full spectrum cbd oil for psoriatic arthritis

CBD Oil for Psoriatic Arthritis [NEW Research Updates!]

Millions of Americans today are living with psoriasis. It is a condition that begins with red patches of skin and silvery scales on the surface. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a type of arthritis that affects individuals living with a chronic condition. Here are a few relevant stats that you may not know:

  • An estimated 10-30% of people with psoriasis have PsA.
  • Up to 40% of people with the condition didn’t know they had the disease.
  • Caucasians are almost twice as likely to have PsA than African-Americans.
  • It isn’t merely a cosmetic problem. 60% of people with psoriasis say it is a significant problem in their daily life.

In this article, we discuss what psoriatic arthritis is. We also look at how it manifests, and whether or not CBD oil can provide any relief.

Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

It is a chronic condition that becomes worse over time. However, it is normal to see your symptoms improve briefly and also to experience spells where symptoms become worse. PsA can affect joints on one or both sides of your body. Its symptoms, which are similar to those associated with rheumatoid arthritis, include:

  • Excruciating swelling of the fingers and toes. You could also develop deformities in your hands and feet before you have significant symptoms.
  • A lower back condition called spondylitis, which inflames the joints between the vertebrae of the spine.
  • Pain at the points where the ligaments and tendons attach to your bones. This pain is especially prevalent at the back of the heel and sole.

PsA is a progressive condition. This means early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to decrease the risk of irreversible joint damage. When physicians catch the illness relatively early, they can use medication to treat arthritis.

Diagnosis, Outlook, and Traditional Treatments

PsA happens when your body’s immune system attacks its healthy cells and tissue. Inflammation of the joints and excessive production of skin cells follow. Scientists are not sure what causes the immune system to behave in this manner. However, it seems as if environmental and genetic factors play a significant role.

A large proportion of people with PsA have a family history of the condition or psoriasis. Specific genetic markers are also associated with the disease. In some cases, a viral or bacterial infection can trigger PsA in people with a family history of the condition. Risk factors include:

  • Age: Psoriatic Arthritis is most common in people aged 30 – 50.
  • FamilyHistory: You are at higher risk if a parent or sibling has the disease.
  • Psoriasis: You are especially likely to get PsA if you already have psoriasis, especially if you have lesions on your nails.

Finding a Solution Is Tricky

Physicians face significant challenges in trying to identify the condition. Most notably, there is a lack of standardized criteria. Five different individuals with PsA could have various symptoms and see five different types of medical professionals. For instance, you could see your physician, a rheumatologist, or a dermatologist for a diagnosis. Even so, we recommend visiting a doctor if you have joint problems that are getting worse.

Today, it is possible to diagnose a large percentage of people with psoriatic arthritis via patient history and physical examination alone.

If you have PsA, everyday tasks are a struggle because you could experience constant pain. A small percentage of sufferers develop a severe and debilitating form of the condition called arthritis mutilans. Eventually, this form of psoriatic arthritis will go on to destroy the small bones in the hands. The result is permanent disability and deformity. Furthermore, individuals with PsA are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. They may also develop ocular conditions such as uveitis or pinkeye.

It is common for physicians to prescribe NSAIDs to help deal with the pain and inflammation. Other options include protein-based drugs called biologics, acupuncture, antidepressants, and DMARDs. Side effects of these treatments include possible liver and kidney damage, stomach irritation, and heart problems. Perhaps this is why an increasing number of people are looking to CBD.

Can CBD Help Treat Psoriatic Arthritis’ Symptoms Effectively?

Research relating to CBD’s effect on PsA is relatively thin on the ground. However, it is essential to remember that the condition is essentially a form of arthritis. There is detailed research that suggests cannabidiol could alleviate the inflammation, swelling, and pain associated with psoriasis.

There is a myriad of studies that appear to support the view of CBD offering arthritis pain relief. Overall, arthritis affects 50 million Americans. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common forms.

A 2011 study published in Neuroscience Letters by Schuelert and McDougall, discovered that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats. The marijuana compound affected the way the rodents’ pain receptors responded to stimuli.

More pertinently, a 2016 study by Hammell et al., published in the July edition of the European Journal of Pain, looked at topically applied CBD. The researchers said the cannabidiol had the potential to relieve the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. The team used gels of four different CBD strengths, ranging from 0.6mg to 62.3mg per day. They applied it to rats with induced arthritis over four consecutive days.

