Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? It makes up about 15% of your body weight – that’s a lot. And it serves several important purposes – regulating body temp, protecting the body from outside toxins and the harmful effects of the sun, and of course keeping everything important inside.
So, it makes sense that we want to protect it as best we can.
But it can get damaged. When Source friend Kerrie turned to us for help with CBD oil for burns from radiation treatment, and shared her before and after pictures, we knew we couldn’t keep them to ourselves.
So, did CBD oil for burns help?
CBD Oil for Burns: A Real Life Example
A few years ago, Kerrie was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. It spread to her breasts, and radiation was recommended.
After radiation, Kerrie was left with serious burns on her neck, where treatment was centred.
Radiation burns are a common side effect of external beam radiation therapy. Radiation targets cancerous cells, and while the treatment isn’t typically painful, it can make the skin sore, peel, or itchy. For most patients, the symptoms are mild, but about 20% of people have more serious burns. Studies show radiation burn is most common for people who have radiation therapy for breast cancer, head and neck cancers, or cancers that develop on or near the skin.
The before picture below is what Kerrie’s neck looked like 2 weeks after radiation treatment. She’d had very little healing and was still in significant pain (who wouldn’t be!).
So, she turned to CBD oil for the burns…
The after picture is Kerrie’s neck 24 hours after applying Source CBD Salve. Not only did it help sooth the burn and reduce the pain, as you can see it also kickstarted healing!
These pictures are graphic, to be sure, and we can only imagine the pain Kerrie was in. We thank her for sharing them with us.
Why it Helps
How does CBD oil for burns work? Why did it help Kerrie (and the others who’ve used it for their own burns)?
It has to do with the skin cells.
Your skin is made up of several different layers:
- Epidermis – the top layer
- Derma – the layer below the surface. Home to nerves, sweat glands, hair bulbs, arteries, and veins
- Hypodermis – the third layer. Home to adipose tissue, a specialized connective tissue made up of of lipid-rich cells called adipocytes.
- Subcutaneous layer
The endocanabinoid system runs through your skin – and its job is to maintain balance. When the body senses something is out of whack – as with a burn for example – it goes to work. And researchers have identified several functions of the ES, two of the most important being to “control the proper and well-balanced proliferation, differentiation and survival, as well as immune competence and/or tolerance, of skin cells.”
By applying CBD oil, the CBD penetrates the skin and its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties get to work to do what it did for Kerrie!
Whether you’re keeping it on hand for something serious, like the burns we’ve shown you here, or just for skin health and recovery, CBD is a great addition to any first aid kit!