“Pruritus” is the scientific way to refer to itchy skin. Itchy skin from pruritus can be normal, or it can be very debilitating, and it can also land anywhere on the spectrum in between. If you’re dealing with pruritus that’s harming you enough that you’re concerned about your skin, you may actually want to look into marijuana. Here are four of the ways that medical marijuana may be able to help you deal with your pruritus.
1. Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation is one of the most frustrating parts of pruritus. Inflammation, after all, can make your skin feel itchy, but when you itch the skin, you’re almost inevitably going to get more inflammation. The endocannabinoid system includes a CB2 receptor, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, and there are promising studies that indicate that the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids could help treat a range of skin problems.
2. Manage Pain
Pain is one of the other elements of pruritus, especially if you’re experiencing it alongside another skin condition. Psoriasis, for example, can lead to patches of itchy and painful skin. Because medical marijuana is great at helping with pain – it’s one of the most well-known uses of medical marijuana – it can help you manage the pain that you get from pruritus. That can help you itch the skin less, which can lead to fewer issues and flareups in the future.
3. Help With Sleep
Many people with pruritus experience problems getting to sleep. If you have extremely itchy skin, it can be hard to fall asleep until you’re exhausted, and even once you’re asleep, you might end up waking yourself up from the itchiness. If one of the side effects of your pruritus is insomnia, you might want to look into some marijuana strains that work well for sleep disturbances. Better sleep can also help your skin repair itself, which is a great benefit overall for your skin and your body.
4. Strengthen Skin
Hempseed oil, which is part of many topical applications of marijuana, can strengthen the skin. That makes it better at resisting viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, all of which can cause pruritus and worsen existing skin conditions. If you’re trying to strengthen your skin with a topical marijuana application, you’re going to want to choose a strain that’s especially high in CBD. CBD can be very helpful for dermal skin problems, making it a better option for your topical applications.
Even though technically pruritus is a symptom more than it is a distinct illness, medical marijuana can still be helpful for dealing with it. Typically, if you’re dealing with pruritus, it’s as part of a different skin condition, most commonly psoriasis and eczema. No matter what skin condition you’re dealing with, there are a number of different medical marijuana options available, ranging from smoking or using edibles to applying topical creams. Try out different options to suit your needs so that you can find some relief from your pruritus.