CBD Oil (The Legal Kind) and Skin Cancer
The state where I live, Indiana, isn’t known for being particularly progressive. CBD oil was a hot topic in legislation for a long time before our governor signed a bill in March 2018 making it legal to possess CBD oil, as long as it contained 0.3 percent THC or less. For some people, this law was extremely overdue to be passed.
What does CBD oil do?
Why the interest in getting a law passed making it legal to possess CBD oil? CBD oil has been claimed as being beneficial in helping with chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, and skin cancer. Yes, skin cancer!
CBD oil studies have shown that it can encourage abnormal cell death. It can also slow the growth and spread of cancer. Would it help me? I’ve had skin cancer for over 20 years. I know the apprehension of discovering a new, suspicious area on my skin. I know the frustration of yet another skin check at the dermatologist’s office where I have an area that has to be biopsied. So when it became legal to have non-THC CBD oil, I thought I would give it a try.
Experimenting with CBD oil
The first thing I learned is that there is a difference in CBD oils. My first purchase was from a healthy foods store. The store worker told me what she would recommend for me, and suggested that I should take it once a day. The label on the bottle indicated it was flavorless, but I have to tell you that I really struggled with ingesting that CBD oil. It wasn’t exactly flavorless; it tasted like I was drinking dirt. And it was thick.
After four weeks of once-daily ingestion, I couldn’t really tell a difference in how I felt from before I took it, but I noticed that my skin was looking clearer. However, trying to take the CBD oil was still causing difficulties, and I was ready to give up. It was that disgusting. I decided to instead put it directly on a couple of small areas of actinic keratosis on my face. I applied it at night before bed and covered with a bandage. Four nights later, I noticed that the areas were shrinking! This was encouraging.
Finding better quality CBD
Around that time, a CBD oil store opened near my home. I stopped by one day after work and asked if all CBD oils were as icky as the one I was taking. The salesperson told me what they sold was completely different. It was available in flavors, and I chose peppermint.
When I got home and tried it, I was amazed at the difference. What I purchased in the CBD oil store was completely clear, slightly flavored with peppermint (although no flavoring was necessary for me to be able to take it without gagging), and it didn’t have the consistency of motor oil. (You can see the difference in the photo below.) Lesson learned – buy good quality CBD oil, which makes it much easier to take.
Skin check time!
When it was time for my next dermatologist’s appointment for a skin check, I had been taking CBD oil for a little over two months. I told my dermatologist that I was taking it, and she said that it is an anti-inflammatory so it definitely couldn’t hurt to take it. And for the first time in many appointments, I had nothing that needed biopsied or was causing concern.
Coincidence? Possibly. CBD oil use? Possibly. It’s still early on, and even some of the information I read stated that more studies are needed on the use of CBD oil for skin cancer treatment, but so far it sounds promising!
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Do you still use the CBD for your skin cancer? Still say it’s helpful? Do u apply it externally to? I’d like to buy some off the THM website but don’t know which to buy to help with that? Any suggestions?
@annad Yes, CBD salves or serums.
Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator
Hi, Anna! Thanks for your questions. I ran out of the CBD oil I was taking quite some time ago and for whatever reason haven’t yet been back to the store to get more. Oddly enough, though, once I stopped taking it I saw an increase in areas that needed treated or biopsied, so I’m planning on starting it again. I was taking 500 mg tincture orally, half a dropper twice a day. You may also want to look for a salve or serum to use on your skin. I’ve used the salve, which I found did help to shrink areas. If you’re ordering online, be sure to check the reviews because there can be a big difference in quality between brands. Where I live (Indiana), CBD oil products must be THC-free, so that is what is sold around here. Maybe the site you’re looking at has an option to chat with them or email them questions, and they could then suggest products that may work better for you. Hope this helps! Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator
Thank you for your response! As far as the salve! You referring to a CBD Salve?
Hi Judy! Thank you for sharing your experience with CBD use. How many milligrams did you take take daily? Are you still? I am taking 10 mg a day and wondering if that is enough. I am waiting for decision dx results, but I suspect being proactive at keeping a recurrence away is best.
Hi, MaryRose! The kind I took (I’ve run out and need to get more) is 500 mg of CBD oil. I took a half dropper full twice a day (morning and night). I’ve derinitely seen a decline in the number of new skin cancer areas since I’ve started taking it!
Ok. That seems to be the standard amount. Thanks for taking the time to get back to me.
Is it possible to use CBD oil for skin cancer treatment? An advocate shares her experience trying out different CBD oils to improve her actinic keratosis.