Described as an allergic skin disease, the‚Äč ‚ÄčNational Eczema Association‚Äč ‚Äčsays that‚Äč ‚Äčeczema results from of a combination of genetic and environmental factors that affect the immune system, or the function of the skin‚Äôs natural barrier. As well as there being various possible causes of eczema, there are also ‚Äčseveral types‚Äč. Namely, all forms of eczema are characterized by dry, inflamed and itchy patches across the skin.
There‚Äôs no cure for eczema, so sufferers of the condition usually manage their symptoms with prescribed medicated creams or ointments. The side effects of these pharmaceutical creams and the potential risks associated with their long term use have become somewhat of a concern for users, so now more people are turning to nature in search of new ways to manage their condition. And here‚Äôs where CBD comes into play.
Studies have shown that cannabis can provide relief for the symptoms of eczema, such as severe ‚Äčitching and‚Äč ‚Äčinflammation‚Äč, due to the way in which cannabinoids like CBD help regulate these immune responses. Cannabis interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, helping to rebalance the immune system and thus reduces the pain and inflammation associated with eczema. It also helps to combat the ‚Äėitch-scratch‚Äô cycle.
Topical creams containing cannabinoids have been shown to ‚Äčcompletely eliminate or reduce the severity of itching‚Äč ‚Äčin sufferers of eczema. The chemical ‚Äėhistamine‚Äô is also responsible for the irritating itches we experience and therapy with cannabinoids has ‚Äčproven to greatly reduce its effects‚Äč ‚Äčwhen applied to the skin.
We know that cannabis interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the body like the CB2 receptor found in our nerve fibers and skin cells. Responsible for regulating oil production in the skin, CBD oil has been found to help rebalance this function and help rebuild the skin‚Äôs protective barrier in eczema sufferers. ‚ÄčOne study‚Äč ‚Äčfound that in almost 59% of its participants, their dry and scaly skin significantly reduced with the regular use of a cannabinoid cream, which reduced itching and as a result lead to less sleep loss.
As sensitive skin and eczema usually go hand in hand, it‚Äôs important to find a high quality cream, salve or oil. Regulation of these topical products is in the early stages, so it‚Äôs advised to look for products of natural and organic origin which contain certified full-spectrum hemp oil to get the maximum benefit for your buck. But if your eczema is immune-system related, it may be high time to look for an ingestible CBD oil to suit your needs while using a topical product to soothe your symptoms.
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