Treating Inflammatory Psoriasis With CBD and Functional Mushrooms
Updated April 18, 2023.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that affects the skin and, sometimes, the joints. With autoimmune diseases, the immune system becomes overactive and attacks the natural body cells as it cannot differentiate between the body's natural cells and foreign pathogens. This can happen in many different conditions that affect different parts of the body, but this article discusses psoriasis specifically.
Read on to learn about inflammatory psoriasis, how it is normally treated, and how you can find some relief with the use of non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) and functional mushrooms.
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Symptoms of Inflammatory Psoriasis
There are many different symptoms of psoriasis as the condition affects different people in different ways, but the most common ones include:
- Red and inflamed patches of skin
- Dry skin that is prone to itching and bleeding
- Swollen and stiff joints similar to rheumatoid arthritis
- Abnormal nail growth or pitted and discoloured nails
- Pus-filled lesions (in rare cases)
What Helps Get Rid of Psoriasis?
This is somewhat of a loaded question as inflammatory psoriasis has no cure. While symptoms might not be present 100% of the time, they will flare up and calm down regularly throughout an individual's life. As such, treatments for psoriasis are aimed at managing the symptoms and improving the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
Some common treatments for psoriasis include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Topical creams and corticosteroids
- Corticosteroid injections
- Light therapy
- Pain medication
Do CBD and Functional Mushrooms Help With Psoriasis?
Both CBD and many functional mushrooms species—such as Turkey Tail, Reishi, Chaga, Lion's Mane, and more—appear to have many therapeutic benefits that may be beneficial for symptoms of inflammatory psoriasis, such as the following:
1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Since one of the common treatments for psoriasis includes anti-inflammatory medications, it stands to reason that other components that have similar properties may also be beneficial for inflammatory psoriasis. As discussed in our article, Stress Rash: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options, both CBD and functional mushrooms have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties that can benefit symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions.
2. Immunomodulatory Properties
CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is believed to be responsible for modulating the functions of many other systems in the body, including the immune system. While CBD doesn't necessarily boost the immune system in any conventional manner, there is strong evidence to support the belief that it can help modulate or suppress the immune system, which could be extremely beneficial for autoimmune conditions like inflammatory psoriasis.
There is also some evidence that functional mushrooms offer the same benefit, as discussed in Best Functional Mushrooms for Boosting the Immune System. However, there is some debate on whether functional mushrooms are immune-boosting or immunomodulatory, which can have dramatically different results in different people. It may be that it can exhibit both effects, depending on the individual, which is why caution needs to be exercised when using functional mushrooms in conjunction with autoimmune diseases.
3. Stress-Relieving Properties
Stress and anxiety can be extremely detrimental to the physical health of an individual, enough to exacerbate the severity of existing health conditions, inflammatory psoriasis included. Reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety can contribute to improvements in overall health and wellbeing.
As discussed in CBD Oil and Functional Mushrooms for Anxiety and Stress Relief, these two therapeutic components are effective in doing exactly that.
4. Pain-Relieving Properties
Since one of the symptoms of inflammatory psoriasis is itchy skin and painful skin and joints, some treatments include analgesics (pain meds). Studies have shown that CBD seems to exhibit pain-relieving properties in various circumstances.
How to Use CBD and Functional Mushrooms for Psoriasis
CBD and functional mushrooms can be used in many different ways and products, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. While functional mushrooms can be cooked and eaten in the same way that CBD and be consumed in edible form, this may not be the most effective form.
Instead, when dealing with inflammatory psoriasis, a combination of different methods may bring the most benefit. For example, the following products can be highly effective when used together:
- Immunity Drops or Immunity Support Capsules This mix of CBD, functional mushrooms, and zinc is effective at supporting the immune system
- Unwind Drops This mix of CBD, functional mushrooms, and magnesium contains powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties that can help provide relief to sore muscles.
- Deep Hydrate Cream This product can be applied directly to the skin to potentially reduce localised inflammation and hydrate the dry skin.