Did you know that vaping CBD may help eczema sufferers?
Many patients suffering with eczema may be surprised to learn that vaping CBD or cannabidiol may vastly improve their quality of life. An estimated 31.6 million Americans and about 3% of the world’s population suffer from this skin disorder. In fact, more than 20% of all diagnosed cases first appear in children under the age of five, and the uncomfortable symptoms often accompany them well into adulthood.
While doctors and researchers have known for decades that marijuana-based ointments and creams can relieve many of the associated rashes and skin irritations, vaping or smoking the plant has also proven quite effective in lessening the severity and frequency of major outbreaks. But there are two problems with this scenario.
- Many patients do not live in states where marijuana is legal for purchase, even for medicinal purposes.
- Many patients do not want that feeling of “getting high” that comes with smoking or vaping marijuana.
Cannabinol or CBD, on the other hand, is often much easier to locate online, in vape shops, and even in tobacco retail stores. Furthermore, CBD does not make the user feel high. It’s a derivative of marijuana that lacks the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that causes those psychotropic sensations. As a result, CBD oil is perfectly safe to vape throughout the day.
Doctors have known since the 1800s the medicinal benefits of marijuana for eczema
As far back as the late 1800s, researchers and academics observed that cannabinoids possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itch properties. However, the medical community was slow to endorse the idea of prescribing weed-based medicines to the highly conservative America of the earth nineteen century…until very recently, that is.
Most doctors prior to the 1970s simply shrugged off the reports of marijuana’s magical properties as underlying physiological effects related to “getting high.” In other words, they believed that the patients’ eczema did not necessarily get better because it was simply “all in their head.” Today as states across the nation continue to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana, hemp, and CBD, doctors of eczema sufferers are now jumping on board the proverbial pot-train.
For severe outbreaks, topical ointments containing marijuana or cannabidiol are being recommended to patients by their doctors in higher and higher numbers. To prevent these severe outbreaks and keep the eczema under control, a steady diet of vaped CBD seems to work wonders, too.
Dr. Henry Granger Piffard, MD is considered the founding father of American dermatology. He died in 1910 after decades of dedicated research and after writing numerous textbooks on the subject. He was also the founding editor of the medical journal JAMA Dermatology.
According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), Piffard noted in one of his very first textbooks that “a pill of cannabis indica at bedtime has at my hands sometimes afforded relief to the intolerable itching of eczema.” Meanwhile in more recent years, the NEA has also come around to fully endorsing both CBD and hemp as alternatives to the sometimes-illegal and often mind-numbing marijuana.