How Much CBD For Psoriasis? (Find The Right Dose For You)
125 million people worldwide or 2 – 3% of the total population have psoriasis, according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium, with around 30 – 33% of people developing psoriatic arthritis.
Sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t have the desired effect and its at this point people look for an alternative, as the agony of psoriasis can be overwhelming.
CBD has been known to be helpful for people who suffer with psoriasis, but knowing what product and how much to take can be challenging.
So, how much CBD do you need for psoriasis? Short Answer…
There doesn’t seem to be a set number that can be considered a “standard amount”. Most of the dosages and strengths are all anecdotal based. As there hasn’t been sufficient scientific studies published to give an accurate amount for an individual or what type of CBD to use. Whether it be a CBD Salve (topical) or a digestible product (Oil or capsule) to help, finding the correct dosage for you may take a little research, with trial and error. Some psoriasis forums suggest that many people have success when taking at least 10mg per day and gradually increasing it to 20 – 30mg. However, this may not be the case for you and its also important to look for third party testing on any CBD product you buy to validate the quality of the product.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.
These patches tend to normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on your body.
In some cases patches can be itchy or sore, with most people only being affected with small patches.
Psoriasis affects around 2% of people in the UK and can start at any age, but most often develops in adults under 35 years old and affects men and women equally.
The severity of psoriasis varies greatly from person to person. For some it’s just a minor irritation, but for others it can majorly affect their quality of life.
Psoriasis is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that usually involves periods when you have no symptoms or mild symptoms, followed by periods when symptoms are more severe.
Finding the correct amount of CBD to take can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you haven’t had and used it before, as there are a few things to look out for when shopping for the right product.
How Can CBD Help?
Some research indicates that CBD may benefit people with psoriasis, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
One way CBD can help is with its effects on the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The full extent of the endocannabinoid system is still unknown, however it is believed to regulate a range of functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction and fertility.
The ECS has three core components: endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes.
Endocannabinoids are molecules made by your body.
While the receptors are found throughout your body. Endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to get involved.
There are two main endocannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 receptors, which are mostly found in the central nervous system
- CB2 receptors, which are mostly found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells
Endocannabinoids can bind to either receptor. The effects that result depend on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid it binds to.
Enzymes are responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids once they’ve carried out their function.
The ECS is linked to the following processes:
- appetite and digestion
- chronic pain
- inflammation and other immune system responses
- learning and memory
- motor control
- cardiovascular system function
- muscle formation
- bone remodeling and growth
- liver function
- reproductive system function
- skin and nerve function
These functions all contribute to the stability of your internal environment. If an outside force, such as pain from an injury or a fever, throws off your body out of whack, your ECS kicks in to help your body return to its ideal operation.
Experts believe that maintaining this balance is the primary role of the ECS.
What Type Of Product To Choose?
This all depends on the individual as to which type of Product may work best for them.
CBD salves are topicals applied to infected areas to relieve discomfort, itchiness and other skin conditions.
While these topicals are not ingested and therefore do not enter the bloodstream directly, they are absorbed and retained by the layers of human skin.
You also have the option to take CBD oil, which involves a few drops or whole tincture (depending on brand and dosage) to be held under your tongue (sublingually) for between 30 – 60 seconds, or swallowing a capsule as you would any other supplements.
Taking CBD in a dropper and holding under the tongue works well because your mouth is made of membranes, underneath the tongue and on the inside of your cheeks.
These membranes are full of blood vessels and their role is to transport blood to and from the heart by way of veins, capillaries and arteries.
Anything absorbed by these membranes can directly enter the bloodstream as long as they stay present long enough to be absorbed, which is usually around a minute for most people.
Topicals designed to effectively deliver CBD into the skin need to be developed with specific factors in mind. Cannabinoids are very lipophilic (meaning they like fatty environments).
The top layer of the skin is full of fat, so for CBD to be an effective topical formulation, it has to be greasy or oily.
When you put a topical ingredient that likes a fatty environment on the skin, it has a hard time penetrating and will remain in that top layer.
This is true of cannabinoids, so consider psoriasis, in which you have a very thick top layer, and that makes it harder for the cannabinoid to penetrate the skin.
Take some time to think about what type of product will work best for you and your individual needs.
One Size Fits All?
The thing with CBD is that there isn’t a “one size fits all” amount that can be considered the correct dosage for someone.
As diets are the same, regarding how different dietary requirements work differently for people.
There is considered to be a “healthy balanced diet” but it has been shown that other types of diets (low carb, plant based, ketogenic etc) can work for large amounts of people.
The same philosophy goes for CBD. There are various strengths, potency, brands etc and it’s difficult to know what will work best for you.
