Could cannabis be a cure-all for skin ailments?
This seems to be the conclusion drawn from a new report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
By analyzing the most up-to-date literature on the subject, researchers from the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus found that topical creams containing cannabinoids may help treat eczema, psoriasis, atopic and contact dermatitis.
“Perhaps the most promising role for cannabinoids is in the treatment of itch,” said senior author Dr. Robert Dellavalle in a press release.
In one of the studies referenced in the report, some participants who applied a cannabinoid cream for three weeks had their severe itching totally eliminated. Dellavalle said the cannabinoids are likely effective because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
As most of the studies included in the report used animals as test subjects, Dellavalle said more large-scale clinical trials are needed to determine the effects that cannabinoids could have on human skin diseases. That said, he believes cannabinoids without psychotropic effects could be a good option for those who haven’t had success with other skin medications. He doesn’t recommend this treatment for those with cancer, however.
“These diseases cause a lot of problems for people and have a direct impact on their quality of life,” said Dellavalle.
“The treatments are currently being bought over the internet and we need to educate dermatologists and patients about the potential uses of them.”