The research team found that 6.2 mg and 62 mg a day were effective doses. The CBD gel “significantly reduced joint swelling, limb posture scores as a rating of spontaneous pain, [and] immune cell infiltration.” Moreover, there was no alteration in “exploratory behavior,” which suggests a limited effect on higher brain function. This is hardly a surprise since CBD is non-intoxicating.

Any Recent Research?

Palmieri et al. published a fascinating study in La Clinica terapeutica, an Italian journal, in April 2019. It involved a small group of 20 psoriasis patients. The goal was to investigate the therapeutic effect of CBD ointment administered for chronic skin diseases.

The researchers found that the ointment helped to reduce psoriasis symptoms. They also determined that it was safe and effective. It also improved the quality of life of the patients. The study reported no allergic or irritant reactions during the period of treatment.

The reason why CBD and other marijuana compounds are potentially effective against arthritis pain is because of their relationship with our endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Weed’s cannabinoids attach themselves to specialized receptors in the brain and the immune system. It is suggested that the CB2 receptor is what manages pain and inflammation in the immune system.

Recent research indicates that CBD possibly attaches to CB2 receptors to trigger a better ECS response.

An alternative theory suggests that the body produces natural cannabinoids in the ECS, which attach to the CB2 receptors. Scientists now believe that CBD has an impact on how these receptors respond to the signals they are sent. This is potentially the reason for the reduction in inflammation and pain.

What About Anecdotal Evidence on PsA and CBD?

There is a huge issue with anecdotal evidence. You never know whether a change in environment or lifestyle had as much to do with a sudden improvement as the supposed ‘wonder drug.’ Even so, there are a lot of positive stories involving cannabis and psoriatic arthritis. California-based writer, Cynthia Covert, suffers from PsA (and fibromyalgia) and once described herself as a “chronic corpse.”

She used a wheelchair. For 12 years, the pharmaceutical drugs she received failed to improve her condition. Cynthia used biologics, Valium, opioids, and muscle relaxers, but to no avail. In 2013, one of her friends (who had cancer) suggested that Cynthia start using medical marijuana.

Within three weeks of beginning weed-based treatment via the consumption of edibles, Cynthia regained the use of the pointer finger and thumb on her left hand. Her use of the wheelchair was reduced by 80%. She also found that using topical CBD on her psoriasis cleared up her skin condition. Although it took longer to work than pharmaceuticals, the CBD cream ensured the patch did not return.

Final Thoughts on CBD For Psoriatic Arthritis

Please remember that PsA and psoriasis are entirely separate conditions. While there is plenty of CBD-related research on the latter, there isn’t a great deal on the former. However, there are hundreds of studies in favor of medical marijuana, especially CBD. Researchers continue to study whether CBD is potentially capable of both preventing and alleviating chronic pain in people living with other forms of arthritis.

CBD’s connection with our ECS is fascinating. It could explain why an increasing number of users are championing it as an effective painkiller. Researchers believe that cannabidiol could affect receptors in the brain and the immune system. The result is reduced pain and inflammation.

Alas, a lot more research is required. Considering trying CBD? If so, consult with your primary physician before any use.

The Miracle of Cannabis CBD Oil

I am 56 years old and have been struggling with PsA since I was very young. Psoriasis started when I was about 7 on my elbows. I was prescribed a thick gooey stinky tar to put on the patches.

I don’t think that did much of anything. Since then, I have struggled with many flares, four of which covered my entire body. Arthritis began showing in my spine in 2000, and I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis.

The success of CBD

It has been 11 months since I stopped using hydrocodone and ibuprofen for pain relief for my psoriatic arthritis. Not only have I stopped using prescription pain medication since starting CBD oil, I’m excited to say I can now do the following:

For the past 20 years, I have added more things I could not do to the list. But since I started taking CBD oil medication, I can do all of these things and more!

My frustrating symptoms

In 2004 I showed signs I had arthritis in my ankles and feet. However, I was misdiagnosed as having ganglion cysts. It was not until 2009 that I was properly diagnosed with PsA.

By that time my immobility and pain had increased. I was frustrated and depressed. I had lived my entire life as a dancer and athlete, and followed a healthy anti-inflammatory diet, and thought I could never be so disabled.

Since 2004, my feet have been continuously swollen, which forced me to abandon closed-toe shoes and wear flip-flops. I was living in Oregon at the time, so that was not an easy thing to do.

