Cannabis and Psoriasis

February 27, 2017

Cannabis and Psoriasis

Psoriasis and Cannabis

I have had Psoriasis on my head since I was 18 years old and I have never been able to treat it with an effective medicine.  Stress and joint pain has been the most influential reasons this disease is effecting my blood cells. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system mistakenly identifies the presence of something harmful in your body. This triggers the production of white blood cells called T cells. The T cells mistakenly attack your own body’s healthy cells.

Cannabis, or marijuana, is now being used to treat pain and conditions such as Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, and nausea from chemotherapy. The evidence is mounting that cannabis may also be effective in treating everything from multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease to schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. But will it work on Psoriasis.  Unfortunately, Psoriasis is not curable but cannabis maybe the new way to treat and manage the disease.

According to a medical brief issued by the National Psoriasis Foundation. Up to 60 percent of people with psoriasis say they have significant psychiatric symptoms. The organization notes that people with psoriasis are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, and suicide.

Can Cannabis be the Solution?

Although more research is needed, some studies indicate that cannabis reduces the severity of inflammation associated with some conditions, including autoimmune disorders like psoriasis. An article published in Nature Reviews. Immunology says a wealth of information indicates that cannabis can suppress the immune system.

Cannabinoids are active chemicals found in marijuana plants. Your body makes cannabinoids, too. These chemical messengers are called “endocannabinoids.” They have a role in some functions in your body. These can include Inflammation, Immunity, appetite, the pressure in your eye, mood, reproduction.

Cannabis hasn’t been better studied because it’s a schedule I substance under the United States Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I substances are considered to have a high potential for abuse, have no accepted medical use, and may not be safe for use under medical supervision. These restrictions have posed a significant obstacle to cannabis research. Still, state laws allowing the use of medical marijuana have encouraged more research and efforts to deregulate the drug.

Please sign the petition below to help further research in the treatment of Psoriasis.

    Federal Petition                        Idaho Petition

                  

 




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