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Due to the nature of psoriasis – how unpleasant symptoms can be and how quickly it can spread – it’s important to identify the best solution for treating it as soon as you spot potential symptoms. While research has suggested that CBD-based products possess elements that can counteract irritating symptoms, understanding the most effective methods to use CBD as a treatment is vital before deciding to give it a go.

What is psoriasis and how is it treated?

A common skin condition, psoriasis typically appears as red, crusty and flaky patches on the surface of the epidermis. It can affect skin on any part of the body, but most commonly appears on knees, elbows, backs and the scalp. Depending on the type of psoriasis and the person suffering from it, cases can range from being mildly irritating to extremely sore. It can affect people of all ages, but early signs often first appear in people below the age of 35.

Finding a suitable treatment for psoriasis is affected by the specific type of the condition, but it typically comes down to three options. These are:

  • Topical creams or ointments -The most general option would be to apply a cream to the affected area, potentially decreasing the itchiness, redness and swelling.
  • Tablets or injections -For ongoing treatment of psoriasis, orally-ingested tablets or intravenous injections can work to reduce some of the unpleasant symptoms across more than one area.
  • Phototherapy -If neither of the other options have worked, phototherapy is a suitable option for more severe cases of psoriasis. For this type of treatment, different types of ultraviolet light are used on the skin to slow the growth of skin cells.
A woman scratching her painful psoriasis sores.

Can psoriasis be cured?

As psoriasis is a type of autoimmune disease, there is no permanent cure for it. However, it is possible to treat the symptoms of psoriasis using the necessary creams, tablets, injections or skin therapies.

How to take CBD oil for psoriasis

Due to the soothing anti-inflammatory components of CBD, a range of hemp-based products are suitable for treating the symptoms of psoriasis. Creams and ointments are often recognised as a preferable option for treating psoriasis, so CBD cream is advisable, as it can be used to directly target the areas that need treatment.

As well as general CBD oils and creams, there are also specially formulated CBD-infused Class 1 Medical Devices which can help to relieve psoriasis-related symptoms even more effectively. These topical creams usually contain a range of natural ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal as well as pure CBD oil.

Can you put CBD oil straight on to psoriasis?

If you want to apply CBD oil directly to your psoriasis, you’re able to do this where a dropper is provided. However, specially designed creams or balms may be easier options. A benefit of using CBD oil, cream or balms instead of other CBD products (such as oral capsules or food supplements) is that it will directly communicate with the endocannabinoid system in the body. It’s unlikely to cause any feeling of soreness, but it would be advisable to put a small amount on the skin first, leaving it to soak in, before applying more in case the affected skin reacts badly.