Can Topical Cannabis Heal Wounds?

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Cannabis can come in a variety of forms and vehicles, including in the topical form which can be used to treat skin wounds and abrasions and heal muscle pain. In a recent study, CBD in combination with terpenes could help treat malignant wounds when applied topically. The case report, which was published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, claims, “Anecdotal accounts of the use of topical extracts from the cannabis plant being used on open wounds date back to antiquity. In modern times, cannabinoid therapies have demonstrated efficacy as analgesic agents in both pharmaceutical and botanical formats.” Other studies have found cannabis topicals may be able to treat acne abrasions, kill harmful bacterias, and relieve muscle pain.

Patients interested in using cannabis topicals should check the ingredients for potentially harmful solvents, and should test the topical on a small area before applying to large portions of the skin or to the affected areas. This information has been provided by Hight Times and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.