cbd psoriasis

Cbd psoriasis

Jason E. Hawkes, an associate professor of dermatology at UC Davis Health, has been seeing more patients with psoriasis who are interested in cannabidiol (CBD) as an alternative or complementary treatment for their condition. Are skin creams with cannabis extract and infused CBD oil safe alternative skin care treatments?

What is psoriasis?

Doing your research is important. Patients considering holistic or alternative forms of medical treatments for their chronic medical conditions need to have open conversations with their health care provider to navigate the cannabis landscape better. Looking for transparent ingredient lists and products with a good brand reputation is also important before trying CBD.

Are there clinical studies on CBD use for psoriasis and other skin inflammations?

The medical community has just barely scratched the surface with regards to the potential benefits and risks of cannabis-derived products. The biochemical impact of CBD on the body needs to be carefully considered. Their effects are determined by many variables, including the delivery method to the body (topical application, inhalation, oral ingestion), dose or concentration of the cannabinoid, or the specific chemical(s) isolated from a particular plant strain.

Cbd psoriasis

However, it’s buyer beware when it comes to CBD, as these products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the same way as drugs, Friedman said. Medical marijuana requires a doctor-issued prescription card and can only be purchased from state-run dispensaries so there is more quality control, he added.

More research needed

And never use these products in place of prescribed treatments for your skin disease, Friedman stressed.

When more than 500 adults were asked about their use of CBD (cannabidiol) or marijuana, fully 17.6% said they used an over-the-counter cannabis product to treat skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea or eczema without a recommendation from a dermatologist, and even more people were interested in trying these products.

“Everything from the correct component CBD or THC, the proper dose and the proper formulation still really needs to be hammered out,” said Dr. Peter Lio, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.