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Medical Marijuana and Severe Psoriasis

What Is Severe Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that affects an individual’s epidermis or skin. This condition is typically a lifelong condition that does not become resolved over time. There is currently no cure to psoriasis, but various different types of treatment options can help control or mildly lessen the symptoms. This condition occurs when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that may cause overproduction of new skin cells. Psoriasis is not a contagious condition. The most common form of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, is commonly seen as red and white hues of scaly patches of skin that appear on the top layer of the skin.

Medical Marijuana and Severe Psoriasis

This disorder is a chronic and reoccurring condition that varies in severity from minor localized patches of skin, to the eventual complete coverage of the body. Fingernails and toenails are frequently affected by this condition and can be seen as an isolated sign. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which leads to the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Statistically, between ten percent and thirty percent of all people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

Medical marijuana can be a great treatment option for patients who suffer from psoriasis. With treatment options available to patients in the form of steroid creams, the side effects that are associated with steroid creams are absolutely horrifying. Certain individuals who have used steroid creams to treat psoriasis have developed either tuberculosis or lymphoma. Medical cannabis is great for any irritations or inflammation of the skin as it is very therapeutic and beneficial as an anti-inflammatory. CB2 receptors in a patient's epidermis have been proven to react very well to cannabinoids and leave skin feeling healthy and more improved.

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