When it snowed, I would wear an old pair of large men’s boots. I stopped running and started biking to keep in shape. I took up swimming, yoga, and Pilates, and cut back on dancing. But, I would have to take 2 ibuprofen or a 1/2 a hydrocodone to do any exercise.

Considering other factors

The doctors wanted to put me on some heavy medication for psoriasis right after my youngest son was born in 1996. They said I would need to take two forms of birth control, and get liver and kidney tests, and that it would lower my immune system. Even though I had had my tubes tied they said I would still have to take another form of birth control. I felt the side effects were too risky at the time so I refused.

My last all body psoriasis flare was October of 2014 and triggered by a strep infection. This psoriasis flare was by far the most destructive and debilitating.

This time the psoriasis was on my neck and face, so when I went out in public I wore a scarf around my head and face, (something like a burka) and dark glasses to hide the bright red blotches. When I took a shower the force of the water was so painful I could only take baths. It felt as if I was wearing a wool sweater in 90-degree weather and that red army ants were randomly biting me.

I was taking multiple toxic prescription medications. I had topical steroids for psoriasis, as well as two types of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills, sleeping pills, ibuprofen, high blood pressure medication, and hydrocodone. I could not sleep more than a few hours at a time. This flare took two entire years to fade!

So much medication

But as the psoriasis patches faded, my joints and tendons continued to deteriorate. In the fall of 2016, my skin was clear, but my pain and immobility took a radical turn for the worse. One day I got up, and could not put any weight on my left foot. The pain was deep in my heel and ankle and shot through my body to my head.

At that point, I had to start using a cane every day. Then, the pain was in both feet, and that is when my son got me a walker!

I had also started to use an electric scooter in the grocery store. I began taking more hydrocodone and more ibuprofen. Up to this time, I was only taking hydrocodone once or twice a week.

By November of 2016, I was taking 3 to 4 hydrocodone a day. But it did not work. I was also taking Sulfasalazine, which caused so much stomach pain I thought I would have to call 911 one night. I did not want to get out of bed, I did not want to eat. Everything hurt. I could not think. I could not sleep. I could not walk. I wanted to die.

The decision to try CBD

That was the turning point in trying CBD oil. I admit, I had been reluctant about taking any medical cannabis, as I had been fearful of the side effects.

I had not smoked any marijuana since I was 18 and I was anxious about being “high”, paranoid and not able to function. But at this point, I could not function. There were a few weeks there I honestly thought I was dying and I desperately was ready to try cannabis.

So, a friend gave me a CBD strain of cannabis to smoke. I really did not like smoking cannabis but did it anyway and happily, I got a little relief. But it wasn’t quite enough and I did not enjoy smoking. My friend advised me to look into other forms of cannabis and to get my Medical Marijuana card. So in May of 2017, I got my card and went to the local dispensary.

Choosing the right product

There were a lot of different CBD products to choose from. I started with a tincture, vape, capsules, and some chocolates. All of the products where high CBD with a small amount of THC. You can get CBD oil from both Hemp and from Cannabis/Marijuana plant.

I live in California, so I can legally purchase Cannabis/Marijuana which contains both CBD and THC. Since I have not taken Hemp CBD oil, I can not comment on its efficiency.

Eventually, I ended up with the best results from a ‘Rick Simpson’ type of CBD oil. It is a concentrated thick sticky oil that comes in a syringe. I take it by squeezing out a dose the size of a grain of rice, 3 times a day. This CBD oil is a full extract cannabis oil and is a ‘High’ CBD oil with a CBD/THC ratio of 25:1.

It is manufactured from California organically grown cannabis. The 3 gram syringe contains 2030 mg of CBD and 87 mg of THC. It is important to point out that THC has medicinal benefits that help with pain and inflammation. I have tried 3 different brands and I am happiest with one, but not inclined to mention brand names here. The cost of 3 grams is between $95 and $105, and lasts about 2 1/2 months.

The immediate effect of CBD

When you eat the CBD/THC the effects last a lot longer than when you smoke. When you smoke cannabis, you will get an immediate response, however, it goes away in an hour or two. By eating it, you will get hours of relief, but it may take 2 to 3 hours to get feel the results.

