Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune skin disease that is characterized by epidermal keratinocyte hyper-proliferation and skin inflammation. Psoriasis may be linked to other conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Over 125 million people in the world struggle with this debilitating disease, and it can cause great effect on someone’s life; physically, socially, emotionally and even financially. The cause of Psoriasis is unknown.
Those who know about Psoriasis know that its symptoms appear on the skin, but that’s not all it is. What you see on the skin is only a small part. “With normal skin, your body takes about 28 to 30 days to produce new skin cells and shed the old ones. When your body has plaque psoriasis, your immune system is overactive, triggering skin inflammation and causing skin cells to be produced faster than normal. New skin cells are pushed to the skin’s surface in 3 to 4 days instead of the usual 28 to 30. But your body can’t shed the new skin cells at that fast of a rate. So while new skin cells are being produced, the old, dead skin cells pile up on top of each other. As more and more new skin cells are produced rapidly, the old skin cells are pushed to the surface, forming the thick, red, itchy, flaky patches known as plaques” (Psoriasis.com).
A study posted by NCBI in which “plant cannabinoids Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, cannabinol and cannabigerol where tested for their ability to inhibit the proliferation of a hyper-proliferating human keratinocyte cell line and for any involvement of cannabinoid receptors” states that “results show that cannabinoids inhibit keratinocyte proliferation, and therefore support a potential role for cannabinoids in the treatment of psoriasis.”
Many patients of Psoriasis have found great relief treating their symptoms with hemp oil. Hemp oil is known to be anti-inflammatory, as it contains antioxidants and cannabinoids that aid in the protection of body tissue. Hemp oil also contains a number of Omega fatty acids and nutrients, all which help moisturize the skin and keep it well-nourished. According to a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science, CBD in hemp oil can also offer therapeutic benefits by slowing the overgrowth of skin cells. This means that not only can hemp oil treat inflammation from psoriasis, but it can also help in preventing it.
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