Eczema VS Psoriasis
Itchy, red, irritated skin are symptoms of both eczema and psoriasis. This can make it difficult to differentiate between the two conditions. However, there are distinct differences between the two skin conditions. Eczema is a general set of skin conditions that can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Psoriasis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune condition where the skin cells grow too quickly causing thick patches of skin. Generally, the symptoms of eczema start young and most common in babies and young kids. Psoriasis can affect people of any age, but most people start seeing symptoms between the ages of 15 - 30. Although it isn't usual for symptoms to start much later in life. Before we dive in to how cannabinoids may have the potential to ease eczema, it's important to understand exactly how eczema effects the body.
Causes of Eczema
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, occurs because of a hypersensitivity reaction and can be a long-term condition. Worldwide, over 20% of children are affected by some form of eczema. Fortunately, many people will outgrow this sensitivity throughout their lifetime. Eczema is characterized by dry, itchy skin. Rashes can occur in a variety of areas such as the face, elbows, knees and on the hands and feet. In severe cases, the dry patches can crack, blister or bleed and can be extremely painful.
Some people may experience flare-ups when exposed to a trigger. Eczema triggers are different depending on what type you have. The most common causes include exposure to soap, dust, laundry detergents, certain food, pets, wool and even sudden changes in temperature. Stress can worsen these symptoms. Eczema is not contagious and there is no known cure. Could cannabinoids be the key in managing the symptoms of eczema?
Cannabinoids and Eczema
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping the body in balance. Cannabinoids interact with the body through receptors found throughout the entire body. These receptors are referred to as CB1 and CB2 receptors. A German study done by the Department of Dermatology concluded that CB1 and CB2 receptors are abundantly found in skin cells. This opens up the potential for cannabinoids to be effective for the treatment of skin related conditions. For those suffering from eczema, one of the largest battles is keeping their dry skin from cracking and bleeding. In 2008, a study was published suggesting that cannabinoids play a direct role in the production of oil in the skin and had the potential to manage skin dryness by directly effecting the CB2 receptor found in the skin.
CBD is a natural cannabinoid found in both medical cannabis and hemp. CBD is non-psychoactive, so it won't cause any kind of high. When you have eczema, your body's inflammatory response is out of control. The School of Pharmacy in London, England studied the different cannabinoids and compared their potential as an anti-inflammatory. The study suggested that out of all the cannabinoids, CBD, was the most effective as an anti-inflammatory.
Many who have eczema are choosing a CBD topical to apply directly to the affected area. The Active CBD Oil Super Strength Salve contains 1100mg of CBD. All the ingredients in the Active Super Strength Salve are organic, making it an option for those sensitive to synthetic ingredients. Calendula has also been studied for its potential as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Calendula is of the marigold family and has been used in herbal medicines to disinfect wounds and to speed the healing process by aiding in the production of collagen. The combination of both CBD and Calendula shows great potential in helping those suffering from eczema relieve their itching, red, irritated skin.