Going through the menopause? Yes, we have plenty of things for that and the list goes on and on.
Everyone is on the lookout for a miracle cure for everything aren’t they? A magic pill for every ill. It is this powerful idea that fuels the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, it drives them ever onwards to make normal life experiences into a medical problem.
Had a bereavement and feeling awful? Well, not only is there a whole variety of pills for this but if the trauma of this has caused your blood pressure to rise, but we can give you something for that too. There is a complete failure, and in some cases, an absolute determination, not to recognise this moment of your life as a normal phase that will pass.
So with eczema, as with most health problems, a more nuanced and logical approach is needed.
We are run and owned by a health professional, that’s me, Nick the osteopath. In my work, I spend my days doing my utmost to show people how to be healthy. The road to good health is not a complicated one but the path has been blurred by food processing companies, big pharma, a disjointed and childlike (in its view of the body and illness) medical system and many other factors such as our insane desire for convenience.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid, a chemically active molecule found in plants in the cannabis sativa family, which includes both marijuana and hemp. Unlike the best-known cannabinoid, THC (delta -tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD isn’t “psychoactive.” In other words, it won’t get you high. Like THC, however, CBD has some potentially potent health effects.
From creams to body oils to facial serums and more, there’s a good chance you can find a CBD-containing topical at a grocery store, pharmacy or specialty shop near you. Many of these products promise to clear, heal and otherwise soothe symptoms of eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions.
How can CBD help the skin?
“I think topical CBD is a very promising treatment for eczema; in theory, it could decrease itch, pain and inflammation. In the correct vehicle, it could also help heal the skin barrier,” said Peter Lio, MD, who is clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration doesn’t verify how well specific CBD products work, whether they’re safe or if they contain the labeled compounds. Lio suggests asking your dermatologist to vet specific products.
Research also suggests CBD is anti-microbial, with some data showing it works about as well as antibiotics to kill Staphylococcus aureus. Staph can infect the skin of people with atopic dermatitis, triggering flares and other complications.
For one thing, there’s no cure for eczema. You’re stuck with lotions and steroid creams, plus endless antihistamines and anti-inflammatory pills, both of which wreak havoc on your renal system eventually.
Staphylococcus aureus colonization of skin, especially damaged skin, is a contributing factor of atopic dermatitis, and a complication of the disease. Cannabinoids may treat eczema by managing this pathogen, which the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) calls “the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections.”
Cannabinoids are connected to skin homeostasis, or the general balanced health of your skin. Poor skin health is related to acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, pigmentation disorders, and any kind of itching, including from eczema.
Chances are, that if you’re reading this, eczema makes you miserable at least some of the time. It is a truly miserable condition, and one that basically lacks a reliable cure.
Spruce full-spectrum CBD cream didn’t cure my eczema, but it really makes it feel better day to day. For someone like me, that’s a big win, and I recommend it highly.