Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… ECZEMA?

Definition of eczema.

The term "eczema" refers to a range of clinical conditions that involve inflammation of skin. The most widespread condition is commonly known as dermatitis, and refers to skin overly prone to external irritants. Eczema signs typically appear as itchy, vesicular, crusting or weeping patches, affecting any area of the body. Redness, swelling, flaking, and even bleeding of skin may also be observed.

There is no solid opinion about the cause of eczema, but it is definitely associated with allergic reaction and genetics. Skin receptors with normal resistance to irritants tend to fight off rough surroundings, but if that resistance is poor, eczema appears. The rash is often very itchy and skin may itch before the rash even appears. Many patients tend to scratch the affected arrears, which only causes the rash to spread. Washing it with water is not a good idea, either, because it may only worsen the condition.

How can medical marijuana help?

Anti-inflammatory properties of medical marijuana have been widely proven in medical studies, but what really deserve a deeper look into are the endocannabinoid receptors in the skin. The endocannabinoid system of human body is currently at the dawn of research, but there is evidence that skin receptors may have the ability to accept exogenous cannabinoids, such as ones contained in medical marijuana. This opens an interesting possibility of producing ointments or topical creams from cannabis extract. Most medications designed to treat eczema come in the form of creams, which is obvious as active ingredients penetrate the skin directly. This may also be achieved with medical marijuana extracts, and the medicine will provide soothing and anti-inflammatory effects with no need to be smoked or otherwise ingested. Derivatives of medical marijuana are not likely to produce any mind-altering side effects, so such ointments may be applied by people of any age and/or personal attitude towards marijuana.

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