Scalf’s case exemplifies the potential CBD has in curing contact dermatitis, but other examples abound. Studies have shown potential benefits of cannabinoids in the treatment of psoriasis, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Other accounts tote success using cannabis as a treatment for everything from acne to eczema.
When one considers how prevalent skin conditions are, it becomes clear that a safe, effective treatment is not only necessary but will be largely embraced by a huge subset of the population. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that 50 million Americans are affected by acne annually. Although the majority of sufferers are under the age of 24, approximately 15% of those afflicted are adults. Additionally, reported costs of treating acne are said to collectively exceed $3 billion.
And that’s just acne alone. Combine those statistics with the approximately 7.5 million U.S. citizens who have psoriasis, 28 million who have (specifically) atopic dermatitis, and the billion dollar anti-aging market, and a very clear picture is painted. Skin care remedies are a deeply sought after and much-needed treatment.
It says a lot that the market is so over-saturated with variations of creams, pills and washes, both prescription and non-prescription alike. Some will find relief in variations of these products. For others, the search for relief seems endless. In truth, there has been no single guaranteed solution, no matter what the flashy commercials may have one believe.
However, as studies on the effects of cannabis skin care continue to emerge, and the understanding of the endocannabinoid system and its receptors improves, a new, unprecedented skin care market may well begin to develop. Although it will surely include a range of products like its predecessor, with mixed creams and balms containing all manner of oils in conjunction with cannabis, the beauty of cannabis skin care is that when all is said and done, the main ingredient, whether it be CBD, THC, or a combination thereof, will be readily available to make as luxurious or as simple of a treatment as desired.
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