When oral cancer left a large and painful wound on a man’s cheek, he turned to medical cannabis oil. Can You Put CBD On An Open Wound? Last year, I bought a pair of small handheld pruners. During the summer, my little family likes to do a lot of walking around the neighborhood, to the local
Can Cannabis Oil Help Heal Wounds?
A middle-age man in Canada with oral cancer found that medical cannabis oil may have helped to slightly reduce the size of a wound that his cancer caused on his cheek, according to a new report of his case.
The cannabis oil treatment also reduced the man’s pain after the cancer created a hole in his right cheek, according to the report published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Studies have suggested that marijuana may work to treat cancer patients’ pain.
Much more research is needed to know whether medical cannabis oil may have a wound-healing effect. But the man’s case “really validates what has been known for thousands of years about the utility of cannabinoids in so many different areas,” said Dr. Vincent Maida, an associate professor in the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Toronto, who treated the man. [25 Odd Facts About Marijuana]
“Ancient cultures used cannabis extracts on wounds,” Maida said.
The 44-year-old man went to see Maida at a palliative-care clinic in Toronto in the spring of 2016 for the treatment of pain caused by a malignant wound in his right cheek. The man had been diagnosed with oral cancer three years earlier, and despite having the tumor surgically removed as well as undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for his condition, the cancer returned. The man had chosen, two years before his visit to Maida’s clinic, to forgo any further treatments for his cancer, according to the report. (Palliative care generally involves only treatments to reduce pain.)
The man had tried taking opioid medications, but was still having severe pain in his cheek. In addition, he was experiencing side effects from those medicines, such as drowsiness and constipation, the man told Maida. He asked Maida to prescribe medical marijuana to treat his pain.
The doctor prescribed vaporized medical marijuana for the man, which the man then used for the next few months. The marijuana seemed to help alleviate the pain significantly, and allowed the man to reduce the doses of opioids he was taking. However, the wound in his cheek grew and the cancer eventually eroded through his cheek, creating a hole, which prevented the man from continuing to use vaporized marijuana.
The man then asked Maida for a prescription for medical cannabis oil, which he could apply directly to his wound. The man used the oil four times daily for about a month.
He found that his wound stopped growing, and shrank by a small amount, about 5 percent, over the next month. The man said he experienced pain relief starting about 10 to 15 minutes after he applied the oil to the wound, which lasted for about 2 hours after application.
However, about a month after the man started using the oil, he was admitted to a hospital because his overall condition had deteriorated. He died from cancer three weeks later, according to the report.
The new report showing that the cannabis oil seemed to work for treating the man’s wound “is really interesting,” said Dr. Anita Gupta, the vice chair of the Division of Pain Medicine at Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, who was not involved in the report. [Mixing the Pot? 7 Ways Marijuana Interacts with Medicines]
So far, no actual studies have looked at using cannabis oil for wound treatment in people. One study, done on human intestine cells growing in lab dishes, suggested that cannabinoids may enhance the closure of wounds.
Though it is not clear why cannabis oil may have had a wound-healing effect in this case, one possible reason might be that the oil reduced inflammation, Gupta said.
However, she noted that more research is needed to examine whether cannabis oil may have any robust benefit in large numbers of patients with significant wounds.
Can You Put CBD On An Open Wound?
Last year, I bought a pair of small handheld pruners. During the summer, my little family likes to do a lot of walking around the neighborhood, to the local parks, and all the way to the coffee shop.
One day, we were walking down a new street and we saw an interesting yard with really cool looking upward spiral twisting shaped trimmed bushes. VERY COOL.
I immediately wanted to go home and trim all 20+ of our little bushes into having a similar upward spiral twist as they did. We get home and — without gloves on — I began trimming the bushes as if I was cutting hair.
I had my fingers a little too close to the blade as I was grooming through the bushes. I was trimming and snipping away like I knew what I was doing. Not 10 minutes go by — almost in slow motion — I snipped the tip of my finger.
I knew it was deep.
It instantly started bleeding and probably cut down near the bone. I ran inside and quickly washed the deep little cut on my left index finger with Dr. Bronners Peppermint Hemp Soap.
