A new research review conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus suggests the anti-inflammatory properties found in cannabinoids may be able to soothe skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, atopic and contact dermatitis, and even melanomas. Headed by Dr. Robert Dellavalle, MD, researchers looked at literature surrounding cannabinoids and skin conditions. In one study, cannabinoids that were injected into skin tumors in mice prevented the growth of the tumors. Another study found THC reduced swelling and inflammation in mice. In yet another study, 8/21 patients who used cannabinoids topically twice a day over the course of three weeks witnessed symptoms of itching eliminated. Through topical applications, active compounds penetrate and are absorbed through the skin, where they can interact with nearby cells' receptors without providing any psychotropic effects.
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