How Cannabis Kills That Nasty Toe Fungus - RxLeaf
You must be 21 years old and above to access RxLeaf

How Cannabis Kills That Nasty Toe Fungus

Jennifer Grant

Fungus is difficult to get rid of – unless you have cannabis!

There are more than 100 cannabinoids, and each has unique medicinal benefits. CBD is the current media and medical darling for its wide range of therapeutic advantages. But, the spotlight is now turning toward other non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Have you heard of cannabichromene (CBC)? Or cannabigerol (CBG)? Both are reported to have great fungus fighting powers.

cannabichromene, cannabis, medical cannabis, fungal infection, cannabinoids, foot fungal infection, THC, CBD, legalization, prohibition, Canada, USA

Researchers are testing CBC and CBG against various fungi, such as the super resistant Candida albicans. This is a yeast (belonging to the Kingdom Fungi) that exists in a balanced state within the human body but, when the immune system is compromised, it can over-grow to cause candidiasis.  For the immuno-compromised, candidiasis can become a monumental and painful problem.  Both CBC and CBG have demonstrated anti-fungal properties and the ability to support immune function as well as the metabolism of sterols (such as cholesterol).

Fighting Fungus

Another component of cannabis, terpenes, has shown promise in fighting fungus. Foot nail fungus is a very stubborn and persistent condition.  Beta-caryophyllene can kill it.  Dermatophytes that thrive in the outer layer of our skin, nail, or hair cause most nail fungus infections. Keratin proteins enable the body to create structural strength and toughness, but if this strength is lacking, fungi can enter the body through cuts or cracks. The fungi then settle and multiply, causing irritation and making nails brittle and the surrounding tissues weak. This is when nails turn yellow, white, or brownish. As the condition progresses, nails separate from the nail bed and could cause serious infections or ulcers.

Beta-caryophyllene works in a similar manner to sulonazole or ciclopiroxolamine, but does not have adverse side effects. This terpene also produces positive results within a shorter period when compared to prescription treatments. Researchers believe that beta-caryophyllene works quickly because it can reach very deeply into affected tissue, unlike prescription products.

cannabichromene, cannabis, medical cannabis, fungal infection, cannabinoids, foot fungal infection, THC, CBD, legalization, prohibition, CBD oil, nail fungus

One patient reports applying cannabis oil directly to the nail and the fungus dying off.  He did complain that the fungus returned when he stopped treatment, but then died off again when he resumed. He maintained the second treatment until a new, healthy, nail could take hold.

cannabichromene, cannabis, medical cannabis, fungal infection, cannabinoids, foot fungal infection, THC, CBD, legalization, prohibition, fungal infections, cannabis oil

Fungus and yeast overgrowth are unwelcome guests on or in the human body. Moreover, these are difficult to treat and sometimes completely unresponsive to standard medications. We look to a future where cannabinoids and terpenes are widely available and all people have the freedom to wear flip flops!

Jennifer Grant

Jennifer is Editor in Chief for Rxleaf. She has been employed as a professional writer for over fifteen years. Jennifer graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honors Biological Science degree, majoring in the biomedical field.

  • Avatar

    I have tried everything…Vick’s is the only product that seemed to work with a certain amount of clearing..

    March 16, 2018 at 9:59 pm Reply
    • Avatar

      Interesting. Someone I love has had nail fungus for years, started taking cannabis oil internally for a degenerative spine condition, and the toes cleared up!

      March 17, 2018 at 1:20 am Reply
      • Avatar
        Lisa Biggers

        That’s nice to hear, thanks for sharing

        September 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm Reply
  • Avatar

    Hi where do you get cbc and cbg??

    I have only just found a source for cbd.

    February 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Avatar
    MacKenzie bowell

    lets try again where do you get cbc and cbg?

    May 22, 2019 at 11:37 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Almost impossible to find. No company that I am aware of is extracting this in pure form for sale. You would, instead, research a strain high in these cannabinoids and use that.

      May 23, 2019 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Avatar

    Any actual studies/trials/anecdotal photographs? I’ve tried so many different options, only one that really worked was 12 weeks of oral terbinafine (lamisil), but it comes back within a year. I use thymol in ethanol which seems to slow it down.

    How about thymol in CBD oil, are they compatible?

    Maybe I’ll run a test with thymol on one foot, and CBD on the other…

    August 21, 2019 at 11:39 am Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      There will be links in the article itself to studies (look for green text). So far no one has offered photos. BUT…if you want to run that anecdotal trial, please take before and after. What I found is that cannabis kills the fungus and the nail grows back healthy. Let us know how it goes!

      August 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm Reply

Post a Comment