Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical that comes from the cannabis plant that has a long list of healing benefits, including those related to inflammation. Unlike the chemical THC in cannabis, CBD doesn’t get the user high. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system indirectly by elevating endocannabinoids, which are chemicals that are synthesized by proteins in our body.
If you’ve ever gotten in contact with poison ivy, you know just how miserable this skin rash can be. Only recently did scientists discover why this dubious plant makes us itch so much as well as whether or not cannabinoids can help with the condition.
One of the endocannabinoids that CBD enhances is the chemical 2-ag. This endocannabinoid binds to the cannabinoid receptor CB2 which helps to mediate the immune system. The 2-ag endocannabinoid can help reduce the activity of an overactive immune system that causes the itching in poison ivy rashes.
Cells make up your skin, and some of the cells participate in the response from the immune system. When your skin encounters poison ivy, the CD1a molecule is produced by the immune cells in your skin, Langerhans cells. The molecule activates the immune system’s T cells that produce inflammatory cytokines. This causes the itchiness and inflammation upon contact with poison ivy.
The reason poison ivy makes us itch is because of a molecule called CD1a. For a long time, researchers had no idea why this molecule was behind it, but thanks to genetic engineering they cracked the code.
So I am gathering more information.
I had a really positive experience a couple years ago with CBD oil capsules and a lotion to help deal with a bad poison ivy rash. I’d had poison ivy before, so I knew how long it generally took me to recover from it. I was surprised by how QUICKLY I healed up, pain every day was comfortably managed, wow!!
Recently, I became an affiliate of a company that sells CBD and so far, well. I don’t know if I am using the oil correctly?? Also getting the naysayers who claim it is still loaded with THC – nevermind that THC containing products are not legal in my state. CBD oil is supposedly no THC in it, or at least, not enough to trip the legalities of it, from a Federal Government point of view (in USA – I realize other countries have their own laws.).
This link, you must be 21 to enter the link. I didn’t get any other weird stuff like pop-ups, but that might also depend on your browser and settings, I’m sure:
Well I am gonna get to bed, I’m tired. Will try to remember to add more links as I find something useful.