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Alopecia Areata

Medical Marijuana and Alopecia Areata

Alopecia & Medical Marijuana


Alopecia areata is a medical condition that results in hair loss in some or all areas of an individual’s body. Alopecia usually starts in the scalp and can cause bald spots on the scalp, especially in the beginning stages of the disease. Hair may also be lost more diffusely over the entire scalp, in which the case of alopecia is upgraded to diffuse alopecia areata. Different variations of alopecia include alopecia areata monolocularis, which is baldness only in one designated spot, and may occur anywhere on the head, and alopecia areata multilocularis, where refers to hair loss in multiple areas. If left untreated, or the disease does not respond to treatments, complete baldness can result within the affected area. This can be directly compared to the same effects that are a result from chemotherapy.

Alopecia can be treated using medical marijuana due to the plant’s ability to help a patient’s immune system become suppressed and properly functioning. By components in marijuana establishing a successful track to potentially gaining back lost follicles, adjuvant treatment options such as cannabis can provide clinical management of alopecia areata and effluvium.

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