Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and bleeding.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it’s thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms of eczema. In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma.
You might notice itchy patches on the hands, elbows, and in the “bending” areas of the body, such as the inside of the elbows and back of the knees. But eczema can appear anywhere, including the neck, chest, and eyelids. People who had atopic dermatitis as a child may see drier, scaly rashes as adults.
Main Treatments for Eczema
- Short ‘warm” showers or baths to avoid drying out the skin.
- Stress managment – Regular exercise and relaxation time.
- Purchasing a Humidifier- Dry air can be stressful for your skin.
- Some of the available Prescribed Medications as follows-
- Prescription Moisturizers
- Ultra Violet light therapy
- Anti-Inflammatory injectables
But what if none of these options seem to be working?
In recent times there has been a lot of hype about CBD (Cannabinoid) oil. There have been many testimonials as to its many health benefits on social media platforms as well as on the news. CBD oil certainly seems to be having a positive impact on peoples health. From helping to reverse (tumors), reducing anxiety and helping people control physical pain.
As noted earlier eczema is aided by anti-inflammatory medications. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory. CBD (Cannabinoids) have immunosuppressive properties which many believe can make them helpful in the care of inflammatory skin issues.
CBD is derived from an extraction process using either the hemp or the marijuana plant. Extracting CBD allows a consumer the medical benefits of medical marijuana without the high that is associated with THC. CBD in itself has no psychedelic properties (will not get you high) and is considered safe for consumption.
Our bodies have been designed or have evolved with cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 that work in harmony with the cannabinoid chemical, CBD. Science has recently become aware of the presence of the Endocannabinoid system within our bodies. The Endocannabinoid system is involved in a lot of functions in the human body, maintaining homeostasis (stable equilibrium between interdependent elements). The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an important role in several skin regulatory functions. Researchers believe that skin conditions like eczema develop when there’s an imbalance in the ECS. The cannabinoids found in cannabis can help mediate disruptions in the ECS by interacting with cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), found in abundance on the nerve fibers and cells of the skin. Through these interactions with CB receptors, cannabinoids are thought to be able to help with skin inflammation, pain, and itching.
CBD is in tune with the body and works to aid it naturally. It speaks the body’s language so to speak, unlike prescription drugs created in a laboratory which may cause many unwanted side effects, make a person worse and/or may not work at all. There are no harsh chemicals in CBD as its completely natural and it should not present a danger. Side effects are possible but are reported to be mild if any. As always one should consult their doctor about any medications they may be taking. Sometimes medications may conflict.
Some say that CBD oil may have done nothing for them. But some CBD oils have very little cannabinoids due to their price and quality. So making sure you put a high price on your health should be worth the price of quality. A good quality CBD oil may be just the answer. Also if you use a cream instead of taking it orally, make sure you check out the other ingredients and carrier oil in the cream or balm as there are varying types. Apply a little at first just to make sure that its comfortable to the skin.
The bottom line is that one has nothing to lose but a whole lot to gain if CBD actually works for them personally.
As always I am willing to learn from your experiences using CBD so feel free to leave your feedback in the comment section.
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