People with skin conditions are open to trying medicinal cannabis products as potential treatments, according to a study from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University of Maryland.
People with skin conditions are open to trying medicinal cannabis products as potential treatments, according to Study from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and University of Maryland.
The study, which was said to be the largest of its kind and included 504 participants, found that 88.8% support the use of medicinal cannabis for dermatology and many do so even without guidance from a dermatologist.
Over-the-counter products that are derived from hemp and consist of CBD or cannabidiol; They have very little or no THC. Both THC and CBD occur naturally in hemp plants but CBD does not mind change And it won’t cause a spike like THC.
Nearly 18% of those surveyed said they use over-the-counter medicinal cannabis products, or MCPs, in the form of creams or oil-based products to treat conditions, such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis.
“Since we know that consumers are already using hemp-based products without a doctor’s recommendation, it is critical that over-the-counter products have some level of quality assurance,” Dr. Adam Friedman, professor and chair of the department of dermatology in the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in DC
Friedman recommends people check the product company’s website or request a quality assurance statement, which includes everything from safety to including information about efficacy. He said the inability to obtain a quality assurance statement should be a clear sign that the product was not being used.
“The medical cannabis world is still in its infancy, and most of it is due to all of the strict regulations and illegal naming of anything from the cannabis plant,” Friedman said.
He believes the future should be bright for MCPs because of what science is learning about the human endocannabinoid system. It can be manipulated with cannabis to have a tremendous effect on inflammation and cell turnover.
The endocannabinoid system regulates many different biological processes. It’s made up of endocannabinoids, i.e. cannabinoids, as in the cannabis plant our bodies make, and then binds to cannabinoid receptors to do a whole host of things from sending pain and itching signals to regulating inflammation to how cells make themselves.”
“The future is very bright for translating cannabis into bed, in almost every specialty of medicine, the science is there. We now need clinical research to confirm which product works on what,” Friedman said.