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Psoriasis: What are the benefits of CBD?

Psoriasis: What are the benefits of CBD?

Psoriasis affects over two million people in France. This skin condition can affect various parts of the body. CBD is an active ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties that can help to alleviate the aggravating factors of psoriasis.

What is psoriasis and what are its causes?

Psoriasis is a disease characterised by chronic inflammation of the skin. This skin condition is quite common in France, following acne and eczema. It presents itself in the form of red patches covered with scales. These inflammations appear on the scalp, elbows, palms of the hands and other areas of the body.

The inflammations characteristic of psoriasis are caused by an overly rapid renewal of skin cells. This is due to a malfunction of the immune system, leading to an overproduction of keratinocytes. While cells typically renew every 30 days on average, this renewal occurs every 3 days in individuals prone to psoriasis.

Psoriasis primarily affects individuals who have genetic predispositions. Indeed, in 30% of cases, it is passed down from generation to generation. However, the onset or progression of the disease can be influenced by external factors such as:

  • The intake of certain medications;

  • Stress;

  • Streptococcus infections;

  • The excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco;

  • Etc.

It is important to note that psoriasis is benign and not contagious. However, the inflammation can be accompanied by joint pain, a condition known as psoriatic arthritis. Furthermore, as the disease is still relatively unknown, individuals who suffer from it often face stigmatisation. This can lead to social withdrawal and potentially the development of a depressive syndrome. Therefore, it is crucial that treatment is initiated as early as possible.

The benefits of cannabidiol for skin prone to psoriasis

CBD presents an intriguing alternative for alleviating the symptoms of psoriasis. Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties and inhibitory effects, it acts on the uncontrolled production of keratinocytes.

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can be attributed to its action on the endocannabinoid system. It promotes the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines while slowing down the production of inflammatory cytokines. The release of glutamate is also inhibited, thereby alleviating neuropathic pain.

The action of CBD on the receptors of the endocannabinoid system also helps to inhibit the overproduction of keratinocytes. This reduces the appearance of red patches on the skin, which are the primary symptoms of psoriasis.

Skin lesions caused by psoriasis are painful, particularly when they are located on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands. They also cause itching which can promote a bacterial superinfection due to scratching. CBD, thanks to its soothing properties, helps to relieve the chronic pain caused by the disease.

The anxiolytic effects of CBD help combat the triggers and exacerbating factors of psoriasis. This active ingredient has a positive impact on both psychological and physical stress. It can also counteract addiction to tobacco, alcohol, or other psychoactive substances that promote the development of the disease.

A local application is recommended for the use of CBD on skin prone to psoriasis. It is advised to choose CBD oils, balms, or creams to promote the penetration of active ingredients into the skin.

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