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THC Works For Skin Allergies Too

By on August 1, 2013
THC may be a future ingredient in skin allergy treatments.

THC can have anti-inflammatory effects when applied directly to the skin. Researchers believe this may be useful for treating skin conditions like contact dermatitis. – You don’t have to smoke or ingest marijuana to make use of its medical effects. For those who suffer from skin allergies, a topical cream could be the answer. At least that’s what new research from Germany is suggesting.

While it’s no secret that chemicals in marijuana have strong anti-inflammatory properties, most studies have focused on their interaction with the body’s cannabinoid system. That’s what led researchers at the University of Bonn’s Laboratory of Experimental Dermatology to investigate whether THC could reduce inflammation of the skin (allergies = inflammatory reactions) by other means.

The results, published online in the journal Allergy, confirm THC’s ability to fight skin allergies without having to activate cannabinoid receptors. The authors believe this could pave the way to new treatments involving cannabis.

“This has important implications for the future development of strategies to harness cannabinoids for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases.”

Despite only looking at mice in the new study, the authors say their findings “agree with several studies in the human system.” Previous studies have found both natural or plant derived cannabinoids to work. In this case, researchers used THC isolated from cannabis and found that topical treatment could “effectively attenuate contact allergic inflammation.”

This only adds to the growing body of research on cannabinoids and skin allergies.

“Skin inflammation has become an attractive target for cannabinoid-based therapies.”

Although further investigation is necessary, it’s good to hear that marijuana is showing promise in this particular field of medicine.

The study was funded by the German Research Council and the University of Bonn’s Medical Faculty BONFOR program.