Sometimes, I will feel so good, that I forget to take a dose and start to feel the pain. That is when I smoke a little because I will get relief immediately until the CBD oil takes affect. When you start taking THC, you might have a slight reaction, but by taking small amounts, you begin getting used to it, and not feel “high”. Also, the CBD helps in counteracting the “high” effect of THC.

To help me sleep at night, I take a small dose of 100% THC. I take this in the form of a very tasty chocolate bar and the dose is a bit smaller than a dime. The dosage I take is not enough to get me high, it just helps me get to sleep.

I also make my own cannabis-infused coconut oil, which I can spread on crackers or bread. I use this if I am out of the cannabis chocolate bar. I also use the canna-coconut oil as a topical on my joints and psoriasis patches as well. Even though the topical contains THC, you can not get “high” from applying it to your skin.

The positive impact

I have gone through so many positive changes in my disability since starting the CBD. The most amazing outcome is that the swelling in my ankles is gone! My feet were so swollen and inflamed for so very long, I can’t believe that it is gone! For years, I could not see my ankle bones. The skin was puffy, and sore, and if I touched it, it would leave an imprint.

I could not wear socks, because it would leave a huge dent in my skin, and cause more swelling and pain. I could not wear closed-toe shoes, because my feet could not fit in the shoe. For me, this is the most important change to my health I have had from taking cannabis. It not only alleviated the pain, but took away the inflammation, which was causing the pain to begin with!

Although I have had a tremendous amount of improvement to my health, I still have limitations. I continue to struggle with some immobility, as the disease caused some deformity to my left foot, so I still limp. I have disabled license plates for the car, which saves me a lot of energy for walking.

I get tired if I stand too long and pain in my back if I walk too much. I avoid peak hours at the grocery store so and I refuse to multi-task. I can not ride a bike, or mow the lawn and I need at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night. I take one day at a time, and I try to focus on what I can do, instead of what I can’t do.

CBD Oil for Psoriasis – March 2022

Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the commonly-known compounds of the cannabis plant. Studies suggest that the therapeutic effects of CBD may include anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, and anti-inflammatory properties (4) .

CBD is a nonintoxicating compound, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that contains psychoactive effects.

According to an article by the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is a systemic disease that can be linked to several comorbidities. Thus, cannabis-derived products should be used as an adjunct or complementary approach to treatment (5) .

The World Health Organization recognizes CBD as an effective treatment for epilepsy. Preliminary data suggests that CBD may help with other medical conditions (6) .

How CBD Oil Helps to Alleviate Symptoms of Psoriasis

CBD binds to the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help manage pain, itchiness, and inflammation (7) .

The ECS acts in the immune and nervous systems and is found in the brain, organs, glands, connective tissues, and immune cells (8) .

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease with symptoms associated with itchiness and pain.

Studies suggest CBD may hold promise for skin-related diseases, such as psoriatic disease (9) .

CBD Oil for Psoriasis: What Research Says

A 2019 study examined CBD’s effects on chronic skin diseases and cutaneous scars. The study focused mainly on psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) (10) .

The study showed that topical application of CBD without THC may be a safe and effective alternative to improving the quality of life of individuals with inflammatory skin diseases.

Another study was conducted on the effectiveness of shampoo with broad-spectrum CBD. Results suggest CBD may help manage symptoms of scalp inflammation caused by seborrheic dermatitis or moderate scalp psoriasis (11) .

Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition characterized by scaly, red patches on the scalp.

The researchers suggested that replacing current shampoo with broad-spectrum CBD shampoo may help reduce the severity of symptoms associated with scalp inflammation in two weeks.

In another study, researchers noted that CBD and cannabinol (CBN) may help suppress human keratinocyte proliferation (12) .

Keratinocytes are the skin cells in the epidermis or outermost skin layer. According to research, the excessive growth or reproduction of keratinocytes can contribute to inflammation (13) .

Several studies suggested CBD may help reduce anxiety and depression associated with various dermatologic diseases, including atopic dermatitis and psoriasis (14) .

The researchers also acknowledged that evidence on the effectiveness of CBD on psoriasis-induced anxiety is still lacking.

Safety and Effectiveness

Based on a 2019 study, the individuals who administered topical CBD-enriched ointment on severe skin chronic diseases and scars twice daily for three months showed no allergic or irritant reactions within the test period (15) .

A 2020 study on the effectiveness of broad-spectrum CBD shampoo showed that the product may provide excellent tolerability and satisfaction among humans (16) .

