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Can Psoriasis Be Helped by Cannabis?

Emily Robertson
psoriasis, skin disorders, skin disease, CBD, THC, cannabinoids, cannabis, medical cannabis, healthy skin, skin treatment, pain

Studies suggest cannabis may treat the symptoms of psoriasis, including depression and anxiety.

Psoriasis is a persistent and painful skin condition that results in raised, inflamed lesions that can also be extremely itchy.  Recent studies show that cannabis actively combats psoriasis by reducing discomfort and treating all symptoms. As an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, and skin cell growth reducer, cannabis is an important aid in stopping psoriasis in its tracks.


What is Psoriasis?

While to those on the outside, psoriasis may just look like a severe form of eczema, this condition is a more all-encompassing than that. In fact, unchecked psoriasis can lead to joint damage. In addition, those suffering, have a 39% higher likelihood of depression and 31% increase in the risk of developing clinical anxiety over those that do not have psoriasis.

Psoriasis occurs when the body produces new skin cells too quickly. These cells appear as scaly red patches, and cause the patient pain, itchiness, and discomfort. It’s a chronic autoimmune condition that affects the mind and body, as studies have repeatedly shown.

Skin Cell Growth Reduction

If something could slow the production of new skin cells, psoriasis would be effectively combated. Luckily, some believe something can: cannabis. A 2013 study demonstrated that signaling through the CB1 receptor can effectively slow the production of the body’s most common skin cell type – the epidermal keratinocytes.

Cannabinoids, such as THC, bind to the CB1 receptor, leading to the body response of reduced skin cell growth and thus the prevention of outbreaks.


Anti-inflammatory Properties of Cannabis

Psoriasis sufferers understand inflammation. Fortunately, so does cannabis. Cannabis has been proven time and time again to reduce inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis can be used to treat redness and itchiness caused by psoriasis, and therefore significantly reduce the discomfort of patients.

Pain Reduction

Cannabis users have long known about the pain relieving qualities of cannabis, and have used it for a variety of painful conditions in order to improve daily function. It makes sense, then, that cannabis can be used to reduce the pain of psoriasis. The cannabinoids in cannabis interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, triggering its CB1 and CB2 receptors to manage and regulate pain throughout the body.

Treatment for Depression and Anxiety

Finally, cannabis is widely reported to have great anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties. For years, those struggling with mental health have turned to cannabis to help them where pharmaceuticals have failed.

Mental health effects everything from general mood, to appetite, even the ability to sleep at night. It can cause muscle tension, pain, and even contribute to migraines. That’s why taking care of your mental wellbeing is crucial to living a healthy lifestyle, but similarly, that’s why it can be so difficult.

Cannabis may treat each one of the physical symptoms individually, while also helping to relieve anxiety and reduce depression. Cannabis is a true holistic medicine. It can treat your mind while treating your body to ensure overall improvement in mood, physical symptoms, and quality of life.

Cannabis Treatments

So far, it would appear that the most effective form of cannabis here is topical cream. This makes sense – directly target the area that is causing the most discomfort. Topicals are very good at providing quick relief from itching and inflammation. Some patients also benefit from consuming a cannabis oil. Your physician can help you determine the proper strain and ratio for you.

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson has been writing freelance and contract work since 2011. She has written on a variety of topics, including travel writing of North America and the growing legalized cannabis industry across the globe. Robertson has a master’s degree in literature and gender studies, and brings this through in her writing by always trying to explore different perspectives. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

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    As a firm believer in the health benefits of cannabis, this would have been much more impressive and believable with ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos. Just saying…

    February 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      This just a report on a study, unfortunately. We don’t have access to “before” and “after. If anyone is willing to share, please do so here!

      February 10, 2019 at 9:32 pm Reply
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    ive sufferd for 33 years with psoriasis would of been nice too see before and after photo’s its almost too good to be true I think its bull sht

    May 29, 2019 at 7:46 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Grant

      Let’s ask on the FB page to see if someone is willing to post their before and after. I’ll send that out today.

      May 30, 2019 at 9:50 am Reply
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      Denise Gibson

      Hi Mario. A friend of mine who is a tattoo artist struggled with shutting off foe sleep so I suggested he just try low strength cbd oil. When I next saw him he said hpw he had great sleep since taking oil but also the psoriasis for whixh he’d talen steroids for 4 years for had gone in 2 days of cbd use.

      July 2, 2019 at 1:48 am Reply
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    Karen Hovatter

    i wish Alice were still alive.she suffered with this for many years.

    June 5, 2019 at 3:25 am Reply
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    John DuPree

    I’m working on feet, naturally. Coconut oil, cannabis oil with turpenes, CBD from a cannabis strain, not hemp, Manuka honey, DMSO and vitamin E. Eating lots of anti-inflammatory food, like curcumin black seed oil, raw garlic cut up and left to sit for 15 minutes to form allicin, it’s healing enzyme.

    June 7, 2019 at 10:56 pm Reply
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    Joanna Bailey

    I have psoriasis and habe alot of friends who use cannabis oil for psoriasis. It really does work. I’ll ask aroind about a before and after.

    August 16, 2019 at 11:45 am Reply
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    Allen Laxton

    I have psoriasis .. i take Enbrel injections .. it works but i hate injecting things into my body .

    August 29, 2019 at 8:14 am Reply
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    Jody Bertrand

    It is rare that people have only psoriasis. It is usually accompanied by other problems too. Cannabis does not address the root cause.

    September 23, 2019 at 6:50 am Reply

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