Psoriasis is a chronic disease that creates problems for over eight million Americans.
I’ve dealt with the symptoms of psoriasis for nearly thirty years. I first developed red, itchy, scaly patches of skin on my elbows and knees in my early twenties. Reading up on psoriasis, I learned that people who suffer from it are at greater risk of developing heart disease, lymphoma, diabetes and psoriatic arthritis. They are twice as likely to experience depression. Over the years I’ve tried home remedies, over-the-counter options and prescription medicines to treat my psoriasis. Even those products that initially helped, didn’t work for long. Plus, the prescribed treatments were extremely expensive and have the potential of unwelcome side effects. CBD oil has proven to be an effective, safe and affordable solution. My first visit to the dispensary was strictly due to an interest in recreational enjoyment. I had largely given up on finding any relief for my psoriasis. In conversation with a budtender, I mentioned the issue. He explained that CBD oil helps to reduce the visual signs of inflammation and also addresses the cause of inflammation. This natural plant-produced cannabinoid influences CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout the body and skin. CB2 receptors control inflammation by regulating the immune system. CBD oil is often used to treat rheumatoid arthritis because of its ability to alleviate chronic pain and inflammation. The scaly buildup of skin associated with psoriasis is the result of a high production of epidermal keratinocyte cells. For most people those cells are replaced every thirty days. For psoriasis sufferers, the cells are replaced every three to five days, causing a layer of dead skin cells. CBD inhibits the production of keratinocytes, lessening concerns with skin plaque.
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