The World Health Organization (WHO) also acknowledges that the use of pure CBD poses no public health issues, such as comorbidities or driving under the influence (17) .

What to Consider in Choosing the Best CBD Oil for Psoriasis

CBD oil, sometimes labeled as hemp oil, is usually extracted from the cannabis plant using ethanol, carbon dioxide (CO2), or hydrocarbon extraction method.

Upon extraction, CBD oil may be classified as broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, or isolate.

Broad-spectrum CBD oil usually has all the cannabinoids found in a full-spectrum CBD product except for THC. Individuals who prefer to take CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC may consider broad-spectrum CBD as an alternative.

Full-spectrum CBD oil usually contains all the compounds from the hemp plant, including THC, terpenes, and flavonoids. Terpenes are aromatic compounds, and flavonoids are compounds containing antioxidant properties.

Combining these compounds create an “entourage effect,” wherein the purported health benefits of cannabis are improved further to promote wellness (18) .

Meanwhile, isolates contain pure CBD, with no other compounds added to the product.

Reputable CBD brands selling quality products must provide certificates of analysis (COAs) on their website.

COAs are third-party lab testing results that analyze the actual content of the product, including contaminants or pesticides if any.

Some brands may also offer gluten-free or non-GMO CBD products to suit their customers’ preferences.

Individuals and psoriasis patients interested in CBD’s therapeutic potential should ask their physician or dermatologist for advice before taking CBD to help with psoriasis.

How to Use CBD Oil for Psoriasis

There are several types of high-quality CBD products that may help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. Product types include CBD sprays, tinctures, capsules, edibles, topicals, and vapes.

Use a dropper or oromucosal spray to administer CBD oil or CBD tinctures sublingually (under the tongue). Sublingual administration allows CBD oil to bypass the digestive tract and directly enter the bloodstream.

CBD oil can be mixed with a carrier oil such as hempseed oil or coconut oil to dilute the CBD content.

Hempseed oil extracted from hemp seeds usually does not contain CBD. However, it may provide some health benefits due to the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids it contains (19) .

CBD capsules or edibles are taken orally. The liver absorbs them after passing through the digestive tract. Some edibles include gummies, candies, and chews.

Topicals are applied to the skin. This method is usually applicable for joint pains and skin issues. CBD applied topically is usually not absorbed into the bloodstream. Examples include CBD creams, ointments, lotions, and balms.

Vaping administers CBD oil into the body through inhalation. Vaping may be considered the fastest method for getting CBD into the body (20) .

However, caution is advised when using vapes due to the potential health risks associated with lung disease (21) . Individuals must consult a physician or dermatology expert before smoking or vaping CBD.

CBD Topical Cream vs. CBD oil for Psoriasis

CBD oil administered orally may take about 30 to 90 minutes to take effect and lasts for about six to eight hours (22) . The drug passes through the stomach and gets metabolized by the liver before getting absorbed into the bloodstream.

Administered sublingually, CBD oil is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. CBD applied this way may take about 15 to 30 minutes and lasts for two to four hours (23) .

Meanwhile, the topical application of CBD is ideal for targeted localized use. It takes 15 to 30 minutes for CBD to take effect and may last for two to four hours (24) .

Pros and Cons of CBD for Psoriasis

The Pros

  • CBD is a nonintoxicant and does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC (25) .
  • WHO acknowledges that using pure-CBD products poses no public health issues, including comorbidities or driving under the influence (26) .

The Cons

  • The FDA has not approved any CBD medication other than Epidiolex for treating epileptic seizures (27) .

Additional studies on the therapeutic benefits of CBD are needed to determine its effectiveness and safety in managing psoriasis.


The Farm Bill passed in 2018 removed hemp-based CBD products from the list of controlled substances of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

However, marijuana-based CBD products and supplements containing more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are prohibited (28) .

To date, Epidiolex is the only CBD-based medication for treating epileptic seizures approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (29) .

The National Psoriasis Foundation notes state and federal regulations regarding CBD use can be conflicting. This situation may have led to an increasing number of skincare products not being tested for safety and efficacy (30) .

Consumers are advised to review their state’s laws and check a product’s CBD and THC content to determine whether CBD is legal in their state.

Psoriasis Overview

Psoriasis is a skin disease that physically manifests as red and scaly patches that commonly develop on the knees, elbows, scalp, and trunk (31) .

Trending statistics show that more than 8 million people in the United States have psoriasis (32) .

