Does marijuana help eczema?

Published Feb 23, 2019 02:43 p.m. ET

First, let’s define what eczema is: it is a medical condition involving the skin, patches of skin become rough and inflamed. Blisters can become itchy and bleeding. There are eight different types of the condition.

Does marijuana help eczema

For many years the cannabinoids in marijuana have been known to possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itch qualities.

Some of the undesirable features of Atopic Dermatitis (AD), the most common and severe form of eczema, are histamine release, sensory nerve fibers irritation and particularly dry skin, can be helped with the powerful anti-itch effect that cannabinoids possess.

The receptors in our skin interact with the cannabinoids in the marijuana that are there to help reduce the symptoms and the appearance of the skin when Atopic Dermatitis is the culprit.

Staphylococcus which is a common complication of AD may be treated with the introduction of cannabis, a THC cream for eczema could prove to be a beneficial treatment. The use of a topical lotion or cream can suppress the allergic contact by activating the CB1 receptors, which support the skin and nerve fibers and the anti-inflammatoryproperties are engaged.

Studies have shown that a molecule in cannabis interacts with our endocannabinoid system, interrupting mast cell activation. Mast cells are responsible for the release of histamine. The cells are immune cells, that when activated can cause immense inflammation and itching.

Caution must be usedwhen picking a product or THC cream for eczema. Pay particular attention to the terpenes used in the product, make sure they are non-irritating. Make sure that you are choosing the product with a profile to reduce pain and irritation of the skin. You do not want the product whose profile is mainly used for muscle or joint pain.

The National Eczema Association is an association that claims to be a resource hub and voice for millions of Americans who live with eczema. The association suggests the use of a topical steroid for the treatment and symptoms of AD. They do however acknowledge that topical steroids have some side-effects:

• Darkening of the skin
• Thinning of the skin
• Skin thickening

The Association believes that cannabis does possess properties that can address the itchiness and how the affected skin appears.

CBD and Eczema

An alternative to the use of steroids which as stated come with some not so nice side-effects is the use of CBD cannabis for eczema. CBD very rarely produces side-effects.

Here are some topical products that could address symptoms of eczema:

Empower Topical Relief Lotion is hemp infused
Kush Creams Natural Sensi: Unscented and hypoallergenic
Achy Body Salve: An all-natural product
Hemp Seed Balm: Rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids
Cannabis Bath Bombs: Perfect for a soothing full body treatment for eczema

CBD products are available online. Be careful when purchasing, not all companies follow regulatory rules for their product. Incorrect labeling has been an issue since the conception of these products. It is a fair estimate to say that 70% of on-line CBD products are incorrectly labeled.

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