Does Hemp Extract Work For Eczema?

We sell a range of CBD skin creams but you may be wondering how effective they are for specific skin conditions such as eczema?

Very, is the answer, with there being significant evidence to back up the use of CBD oil for eczema treatment. Cannabinoids have been found to have a significant anti itch and anti-inflammatory effect making them a perfect choice for people with eczema, or other forms of atopic dermatitis.

A human trial showed endocannabinoid cream improved the severity of itch and loss of sleep by an average of 60 per cent among atopic dermatitis sufferers. It was so effective that 20% were able to stop using topical immune modulators, 33.6% we able to stop using topical steroids and 38% were able to stop using oral antihistamines they had previously taken to control their skin conditions.

The results of this study aren’t particularly surprising as dermatologists as far back at the 19th century have been aware of the anti-itch properties of cannabis creams. The first textbook written by the father of modern dermatology Piffard states: “a pill of cannabis indica at bedtime has at my hands sometimes afforded relief to the intolerable itching of eczema.” Since then, there have been myriad studies published on the potential benefits of cannabinoids in skin conditions.

So why is it so effective? Anti-itch properties are essential for anybody with eczema as the itch scratch cycle causes the worsening of skin conditions. This is as scratching causes a histamine reaction at the site as the skin reacts to the potential harm to the skin, a side effect of a histamine reaction is itching, which leads the sufferers to itch again.

Persistent scratching can cause skin to be broken which can lead to weeping and infection at the site which is difficult to treat.

It is thought cannabinoids may also have an antibacterial or antimicrobial effect which can keep Staphylococcus aureus levels at bay. While 20 per cent of the general population have S. aureus present on their skin, 80% of eczema sufferers do which suggests the bacteria plays a role in the development of the condition. 

There is increasing interest in the role of the microbiome in the development of skin conditions including eczema, but also acne. The theory states that the skin conditions are to do with an imbalance in the skin microbiome which can lead to overgrowth of potentially harmful microbes on the skin.  It may be the case that cannabinoid containing creams work in this way.

So should you use cannabis oil containing products on your eczema? Yes, as long as you are happy that is what they are. A high-quality product that actually contains unrefined hemp oil is a great place to start, but be aware a recent study by Penn State University determined that up to 70 percent of online CBD products are inaccurately labelled.

Get in touch with us to find out more about how we source our products and how you can use them to suit you.