The illness is characterized by the overproduction of the interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8 cytokines from keratinocytes and the overactivation of neutrophils (white blood cells) (33) .

The IL-6 and IL-8 cytokines are associated with the body’s inflammatory responses.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

  • Dry and cracked skin that bleeds when scratched
  • Stiff or swollen joints
  • Itchiness, soreness, or a burning sensation
  • Thickened or pitted nails

Individuals with psoriasis may experience the symptoms in cycles, usually going for weeks or months, before the illness goes into remission.

There is currently no cure for the treatment of psoriasis (35) . However, some medications and alternative remedies may help manage the symptoms.

Types of Psoriasis

  • Plaquepsoriasis – Red skin lesions appear raised and covered with silvery scales. The plaques usually manifest on the elbows, knees, scalp, or lower back.
  • Nailpsoriasis – Psoriasis may cause the fingernails or toenails to pit or grow abnormally. The nails may crumble or separate from the nail bed in some cases.
  • Inversepsoriasis – The red skin patches may appear on the folds of the buttocks, groin, or breasts. This type of psoriasis may worsen with friction or sweating and cause fungal infections.
  • Guttatepsoriasis – This type of psoriasis is usually caused by bacterial infection and mainly appears in children and young adults.
  • Psoriatic arthritis – Psoriasis may also cause joints to become swollen and painful, resulting in arthritis.
  • Erythrodermicpsoriasis – Red, peeling rashes may appear all over the body that may feel burning or itchy. This psoriasis type is the least common.

Causes and Triggers of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is likely caused by a problem with the immune system. However, scientists still need to determine what triggers the immune system to malfunction.

The immune system overreaction causes the skin to regenerate faster than usual. This overproduction leads to abnormal skin cell growth or buildup, causing the skin to turn scaly and appear as red patches.

  • Skin injuries, infections, or strep throat (bacterial throat infection)
  • Dry or cold weather
  • Medications, particularly for malaria or high blood pressure
  • Withdrawal of corticosteroids, a type of anti-inflammatory drug

Risk Factors for Psoriasis

  • Stress – Elevated stress levels may adversely affect the individual’s immune system and trigger the symptoms of psoriasis.
  • Smoking – Cigarette or tobacco smoking may cause the initial development of psoriasis and increase the severity of the symptoms.
  • Family history – Genetics may contribute to an individual having psoriasis. If both parents have the illness, the risk increases more.

Challenges of Treating Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not contagious. However, there is no cure to date for psoriasis. Instead, available treatments today may help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis (39) .

The method to treat psoriasis depends on the severity and location of the rashes and the individual’s age and overall health.

Some topical treatments for psoriasis include steroid creams, moisturizers, and medicated lotions.

Over-the-counter medications like hydrocortisone creams may help reduce itching and inflammation (40) .

The healthcare provider may also recommend ultraviolet phototherapy, retinoids (vitamin A-based drugs), and immune therapy medications that help prevent autoimmune diseases (41) .

However, some treatment options may have significant side effects. For example, retinoids may cause congenital disabilities, and immunosuppressants like cyclosporine may cause high blood pressure or kidney damage (42) .

Alternative Therapies for Psoriasis

  • Fish oilsupplements – Help reduce scaling by applying the oil to the affected area with a dressing. Using fish oil for six hours every day for four weeks may improve skin conditions.
  • Aloe extractcreams – Help reduce inflammation, itching, scaling, and redness.
  • Essential oils – Usually used for aromatherapy and may relieve anxiety and stress.

CBD vs. Other Alternative Psoriasis Remedies

CBD may help address pain, itchiness, and inflammation (44) . These benefits are comparable to alternative remedies that help reduce itching and scaling among individuals with mild to moderate psoriasis (45) .

Alternative remedies have not been conclusively proven effective. More studies are needed to determine CBD’s effectiveness and safety in managing psoriasis.

Does CBD oil help with psoriasis?

There is currently insufficient evidence to conclude that CBD oil may help with psoriasis.

How much CBD should be taken for psoriasis?

There is currently no FDA-approved CBD dosage or usage guide for psoriasis.

However, researchers suggest that CBD doses of up to 1,500 milligrams per day may be well tolerated by humans (47) .

Can CBD be used with other medications for psoriasis?

CBD products may come with a grapefruit warning, meaning CBD may interfere with the effects of other medications (49) .