Treating Psoriasis with Topical Cannabis

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

The use of topical cannabis can provide relief for medical marijuana patients who suffer from skin conditions, joint issues, and muscle problems. Topicals come in the form of creams, oils, lotions, sprays, balms, or ointments, deliver cannabinoid relief through absorption in the epidermis, and can provide isolated cannabinoid relief or the benefits of whole plant cannabis without producing a psychoactive effect. In fact, even topicals infused with THC will not provide a psychoactive effect when absorbed through the skin.

Topicals for the treatment of skin conditions is welcomed news for those who suffer from psoriasis, a condition in which skin cells develop rapidly on the surface of the epidermis resulting in thick discolored plaques. Psoriasis is caused by problems with the immune system and produces inflammation, which is how cannabis can effectively treat the condition through interacting with the endocannabinoid system. Most information surrounding cannabis as a treatment for psoriasis is anecdotal, but one 2007 study found cannabinoids prevented dead skin cell buildup and other symptoms of psoriasis. Researchers stated, "Our results show that cannabinoids inhibit keratinocyte proliferation, and therefore support a potential role for cannabinoids in the treatment of psoriasis."

While this information is positive, further clinical research is left to be desired. This information has been provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.