Here’s Why Cannabis Oil Could Make Your Toenail Fungus Disappear
Toenail fungus can cause discomfort and pain. It can also make your toenail change color of thickening the nail.Image Credit: By Nick Starichenko on Shutterstock
Toenail fungus is painful, dangerous if untreated, and socially uncomfortable. ItвЂ™s also much more common than you might think вЂ” which is understandable, since itвЂ™s rarely the topic of small talk. While having it is never a pleasant experience, there is some good news: cannabis oils might be able to get rid of it faster than conventional treatments and with fewer side effects.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, of course, and basic foot care measures like keeping your feet dry and clean is the best way to prevent these infections, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. And while everyone loves a shoe-free stroll along the beach, they recommend bringing footwear: вЂњBecause it is difficult to avoid contact with microscopic organisms like fungi, the toenails are especially vulnerable around damp areas where you are likely to be walking barefoot.вЂќ
Everyday foot care practices like wearing flip flops in locker rooms and at swimming pools (which, by the way, are havens for many types of fungus) can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your feet healthy. But so can cannabis, according to research.
Thanks to their antifungal and analgesic (i.e. pain relieving) qualities, cannabis oils can play an important role in preventing and treating common complaints like athleteвЂ™s foot and fungal infections. Clinical trials are in their early stages, but scientists have found that certain characteristics of the plant make it adept at fighting foot fungus.
What Makes Cannabis Effective Against Toenail Fungus?
One of the health benefits of cannabis that make it so useful in the treatment of fungal nail infections is its antifungal properties. Scientists have found that petroleum extracts from the plant can inhibit the growth of fungi in humans (and food, interestingly enough). In this way, cannabis oils can be helpful when treating an existing infection and preventing any future ones.
Cannabis and its oils can also help to relieve pain around the infected nail. The fungus can eat away at the surface of the nail itself, causing it to disintegrate and fall away, revealing tender skin underneath. This can be intensely painful and make walking difficult in severe cases. But the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities of cannabis could help to soothe the discomfort and make it easier to get around on your own two feet.
How to Use Cannabis Oil to Treat Toenail Fungus
Anyone whoвЂ™s interested in using cannabis oil to treat a fungal toenail infection has a lot of choices. There are so many ways to enjoy the health benefits of cannabis nowadays that the options are seemingly endless. But, some are more effective treatments than others.
Cannabis Oil Topicals
Topical products are a great way to deliver highly localized results. These are any products that contain cannabis oils and are applied directly onto the skin or the affected area. Using a topical means that you can target the antifungal benefits of the oil to exactly where you need them.
If youвЂ™re thinking of buying a cannabis oil topical for your infected nail(s) or any other skin care complaint, make sure that the product you choose is made with full spectrum CBD oil and not hemp seed oil. This is because the former has a much wider range of helpful compounds like cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and essential oils which make it more beneficial to the skin.
In the case of fungal nail infections, you can apply a topical, such as a cannabis-infused body butter, to the skin surrounding the infected nail and all other nails to prevent the spread of the fungus. This could help to fight off the fungi and speed up the healing process.
Cannabis Oil Capsules
Soft gel capsules containing cannabis oils are becoming popular thanks to their convenience and effectiveness. Taking a CBD oil capsule with your morning coffee, for example, doesnвЂ™t require much effort and capsules have the added benefit of being (mostly) tasteless.
Taking cannabis oil in this way won’t deliver the highly localized results of a topical product, but this doesnвЂ™t necessarily mean that itвЂ™ll be less effective. The cannabinoids present in the oil can still interact with your bodyвЂ™s endocannabinoid system to tackle your fungal infection from the inside out.
While thereвЂ™s not a lot of conclusive evidence, some researchers think that ingesting the oils is probably the most effective way to use them вЂ” so reaching for a cannabis edible might also be worth a try.
Vaping Cannabis Oil
Vaping was first made popular by the belief that it could help long time smokers to kick their nicotine addiction. But recently vaping oils like CBD oil has become widely popular as well.
