The Boiling Point – Eczema and CBD
Nearly 10% of all Americans experience some form of Eczema; also known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema is characterized as a chronic condition causing itchy, red, raised skin. The word eczema comes from Greek, meaning “to boil over”.
At one one point or another during our lifetime we have come into contact with something that causes skin irritation. This is referred to as contact dermatitis. Think of that feeling and sensation. It is uncomfortable and at times unbearable depending on the severity. This agitation or reaction of the body is a fleeting reaction, essentially our nervous system telling our body that we need to back away from whatever is causing this reaction. Once again, pain is not necessarily bad, it is our nervous system signaling to us that we are in trouble. Now imagine the skin agitation or resulting redness showing up at any time- without cause; an inconvenience to say the least. Eczema is the cause of an overactive immune system that essentially sees everything as a threat, signaling our nervous system to create that irritation as a warning.
I myself suffer from eczema. The red, flaky blotchy skin will appear without rhyme or reason and can be quite embarrassing at times. I’ve been able to narrow it down to being most active when I am under immense stress and pressure. It is uncomfortable to say the least and unbearable at times. Unfortunately two-thirds of people who suffer from eczema state that the condition interferes with their work and household chores. 66% of adults state that eczema restricts what they eat and drink. With no cure, mainstream medicine can only offer non-steroidal topical products and corticosteroid (A group of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically, some being used to treat inflammation.) which only provide temporary relief or may not even treat the underlying condition.
Now that we have a little background on eczema and some mainstream solutions available, let’s take a look at CBD and why it’s natural healing properties make it a hole in one as an alternative treatment. First off, let’s start by mentioning that CBD is routinely touted as being a safe substance. No risk of addiction or adverse side effects. Now let us take a look at the CBD profile. Eczema is an inflammatory condition caused by a malfunctioning immune system. CBD works two fold in this scenario- as it thrives in balancing the immune system as well as containing skin-soothing antioxidants. Once CBD enters the body, it begins by calming the immune system response by affecting CB2 Receptors. CB2 receptors are only present in the brain when there is inflammation or injury. When inflammation occurs, CB2 activity inhibits inflammatory signaling pathways, bringing things back to a normal non-inflammatory state, or a state of homeostasis. CBD then continues plugging away by mitigating the eczema triggers which tend to be stress or hormone fluctuation. Last but not least, the compound’s antioxidants powers help replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier. For this reason, it is recommended that you layer up on your eczema regimen. Begin by taking a daily oral CBD supplement. To soothe the agitated area, you can apply a CBD infused product in an olive or coconut oil base to the area as needed. Ensure that there are no added fragrances as this will typically worsen the agitated area. As always before changing any daily treatment regimen we highly advise that you consult your medical professional. Checkout our Website if you are interested to learn more. While you are there, feel free to pick up some of our CBD Tinctures.
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