Eczema refers to a skin condition that irritates and inflames the skin, causing it to become itchy and red, and develop rashes. Studies show medical marijuana, specifically in the form of topicals like ointments and creams, alleviates the symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions by reducing the itching, swelling, and redness of inflammation.
Studies show that cannabinoids possess immunosuppressive properties that allow them to effectively alleviate inflammatory skin diseases. Some researchers believe eczema may develop as a result of an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system, a part of the body that plays an important role in regulating skin functions. The cannabinoids in cannabis interact with receptors found in this system to reduce inflammation, pain, and itching. Studies have found that activating the CB2 receptors can even reverse skin inflammation damage. In a trial involving 2500 patients with eczema, cannabinoid cream treatments reduced redness, scaling, itching, chafing, and thickening of the skin. As many as 38.3% even became itch-free. A similar trial found cannabinoid creams, used twice daily for three weeks, eliminated itching in 38.1% of patients, and reduced the intensity of itching in 52.4% of patients.
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