This is in no small part because studies show that vaping is one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of cannabis oils. This method it can enter the bloodstream much more quickly than through other methods, and offer fast acting relief to the affected area.
However, recent studies have shown that some vape oils are packed with cancer-causing toxins and heavy metals that can cause significant harm to the body.
Toenail fungus is a figurative and literal pain вЂ” one that could be eased by cannabis oil, of all things.
Skin Fungus Can Be Cured With Cannabis (Really)
Fungus is a common problem вЂ” luckily, cannabis can help. Image Credit: By Kateryna Kon on Shutterstock
Skin fungus isnвЂ™t something anyone wants to think about, until it happens to them. Suddenly, youвЂ™re looking for the best possible treatment for your condition вЂ” but determining what exactly that might entail is often easier said than done. Home remedies abound, and thereвЂ™s no shortage of creams, lotions, and sprays that promise to deliver results, but recent science suggests there might be a better solution: cannabis.
Of course, the best way to treat skin fungus is to not get it in the first place. Preventing it can be as simple as taking small measures in your everyday life. This might mean wearing flip flops while walking around the locker room, taking extra showers during hot, clammy weather, or just paying a little more attention to your general hygiene on a daily basis.
Fungus loves nothing more than a warm, moist environment, so ensuring that the skin on all areas of the body is clean and dry should be your main goal. This will go a long way towards keeping common fungal infections like athleteвЂ™s foot, cutaneous candidiasis, and the poetically named вЂњjock itchвЂќ at armвЂ™s length. But what happens when youвЂ™ve got a fungal skin condition already?
YouвЂ™ll definitely want to get it treated as quickly as possible, as fungal infections are highly contagious and can lead to some severe problems down the line. On the bright side, thereвЂ™s a new, side effect-free solution, and it comes from the cannabis plant.
CBC + CBG: The Skin Fungus Fighters
Cannabis plants contain a set of chemicals known as cannabinoids, of which the two best known are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These chemicals are almost identical to those produced in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of the human body, a network of receptors that controls important functions like mood, sleep, and skin health. Because they are so similar, the cannabinoids in cannabis can have the same effect on the ECS and support it as it fulfills its role as the bodyвЂ™s internal regulator.
There are over a hundred of these cannabinoids in every cannabis plant, but two in particular can have a big impact on skin fungus: cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabigerol (CBG), both of which are non-intoxicating and won’t cause any kind of high.
While CBC and CBG havenвЂ™t been studied as extensively as their more-famous counterparts, researchers are starting to examine them in greater detail, and theyвЂ™ve discovered that these cannabinoids could be just as useful for medical purposes. Studies have shown that both have potent antifungal properties and are effective at treating even the most stubborn fungi.
HereвЂ™s more good news: researchers havenвЂ™t recorded any significant side effects as a result of CBC and CBG use, meaning that it’s safe enough to use on sensitive skin, which unfortunately canвЂ™t be said for all of the topical antifungal products available in drug stores right now.
How Should You Use CBC and CBG For Skin Fungus?
Fungal skin conditions can be treated with CBC and CBG in a number of different ways, but the most effective is to use an organic cannabis oil topical on the infected area. You can also use these products to treat fungal nail infections, too вЂ” for the best results, youвЂ™ll want to choose a full spectrum oil.
Full spectrum cannabis oil contains not just CBC and CBG, but also other cannabinoids like CBD that have been proven to have a wide range of health benefits. Studies show that these cannabinoids work best in conjunction with each other (a phenomenon known as the вЂњentourage effectвЂќ) so a full spectrum product will likely produce the best results. Opting for an organic product means that your topical will be pesticide-free and gentler on the sensitive skin.
Be warned though вЂ” you should never apply a topical product to vaginal yeast infections unless explicitly told to do so by a doctor, as the tissue around the vagina is much more sensitive than normal skin, which could lead to unforeseen reactions with products that are perfectly safe to use elsewhere.
Two little-known compounds in the plant could hold the key to banishing skin fungus.