don’t you try a CBD topical or a hemp seed oil face moisturizer, Leahrae? Vitamin E oil is amazing but it does make the skin oily. My skin is thin, too. Genetics! I get full of bruises without knowing where I got them LOL

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  9. Suzanne

    This, as are all your posts, is so informative. This is my go-to website for information on CBD oil. I’m going to share this with a friend who has had her psoriasis go to psoriatic arthritis, in hopes that she will try this.
    It is very good that you mentioned wanting to regulate your father’s dosage because of his prescription medications.
    And toking will only make it worse. That I did not know. Luckily my friend does not do this.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Suzanne, my father is 79 and has had a stroke, recently. (Not because of the secret ingredient, That was long ago:-)). There are some medications that interact with CBD and we should be careful not to make a mess. I wrote an article on the interactions for this reason. I shared my father’s story because it’s a story of years full of suffering and embarrassment I’ve “experienced” as a child. Even though I was lucky enough not to inherit the disease, it affected my life indirectly.

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  10. Shannon

    This is excellent information, thanks so much for sharing all of this! I was aware of using CBD oil for pain issues but I had no idea it could be used for the skin as well. Cradle cap is a form of psoriasis – do you know if CBD oil is able to be used on tiny infants for this use?

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    1. Effie Post author

      Welcome, Shannon! I believe that you are talking about seborrheic dermatitis, right? CBD and kids. In June 2018 the FDA approved the first Cannabis-derived drug known as Epidiolex to treat two severe forms of epilepsy. The drug contains highly purified CBD and can be administered to children from the age of two and above. As far as infants are concerned science hasn’t decided yet. If you want to try CBD oil you can talk to your baby’s doctor and choose a high-quality product. But I can give you an advice: why don’t you try hempseed oil? It’s an ordinary oil rich in omegas. You can insert it in your family’s diet and you can use a topical product for your baby’s skin. Please, read here and here to be informed.

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  11. Max

    Hello, even if I don’t have any skin conditions could I still benefit from using CBD oil? Would it even be necessary?

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    1. Effie Post author

      Welcome, Max. CBD oil can be used to enhance your Endocannabinoid System. According to scientists, a Clinical ECS Deficiency -an ECS that doesn’t function properly- is considered responsible for many ailments. Certainly, you can use it to maintain good health and overall wellness

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