The skin is the largest organ of the body. Not only this, but it is also one part of the body which we bare for the world to see and judge everyday. Dermatology is the term used to describe the biology of the skin. Skin conditions are therefore known as dermatological conditions. There is a vast array of these conditions, ranging widely in regard to their causes, symptoms and treatments. Medical cannabis is believed to have beneficial effects on many of these.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the world, and affects around 50 million Americans every year. This condition, which usually occurs during adolescence, is caused by an excess of oil in the skin and leads to breakouts and in severe cases, scarring. Eczema is another very common condition which is caused by the immune system and results in rash-like symptoms on the face, chest, wrists, elbows, feet and knees.
Other, rare forms of dermatological conditions include lupus, argyria, epidermolytic ichthyosis and Morgellons disease. Some of these conditions are curable but others are chronic and lifelong. While some of the more common conditions can be treated successfully at home, others demand comprehensive treatment under the supervision of a licensed dermatologist, or skin doctor.
Researchers have discovered that skin health is largely dependant on the endocannabinoid system. This is a system of receptors which are found in the human body, and the bodies of most animals. They believe that the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating skin health, as well as other things such as mood and appetite.
The chemicals which are found in cannabis are thought to support this system in the same way as other nutritional supplements supports other systems in the body. As a result, there have been a number of studies investigating how these chemicals interact with the system, and what the impact of this interaction is on dermatological disorders.