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Rosacea and Medical Cannabis Treatment

Of all skin conditions, rosacea is one of the most familiar, showing blood vessels and redness on the face. The skin condition, which can also cause puss-filled bumps, does not discriminate, according to the Mayo Clinic, affecting sufferers young and old; however, middle-aged women are more likely to contract the skin condition.

There are several treatments for rosacea, including medical cannabis. The Miami Herald asked in a 2019 report: “Can Cannabis help my acne or my eczema? What about my Rosacea.” The popular media outlet boldly answered the question. “Spoiler alert – cannabis can help skin disease.” After going into detail about how the plant component CBD does not cause a high but does have useful anti-inflammatory properties, the Miami Herald cites a 2018 report. In the journal Skin Therapy Letter, researchers get the point of medical cannabis and skin disorders.

“Cannabinoids have demonstrated utility in the management of cancer, obesity, and neurologic disease,” reports the journal, adding immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties show cannabis also addresses dermatologic conditions.

The journal further reports cannabinoids influence skin growth by “the homeostasis of keratinocytes, melanocytes, and sebocytes through CB1R/CB2R-dependent and -independent mechanisms.” In laymen’s terms, after several mice studies, researchers found medical cannabis to be effective in treating atopic dermatitis, pruritus, acne vulgaris, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Rosacea Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

The Mayo Clinic reports the top five flare-up causes of rosacea: hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol, extreme temperatures, and sunlight. Other causes include wind, emotions, exercise, drugs that widen blood vessels, and certain cosmetics. Some risk factors for the skin condition are gender, sun-damaged skin, smoking, and family history.

Treatments for rosacea include topical drugs, oral antibiotics, and laser therapy. Additional lifestyle choices that ease the condition include protecting the face and wearing less makeup, reports the Mayo Clinic, adding rosacea can cause anxiety.

“Rosacea can be distressing,” reports the clinic, adding embarrassment causes self-consciousness. “You may be frustrated or upset by other people’s reactions.”

Rosacea and CBD, CBG & THC

The journal Allergy set out in 2013 to research the anti-inflammatory implications of THC. According to the study results, “topical THC application effectively decreased contact allergic ear swelling and myeloid immune cell infiltration not only in wild-type but also in CB1/2 receptor-deficient mice,” leading researchers to conclude, “this has important implications for the future development of strategies to harness cannabinoids for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases.”

Medical cannabis was reported on heavily by the National Eczema Association where the association conclusively addresses atopic dermatitis, which brings on itching pain similar to rosacea. “The relatively recent discovery of cannabinoid receptors through the human body has led to more open discussion on their role as a viable treatment for diseases,” reports the national association, detailing the five significant cannabinoids including, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG) delta (9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabinol (CBN).

As more studies confirm the five significant cannabinoids apparent in the cannabis plant ease eczema and rosacea as well multiple other conditions, those who suffer from the most often self-conscious skin disorder are given more hope for relief.

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