Cannabis is being used to treat eczema.
Eczema is a skin condition with trademark features like dry, red, and itchy skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, “It's common in children but can occur at any age. [Eczema] is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever.”
There is no long-term cure for the condition, but the National Eczema Association (NEA) says cannabis can be an effective treatment for it.
Research shows cannabinoids have anti-itch, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties. When you rub a topical lotion or ointment on the skin, the cannabinoids within bind to cannabinoid receptors in the skin and effectively reduce itching and redness.
According to the NEA, cannabis also helps control a bacterium that causes eczema. But, while cannabis might help relieve eczema outbreaks, it’s important to remember that most people with eczema also have extremely sensitive skin. So, be wary of other skin irritants in any lotions or ointments you might put on your skin. Eczema could be frustrating, especially since there aren’t any long-term preventative products out there. But, knowing that ingesting cannabinoids can potentially lessen the uncomfortable symptoms may help sufferers find some sort of relief.