How CBD Works - How Does CBD Work for Psoriasis
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It’s very depressing.
We’ll have to go back and read our article on CBD and depression.
Despite all the research we’re going to show below.
Lots of talk but no mention of CBD.
Knowing what is out there in the research and more importantly…
Roughly 7.5M people in the U.S. with 150K new cases each year.
The side effects for some of the medications are almost as serious as the drugs are expensive ($1000’s each month).
Turn on satellite TV or pick up a magazine.
With enough time or pages, you’ll see an ad for psoriasis.
Let’s look at CBD specifically and base it on research.
We’ll then go from depression to anger but at least we’re making ground.
Anger that this information isn’t out there!
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Otherwise, you can jump to any section here:
Let’s get started.
There is a lot of suffering to bring down!
We’ll touch on the aspects of psoriasis that will become important later in the article.
So…what is psoriasis?
Skin cells specifically.
The body has a careful control system of both cell creation and cell destruction that goes on all the time.
It’s a delicate balance.
Skin has to be replaced all the time.
The top-level that we see is actually composed of dead cells.
Internally, the body has to also remove damages or senescent cells when needed.
The term for this removal is apoptosis.
Leave it to the scientists to make it more confusing!
So why is the body making excess skin?
What happened to the balance needed in that process?
The reason is counterintuitive.
The enemy lies within!
Let’s introduce T cells.
Killer cells in the body.
They are part of our immune system and their job is to protect us from foreign intruders.
Anything that isn’t us.
A new study found that they attack red meat because the cell surface contains a protein we no longer share.
That’s the inflammation that accompanies eating beef!
This constant attack and rebuilding of skin tissue results in the scaling or abnormal skin growth.
It can get worse if it moves into the joints or elsewhere in the body.
It can make mistakes sometimes.
That brings up a question we get often…
Autoimmune just means that the body’s immune system is attacking some part of us.
Pick a body part or cell type and there’s likely a related disease.
The T Cells mentioned above is part of our immune system.
So…let’s get on to what we’re here for.
CBD and psoriasis.
We’ll first talk about the system that CBD plays into.
The endocannabinoid system!
We’re getting there. Be patient with us.
Now’s a good time to introduce the endocannabinoid system.
It’s a system intimately tied to almost every type of tissue in our body.
Its effects and integration within the skin are well established.
Here’s a quick image of its role:
There are two aspects of the endocannabinoid system that come into play with psoriasis directly.
To put it bluntly…psoriasis is right smack in the middle of the endocannabinoid system’s jurisdiction.
We’ll see the research below on how the two interact.
So…what does this have to do with CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid found naturally in the cannabis plant.
Many people confuse it with THC, it’s an unruly cousin.
They’re very different!
CBD has been shown to support the endocannabinoid system.
We say support because we’re not exactly sure whether it boosts or attenuates (reduces) the system at individual points.
It might do both depending on what’s needed!
The body uses it as needed when naturally occurring endocannabinoids are depleted.
There is now a great deal of research showing that CBD can positively affect psoriasis.
That’s anecdotal (unless you happen to be THAT person) so let’s look at the research.
That’s what we’re for after all.
There are three main areas where research is showing promise for CBD and psoriasis:
Let’s look at research on each.
Check out all the ways CBD works with inflammation here.
It’s also known that stress can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms and outbreaks.
CBD is showing promise in moderating this stress in regards to psoriasis:
This gets to the heart of psoriasis.
This cell growth happens in the keratinocyte which makes new keratin.
Keratin is the substance that adds “hardness” to different tissues.
More keratin in bone. Less in skin. Tendons, ligaments, and cartilage are somewhere in between.
CBD is showing promise in bring balance to this process within keratinocytes:
This is very important for psoriasis.
Another study found out how CBD does this.
It basically finds cell tissue growth balance by repressing certain genes
Keep in mind that genes get turned on or off by a host of internal and environmental cues.
This study found that the endocannabinoid system and the CB1 receptor specifically is directly tied to managing the proper balance of cell growth/removal.
CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body.
For an interesting summary of CBD’s effects across a range of skin issues:
This question comes up often.
Keep in mind that the FDA has not evaluated CBD’s ability to cure any disease.
Psoriasis manifests itself in the skin but the real issue runs deeper.
All the way to the immune system.
It has been shown to suppress many of the actors that instigate psoriasis (cytokines, TNF, IL, T cells, etc)
You can see a full review of how CBD moderates the immune response here:
Combine this with its inherent anti-inflammatory abilities and cell proliferation suppression.
That’s the trifecta for psoriasis.
Back to the original question which no conscientious writer would directly say “yes” to without research and FDA blessings…
Take a look at the results before/after with CBD for psoriasis.
Psoriasis is one of the diseases which we can tell right away if something is working.
There’s no placebo effect when you’re looking at your skin!
First, CBD is absorbed by the skin.
We have CB receptors throughout our skin.
You can learn more about this at our How CBD Works for the Skin article.
The severity of your psoriasis may dictate which way to go.
It’s also not bad to use the CBD oils to address the immune function issue at the same time.
Make sure to start with CBD Isolate in case you might have allergic reactions to botanicals and other plant materials (full spectrum).
Check out our Full Spectrum versus Isolate article for more info.
There’s a good percentage of the population that has histamine issues.
Isolate is definitely the better approach.
The other issue we see with people new to CBD is a hesitancy to go with a higher CBD level.
We totally understand that but you may be missing the boat altogether.
There’s a lot of junk CBD out there with 200-250mg.
That defeats the purpose.
Which brings up a good point.
What dosage of CBD for psoriasis?
A quick look at dosage guidelines:
Here’s our recommendation for dosage.
Start lighter at doses of around 20-30mg.
Test your body’s response.
This is for CBD oil obviously.
For the balm, you can apply it as needed.
You’ll likely see a response pretty quickly.
Again, the before/after pictures we’ve seen are nothing short of amazing!
Send us your results and we’ll upload them here anonymously!
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Also, it’s really important for us to get the word out to other people.
Please take before after pictures of psoriasis (anonymously of course) and we’ll upload them here for others to see.
Many people are nervous about CBD until they see the results themselves.
Let’s help spread the word and reduce suffering.
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