After it was thoroughly cleaned I took my CBD oil, knowing it could help with normal skin repair, put a few drops on the cut and bandaged it up.
In short, yes, CBD oil can help support normal skin repair from cuts, scrapes, puncture wounds and more. Before you just start putting any type of CBD on your open wound, there are a few critical pieces of information to consider.
First, not all CBD is the same. Most CBD products on the market are low-quality isolate brands that add a bunch of random things. If you’re going to put CBD on an open wound, it’s probably best to use a pure quality CBD oil that’s verified by lab results as safe.
- Joy Organics Unflavored: Organic Broad Spectrum CBD Tincture (Check Pricing)
- Medterra Unflavored: Ultra Broad Spectrum Tincture (Check Pricing)
Next, and probably more important, is to first identify the type of wound, clean it properly, apply proper first aid additions, and bandage it up. If it’s a deep cut, in which you can see your bone or muscle, you might need to visit the ER to verify you don’t need surgery. If you cut into a muscle, you might need surgery to repair and stitch it up.
How to identify the type of open wound, before applying CBD?
Before putting CBD on any type of open wound, it might be wise to identify the wound to determine whether or not you need to seek professional medical help.
The three basic types of open wounds are punctures, abrasions, and lacerations.
Punctures are a result of a sharp object entering the skin, abrasions are when the surface layer of the skin is scraped off, whereas a laceration is when the skin is torn open.
When to seek medical attention for an open wound?
Most wounds that occur are typically minor and can be taking care of at home with a basic first aid kit.
When to seek medical attention is if the wound is more than a half-inch deep, the bleeding wound stop without applying direct pressure for 20+ minutes, or if the bleeding occurred from a serious accident.
What to do before you apply CBD to your open wound?
After you’ve identified the type of wound and before you apply CBD, the first step is to remove any debris or dirt that might be stuck inside. After removing the debris, clean the open wound with cool sterile water.
After you’ve removed the debris, properly cleaned the wound, and made sure it’s not a bad enough open wound that requires medical attention, you can then apply CBD and bandage the wound.
Why does CBD help normal repair functions?
Your skin is considered an organ. Not only that, but it is also actually the largest organ in the human body.
Skin is a very complex organ that has several components and layers.
One interesting feature of skin is that it not only has cannabinoid receptors on/in it, but it’s also connected to the entire endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is considered as one of the largest single systems in the human body and has a primary function of modulating or balancing homeostasis.
Homeostasis is essentially normal function and the proper balance of most of the different parts of the body.
When something in the body goes out of balance, the ECS has a job of making sure all the different parts of the body return to balance and normal function.
CBD and other cannabinoids are shown to improve the normal function of the body.
When providing the CBD nutrient to a local area, requiring an added boost, you’re allowing the body to do it’s normal repair job more effectively.
What type of CBD should you put on an open wound?
Since there are several different types of CBD products on the market, it might be challenging to identify the most appropriate type to apply to your immediate needs.
Joy Organics has several quality different types of CBD products including regular CBD oil drops, CBD creams & salves, pills, gummy, sports creams, and more.
Joy Organics CBD Tincture’s come in four different “flavors” that include mint, lemon, orange, and natural (no added) flavors.
It would make sense to NOT put lemon on an open wound.
I personally only like natural “unsweetened” CBD oils, because of potential situations where you might have an open wound requiring CBD oil.
My personal recommendations, and what I have direct experience in, is using a CBD oil tincture drops — with no added anything.
A potential good quality CBD oil tincture for open wounds will not have added sugar or flavoring.
Joy Organics has a CBD Salve that could be a good product for applying to an open wound.
Three of the ingredients in the Joy Organics’ CBD Salve — that I was a little bit concerned about — were Organics Beeswax, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, and Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
After doing a little bit of research, I found Eucalyptus Essential Oil (EEO) has the potential of returning normal healing functions of the wound. Research also showed Lavender Essential Oil to speed up normal repair.
Finally, research on Beeswax (propolis) was also effective in speeding up normal repair.