If you’ve ever had a dermatological disease, you know how miserable they can be. And dermatologists are always seeking new treatments for a variety of skin conditions.
So a new study focused on using cannabinoids for skin conditions has created some buzz.
And the buzz is pretty promising.
The Power of Cannabinoids
In case you’re not familiar, cannabinoids are substances found in the cannabis plant. The primary cannabinoids (and thus, the most well-known) are THC and CBD (cannabidiol). Beyond THC and CBD, however, there are over a 100 other cannabinoids that have been identified at this point.
A new study suggests that some of these lesser-known cannabinoids produced by hemp and marijuana—CBDV (cannabidivarin), CBDP (cannabidiforol), CBC (cannabichromene), THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), CBGA (cannabigerolic acid), CBG (cannabigerol) and CBN (cannabinol), CBM (cannabimovone), and CBE (cannabielsoin)—could help treat conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Research Out of Poland
After pouring over existing literature from scientific journals, Polish researchers Emilia Kwiecień and Dorota Kowalczuk found that many of the minor cannabinoids exhibited anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, and anti-itch properties.
Dermatologists are looking at the promise of integrating minor cannabinoids into their therapies to offer new treatment options to patients that will improve their overall well-being.
For example, the researchers found that CBDV, in particular, had anti-inflammatory properties that could be used to alleviate itching and swelling in treating atopic dermatitis. And THCV shows promising properties for regulating sebum production to specifically treat acne. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to lessen swelling and battle the bacteria that’s responsible for acne.
Meanwhile, CBC’s antioxidant effects could also be helpful in treating atopic dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis. And two of the more recently discovered cannabinoids CBM and CBE are also demonstrating anti-inflammatory potential which could serve as an alternative for scientists conducting research.
Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
In recent posts, we’ve talked at length about the endocannabinoid system. It’s kind of like the body’s motherboard which regulates health and proper functioning.
More and more research points to the endocannabinoid system as playing a crucial role in regulating the skin’s biological processes too. And it requires cannabinoids to thrive.
Topical cannabinoids may even prove to help slow down the ravages of aging on the skin.
To Be Continued…
Of course, this newest research is just scratching the service, as it were. There will need to be additional studies to further confirm the effectiveness and safety of these cannabinoids.
In addition to the legal and ethical barriers that come with these studies, researchers will also need to address issues relating to product quality and regulation, as well as the impact on the nervous system. But there’s certainly a light on the horizon.
Would You Use Cannabinoids for Skin Conditions?
Many people have used cannabinoids to get relief from symptoms caused by a number of ailments. So it makes perfect sense that folks would get on board in using cannabinoids for skin conditions.
As the cannabis industry continues to thrive and evolve, it will be interesting to see what’s next.
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