A Baby With A Rare Skin Disorder Has Found Relief In Medical Marijuana

A Las Vegas baby named Carter Padelford has been suffering from a rare skin disorder called lamellar ichthyosis since his birth. But now, Carter and his parents are getting some relief thanks to cannabis-infused balm.

Carter's condition leaves his skin extremely tight, so much so that the young child can't close his eyes. Without diligent care his body becomes severely scaled. And while parents Shia and Zach used to use coconut oil and oatmeal baths to sooth Carter's pain, his new cannabis balm has proven to be far more effective.

"It showed us from the first time that we used it, that it was worth continuing to use," Shai told KTNV.

Dermatologist Dr. Scott Jacobson says that despite the lack of clinical research on cannabis, its use as an effective treatment for skin conditions is well-established. This is because of the presence of endocannabinoid receptors - the part of the body that that directly interacts with cannabis - in the skin.

"Skin cells have endocannabinoid receptors in them. And so putting them on topically, you're going to get that action directly where it's needed."

For Shia, this continues to be an emotional experience:

"I cried a lot. A lot. I still cry. I'll be in the bathtub just scrubbing his back and the scales just fall right off in the bathtub. And I'll just cry."

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Many hospitals and nursing homes across the country deny patients access to medical cannabis, including those in states where medical - or even recreational - cannabis is legal. The reason? These institutions rely on Medicare and other federal subsidization for their funding.

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