On psoriasis forums, many people report having success by starting with 10mg per day and gradually increasing it to between 20 – 30mg.
Those with psoriatic arthritis sometimes use more CBD per day to manage pain – usually 20 to 40mg. Many people take more CBD during a flare-up.
Some people find CBD to work best in the mornings, while others enjoy taking it right before bed.
This can be the case regardless of purpose, as some people who take CBD in the morning find that is the best time to improve their sleep quality. See what works best for you.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects some people with the skin condition psoriasis.
It typically causes affected joints to become swollen, stiff and painful. Like psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is a long-term condition that can get progressively worse.
CBD Math And Size Matters
Other people have suggested, as a baseline, the dosage is 0.25mg CBD multiplied by your body weight in pounds on a daily basis.
Therefore, a 120 pound person should take 30mg CBD daily (0.25 x 120 = 30) and a 200 pound person should take 50mg CBD daily (0.25 x 200 = 50).
Ideally, split you’re doses equally between morning and evening. With this formula you can now easily figure out your suggested dose.
Finding the correct dosage for you is an important part of getting the most out of your CBD supplements. Once you’ve found the right dosage, you’re not only going to get the most benefits from your supplements and feel great, but you’re also going to save wasting money on bad products.
You should start low and slow when taking CBD and always read the product for the recommended dose per serving etc.
Before taking any kind of CBD its worth talking to a dermatologist to plan a treatment course that’s right for you.
Companies that manufacture CBD products use different methods to extract the compound from the plant. The varying diffusions result in a range of CBD types.
There are three types of CBD, that contain different concentrations and compounds:
- Full-spectrum: Includes all parts of the cannabis plant. Full-spectrum products contain less than 0.3% THC.
- Broad-spectrum: This contains most of the cannabis plant compounds. Unlike full-spectrum, broad-spectrum products contain trace amounts of THC.
- Isolates: Only contain CBD, with no other cannabinoids or THC. Products that contain isolate CBD may not produce any notable effects.
It has been widely reported that several CBD products make misleading claims about the use of their products. People should use caution before ordering any type of CBD.
As there is no regulation for CBD at the moment, many manufacturers are not doing their upmost to produce quality CBD products.
When buying a CBD, be aware that there is no regulation or requirements on manufacturing of the products.
A study done in the U.K. last summer showed more than 60% of the CBD sold did not contain what the label stated.
A shocking statistic no doubt!
Always look for CBD that has had third party tested for quality, along with batch counts of the CBD produced. If you can’t see this anywhere on the product or website you are looking at, then stay clear of the product, as you can’t guarantee the quality of it, plus you don’t know for sure what’s in it!
Also check on consumers genuine reviews for the product, to get a sense of what it’s like and also pick from a list of well established brands.
Strength, Dosage & Potency
Strength, dosage and potency of CBD varies massively from product to product.
For example, strength of CBD can go from 300mg – 5000mg per bottle, with varying dosages from a whole dropper full to only a few drops. This is why the potency needs researching also.
I have had CBD where you need to take the entire dropper to get the recommended dose, while another one I have used only took four single drops to get 50mg of CBD.
When it comes to CBD the dosage structure can get a little confusing, you should keep in mind that the correct dosage might also differ for different people, but always read the label of the product in question.
For most people, the recommended dose is sufficient, but Increasing or decreasing the dosage off your own back could be potentially harmful.
If you feel any negative side effects, either revert back to the manufacturers recommendation or stop using the item and seek advice from your doctor.
It’s difficult to say exactly what the correct amount of CBD would be for an individual? With various factors to consider, it’s not going to be as simple as getting the first product you come across.
However, if you take your time to do some research you will be in a better position to make an educated decision.
Decide on the type of CBD that best suits your needs (Topical or Oil) and also at what strength too.
I have found in my experience that a bottle containing 1600mg of CBD (50mg a day) works best for me as a daily supplement for inflammation and muscle soreness etc.
With any CBD you try, always start off with a lower dosage and work your way up to the recommended dose by the manufacturer.
With any decent company, you should get a 30 day money back guarantee, so make use of that if you aren’t happy with the product and don’t go spending massive amounts of money on CBD either (more than £60)…you shouldn’t have to.
Try the CBD at different times of day to see what works and what doesn’t, keep a log of what you have taken and then increase the dosage, if you aren’t seeing the results you are after and remember to give it a few days for the CBD to take affect.
However, when you find the right product to suit your needs, the benefits will be worth while and hopefully will be a massive help in your battle with psoriasis.
Always seek the professional opinion from your doctor before trying CBD or any changes to your diet.