CBD Potential Benefits for Psoriaisis


CBD Potential Benefits for Psoriaisis

CBD Potential Benefits for Psoriaisis

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects millions of us, worldwide. There is no known cure but researchers continue to explore alternative treatment options. The use of CBD (cannabidiol) derived from the cannabis plant is one such, relatively new, alternative.

Here we look at the evidence surrounding the potential benefits of CBD for psoriasis.

Anti-inflammatory  CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been extensively studied. In psoriasis, inflammation plays a crucial role in the development and progression of the condition. Research suggests that CBD can interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, reducing inflammation and potentially alleviating psoriasis symptoms.

Immune Modulation  Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells. CBD has shown promise in modulating the immune response, potentially regulating the overactive immune system associated with psoriasis. This modulation may help reduce the severity and frequency of psoriasis flare-ups.

Pain Management  Psoriasis can be accompanied by discomfort from itching and inflammation or pain as in the case of Psoriatic Arthritis. CBD has been recognised for its analgesic properties. By interacting with the body's pain receptors, CBD may help alleviate psoriasis-related pain or discomfort.

Skin Health and Moisturisation  CBD has been found to possess moisturising and hydrating properties. CBD-infused topical products have shown promise in improving skin hydration and barrier function, making it potentially beneficial for individuals with psoriasis. (Try adding a few drops to your moisturiser or m-folia cream or ointment.)

Stress and Anxiety Reduction   Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis flare-ups. And anxiety often accompanies this condition due to its impact on our quality of life. CBD has been studied for its anxiolytic and stress-reducing effects. By interacting with the brain's receptors, CBD may help manage stress levels and potentially minimise psoriasis exacerbations triggered by psychological factors.

So preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence suggest CBD's potential as an additional treatment option, Its anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, skin-hydrating, and stress-reducing properties offer hope for those of us seeking alternative ways to manage our symptoms.

But please remember the following:
This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
CBD should not replace standard medical treatments for any condition.
Please always consult your doctor or healthcare professional before starting any new treatment for your psoriasis (or for any other condition).


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Mahonia Aquifolium – also known as Oregon Grape Root or Berberis Aquifolium


Mahonia Aquifolium- also known as Oregon Grape Root or Berberis Aquifolium

 Botanical Names are Berberis aquifolium and Mahonia aquifolium

Its properties are antiproliferative, antimicrobic, antimutagenic and antioxidant

The berries are edible and are rich in vitamin C but it is the root of the plant that is used for its medicinal properties.

The plant contains alkaloids berberine, berbamine, canadine, and hydrastine.  It is believed that these alkaloids inhibit the ability of bacteria to attach to human cells and so prevent the spread of infection.

Oregon Grape root is used for for the natural treatment of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and seborrhea (scalp psoriasis).

The roots of mahonia aquifolium contain isoquinoline alkaloids, which include jatrorrhizine, berberine, palmatine, magnaflora and columbine.  It is considered that these alkaloids are active plants components that have anti-microbial and antifungal effects.

Alkaloids berberine, jatrorrhizine, and magnoflorine are antioxidant.

Oregon grape (Mahonia/ Berberis aquifolium) extract was found to inhibit the growth of keratinocytes by 50% in vitro. This is useful to manage psoriasis as people with psoriasis have a faster than normal turnover of skin cells in the top layer of the skin.

Laboratory tests have shown that Oregon grape can kill or suppress the growth of candida and other fungal infections, staphylococcus, streptococcus, E. coli, Entamoeba histolytica, Trichomonas vaginalis, Giardia lamblia, Vibrio cholerae, and other harmful microbes.

One of the primary actions of this herb is an improvement of blood flow to the liver.  It also stimulates intestinal secretions and bile flow.

Traditionally, a tincture of the herb has been used, orally and topically, to treat eczema, acne, conjunctivitis and herpes.

Additional historical and traditional uses include the treatment of gall bladder disease, hemorrhages and a few forms of cancer.

Animal studies have indicated that it may enhance the performance of some antibiotics but no clinical trials have as yet been carried .

Read about M-Folia studies and clinical trials