Can Reefer Treat Eczema?

It’s in the news a lot.  Whether it is being legalized, studied, or argued about marijuana is a hot topic in today’s world.  There are advocates on both sides.  Some promote full legalization and open access, while others declare it to be a destructive substance that dismantles our communities and corrupts our youth.  No matter which side you’re on one thing is clear.  Marijuana has medical benefit.[1]  While exactly what conditions it benefits is still being researched evidence shows that eczema may be one of those conditions.[2]

What is Eczema?

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Various Factors Causing Eczema

Eczema accounts for one-third of all dermatology cases.  It is a condition in which the skin’s immune-response system goes awry as a result of a complex interplay between both internal and external factors that usually result in itching, redness, swelling, and scaling.[3]

Over 30 million Americans have some sort of eczema, and it is most common in babies and children.  It tends to go away as a child grows older, but some children will experience eczema into adulthood.  Adults can develop it, also, even if they never had it as a child.  Eczema is typically treated with topical steroids, oral anti-histamines, and moisturizers.[4]

Steroids & Anti-Histamines

The problem with using steroids and anti-histamines for eczema are the side-effects.  Local side-effects of topical steroids can include:

  • stinging or burning feeling
  • thinning of skin
  • permanent stretch marks
  • bruising
  • discoloration
  • thin spidery blood vessels
  • worsening of other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, and perioral dermatitis
  • abnormal hair growth[5]

There is also the risk of systemic side-effects, particularly in children who require frequent courses of strong topical steroids.  These include:

  • abnormal growth
  • fluid collection in the legs
  • high blood pressure
  • bone thinning
  • Cushing’s Syndrome[5]

The side-effects of anti-histamines can include:

  • drowsiness
  • impaired thinking
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • constipation
  • blurred vision
  • urinary retention
  • insomnia
  • nightmares
  • hallucinations
  • itchy skin
  • rapid heartbeat
  • chest tightness[6]

Again, children have a greater risk of these side-effects.[6]  With such a long list of side-effects, it’s no wonder that Americans are hesitant to use steroids or antihistamines, and especially on children.  Luckily there is an alternative that doesn’t possess such a long list of side-effects.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

230x230xwhat-is-cbd-png-pagespeed-ic-y3-40abxvcCBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, aka marijuana.  Unlike the psychoactive compound Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) it does not make people feel stoned.[7]  What makes CBD so powerful as a treatment of disease is that our bodies have something called the “Endocannabinoid System” which is found in a growing number of physiological functions, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as in peripheral organs[8].  Our skin is one of those peripheral organs that has endocannabinoid receptors (CBD1 and CBD2).  When it comes to eczema, the CBD1 and CBD2 receptors inhibit the immune response characteristic of eczema.[9]

The Side-Effects CBD

Most studies conclude that CBD is safe, virtually free of side effects, and does not induce changes on food intake, nor does it affect physiological parameters like the heart rate, body temperature or blood pressure[10]  While there doesn’t seem to be any known side-effects when using CBD topically, there are some potential side effects when taken in high doses internally.  These include:

  • dry-mouth
  • interference with certain pharmaceuticals
  • may worsen tremor and muscle movement in Parkinson’s disease sufferers[10]

The Take Away

Eczema affects millions of Americans.  The typical treatment of steroids and anti-histamines comes with a long list of side-effects.  There is growing evidence that CBD is an effective treatment for eczema without the long list of side-effects when administered topically.

Enter Seedalina Moisturizer

This article was inspired because of the overwhelming responses we have received from customers who have used our Seedalina Moisturizer on eczema. While it was not designed specifically to treat eczema, it’s no surprise that it has a beneficial effect since Seedalina Moisturizer contains hemp seed oil.  Hemp seed oil contains small amounts of CBD.[11]

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 


References:

[1] http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1361971-overview#a1

[2] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/316/5830/1494.full

[3] http://www.derm-hokudai.jp/shimizu-dermatology/pdf/07-01.pdf

[4] https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

[5] http://patient.info/health/topical-steroids-for-eczema

[6] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Antihistamines/Pages/Side-effects.aspx

[7] https://www.projectcbd.org/what-cbd

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/

[9] http://www.jimmunol.org/content/190/10/4929.long

[10] https://elixinol.com/blog/known-and-potential-side-effects-of-cannabidiol-cbd/

[11] http://hempioneers.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/CBD-hemp-seed-oil-nutrition-science-paper-cifelli.pdf

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