The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects us from pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and a myriad of other contaminants. As a primary defense mechanism, it plays an important role in the body’s immune system. Healthy skin is better equipped to protect you. If you suffer from skin conditions, you know the importance of healthy skin for a healthy body. While many skin conditions can’t be cured, they can be managed, and cannabis topicals offer a solution.
According to the American Skin Association, more than 100 million Americans suffer from skin conditions, diseases, and cancer. There are a variety of treatments for skin conditions. The type of treatment you’re prescribed depends upon the type of condition and its severity. Many are treated with topical or oral medications.
Some medications for skin conditions have potentially harmful side effects. Accutane, for instance, is commonly prescribed for acne. Potential side effects include Crohn’s Disease and birth defects. Cannabis topicals offer an incredibly effective alternative to traditional medications for treating a variety of skin conditions.
Cannabis topicals include creams, lotions, balms, and the like that are infused with cannabis. They’re applied to the skin rather than smoked, vaped, or ingested. Cannabis tinctures can also be used as a topical treatment.
Cannabis topicals are made using different strains of the plant. The strain used dictates the ratio of THC to CBD in the product.
Applying Cannabis to the Skin
Instead of being absorbed into the bloodstream, cannabis absorbs into your skin after being applied. As such, you don’t get the high commonly produced by cannabis products that are smoked, vaped, or consumed, even if the topical has a high concentration of THC. This means that you can use the topical at any time of day and still be able to function without the psychoactive effects.
Another benefit of cannabis topicals is that since they’re not ingested, you don’t have the risk of side effects that oral medications might have. Since you’re not smoking or vaping, you don’t have to worry about the negative side effects associated with these methods either. Topicals may also contain other ingredients that can help alleviate symptoms of different skin conditions.
Types of Skin Conditions Topicals Benefit
Cannabis topicals can be used to treat an array of skin conditions, including:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Cuts and scrapes
- Insect bites
How to Treat Skin Conditions
Cannabis topicals are applied directly to the affected areas of clean, dry skin. Cannabis is then absorbed into the skin where it can alleviate symptoms such as inflammation, itching, burning, redness, and pain. It can also help to treat skin infections.
Cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatory properties. They can be used to alleviate the swelling and redness caused by acne, as well as reduce scarring. Topicals that contain added moisturizers can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with psoriasis. Used over time, cannabis topicals can help to treat the symptoms of your skin condition, lessening visual signs and easing your discomfort, allowing you to live a more normal life without the side effects associated with conventional medications.
While cannabis topicals can’t cure skin conditions, they can help to alleviate the symptoms. If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional treatments for skin issues, cannabis topicals may be the solution for you.