Burns are quite common and we can all agree how painful and unpleasant the recovery process can be. Ever recall rubbing some fresh aloe on the burn to relieve pain? Or putting sunburn ointment to relieve and accelerate the healing process of the affected area? These are common remedies to help any burn, but have you heard what CBD can do on burns?
What is CBD?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is just one of a hundred naturally occurring chemical compounds found inside of the hemp plant. Although other compounds like CBG can be found inside of cannabis, CBD is the second most prevalent right behind THC. The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is "non-intoxicating" and doesn't give off a high to the user, unlike its counterpart THC. CBD also doesn't show up on any drug test and provides similar benefits as THC. CBD can be purchased online with many different methods of consumption. Did you know that CBD can even be used on your dog or cat!
Once someone ingests CBD, it travels throughout your endo-cannabinoid system. Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). The CB1 receptors are found in the brain and spinal cord while the CB2 receptors are found in the immune system. These receptors help the CBD bind onto them almost like a key and lock. Cannabinoids such as CBD interact with the ECS, which exists within the skin and is involved in growth, cell production, and hormone production.
The use of CBD for skincare has taken the beauty industry by storm. It seems as if CBD is in every skincare product from anti-aging products to anti-inflammation products. This is because the word has gotten out about the amazing benefits of CBD. In addition to CBD helping with the endless pursuit of beautiful skin, it also helps when there is trauma like a burn to the skin.
Your skin has an important job as it protects your organs, muscles, and bones. You have a lot more skin than you think. About 15% of your body weight is your skin. Some of the most important functions of the skin are to regulate body temperature, prevent loss of essential body fluids and penetration of toxic substances, protect the body from harmful effects of the sun and radiation and purge our bodies of toxins and germs through sweating. Taking this into consideration, it is imperative to take care of your skin.
Being the most careful person sometimes does not stand up to life as we experience accidents and mishaps all the time. It is very common for people to suffer burns in their lifetime whether it's from a hot pot or steam while cooking, enjoying the outdoors or at the beach in extreme temperatures or getting a burn from fireworks or a campfire. When any part of your body is exposed to extreme heat, chemical or fire, you are at risk of being burnt or sustaining serious and potential life-threatening damages.
Burns can be divided into several types such as Thermal, Electrical, Chemical, Friction and Radiation and are classified by severity and how deep they have penetrated through the layers of skin. They are considered to be first, second or third-degree burns depending on the severity. All three classifications are associated with pain. Third-degree burns may need to be treated using skin grafts. However, first and second-degree burns may be treated with topical applications such as aloe and cbd oil for burns.
First Degree Burn - A first-degree burn, oftentimes called a superficial burn, is the least severe burn. The skin is red and painful, and the area may swell slightly, but blisters will not be visible. Only the surface layer of the skin (epidermis), is affected. When you get a first-degree burn, it hurts and becomes inflamed. This is due to the body activating immune cells around the burn (inflamed) area to fight off pathogens. Too much inflammation can inhibit the healing process and can cause a lot of pain. CBD can reduce inflammation by suppressing the secretion of cortisol as well as lowering blood levels. Hence, soothing the area and lowering sensitivity to pain in that area.
Second Degree Burn - This is when the burn damage extends through the entire epidermis (first layer) and part of the dermis (second layer). These burns are characterized by redness and blisters. The deeper the burn, the more prevalent the blisters. It increases in size during the hours immediately following the injury. Like first-degree burns, second-degree burns may be extremely painful. Any complications and the course of healing in a second-degree burn depend on the extent of damage to the dermis(second layer). Unless they become infected, most superficial second-degree burns heal without complications. Like in first degree burns, CBD provides pain relief in the area of the burn and reduces swelling. It targets the symptoms while encouraging the natural healing process of the skin. It nourishes the skin cells and helps the production of new skin. It also protects against infection where the skin is broken or has been penetrated by the burn.
Third Degree Burn - All the layers of skin are burnt, as well as muscle, fat, bone, and other tissues that become temporarily or permanently affected. The third-degree burn will appear very dry and may look white, black or a leathery brown. Because this severe burn destroys nerve tissue, it may be painless. It is not recommended that you use CBD during the immediate after hours of a third-degree burn. This class of burn requires hospitalization and may also require skin graphing. CBD may be explored after the skin graph, later on in the healing process.
While first degree burns are not typically dangerous, a person who has sustained second or third-degree burns should seek immediate medical attention because different burns require different forms of treatment. Knowing the symptoms of the different degrees of burns can be helpful when it comes to deciding how best to treat the burn. Being able to treat a burn immediately can help prevent things like scarring, deformities, and pain. However, a treatment that may be helpful for a first-degree burn can be harmful for a third-degree burn.
Benefits of CBD Topicals for Burns
It is a good idea to have a burn kit in your home or when working with anything that can burn you. You can minimize your kit by replacing some of over the counter burn creams with CBD. CBD can help manage you burn just like those over the counter sprays and creams. CBD can help heal wounds by sterilizing, promoting skin cell growth, and even desensitizing your body to pain.
Two highlighted properties of CBD are its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. CBD oil can be applied topically and through ingestion, which makes it versatile as far as application and consumption. Its antibacterial properties mean CBD is an ideal way to prevent bacteria and other pathogens from entering your body by way of broken skin. Ideally, you will apply the CBD to the affected area as soon as the injury occurs. CBD oil not only contains cannabinoids, which are a natural substance produced by the human body but also terpenes, an unsaturated essential oil that has both cooling and pain-fighting properties. The terpene linalool, found in CBD strains, is associated with cooling and painkilling properties. This makes CBD oil an effective ointment for first and second-degree burns and chronic pain. The properties in CBD also tend to accelerate the healing process and lessens recurring infection and pain.
CBD oil works naturally with the body. Cannabidiol, along with a number of other chemicals found in cannabis plants, work naturally with a mammal’s cannabinoid receptor sites, which make up the endocannabinoid system (ECS). So if you experience a mild burn that affects the top layer of skin, consider using CBD immediately to relieve the pain, reduce swelling, tackle inflammation, and perhaps speed up the recovery process. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD would be useful when treating that burn. Getting a bad burn can have an impact on your life. It is important to seek immediate medical help for any burn more than a first-degree burn and consider using CBD later in your recovery.
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