Psoriasis is a skin condition that leads to a buildup of cells on the surface of the skin. These form red patches with a covering of silvery scales. Some researchers believe that cannabis, or marijuana, may be an effective treatment for this itchy and painful condition.
Many people think of cannabis as a recreational drug, but, in recent years, many scientists have looked into how it might benefit people’s health.
The active elements in cannabis, which are known as cannabinoids, are responsible for its possible health benefits.
Cannabis contains over 120 active ingredients, and they all have different properties. This poses a challenge for researchers interested in the health benefits of cannabis, as they need to understand how each substance will affect the body.
The cannabinoid that scientists know the most about is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is a psychoactive substance that affects the way that people think. Research suggests that harnessing its properties could lead to treatments for a range of health conditions.
Three medications containing synthetic THC, which has a similar structure to the natural ingredient in cannabis, already have approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Marinol and Syndros can help people with anorexia that results from certain causes. Cesamet can help relieve the vomiting and nausea that can occur with cancer chemotherapy.
In June 2018, the FDA also approved cannabidiol (CBD), another ingredient of cannabis, as a therapy for treating seizures that result from two types of epilepsy. CBD appears to hold promise as a treatment for a range of conditions.
This article discusses the scientific evidence on the health benefits of cannabis for psoriasis. It also looks at the possible risks of using cannabis to treat this condition.
Psoriasis is an itchy and painful skin condition. A problem with the immune system causes too many skin cells to develop, which build up on the surface before they are mature. These skin cells form red patches with a covering of silvery scales.
Sometimes the skin patches can crack and bleed. People with psoriasis may also experience inflammation and swelling in other parts of their body.
There is currently no cure for psoriasis, but the right treatment can help people manage the symptoms.
Some treatments have side effects while others become less effective over time. As a result, scientists are always looking for new ways to manage this condition.