Could Cannibinoids Be The Answer To Itchy Skin?

More and more medical studies are being performed examining the potential health benefits of cannabis, or marijuana. “It turns out this taboo drug has been found relieve conditions like chronic pain, nausea, and even anorexia,” notes Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. After the success in previous studies, researchers are now investigating if cannabinoids, chemical compounds found within the drug, could be helpful for the treatment of skin conditions.

Under careful observation by the DEA, recent studies have revealed cannabinoids can offer an anti-inflammatory response in the skin. “Much of the irritation and itching that we experience stems from inflammation that is paired with dry and flaking skin,” explains Dr. Mamelak.

The extract also contains high levels of fatty acids, which are great for hydrating and calming the skin. This could explain why investigations have demonstrated that the topical treatments with cannabinoids were able to alleviate cases of severe itching.

If you are concerned about using a cream that could ‘get you high’, rest easy. “Because it is merely oil extracted from the cannabis, there likely isn’t enough potency to cause neurological effects” Dr. Mamelak says. In fact, there are multiple creams and ointments already available that include cannabinoids.

Studies are still in progress to see how this extract could be used to treat other common skin conditions like acne.

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