I’ve thought about this a lot and I have tried a bit of CBD oil last year but I don’t think I got the right stuff or the correct dose. But I’ve read a lot about it and I do think CBD could have a very real place in helping those with allergies and eczema.
How could CBD oil help eczema
I’ve read so many good things about it, including the following:
- It can help to reduce inflammation
- Microbial qualities to help fight infection
- Reduce redness
- Help alleviate itching
- Reduce flakiness of skin
- Reduce pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Help promote better sleep
I did find a few studies about CBD for eczema and there do seem to be early indications that it’s worth a try. See below for further reading and some studies you might like to read.
How does it work on skin?
I’m not a scientist of a skin expert but our skin produces its own cannabinoids so using natural CBD could help by reducing inflammation and relieving dry skin. Because cannabinoid receptors are also present in the nervous system, CBD can also help to soothe eczema symptoms such as itching and pain. Check out the WayofLeaf website for more information.
How could CBD oil help allergies?
Allergies are more complex but there do seem to be many ways that CBD could help those with allergies too, including:
- Relieve pressure in the nose and the sinuses, making it easier to breathe and easier to expel any mucus that’s stored in these areas.
- Helping to manage pain, which can be a problem with people suffering from allergies.
Studies on mice have shown that animals lacking these cannabinoid receptors have a greater allergic response compared to controls. This finding is supported by a further study which found that dogs with atopic dermatitis had greater immune reactivity at cannabinoid receptors compared to their healthy counterparts. Source: WayofLeaf
How is it taken?
You can take it sublingually, with a few drops under your tongue, which you hold there for 30 seconds to allow it to absorb.
It can also be applied directly to the skin to help alleviate itching.
You can buy CBD gummies or sweets but I’m not sure how beneficial these are.
Are there side effects of CBD oil?
As far as I can tell there aren’t any side effects, although it can cause drowsiness – something I’m hoping is the case as I’d like to see if it helps me sleep.
It should also NOT be given to growing children.
If you’re interested in this subject, I found the following resources useful:
- This book is a great starting point. Check out ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Medical Cannabis’ by Prof Michael Barnes.
- The Endocannabinoid System and Its Role in Eczematous Dermatoses
- Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol (CBD) for Skin Health and Disorders.
- An Observational Study of the Application of a Topical Cannabinoid Gel on Sensitive Dry Skin
So what’s next?
I’ve been looking for a good product to try and hope to start very soon, when my samples arrive. I’ll keep you all posted but am working how I track my progress to see if it is indeed helping. I will make a note of my sleep quality and keep a diary while using it to note down my mood, mental health, itch levels, where my eczema is and what my skin is like, how my TSW is going.
Have you used CBD for eczema, allergies, pain, anxiety or something else? I’d love to hear from you.