Some common psoriasis triggers include:
In addition to checking the labels, make sure that you:
The type of CBD that you use will determine how long it will take to feel the effects. It generally takes 15 minutes to feel the effects after vaping or using sublingual tinctures (those placed under the tongue). Ingesting CBD oil or gummies will take longer (up to two hours). Topicals may take up to an hour for effects to be felt, and they peak around 90 minutes after application.
Products and Delivery Methods
Stress can cause psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to flare up. People with PsA may find CBD helps reduce anxiety and prevent flares in addition to decreasing pain and inflammation in the joints.
There are several types of psoriatic arthritis, which are categorized by the joints they affect.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved CBD for treating epilepsy. As a result, there is no standard dosage of CBD for treating psoriasis.
PsA typically is diagnosed after psoriasis. PsA can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints and surrounding tissues. An estimated 2.25 million Americans have psoriatic arthritis.
Because there’s no cure, treatment options are aimed at controlling inflammation, pain, and other symptoms while improving patients’ quality of life. Over the past several years, treatment options have expanded,4 with more pharmaceutical and lifestyle options available than ever before.
In addition to the physical exam, imaging and laboratory tests are needed. X-rays and MRIs are used to look for physical changes in the joints that are characteristic of psoriatic arthritis, and laboratory tests are used to examine the levels of rheumatoid factor and uric acid present in joint fluid samples. A combination of the physical exam and imaging and lab tests helps rheumatologists diagnose a case of psoriatic arthritis.3
2. Psoriatic arthritis: where we are and where we’re going. National Psoriasis Foundation website. https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/psoriatic-arthritis-where-we-are-and-where-were-going/
12. Baron EP, Lucas P, Eades J, Hogue O. Patterns of medicinal cannabis use, strain analysis, and substitution effect among patients with migraine, headache, arthritis, and chronic pain in a medicinal cannabis cohort. J Headache Pain. 2018;19(1):37.
It’s important for clinicians to be aware of and recognize these symptoms because no single test can confirm a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. A physician thus must rely on much of the medical exam, which typically examines the joints, fingernails and toenails, and soles of the feet, to help them make an accurate diagnosis.
Psoriatic arthritis affects about 30 percent of people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes cells to build up on the surface of the skin, resulting in thick red patches with silver scaling. Psoriatic arthritis develops when the immune system begins to attack healthy cells and tissue, causing swelling, pain, fatigue, and inflammation in joints.
James W. Baumgartner, PhD, head of research and development and a manufacturing partner for the CBD business BIOS Labs, believes that CBD oil and medical marijuana extracts may be new alternative treatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
How Do You Use CBD?
Damas suggests buying full-spectrum oil (containing all cannabinoids and other compounds naturally occurring in the cannabis plant), as some research has shown this form of CBD to be more effective than isolates (just CBD).
“The best way to choose a CBD product is to do your research, work with a licensed physician or trusted pharmacist, and get a verified certificate of third-party analysis from the manufacturer,” says Mars. “That is the only way to know you are getting a quality product.”
There’s been an explosion of interest in CBD (cannabidiol) oil as a treatment for pain, anxiety, depression, and a host of other ailments. Now some doctors and alternative health practitioners are using CBD, a natural chemical found in the cannabis plant (also known as industrial hemp), to help patients with psoriatic arthritis.