Psoriasis is a difficult skin condition that manifests itself as itchy, scaly, red patches of skin. It is caused by an autoimmune condition where skin cells replicate too quickly, and it is not contagious. This means that immature skin cells appear on the surface of the skin most often on the knees, elbow, or other joints, leading to discoloration and flakiness. Studies have shown that often depression and anxiety can be linked to the appearance of psoriasis as well.
Although psoriasis isn’t curable, cannabis has been shown to ease the symptoms associated with this ailment and increase quality of life. Since cannabis works on our bodies’ natural endocannabinoid system, it can be used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties as well as being used to moderate pain and discomfort. THC is used as an analgesic and in conjunction with CBD, it can help with controlling anxiety and depression as well as decreasing inflammation and helping to control immune response. Laboratory studies have found that the various cannabinoids can slow improper cell growth in keratinocytes, helping to slow the progression of psoriasis.
Topical application of cannabis via creams and salves containing THC will provide localized relief from itching and pain. A combination of THC and CBD topical will help heal any wounds in the area and potentially even slow the uncontrolled replication of skin cells. Ingestion of the various cannabinoids could potentially slow the growth of new cells due to their immune affecting properties with the CB2 receptors in the skin, and CBD has excellent anti-anxiety properties. Creams containing THC-A may also help moisturize skin to reduce splitting and cracking, and can lessen the itchiness present in many cases of psoriasis. Topical treatment with THC, THC-A, and CBD combined with microdosing of both THC and CBD can help alleviate many of the unpleasant symptoms of psoriasis.